Saudi Arabia, Sudan & Eritrea
SAUDI ARABIA, SUDAN & ERITREA
World-first submersible experiences, extraordinary diving, fascinating culture, rich history and private, pristine cruising grounds, yet scarcely visited by the yachting world.
When to go: April – May and October – November
23.8859° N, 45.0792° E
In recent years, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia has undergone a significant cultural transformation, evolving century-old customs to fit the contemporary world. Fresh from a 2020 reconnaissance trip, PELORUS can offer hidden insights into this relatively seldom explored country.
– A UNESCO World Heritage Site, admire Jeddah’s distinctive old town architecture that includes tower houses built in the late 19th century and Red Sea coral buildings.
– Explore the coastline of Jeddah in your yachts’ tender and go snorkelling with a champion female free diver from Saudi Arabia. The coral and sea life is surprisingly good considering the proximity to the city and the cityscape of sky scrapers makes for an interesting backdrop as you snorkel.
– A private flight will take you one hour north to Al Ula. From the airstrip drive in 4×4’s to the Ragasat or ‘Dancing’ Mountains before transferring to quad bikes and dune buggies to race through the narrow labyrinth of canyons.
– Founded in the 6th Century BC, discover the atmospheric ruins of Old Al Ula with a personal historian.
– Enjoy a stunning sunset before an exclusive candle-lit dinner overlooking Elephant Rock.
12.8628° N, 30.2176° E
Scarcely explored within the yachting community, Sudan also offers numerous rewards. Those familiar with this destination say that the reefs and atolls peppering the water around the southern islands in Sudan offer some of the best diving in the world.
– Developed by Ramses III during the 10th century B.C.E, only ruins of the once great coral city of Suakin still exist. Spend a morning climbing around the crumbling walls and learning about the history of this abandoned trading and exploration hub from your expert PELORUS guide.
– Go game fishing for yellowfin tuna, coral trout & grouper with local fishermen. Enjoy your catch, prepared expertly by your yacht chef for dinner.
Sudanese Atolls Water Temperature:
Spring 26 – 29°C
– A world class dive master and conservationist will guide you in these untouched waters that offer excellent visibility, undamaged reefs and prolific marine life, including butterfly fish, hammerhead sharks, surgeon fish, dolphins and turtles.
– Kite surf between tiny islets and enjoy entire stretches of archipelago to yourself.
– Join protection efforts for the endangered Arabian Red Sea Shark, tag manta & tentacle rays.
15.1794° N, 39.7823° E
Eritrea is utterly compelling and remains relatively untouched by the outside world. Following a recce in 2019, PELORUS Yacht Expeditions have negotiated exclusive access to world-first experiences and conservation initiatives.
The small, remote islands that make up the Dhalak Archipelago offer incredible opportunities for secluded diving amongst WWII wrecks and colourful marine life. Inland, discover stunning Art Deco architecture and learn about the country’s rich colonial past.
– PELORUS dive masters will ensure you are privy to the most exclusive dives in Eritrea, such as the islands of Dissie, and Durgella. Expect to see beautiful corals, dolphins, mantas, groupers, snappers and lionfish.
– PELORUS have negotiated access to these 115 uninhabited islands, meaning total exclusivity and privacy.
– Dive the wreck of an incredibley well preserved WWII destroyer, search for sea turtles on a night dive or explore the mangroves by kayak.
– Travel inland in 4×4’s through rich agricultural mountains to a small village where you’ll be met by an old steam train, still in its original state with the system it runs off dating from 1887 to 1932.
– Visit the ‘tank graveyard’, a stark and moving reminder of Eritrea’s 3-decade long conflict with Ethiopia.
– Explore the capital city of Asmara. Frozen in time, this city was once known as ‘Little Rome’ and offers beautiful Art Deco architecture and a fascinating colonial past.
– The PELORUS Yacht Expeditions team are working alongside a local Sudanese marine life conservation group to encourage visiting yachts to assist in protection efforts for the endangered Arabian Red Sea Shark, identifying and recording their numbers, as well as tagging manta and tentacle rays.
– We are currently negotiating with the Eritrean Governement on how our yacht expeditions can assist in developing protected marine areas through planting buoys to mark restricted fishing and anchoring zones. Our aim is to protect these waters and reefs before there is a surge of tourism to this region.