SHA’AB RUMI SOUTH, SUDAN
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.