Sudan is best reached by sailing from the Egyptian border. Spend more time diving and less time travelling! The gateway for our Sudan trips is Marsa Alam airport. This is around 5 hours flying time from Gatwick.
Sudan is a place filled with remarkable encounters. The coral reefs are lush with hard and soft coral gardens, interspersed with large sponges and cascading whip corals. Plateaus, deep pinnacles and coral gardens are shelter and home to schools of reef fish. From tiny clown fish to swathes of snapper, there is plenty to watch. Giant barracuda and even bumphead parrot fish school... if you can take you eyes off the pelagics passing. Sudan is home to hammerhead, grey reef and thresher sharks. All this pelagic action can overshadow the outstanding wreck dive that is the Umbria.
Weather and Climate
In the North of the country, the climate has high daily temperature variations between day and night. December – February ranges from between 25- 30°C. October - November and March – April are around 3-35°C. May – September is between 30-40°C. Water temperature varies from 23°C in February to 29°C in September.
Our Sudan trips depart from Egypt. As standard our holiday packages are based on flights from London Gatwick, direct to Marsa Alam. Where possible, we are happy to offer regional departures, in particular Manchester. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday. Unfortunately, not all regional flight routings are compatible with liveaboard schedules.
If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Egypt, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.
As flights are direct between the UK and Egypt, there are no stop over options available.
Arrange before you go
UK passport holders must complete an application form and return it prior to travel. Your visa will be issued on arrival in Sudan. Current charges will be confirmed at time of booking but can change. You cannot enter Sudan with Israeli entry or exit stamps. It your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here
Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities.
We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It’s worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation.
Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here
Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here
Preparing to fly
Most flights to Egypt are charter flights. This means seating is allocated at check in.
Charter airlines do not enable online check in for flights to Egypt. You must print your ticket coupon prior to travel. Do ensure you leave up to 3 hours, especially over busy travel periods.
An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world.
Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren’t as expensive as you might think.
What happens when I arrive?
Our Sudan trips depart from Egypt. Our representative will be waiting either airside around the baggage carousel or in the arrivals hall. They will be holding a board with either Scuba Travel, your destination or your name on it. If you have prepaid for our visa service, you will be given your visa on arrival.
If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.
Airport transfers are always included in your liveaboard package when using our flights. Our representatives will advise where to find your transfer outside of the airport. We try to keep transfer times as short as possible, with most being no more than 30mins travel time from the airport to the boat/hotel.
If you have made your own flight arrangements to land in Egypt, please confirm at the time of booking if airport transfers are included or available at an additional cost
At the end of your holiday, your return transfer details will be advised locally. There is currently no departure tax leaving Egypt.
Included in your holiday
Flights, transfers, accommodation on full board basis, 12l tanks and weights.
Excluded from your package are any rental kit hire, nitrox or on board souvenirs.
A gratuity of 10% is customary, but many leave more when they feel the service was outstanding. If you are disappointed with the service, you should inform the Captain of your feelings right away so he may rectify the situation. Leave no more gratuity than you feel is right.
Most businesses and banks accept any currency however, the exchange rates may vary. Travelers checks are not widely accepted and may be difficult to cash. Exchange rates may vary. To check the current rate for your currency click here. Exchange offices typically offer better exchange rates.
We do accept VISA, Master Card & Jsb credit cards onboard but we are sorry that we cannot accept traveler checks.
Itinerary dependent. Most of the Egyptian Itineraries will have phone coverage when close to shore.
Plugs and electricity
Royal Evolution has 220 volt as standard electricity. Most Charging stations will accommodate European and U.S. guests with 110 volt electricity sockets.
If you do not have your own equipment, Royal Evolution offers BCD, wetsuits, dive lights and regulators with octopus and gauges available for rent. !5 l tanks available. All rentals must be arranged at least 7 days prior to departure.
Royal Evolution offers a wide range of courses on board. Please speak to your travel consultant for current course prices and options.
At the moment there are no boat specific souvenirs for sale onboard Royal Evolution. More generic Egyptian souvenirs will be available to buy at the airport and the harbour.
Nitrox is available for mixes ranging from 32% up to 40%. If you are not Nitrox certified, our dive instructors will be pleased to accomplishing this on board.
Deposits and Balances
Normally £400 deposit with full balance paid 90 days before departure.
Ways to pay
We charge 2% on credit card transactions but nothing on UK debit card payments. All non sterling card payments will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.
If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation