Sudan is mostly known for its archaeological sites, but it also offers superb diving off the Red Sea coast. Away from the water’s edge camel rides can easily be organised.

Diving

Though largely overshadowed by the iconic Egypt, Sudan's Red Sea dive sites are as good as Egypt's, but without the crowds. Expect rainbow-coloured fish and pelagic species (including plenty of sharks), a splendid seascape, a few iconic wrecks and a host of dizzying drop-offs and healthy reefs.

The best season for diving is from December to May. During July and August, the seas may be too rough.

Most people use European-run, all-inclusive live-aboard operations that operate from Port Sudan. They must generally be booked in advance. One recommended operator is UK-based Regal Dive. Other reputable companies include the French-run Diving Attitude and Dune World.

Although conditions at dive sites vary greatly, there are a number of deep and drift dives, making Sudan a destination that best suits intermediate and experienced divers. To embark on a live-aboard dive boat, it is a prerequisite that divers are qualified to a minimum of Advanced PADI Open Water, or equivalent, with a minimum of 50 logged dives.

All operators will arrange your visa, which is collected on arrival in Port Sudan.