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Scuba Diving in Sudan
Dive Site: Sha'ab Rumi
Description: Reef dive
Depth: 5 - 35 metres (15 - 115 feet)
Visibility: 20 metres (65 feet)
My favourite reef dive in Sudan. The dive starts by heading along the reef with the wall on your left. You then have the option to swim out over the plateau or into the blue to look for sharks. I found that the best option on this dive was to head along the edge of the plateau keeping a vague eye out in the blue, but mostly looking at the plateau itself. We dived here three times and on each dive there were two grey reef sharks just cruising the plateau. They were wary of divers but if you stay still when one is heading in your general direction they come in very close. Also one the plateau on every dive were big shoals of jacks and barracuda. Again I found rather than swimming to them, they would eventually swim to you and you would be engulfed on all sides, not knowing where to look - an absolutely fantastic feeling!
To finish the dive, you can head back towards the reef wall, which is stunning. Keep an eye above you for bumphead parrotfish, which in November are territorial and use their bumps in stag-like clashes to decide who gets which patch of reef. These fish are so big you cannot fail to be impressed by them. Also keep an eye out for Maori wrasse. On the wall itself there are huge anemones and beautiful acropora and table corals. Sweetlips and black and white snapper are everywhere and you just don't want to leave the water. Simply stunning.
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