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Scuba Diving in Sudan
Dive Site: Qita el Banna
Description: Wall dive
Depth: 5 - 35 metres (15 - 115 feet)
Visibility: 20 metres (65 feet)
Qita el Banna is a circular reef with steep sides that drop away to around 500m. As we started off the dive I was enjoying looking at the reef and idly glancing out towards the blue when I heard the distinctive shout of "MANTA!" from James, our dive guide. How he managed to make his voice travel so far and so clearly through water I have no idea! There was indeed a manta skirting along close to the edge of the reef and everyone just hung in the water, taking in its presence as it drifted by. Any sighting of a manta is going to be impressive, but the fact that this was the first I had ever seen made it even more special. I couldn't get the grin off my face for the rest of the day let alone the rest of the dive!
Hammerheads also frequent this reef from time to time, but we'd used our luck up on the manta. I did see a small white tip reef shark hiding under a table coral however and he didn't like being spotted. Aside from the big stuff, this reef is a very picturesque one and it made for an excellent all round dive.
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