Elegante is a dive schooner with italian management, completely renovated in summer 2009, it was designed to offer the maximum safety and comfort during navigation. Measuring 25m long and 6.5m wide, it is powered with an engine Fiat Iveco AIFO 260 HP Diesel and cruises at 10 knots per hour.
There is a large comfortable salon with restaurant and bar area, there has everything you will need for entertainment, such as TV, DVDs, HiFi equipment, VCR, books and games. There is also air conditioning throughout the boat.
Elegante also has a very large teak wood deck, the front of which is normally used for dressing for diving and the back as the outdoor restaurant area, relaxation and sunbathing areas.
Elegante has experienced Italian management and staff, the crew will ensure you a high standard comfortable cruise. The staff consists of an Italian skipper and a crew of four people, including the chef. On board are also always present a dive instructor and a dive master, so it is possible to achieve “Open Water” or “Advanced” courses.
Elegante has 7 guest cabins and it can accommodate up to 14 guests per trip:
All cabins equipped with individual air-conditioning, private bathroom, and storage area.
2 Double Suite Cabins :
Located on the lower deck, each cabin comes with a double bed, a mini fridge and stereo HI-FI diffusers, portholes.
1 Double Cabin :
Located on the lower deck, each cabin comes with a double bed and portholes.
4 Double/Twin Cabins :
Located on the lower deck, each cabin comes with a double bed and single bunk bed, portholes.
16 dives per week, includes 2 night dives.
No dive provided on the day of arrival and departure.
Only 1 - 2 dives will be provided on the day before departure.
All diving will provide experienced guide to lead the dive.
- Nitrox：Not available at the moment.
- 15L tanks：Not available at the moment.
- Rebreather dive：Not available at the moment.
- Dive Equipment Rental：Available, rate on request, must book in advance
- Diving insurance：Divers traveling on board must have a valid insurance.
- Wi-Fi Internet：Not available at the moment.
- Laundry service：Not available at the moment.
- Massage service：Not available at the moment.
- Payment on board：By cash (USD/EUR) only.
- **Crew members: **6 - 7, include 1 - 2 dive guide(s)
THE CRUISES IN SUDAN :
We organise diving safari for 8D/7N, 12D/11N or more weeks, with different itineraries. During the trip will be possible to dive in the amazing diving spots, It is also possible to visit a fabulous islands like The Snake's island , Mesharifa where is possible to make birdwatching. For to reach the diving sites we always use a rubber dinghy which will be moored close to the diving point until the emergence of the divers.
It’s an itinerary requested for its famous diving sites absolutely unique, you can visit what we consider the historical sites in Sudan, perfect for those who visit the Sudanese Red Sea for the first time given the relative proximity to Port Sudan and comfortable anchorage points. You will have the opportunity to see the fabled shark point of Shab Rumi and Sanganeb , the famous " laboratory submerged " Cousteau Precontinente II and the legendary wreck of Umbria, Wingate reef-Umbria wreck, Sanganeb reef (North and South) and Sha’ab rumi reef (North, South and precontinente 2).
From September to the second week of November and from Middle of March will be possible to make in one week the itinerary until the reefs of Ras abu Shagara (Angarosh, Merlo and Abington Reefs). During september and october will be possible to see many mantas closed to Mesharifa Island (Manta’s point).
From the end of February will be possible to make in one week the south itinerary where is possible to dive in Suakin's Archipelago. Start from Port Sudan to Shab Rumi, Sanganeb (light house) Jumna. In the following days will be possible to dive in: Pinnacle, Shab Quseir, Seil Ada kebir (turtle's island),Kery reef, every nights the boat will go back to shab Abambar as is the only safety place for spend the night in that area , all the others reef are too small. Wingate reef /Umbria wreck. Port Sudan. last day is possible to organize an excursion to the old Port (by bus).
Djibouti is far from the beaten track for most scuba divers but if it is whalesharks you want to see, there is no place better. Whilst most whaleshark encounters are close to shore, we stingily recommend a liveaboard here so you can escape the crowds of day boat snorkelers and focus on these stunning plankton eating sharks.
There is no doubt as to what the main attraction is here. Each and every year whale sharks cruise into Djibouti's waters, stopping off on their annual migrations. If you have not yet managed to see these formidable beauties - or just want to see them again - then our Djibouti Liveaboard is the trip for you.
