Royal Evolution | Sudan Liveaboard |Red Sea Liveaboards

Royal Evolution | Sudan Liveaboard |Red Sea Liveaboards

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Royal Evolution

(Red Sea - Sudan )

from: £2145 inc. flights*
  • Luxurious Red Sea liveaboard Egypt & Sudan
  • Superior, stable steel hull
  • Large double or twin cabins with lower or upper deck options
  • Great food and red wine with dinner included
  • Wheelchair accessible cabin
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Royal Evolution stands out as Red Sea liveaboard that operates one of a kind itineraries diving Egypt and Sudan. The opulent diving is matched by the boat herself, yet the advantages of being on board are not just limited to your comfort... Royal Evolution is also one of few steel vessels in the Red Sea making her incredibly stable. Her powerful engines cope easily with the distance between remote dive sites. See more of the Red Sea than ever before with one of the most attentive boat crews in the Red Sea.

Royal Evolution is a sleek 39m. There are 8 guest cabins in the lower deck and 4 main deck cabins. All have air con, en suite, fridge, TV and video player. 2 main deck cabins are twins and 2 are doubles. There is a supplement to be paid at the time of booking for the main deck cabins so please do ask if main deck cabin is of interest. One of the main deck cabins is fully converted for wheelchair access - please call to discuss Royal Evolution's protocols regarding wheelchair divers.

Between the 2 sun decks and enormous saloon there is always a peaceful corner for relaxing. The bar and jacuzzi form the social hub. There are 3 dive guides on every trip who are deeply knowledgeable about the lesser dived sites in Sudan. Royal Evolution is fully enabled for technical and rebreather diving. The back dive deck has more space that you could want, with individual cubby holes for storing your gear between dives and charging batteries. as well as a large camera table with air gun in the middle of the deck. Years' of hard earned experience led to the conception of Royal Evolution and she welcomes in a new era of Red Sea liveaboards in Egypt and Sudan.

Please note that entry visas are required by all nationalities forEgypt and Sudan. Currently your Egyptian visa is included in the cost of your holiday but the Sudanese visas and taxes are paid per person paid locally: All other nationalities: 390 Euro + 115 US$ to be paid onboard after embarkation American nationality: 390 Euro + 165 US$ to be paid onboard after embarkation You will need to have 4 empty pages and no Israeli stamps. We will need a copy of the photo page of your passport prior to travel.


  • Cabins: 12
  • Guests: 24
  • Ensuite Cabins: Yes
  • Individual A/C: Yes
  • Mini bar: Yes


  • Guides: 2
  • Tenders: 2
  • Compressors: 2
  • Nitrox: Yes
  • Rebreather Friendly: Yes
  • Charging Stations: Yes


  • Length: 39m
  • Breadth: 9m
  • Engines: 2 x KTA 38
  • Generators: 3
  • Construction Material: Steel
  • Desalaination: 2 x 200L / hour

Camera Facilities

  • 1 x rinse tank, charging stations (2 pin European plugs), camera table on dive deck with air gun


360 Tour


01 June 2013

Returned from Suakin 2 week trip on the 9th May. I had a superb time. Lovely comfortable, spacious boat. Fantastic, attentive crew. The food was excellent and the diving spoiled me for anywhere else. Lots of hammerheads, Silky sharks and pristine reefs. I was the only diver from England but everyone on board was very accommodating for my lack in speaking other languages and I made some lovely new friends. I will definitely be going again. Lynne Pope

29 May 2013

Thank you to scuba travel just come back from two fab weeks in Sudan on the royal evolution ,fab boat and crew Sharon Savory

29 May 2012

Just astonishing recently returned from a Deep South Suakin trip. The Hammerhead sightings were remarkable very close and in large numbers. A very close sighting of a Manta plenty of Silky Sharks. Pristine and undisturbed. A superb and attentive crew enthusiastic guides. My fourth trip to Sudan and it just keeps getting better stephen bowers

24 April 2012

Just a quick note to thank you for the great support booking my trip on the Royal Evolution. I had a great time the diving was awesome! I will definitely be happy to book trips through you guys again! Best regards, Frances Frances

