Port Sudan, 79800, Sudan
More about Port Sudan
the mountains behind Port Sudan from the air
the port from the Hilton Hotel
birds on the rooftop
looking across to the port
plzz help me:)
hey,, i want to know what can i do in portsudan in 2 weeks?? as i get bored quickly:( so i hope to find things to do there,, plz anyone tell me the places to go and the activities i can do there..thanks
Re: plzz help me:)
Not much unless you have lots of money and like diving off the coral reefs. A trip to Suakin is Ok but the ruins are becoming even more ruined. The Red Sea Hills are also ok, but I'm afraid you will get bored very quickly unless you have friends there.
Re: plzz help me:)
thank u much,, sorry i'm late,, i did go there,, but the weather was sooo hooot:( so i did'nt enjoy so much,,therefor never ever anyone go there in july and augest.. but the good thing is that i made new friends there:) thank u
Travel Tips for Port Sudan
Port sudan celebrates Mawlid an-Nabi (Prophet Mohammed's birthday) in a big way. They even have a whole square dedicated to the festivities which last for ten days. Hundreds of stalls sell special halawiyat (sweets) for the occasion, while at the other end of the square there are enclosures for all the main Sufi divisions where men go to pray and chant all night long. It is supposed to be a family occasion, although women were rare inside the enclosure...we found out why later on, as we saw security police wielding batons denying entry to groups of women...such a shame that they weren't allowed to enjoy the Mawlid too... The Sudanese actually have a phrase connected to Port Sudan's celebrations for the Mawlid. If you have disappeared for a few days and a friend asks where you've been, a comic answer is to say "but I was in Sahat al-Mawlid (Mawlid Square)", as it is supposed to be the most crowded place in all Sudan duriong the festival, so many people get lost there!
Prepare for heat!
You'll have to cover up, but that doesn't mean that you have to overheat. Open shoes, a shirt and a thin pair of trousers is what most men wear, adn I'm sure foreign women could get away with that too, with the addition of a headscarf (if you disagree with this custom, think of it as protecting your head from the sun!) Suncream is essential, as is mosquito repellent. Bring a high factor suncream, as the sun is strong, and the humidity means that it will wash off with sweat very quickly. Bring a photo permit, and don't try to take any pictures of the port, even though this is Port Sudan's major attraction. Films can be bought locally, but the heat may mean they are not of best quality.
Diving at the coral reefs
The Red Sea reefs near Port Sudan are still largely unspoiled ,or were a decade ago.
The water is clear and warm. The coral reefs can be seen clearly even without diving equipment.
The only problem is getting out to the reefs which can be quite expensive if you try to arrange things yourself.
I have not got any personal information on agencies.
Try google or
ammour.com/sudan.html When we chartered a boat we were given equipment and basic instructions on how to use it.
Dip your toes into a warm bath...
Head north out of town to a seaside suburb (not sure of the name, but I'll find out), and you can visit a proper beach. Don't go imagining sand, parasols, suncream and swimmers...this is really nothing more than a rubbish dump next to the sea, but it is interesting to see how life goes on in this quarter. There are many student dormitories nearby, so you might see a few football matches taking place on patches of wasteground. Veiled women wade through the shallows, the tips of their tobes lapped by waves, while children poke sticks at jellyfish, and fishermen wash down their boats at sunset. Further along, a group of barbers do brisk business cutting men's hair in the sea...well, I suppose they don't have to worry about sweeping the floor afterwards! If you paddle, try to avoid stepping on a jellyfish, a rusty old can, or a patch of wet mud.
Some of the fishermen agreed to take us out in their boats if we'd returned the next morning...we didn't return, but it might be worth a try if you're into that sort of thing.
Red Sea Coast
I did it right this time for a change..went out to the coast at the end of my trip instead of the begining...a 12 hour bus ride from Khartoum and here I am along one of the least visited stretches of the Red Sea coast. For the most part Port Sudan is an industrial port with the passenger ferries headed in and out of Suakin about an hour South of here. On the other hand Port Sudan has an airport for those wishing to avoid the overland trip from Khartoum and it is where most of the dive boats are home ported. In fact for most tourists this is the most they see of Sudan as the often opt to avoid Khartoum all together. While there is no Club Med here there are a few nice hotels and two resorts up the coast if you are looking to escape to a secluded spot.