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Andromeda

Large and luxurious liveaboard diving in Sudan.

Andromeda is a large and luxurious boat giving guest the smooth ride from one spectacular dive site to another. You can also relax and bask in the sun on the 100 square meter sun deck.

Andromeda will take you on one of four spectacular safaris around the Sudanese waters just like her sister boat the Cassiopeia. With 2 more twin cabins than the Cassiopeia and only 2 queen cabins the Andromeda can accommodate more solo guests in the same luxury. You will embark upon Andromeda at Port Sudan jetty after being met at Port Sudan airport and transferred the 15 minutes. With four levels this boat is able to accommodate twenty six passengers with ease and with a European salon, an Arabian café and a one hundred square metre sun deck you will never be short of places to relax onboard. The fact that this boat is larger than many others means that the sail is very smooth and can reach each dive site easier and quicker to allow each guest more time exploring. You will never be short of things to see as on many of these dives you will encounter hammerhead sharks, pristine wrecks and stunning coral reefs to name a few.

Andromeda has thirteen cabins all with en-suite facilities and air conditioning. It has a large air conditioned lounge area, known as the European salon which has an LCD TV/VCR, DVD and a CD player. The Arabian café has a very oriental feel about it with traditional Arabic music playing in the background, you may enjoy relaxing with a shisha (waterpipe) or just with a tea and coffee. The sun deck is one hundred square metres with comfortable deck chairs and cushioned seats. There is also a covered deck in front of the salon where guests may relax in between dives and in the evening. The large dive deck and platform enables guests to have more than enough space to prepare for all of their diving adventures. With two handheld showers to rinse off afterwards and a bathroom for simplicity.

The Ultimate Diving team will offer you the best flight connections at the time of booking at an additional cost.

Please Note:Visa & Sudanese Government Expenses (€231) needs to be collected at the time of booking so that all arrangements can take place before arrival.Requirements for the visa are: Passport must be valid for at least 6 months after departing from Sudan, there must be 2 empty pages side by side and there must not be any stamps or visas from Israel inside.

Honeymoon Suite

There is one Honeymoon suite aboard the Andromeda, sleeping two of the 26 passengers that the 5-star diving safari liveaboard can hold.

  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite with hot water shower
  • Amenities provided include bed sheets and towels

Double with En-Suite

There are 2 queen-bed cabins, each sleeping two, aboard the Andromeda.

  • Queen bed
  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite including a hot water shower
  • Amenities such as bed sheets and towel included

Standard Twin Stateroom

There are 10 twin-bed cabins aboard the Andromeda, sleeping 20 of the total 26 passengers.

  • Twin beds
  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite with a hot water shower
  • Amenities such as bed sheets and towel included

Route Options

The Small North Tour is a glance into the wonders that lie all over the Sudanese waters. Diving only the best sites which will include the extensive exploration of Sha’ab Rumi also known as Cousteau’s Underwater Village.

The Small North Tour is a glance into the wonders that lie all over the Sudanese waters. Diving only the best sites will include the extensive exploration of Sha’ab Rumi also known as Cousteau’s Underwater Village and spectacular wrecks, such as Blue Belt.

These routes are for experienced advanced level divers due to the depth and difficulty of certain dive sites that are along the route. Guests will be met at Port Sudan airport and transferred by a representative to Port Sudan jetty, taking approximately 15 minutes. After a safety briefing and a brief overview of the week’s cruise you will embark upon your Sudanese safari one not to be missed visiting Cousteau’s Underwater Village which is home to the remnants of the days when Jacques Yves Cousteau embarked upon the first experiment into sub aqua living.

The South Tour takes each guest on a voyage to some of the most spectacular and unexplored parts of the Sudanese waters. Witness huge schools of hammerheads at Pinnacle and explore the wonder that is the Sanganeb National Park.

Departing from Port Sudan jetty you will embark upon a seven night safari which explores South Sudan.

These routes are for experienced advanced level divers due to the depth and difficulty of certain dive sites that are along this route.

Sanganeb is a National Park consisting of approximately 124 coral reefs. Its lighthouse which resembles the Eiffel Tower, sits in the middle of the sea. It is protected by Sudanese soldiers who are on duty 24/7 each for about 4 months at a time. They welcome every visitor to this spectacular area. Vertical gorges cut through the rocks of these reefs and lush corals spread across like a tropical jungle. The abundance of fish is spectacular at every one of these sites and schools of sharks can be seen gliding by.

The Pinnacle is huge coral formation that rises up to about 12m. It is a very exposed area and the strong currents make is the perfect place for schooling hammerheads, oceanics and grey sharks as well as tuna and rays. These Sudanese waters offer superb visibility with crystal clear waters on occasion. The reef structure also provides spectacular corals if you can tear your eyes away from the sharks.