18 January 2012

The diving was excellent. The reefs were in better condition and the fish life was more prolific than in most of the southern marine park sites of Egypt. We were slightly disappointed that we only saw a few sharks but the large number of bump head parrot fish on one site made up for this. The Umbria was an excellent wreck and offered the opportunity to penetrate most of it safely. We really appreciated being the only boat on most dives. Only on one dive did we briefly see other divers in the water at the same time. We also enjoyed being able to do four dives a day when possible and it was great to do so many night dives. The briefings were mostly clear, concise and well informed. They made good use of power point slides especially when briefing the Umbria. The crew were excellent. They were very helpful without being too intrusive. Margaret & Stuart

09 October 2011

I have dived on the Royal Evolution twice, both the deep south and northern Sudan itinerary. The ease of short travel combined with unparallel service and some show stopping diving makes this a must dive destination- affordable compared to others lesser and more far flung destinations, and of top notch quality. By all means enjoy the Caribbean, but try this first! For pristine coral, lots of 'big stuff', great crew and boat; Royal Evolution is the one to beat. Which is why I and most of my fellow guests of the last trip booked our deep south trip for 2012 straight after our 2011 Northern Sudan trip this year. The price compared to the quality of diving is unbeatable. Just do it! Lena L-M

22 September 2011

The Royal Evolution is the epitomy of luxury in the Red Sea! The diving was fantastic and the professionalism and experience of the dive guides is unmatched. All the crew could not do enough to make our week a memorable one. The range and quantity of food and drinks couldn't be bettered. We will be back! That's why we always book with Scuba Travel. Al & Sal

26 April 2011

Just got back from a 2 week trip to the deep South of Sudan. What an experience lots of Silky Sharks some memorable Hammerhead encounters a Thresher and a large Manta. The guides were superb and full of enthusiasm a brilliant crew and the best boat i have ever been on. An excellent and friendly group of guests made for the best diving holiday i have ever been on. Stephen

11 April 2011

What makes a good liveaboard trip? A great boat, fantastic and helpful crew with a good bunch of fellow divers. Throw in some Hammerheads, Bumphead Parrotfish and a Manta and it becomes a great one. Would highly recommend this trip, but there is a lot of travelling at the start and end. Add to the mix a wait in Port Sudan for your visa and day three of this trip can be a long one, but once you are in the water all is quickly forgotten. Sadly 13 days passes very quickly. Hopefully back next year, and as often as I can. Michael

11 April 2011

Just got home from a fabulous 2 weeks in Sudan. The diving was brilliant - hammerheads, grey reef and whitetips, even an unexpected large manta. We ended a fantastic dive with about 25 bumphead parrotfish in 3 metres of water at the top of the reef. Awesome. We drifted around with them for ages. The guides - Ahmed (the best shark spotter) Simon (rubber sharkman - if you have dived with him you'll know what I mean- if not but you do in future a "treat" is in store for you) and Ayman (a new guide but great to dive with) were really good and we got a chance to dive with all of them as they alternated between the groups. The crew were especially helpful as I'd hurt my back just before the trip and needed assistance with my equipment. My buddy Jennie and I had a great time out of the water as well, plenty of fun and we made some new dive friends. Royal Evolution is a very high spec boat with all the comforts you need, although we managed to break the hairdryer and toilet in our cabin, and the dvd player fell off the shelf during rough seas. Hope Ashif will recover from his hand injury and return to the boat as he was one of the friendliest crew I've met, always smiling. I'd definitely recommend this trip to anyone who loves diving. This was my second trip to Sudan- I went last April - and I'm sure it wont be my last. Rose Hillborne

11 April 2011

Hi I'm just back from a 2 week trip in Sundan. The trip was great lots to see would highly recommend this trip to any diver. The crew were very friendly and helpful. The dive guides were great. My fellow divers help make this trip 1 of the best I've done. I do hope to do the deep south next year (hope my husband will still be there) My fellow divers will understand this remark. Thanks again for a great trip. Regards Jennie Jennie Prowse

11 April 2011

What can I add? We have just had a great trip on a very, very good boat with a wonderful crew and excellent guides (Simon the gurner, appearing from within the Conshelf's garage, Ahmed the shark hunter and Ayman the nudibranch fan). Tim Priest

