Tamashiya is a good place to check your equipment and to get to know your dive buddies. Here you can also spot the white domes of the small islands in the Suakin Archipelago from afar. The archipelago is part of a 1,500-square-kilometre national park in the Sudanese Red Sea, and it is known for being one of the best diving sites in the world.
From Port Sudan, head south for approximately 7.5 hours until you reach Tamashiya, a small island in the north of the archipelago with white sand and the typical vegetation of arid climates. The reef has a slightly rectangular shape. It gently slopes down to the bottom creating a beautiful coral garden (at a depth of 15m) with large, lush coral heads.
Right after jumping off the boat, you can see two slender pinnacles standing a few metres apart with a shape that resembles a boletus mushroom. They are almost completely encrusted with colourful soft corals. A light current will push you as you glide over large table corals, different types of fire corals, and large mounds of giant pore corals. Many different species of gobies and butterflyfish dot the great big blue.
This is a great place for a check dive: similar to an aquarium, it will prepare you for the dives that follow. It is worth exploring Tamashiya’s northwest side as well. From the mooring point, head west to reach a sandy plateau and a little drop-off scattered with large coral heads. The abundance of life found here as well as the weak current allow for thrilling night dives.
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