Maybe Don Questo is not the most beatiful boat… but it is a reliable one.
Built to work in the European North Sea. Excellent seaworthiness and ability to withstand the harshest and most extreme weather and sea conditions. The ship is able to moor / keep station in many places and conditions in which the typical recreational diving vessel would have to run for shelter. This allows for minimum interruption to the scuba diving program and offers plenty of options in the event of a sudden deterioration in the weather. This is particularly important in the South / Deep South.
Our guide(s) ALWAYS CHECK THE CURRENT CONDITIONS prior to each dive, in order to choose the most appropriate and safest entry point to for the dive. Do others do this?
BACK TO THE ZODIAC
Our guide(s) show you where the zodiac is near the end of each dive and where you have to surface when the dive is completed (if you followed them…). You do not have to float to wait for the zodiac to collect you and we always try and emerge at the zodiac.
NUMBER OF DIVERS ON BOARD
The MAXIMUM number of divers on board is 17. That is quite different from 20/22 people when you have to dive on other boats, isn’t it?
WE ALL JUMP TOGETHER from the zodiacs.
There are no different categories of groups/zodiacs. Thanks to the fact that our boat only accepts a maximum of 17 divers we do not need to schedule dives at different times. All divers jump into the water together and the first part of the dive is spent together by following a specific dive plan in order to ensure every diver has the best opportunities to see sharks.
We have been working in Sudan for many years (since 1998) and are aware of environmental issues. Our boat DOES NOT anchor in a damaging way on the pristine Sudanese reefs and most of times we prefer floating even if it is more demanding for our experienced Captain and crew Our environmentally friendly approach is the main reason that our boat has been chosen for scientific expeditions by scientists and researchers several times in the last few years, including the famous Cousteau Society.
SOUTH AND DEEP SOUTH CRUISES
We have been exploring the South and Deep South part of the Sudanese Red Sea since 2008 and we have discovered many diving sites (at least 21), and therefore we know by experience which are the right scuba diving sites to explore in accordance with the weather, sea and current conditions. Our maps and the names we gave to sites are sometimes even used on the web sites of our competitors.
The wide and regular spaces of the diving area, with comfortable individual places for tanks and equipment.
The vast open space of the sundeck, abundant for all the guests at the same time.
The privacy of the cabins, all independent, with washbasin with warm and cold running water.
The almost limitless water availability (12.000 liters), a watermaker and a powerful boiler, than will allow you plenty of hot water for showers.
The comfort of the domestic w.c.’s with single flush action.
The speed of the two powerful tenders, with 55 hp engines, that always guarantee a safe, quick and reliable journey to your dive spot.
The advanced nautical equipment that allows you to plan the route of your choice, without worrying about adverse weather conditions.
The dimensions and the displacement of the ship, for a smooth and safe navigation.
The safety of having a hyperbaric chamber on board.
The safety, and advantage, of steel tanks with H-valves A-clamp to DIN fitting.
The comfort and the safety of the hydraulic platform for the tenders.
The safety factor of having redundant devices (two tenders, four generators, three compressors): also in case of any breakdown the cruise is always saved!