07 December 2010

I recently returned from a two week trip on the Royal Evolution and I have to say this was a truly memorable trip. The Royal Evolution is certainly the largest and best equipped liveaboard I have experienced to date and is spacious, well designed with a fantastic attention to detail to make your trip more comfortable. All the dive guides were really excellent but for me Ahmed (shark finder extraordinare) really stood out after some memorable close proximity encounters with Hammerheads. The range of dives was very good and we certainly packed a lot in (not far off 40 dives in the fortnight). The food was very good and plentiful, the rooms very comfortable and the crew were friendly and always willing to help. Everything was very well organised from arrival to departures and transfers back to the hotel at the end of the trip. A great trip and I hope to return to the Royal Evolution soon. Rick Bastin

02 November 2010

We very much appreciated the small but important touches made to this year's trip. Again your staff were extremely helpful and do everything they can to make the holiday perfect. Anne Wharmby

25 October 2010

Just a quick note to say many thanks once again for our complimentary trip on Royal Evolution. As you may know this is the third trip we have made on the boat in the last year and it gets better each time, the service is excellent and the small touches, such as being allowed to keep our hotel rooms until we embark and a nice red wine with our dinner, are much appreciated and make a difference.

There was a very good atmosphere on the boat due very much to all the crew who were always cheerful, willingly and helpful, that was everyone from Solimon through Ahmed and Nil down to all the seaman and stewards. We thought Ahmed and Nil were one of the best dive teams we have come across anywhere in the world and all the staff worked hard and consistently tried to do whatever they could for you. In short, it was excellent.

It was a shame that we did not see many sharks but that is nature, when diving in the Red Sea you are looking for wild creatures not captives in an aquarium! That the guests all remained happy and content despite the lack of sharks and problems with the Nitrox percentage is a suitable reflection that they were well looked after and pleased with the service on board. Very well done and congratulations to the team! Brian and Anne

24 October 2010

Just back from a fantastic holiday in the Sudan.....Couldn't of had a better time the choice of dive sites and the quality of the boat first class. Big thankyou to the dive guides and crew of the Royal Evolution thought I'd been spoilt by the live aboards in the north but this was a step above. Dave

21 October 2010

Great vessel, great guides, great diving. I can say with all confidence that this is the most enjoyable liveaboard Ive ever done. Thank you to Ahmed, Nil, and my fellow passengers. I had a blast! Erica Fletcher

08 October 2010

Thank you for a fantastic 2 weeks on Royal Evolution's Sudan trip. Excellent gudies, captain & crew - and a fun set of people too. Hope to be back for a deep south tour, if we can get a space! Sandra

08 October 2010

Big, big THANK YOU to Ahmed, Nil and ALL the crew on Royal Evolution for providing such a great service, and giving us such a memorable trip to Sudan. The diving was great, the boat fantastic, food plentiful, and the Sharks numerous. Nice wrecks, and top Rebreather support as well :) We are already looking forward to returning - hopefully to the deep South of Sudan; can't wait :) Rob

14 September 2010

We had a great trip! Our group consisted of 17 people from southern LA. The crew was very welcoming and couldnt have been nicer. If there were any problems either in our room or with our gear, one of the crew members was fast to fix it. The dive sites were awesome! So much marine life and would go back for a second trip. One of the best dive trips by far! Whitney

21 July 2010

I have just returned from diving the Northern Red Sea aboard Royal Evolution 9-16 July. I wish to pass my comments onto you and others to acknowledge the great time I enjoyed. The boat itself was comfortable, always clean and I wish to make special mention of the fantastic crew who looked after us at all times. Unfortunately the weather was very windy and we didn't manage to dive all the wrecks as planned. The food and the housekeeping was excellent and all crew were extremely helpful in helping us kit-up before the dive and de-kit afterwards. We are not used to this in the UK but this was a nice personal touch onboard the Royal Evolution. Both guides gave the best safety briefings I have ever seen and throughout the week always kept us informed, and entertained, which only added to our very enjoyable week. I would highly recommend Royal Evolution and hope to visit again one day. Richard

02 April 2010

Big Thanks to the complete crew of Royal Evolution for an amazing trip deep south (15. April 1010). This was my second time on Royal Evolution and if anything it has become better. The diving was amazing with Hammerheards (including schools) on lots of dives in the South, and also at the classic sites like Angarosh and Shaab Rumi. Lots of Greys close up, Silkys etc Big thanks to the crew (all doing a great job) and to Ahmed for his continued great enthusiasm in finding Hammers, I will never forget the way you point them out under water. I will be back Till

