SHA’AB RUMI SOUTH, SU­DAN

Sport Diver - - 100 Dives to do before you die -

This one dive site is the stuff of leg­end in Su­danese waters. The tip of the reef slopes steeply down to a plateau smoth­ered in soft coral that starts at around 18m and then slowly dips off to over 26m, fi­nally drop­ping into the depths. On swim­ming on to the plateau, the first thing you no­tice is the abun­dance of grey reef sharks. Nu­mer­ous spec­i­mens be­tween one me­tre and a me­tre-and-a-half cruise about, seem­ingly un­con­cerned by divers. This in it­self is pretty awe­some, but it is a tes­ta­ment to the site that you soon be­come blasé about the grey reefs and the other myr­iad va­ri­eties of fish life, in­clud­ing bar­racuda, snap­per, jacks and Napolean wrasse. Make a quick foray into the blue and you will of­ten be re­warded with a close en­counter with a shoal of in­quis­i­tive ham­mer­heads, which will cir­cle while they check you out. As if shoals of ham­mer­heads and grey reef sharks aren’t enough for even the most-avid shark fans, Sha’ab Rumi has an­other ace up its sleeve. Tiger sharks of­ten lay claim to ar­eas of reef, and spec­i­mens up to three-and-a-half me­tres have been seen in this area on a reg­u­lar ba­sis - meet­ing one of these guys is a mind-blow­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

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