Dive Site

Shaab Rumi South Plateau with Precontinent II

Overview

This plateau is one of the most beautiful dive sites in Sudan, some say of the entire Red Sea.

Description

There is a variety of colors and species that make a dive an unforgettable experience. The reef wall is very rugged on the upper 15 to 20 meters and forms numerous caves and crevices. Below this is the tongue-shaped plateau, which sinks to 30 meters. There is a small channel parallel to his approach. The outside, covered with numerous hard corals, drops steeply into the depth. At a depth of 55 meters, a narrow sloping slope hugs the southern end. The Big Boys pass this long foothill into the open water.

The southwest tip is an attraction of this place: In the open water, a school of bow-fronted hammerhead sharks often patrols. If you dive a little into the blue, with a little luck, these reserved sea creatures can be observed. However, care should be taken not to swim towards them frantically, otherwise the shy hunters will quickly disappear into the depths of the open sea. But be careful: The current can pull the diver very quickly into the open water without giving them the chance to reach the reef again on their own.

After an excursion to the southern tip, the plateau can be explored in all its splendor. In the middle is a mushroom-like, beautifully overgrown coral block. The bottom is covered with sea fans, leather and stone corals, on which dragon heads lurk for prey floating past.

At the southeast end, numerous whip corals can be admired, between which jewel flagfish scurry around. A large flock of baracudas circles over it.

An old shark cage is part of the Precontinent II project on the eastern plateau. Next to it is a plaque commemorating an Austrian diver who died in 1993. A very trusting swarm of sweet lips makes this shot a dream for every underwater photographer. With a practiced eye and a bit of luck, you can also spot a stonefish that lurks for prey well camouflaged. In the flat area, there can be encounters with gray reef sharks, which pull over the plateau together with white tip reef sharks. Sometimes dolphins visit the reef. Unfortunately, the excess of air used up too quickly limits every dive.

Hotspots

  • Precontinent II
  • Shools of hammerhead sharks, white tip reef sharks, gray reef sharks