09 February 2010

Just a short and belated note to say thank you for a great trip in February. I have nothing but praise for the ship, the guides, the chef and the rest of the crew. The other guests also helped make this a pleasurable and memorable trip. The diving was great and I appreciated the way the guides accepted my personal diving limitations. Anon

01 February 2010

Many thanks to Ahmed, Jose and crew for a great trip to the Sudan. Some very special diving with lots of Hammerheads, and the crew looked after all our needs very well. This was my second trip down South on Royal Evolution and it gets even better each time. We look forward to our next trip later in the year when we hope to see mantas galore - you have set the bar very high! Again very many thanks, keep up the good work. Anon.

01 February 2010

Just a note to say thank you to MV Royal Evolution's guides and crew for my trip in February 2010. This was an exceptionally well run ship and dive operation. Senior Guide Ahmed set an excellent example for others to follow, providing us all with interesting information on every dive site and practical reminders on the health and safety aspects appropriate to safe diving from a live-aboard. Guide Jose produced an excellent video of the trip, which will bring back memories of a great two week experience in the Sudanese Red Sea. Finally, as a somewhat antique diver, I was impressed that the guides took this into account in a low- key but thorough way. Especially when I was fining /steaming into a current !! 40 dives on the trip. How's that then ?? Thanks again and best wishes to you all. David A

18 August 2009

Download the pdf John Bantin from Diver magazine recently visited Sudan to check out Royal Evolution, download the pdf and read about how he got on.

19 May 2009

Royal Evolution is a really nice 39m dive boat, licensed to cruise to Sudanese waters giving access to some fantastic southerly dive sites. Very luxurious, 3 excellent dive guides with their own specialities of video, crittur spotting and a shark nut. Very good food including fresh barracuda! Our main impression of these southerly sites were the sheer quantity of fish both large and small, lots of sharks including a large school of hammerheads and a Tiger shark. Pristine corals both hard and soft as well as a lot of stinging hydroids, perhaps it was the season! We dived the Umbria with all its bombs and Jacques Cousteau's underwater living experiment Conshelf, both fascinating pieces of history. We felt it was a privilege to dive such unfrequented waters and to see the Red Sea as it was probably 50 years ago. We covered 1,00 miles on a really lovely boat and didn't see another diver for 9 days. Truly remote and out of touch. Anon.

05 April 2009

We had an absolutely fantastic trip in April, visiting the deep south of Sudan for what has to be some of the best diving we've ever done. The quality of the corals was amazing, as was the sheer quantity of fish life. We saw tiger sharks, silkies, plenty of grey reef, and even a 30 strong school of hammerheads who swam to within five metres of us. Add to that: huge tuna, massive pods of dolphins, a playful manta, and even a juvenile pilot whale, and you get some idea of how good this was. Both the Evolution boat and staff were top quality, and the dive guides went out of their way to get the best variety of sites, some of which they'd never even dived before. All in all, this was a real adventure for both of us and one we'd heartily recommend to anyone who wants to see what the real Red Sea is like, on probably its best liveaboard boat. Anon

01 April 2009

Deep South Trip 9/4 'the one with the stingy things' After more than 20 years since my first dive in the red sea it still keeps delivering and although I now dive further South than I used to, this trip exceeded my expectations. The coral was stunning with prolific reef life and superimposed on it all were some great pelagic sightings. Tigers, Silkys, Whitetips and glimpses of a Thresher and Silvertip plus prolonged close up action with Greys that had Simon wondering how to get it all on a dvd and a big school of Hammerheads that had Ahmed and Hesham high fiveing whilst the school came around for more passes! There was also a Manta for a lucky few and it would be rude not to mention the pod of dolphins (sea swine?) that came in to have a look and the pilot whales at breakfast. I could go on but hey life's too short - so thanks to everyone, crew, fellow guests and Shaun the Sheep, for a great trip, it's a great boat and it was great to meet you all, enjoy your diving and keep looking out in the blue! Jon

20 May 2008

Download the pdf John Bantin from Diver magazine recently visited Sudan to check out Royal Evolution, download the pdf and read about how he got on.

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