Lapa Rios Lodge

Blue Force 3 operates in the Sudan (Feb-May) and Egypt’s Red Sea for the remainder of the year. She is a luxurious and spacious 42-meter vessel built to accommodate 25 guests in a range of 12 cabins located over the three decks. There are three suites, two on the upper and one on the lower deck. Eight twin cabins on the lower and main deck. And a triple cabin on the lower deck. The suites have a queen bed, and all cabins have ensuite bathrooms and climate control. There is a large salon with air-conditioning and entertainment system on the upper deck. The dining room is located on the main deck. The sundeck areas are in the bow and stern with shaded areas and a bar.

The dive deck has plenty of space with personal storage for each guest. The dive platform is large for easy entry. There are two zodiacs to ensure perfect pickups and drop offs.

Maximum capacity: 26 passengers in 12 cabins

Length: 42 meters

Beam: 8,7 meters

Draft: 4 meters

Cruise speed: 12 knots

Fuel: 26 Ton

Engines: 2 x 850 HP CATERPILLAR each

Water: 18 Tons plus 2 desalination units x 2 Ton / day

Generators: 2 x Perkins 120 kW; 1 x Caterpillar 80 KW

Electricity: 24 V, 220 V

Navigation: 2 36/48n.m Radar, 2 Ecosounder, GPS 2 LCD colour, 1 Chartplotter,

Communications: 3 Radiotelephone HF, SSB, DSC, satellite phone

Security: fire alarm, fire-extinguishing system, desfibrilator

Inside:
Lower deck: 4 double cabins with one double bed + one single bed (3 to 6) and 2 triple cabins with 3 single beds (1 & 2)

Main deck: 2 double cabins with two single beds with obstructed window. (7 and 8)

Upper deck: 4 double cabins sea view with one double bed + one single bed (9 to 12)

All cabins have air conditioned with separate control and private bath

Sun deck: Solarium.

Common areas: Dining room in main deck and salon with TV.

All common areas have air conditioned with separate controls.

Outside:
Common areas: 2 wide solarium in bow and stern, bar.

Diving:
Aluminum S80 tanks DIN/ INT. S100 tanks available on request.

3 Compressors. Membrane Nitrox system.

2 tenders 6 m. 55 HP engine

Optional: Internet, Rental equipment with a previous booking. S100 tanks, double S80 tank with manifold, stage S40 , sofnolime for rebreathers, Helio.

Sudan – Shark Dive Expedition - "Central & South" Sudan route – 7 nights

Start/Finish: Port Sudan / Port Sudan

Itinerary:
Pecio "Umbria” , Sanganeb Reef, Sha'ab Rumi & Archipielago Suakin
This is the classical and best-known route in Sudan. This includes the mythical “Umbria” wreck and renowned reefs like Sanganeb or Sha'ab Rumi. There we will dive with schools of barracudas, jackfish, sharks, among spectacular coral gardens and the famous and nostalgic remnants of the Pre-continent of Jacques Cousteau.

The rest of the dive sites will be in the Northern area of Suakin Archipielago.  We will enjoy pristine coral reefs, with enormous fan corals, huge amounts of marine life and will look for the big game out there, white tip sharks, grey reef, hammerheads

Day 1: Port Sudan. Upon arrival, immigration and baggage claim. Transfer to Port Sudan. Boarding, welcome cocktail and presentation of the boat and crew.

Days 2-7: Diving cruise route (Centray & South)
Diving cruise with full board and daily plan of 3 - 4 dives per day in the areas of the Wreck of the Umbria, Sha'ab Rumi, Sanganeb Reef, and archipelago of Suakin.

Day 8: Port Sudan: Disembarking in Port Sudan and transfer to the airport.

Useful information
Dives in Sudan are for trained divers. We recommend at least to be advanced certified and a minimum of 50 logged dives. The itinerary can be changed by the captain or the cruise manager due to climatological, security or logistic reasons without any previous advice. To dive in Sudan, it is compulsory to have international certification.

Custom Formalities in Sudan
Passport: The passport is compulsory and it has to be at least 6 months after the return date from the trip. It must have at least 4 empty Visa pages.

Entry Visa in Sudan: Once the booking is confirmed, Blue Force will send a sheet to be filled in by the client and returned us at least 3 weeks before the departure. We will give a copy of the entry VISA before the departure (The original will be given in Port Sudan). It is forbidden to have any stamp or Visa from Israel in the passport.

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