Vessel Details

Year Built / Refurbished 2009
Guest Numbers 26
Length & Width 40 metres long and 8 metres beam
Speed 12 knots
Engines 2 x MAN diesel 1150HP each
Generators 2 x Mercedes 80Kw silent generators
Number of Cabins 10 twin, 2 queen and 1 honeymoon suite air conditioned ensuite cabins
Communication & Navigation Systems Compass, GPS, depth sounder, VHF, radio, radar, EPIRB
Salon & Dining Area European Salon is an air conditioned lounge equipped with all of your entertainment needs. The Arabian Café is a spacious room with shisha and Arabic music
Entertainment LCD TV, VCR, DVD, CD player, snorkeling, 100 Sq. metre sun deck and shisha.
Emergency Equipment 2 X 50L emergency oxygen, medical first aid kit, 8 fire extinguishers, 2 life rafts, 40 life jackets, satellite phone, life buoys, Nautilus Lifeline radio safety system
Air Compressors Sauer Compressor
Equipment Rental Scuba diving equipment available on-board when request is made in advance. Costs include: BCD - EUR30 per week, Regulator - EUR30 per week, Wetsuit - EUR30 per week, Mask & Fins - EUR24 per week, 15L tank - EUR5 per tank per day
Dive Deck Dive deck with dive platform area containing 2 hand held showers, bathroom and a storage area for all equipment
BCD €30 per week
Regulator €30 per week
Wetsuits €30
Mask, Fins & Snorkel Mask & Fins: €24 per day.

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Gota Abu Ramada

Hurghada, Red Sea

This area is commonly known as 'the Aquarium' due to the wealth of marine life. There is an abundance of hard and soft coral and schools of butterfly fish, banner fish, snappers and goatfish are found swimming around the mountains of coral gardens. You will find that dives at Gota will make you feel like you are swimming in a marvelous natural fish tank! (27°08.340’N, 33°57.196’E)

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Ras Disha

Hurghada, Red Sea

The fringing reef, which surrounds this cape, offers a good shallow dive on the hard coral garden found north of the lighthouse with schooling barracuda, napoleon fish and groupers. Garden eels.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Abu Hashish

Hurghada, Red Sea

A shallow erg field lays on the south side of the island where lots of blue spotted stingrays, puffer fishes and morays are found swimming through a pinnacle landscape. A dramatic drift dive can be made along the eastern wall with the chance to see big fish out in the blue.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Elphinstone Reef

Marsa Alam, Red Sea

The sheer walls of this great reef plunge steeply into the blue, richly decorated with soft corals, sponges, gorgonians and fans. Sharks often swim by the spot to feed on the abundant reef fish population. The northern plateau is home to schooling hammerheads with frequent sightings of oceanic white tip sharks.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Salem Express

Hurghada, Red Sea

A Ferry carrying pilgrims returning from Mecca, sank in 1991 after hitting the reef at night. 600 victims perished in one of the greatest marine tragedies of all time. Divers are asked to dive the wreck considerately with respect for the great loss of life and penetration of the wreck is forbidden.
The propellers make an impressive sight and the covering of hard corals now colonising the wreck show the power of the ocean to make new life out of this tragedy. Fish life is now abundant and the funnels of the wreck with large "S" and the name on the bow are clearly visible. The site is reasonably sheltered and is not exposed to strong current and can be dived at all levels from 12m to 30m.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30m

Sha’ab Suedi

Port Sudan, Sudan

Sha’ab Suedi also known as Blue Belt was wrecked in 1970. This cargo ship now lies upside down with her nose buried in the sand. As well as investigating this amazing wreck with the vast amounts of corals and fish now claiming it as their home, you can explore the many cars and trucks scattered all around that were launched from the ship when it hit the reef.

  • Min Dives: 50
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 22

Umbria

Port Sudan, Sudan

Since Port Sudan used to be one of the most important ports in the world, there are numerous exciting wrecks waiting to be discovered. One of them is Umbria, a large Italian vessel that lies on the sea bottom about 1 ½km from Port Sudan. She lies at 25m at about a 45-degree angle and in low tide the tips of her two masts even peek out of the water for an easy dive. About 18 tons of ammunition and explosives lie still in her cargo holdings along with half a million of Maria Teresa coins. Originally she was on her way to Eritrea with her cargo but she happened to set anchor in Sudan when Italy proclaimed war with the country. So the Sudanese occupied the boat and they were about to order the Italians off Umbria when they got the news that she was sinking. It is exciting to discover all the rooms and cargo spaces, some of which have remained completely intact like the bakery and the engine room. Fiat Lagunas, bottled wine and ammunition are lined up in the cargo hulls. Lots of snapper fish and sea lilies found home under the giant rudder by the stern. Lots of tiny comical cleaning crabs live near the collapsed funnel on one of the gangways which start to clean our hands if we put them on the bridge. Around the wreck we can run into barracudas, butterflyfish, spiny fish and schools of tiny red fish. On the right side of the boat corals bloom like bunches of rosehip bushes.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 25
Dates Duration Route Room Type Price
20 Apr 2020
27 Apr 2020
7 Nights Sudan - Far North tour Standard Twin Stateroom £1077
20 Apr 2020
27 Apr 2020
7 Nights Sudan - Far North tour Honeymoon Suite £1077
20 Apr 2020
27 Apr 2020
7 Nights Sudan - Far North tour Double with En-Suite £1077
27 Apr 2020
27 May 2020
7 Nights Sudan - Deep South - 2-week tour Standard Twin Stateroom £1077
4 May 2020
11 May 2020
7 Nights Sudan - Far North tour Double with En-Suite £1077
4 May 2020
11 May 2020
7 Nights Sudan - Far North tour Honeymoon Suite £1077
4 May 2020
11 May 2020
7 Nights Sudan - Far North tour Standard Twin Stateroom £1077