Scuba Destination Spotlight #21: Sha’ab Rumi, Sudan

Arguably the most well-known dive site in Sudan, Sha’ab Rumi is the famous place where Jacques Cousteau’s Conshelf II experiment took place in 1963.

It’s a beautiful reef dive in the Red Sea that’s truly a sight to behold, and is 48 kilometers off Sudan Port, and on this spot is located The Precontinent, Cousteau’s futuristic world that provides insight and relevant information about marine life.

About a hundred meters from the Precontinent is the lagoon and entrance of the dive spot.


Scuba Diving Sha’ab Rumi

Filled with coral reefs, the dive itself starts with one right alongside on your left. Following up on that you can swim above the plateau or start looking out for grey reef sharks – one of the biggest attractions in Sha’ab Rumi.

They’re generally wary of divers, but sometimes they might get close if the divers is still or moving very slowly, and that gives an excellent chance to see one up close.

Regular residents of the plateau are big shoals of jacks and barracuda, which regularly come up to most of the divers, and engulf them, allowing to diver to swim along with them.

The dive itself isn’t too deep, it’s from 5 to 35 meters, and the visibility is generally okay, but not amazing.

Because of the clear waters, it’s possible to see all kinds of interesting marine life, like bumphead parrotfish, Maori wrasse, sweetlips, and black and white snappers.

Swimming alongside these creatures makes it hard to want to leave the water.

Even though there used to be coordinated shark feedings, today that’s rarely the case, because such events much cause franticness in the sharks, but it still might happen from time to time.

That mostly depends on the guide’s skill, and if the season is preferable, but one thing is for certain – the sharks and fish aren’t to be chased, because the marine life in Sha’ab Rumi is friendly, and we should be friendly with them when diving in this fantastic spot.

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