Sudanese Red Sea Resort
Pierre and I needed to get up at 6:45am to prepare breakfast as requested. Later on we found out that breakfast was actually included in the price of the resort. So half of the people ate our breakfast consisting of yoghurt and fruit and the other half had the pancake breakfast of the resort.
The diving boat left at 9am. This time I was accompanied by two fellow travellers: Beth, a woman from the US, who just got certified was diving with the local dive guide Osman and me. And there was Andrew, an Australian guy, who just wanted to get a trial diving lesson. First Beth, Osman and I jumped in. We dove along the reef at a maximum depth of 13 metres. What we saw was pretty similar to the dive spot the day before: clam shells, large bleached corals and many different kind of small fish. Our dive lasted half an hour since Beth was running out of air. When we reached the surface I still had 140 out of 190 bar in my tank. While we were diving Andrew went snorkelling to kill the time until his trial dive. Later on, Osman briefly showed him how to use the diving equipment and then they went down to 10 metres. I was watching them from a distance while hanging around under water.
We returned to the beach at 1pm and I spent the time until the afternoon dive with cleaning the truck which is my assigned duty for the first few weeks of the journey. The afternoon dive was pretty similar to the morning one with the exception that we managed to see some living corals meaning they were not yet bleached. We went out at 2:30pm and returned at 4:30pm. This time only Beth, Osman and I went diving while Andrew and everybody else were relaxing at the resort.
The Sudan Red Sea Resort itself is quite an interesting place. It is said that this place is owned by a Dutch couple although I only saw Sudanese people around. The resort is in a remote location with no village or other houses close by. So if you are stressed out and look for a remote place to go on the beach this is it. The resort has a capacity of 20 beds and there is also an opportunity to put up tents. The cost for camping is 10 USD and a space in one of the 2-bed-room bungalows is 35 USD a night. Since I don’t mind camping I decided to put up my tent which was quite a challenge since it was very windy. Therefore, I got compensated by an incredible sea view straight from my tent.
The resort is also operated in an eco-friendly way meaning rain water is collected and all energy consumed by the resort is generated by a windmill and a few solar panels. During our two day stay we were more or less the only guests. There was only a small picnic on the day we arrived were a Sudanese man met his future wife thus the first step of a marriage arranged by his parents.
In the evening we had a group dinner which was prepared by the resort staff: carrot soup, rice and chicken.