"Suakin" Suakin Island by maykal

Suakin Island Travel Guide: 11 reviews and 54 photos

Suakin is an easy day trip from Port Sudan, lying just over an hour to the south. The journey there and back is pretty dull, just desert, sea and a straight road, but Suakin is quite spectacular. Built on an island, the old centre used to be one of the most stunning towns on the African coast, but when the port was moved to a new location to the north, Suakin was abandoned and left to crumble.
Unfortunately, the place has seen an increase in visiting khawajas in recent years, and someone has though up a plan to drain the pockets of any future tourists...entrance to the palace ruins and the island itself was so extortionate that we could not enter and had to be content with the view from afar. Bring more money than you think you'll need!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful setting
  • Cons:Hot and humid, extortionate entrance fee
  • In a nutshell:A place I'd love to return to, but I'll take more money next time!
  • Last visit to Suakin Island: May 2003
  • Intro Updated Oct 7, 2003
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  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    We didn't have to pay in 1993 either. We went by minibus and almost ended up paying for two extra seats so that the bus would move - we'd been waiting half an hour. In the end it filled up.

  • lichinga's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2005 at 1:07 PM

    Here, we've been luckier, as we managed to sleep for some days in Kitchener's House after a short negotiations with an old "warden". Ok, it was in 1980.

  • seratonin's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2003 at 4:49 AM

    Swimmig camels! :-) :-) !!

  • Sheppy's Profile Photo
    Sep 23, 2003 at 1:16 PM

    They charge now? A shame, when I visited it was deserted and magical, you could almost smell the busy port.



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