Day 1 : Arrival in Djibouti in the early morning, transfer to Elegante. Start of the cruise: check dive at MOUSHA ISLAND, second dive at FAON wreck, overnight at Mousha islands.
Day 2 : First dive in RAS EIRO, snorkelling with whale sharks, second dive at ILE DU REQUINS, night dive and overnight in Ras Eiro.
Day 3 : First dive at THE DOM, snorkelling with whale sharks, second dive at BAIE DES ETOILES, overnight at Baie des Etoiles.
Day 4 : In the morning land excursion to Lac Assal with 4x4 jeeps, lunch on board and dive at the FOULT.
Day 5 : First dive at SEC DE LA PASS, second dive at RAS CORALLI, snorkelling with whale sharks, overnight at Baie de l'Etoile.
Day 6 : Snorkelling with whale sharks, second dive at FAON wreck, night in Djibouti with visit of the city
Day 7 : Breakfast on board, transfer to the airport
Schedules & routes
Prices & conditions
- Air tanks & weights & weight belts
- Daily housekeeping service
- All meals & complimentary beverages (water & tea & coffee)
- Dive guide service
- Fuel surcharge
- Dinner on final evening
- Land tour & Island visit
- Boat accident insurance
- Land transfer on arrival/depature date
- Alcoholic beverages (beer or/and wine)
- Soft drinks in bottles and/or cans
- Dive courses on board
- Crew gratuity
- Dive equipment rentals
- Dive insurance
- Travel insurance ( cancellation insurance)
- Marine park fees/Port fees
Period : Liveaboards run trips year round, with the high season being from November to March. Southern route trips are only done in the the spring and fall.
Visa's : Almost citizens from all countries require a visa to enter Sudan. It is advisable to obtain a Sudanese visa in your home country before arrival if possible. Please contact the Sudanese consulate nearest you for more updated information.
Climat : The climate of the Red Sea subtropical savannah, with mild warm winters and hot summers. Temperatures average between 26 and 32°C in summer, and up to 43°C on the Red Sea coast. Winter temperatures average between 13 and 21°C.
Water : Water temps vary throughout the year, in the summer months you can expect at least 27°C waters, while in the winter months temps can drop down to 23°C.
Clothing : Dress accordingly to the seasons, light clothes in summer, ad warmer clothes for the cooler winters.
Plugs : Type C & D electrical plugs (Europe standard) 230V @ 50Hz
Flights : Khartoum Airport (KRT) is the main gateway into Sudan by air. There are also some international flights which use Port Sudan airport.
Currency : Local currency is the Sudanese pound (SDG), Bring only foreign CASH into Sudan, preferably US Dollars. Travellers cheques, credit cards and ATMs are NOT accepted in Sudan, partly because of the US embargo.
Visa : All visitors to Djibouti are required to have a visa. Nationals of any country - except India, Syria and Yemen - can obtain a visa on arrival, valid for one month and granted on single entry basis. The cost is 90 USD. Tourist visa can also be obtained at the Consulate of Djibouti in your home country. However, if you need more information about visas, please contact the Sir Lanka embassy or consulate near you.
Diving Period : Year-round, the best Whaleshark encounters are especially common from mid October to early February evey year. Visit from mid October‘s visibility is poor. Visibility during summer time is better, but there's less chance of seeing the whale sharks and weather is very hot. October to January is whale shark season. During February to October liveaboards visit other regions.
Currents : Currents can be strong on the exposed dive sites, especially the 7 Brothers dive sites.
Depth Range : 5 - 40 meters
Visibility: 5 - 30 meters
Suitable Level : Intermediate to Advanced. Some dive sites are deep and currents can be strong. (For Non-Whaleshark Encounters itinerary)
Water Temperature : Averages 27 - 29°C throughout the year, 3mm wetsuit or rash guard or lycra suit recommended for diving.
What to Expect : Whalesharks, dolphins, Grey and Nurse Sharks, Bat fish, eagle ray, and manta rays, reef fish, beautiful corals. Tiger and Blue Sharks have occasionally been seen.
Getting there : Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport (JIB) is the main airport, connects Djibouti with Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It also has flights to Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Puntland, Somaliland, Tanzania, Egypt, Madagascar, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Yemen. Air France and Djibouti-based Daallo Airlines operates flights to Paris.