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Dive Review of Don Questo in
Africa/Sudan

Don Questo: "Great Diving and Beautiful Reefs", Apr, 2018,

by ROBERT PECORARO, HI, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 10271.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The Don Questo is an Italian run liveaboard out of Port Sudan. The Captain and part owner, Lorenzo, has been operating out of Port Sudan for twenty years. Although the boat is not much to look at, it is quite functional as a dive platform. It has a hydraulic lift on the stern which hoists the small tenders out of the water so that divers in full gear can enter/exit the tender from a steady platform on deck. The rooms are basic, but comfortable. There are fans in the rooms and A/C in the hallways, which makes for comfortable cabins without having cold A/C blowing directly on the occupants, causing colds. Each room has a sink and each deck has a few bathrooms and showers, which are shared. The food was plentiful and delicious. The divemasters, although new to the boat, were quite good fun to dive with. The Captain went on many of the dives to ensure that the guests were enjoying themselves. He is very familiar with the dive sites in Port Sudan. He actually discovered some of the sites. He was excellent at avoiding other boats at the same site. We were on a two-week “Deep South” cruise. We only saw other boats on the first full day and on the last day. We almost always had the dive sites to ourselves. The guest were of various nationalities and the Captain and crew spoke English. The diving is geared toward experienced divers. A typical dive takes place at an underwater pinnacle with a deep dropoff or wall. Divers that wanted could follow the divemasters into the blue to look for big stuff, normally schooling Scalloped Hammerheads. The divers would hang out in the blue for around 15 to 20 minutes before heading back to the pinnacle to swim into shallower water and healthy reefs. The max depth was 45 meters/148 feet. If you did not want to go into the blue, you could hang out close to the reef and the other divers would catch up when they returned to the pinnacle. The currents varied from almost zero to strong. The boat used large capacity steel tanks so that divers would have plenty of air to off gas during deco stops, which were common with this type of diving. The tanks were fitted with “Y” valves, which could accommodate a two-regulator setup, if the diver so desired. The tanks were heavy and we did not need any additional weight when diving in a wetsuit. Overall, it is a well-run operation and great value for your money. The Don Questo is scheduled around the flights into Port Sudan and will pick up and return divers to the airport. Their agents will handle your visa needs for a fee, which is quite convenient and definitely worth it. Communication throughout the whole process of booking through arrival was excellent. If you’re not looking for luxury, and just want to do some awesome diving, then this boat is for you.
Websites Don Questo   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Continental US, Hawaii, caribbean, Indo Pacific, Africa, Asia, South Pacific, Antarctica
Closest Airport Port Sudan Getting There Short flight from Dubai to Port Sudan

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 81-83°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80-120 Ft/ 24-37 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 45 meters/148 ft. Dives were no longer than 1 hour
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The subjects are big fish, such as sharks and large predators. There are beautiful, healthy reefs and fantastic visibility. There are few invertebrates. Schooling hammerheads are the stars of the day and there is an abundance of beautiful reef fish. The boat is not really set up for photographers. There is a small lounge where cameras can be stored and batteries charged. We have medium sized rigs and we did ok. People with large rigs may be frustrated. There is no dedicated rinse tank for cameras. Just a coupe of small plastic containers that divers use to rinse everything.
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