It’s about 80 miles from Port Sudan,
3 miles NNE from Angarosh, 17 miles as the crow flies from Mohamed Qol.
An iron pylon, 30 mt. high, built on a square quay made of concrete,
(two white flashes every 18 seconds), points out the coral barrier at the extreme North of the traditional cruises departing from Port Sudan. To sail across Abington, towards the “Deep North”, it takes two weeks cruising, otherwise it’s necessary to start the cruise embarking from Mohamed Qol in order to reduce the sailing miles. Beyond this imaginary boundary, there are lots of charming reefs hardly explored, only by a few boats in transit, an area sparsely attended between Sudan and Egypt…
It’s not as fascinating as the lighthouse of Sanganeb, nevertheless its charm is made of distance and solitude. In the middle of the blue sea, as any self-respecting lighthouse, it gives a strong emotion: all alone it reminds of the wise and human gesture for the safety of night sailing.
Abington rises from the bottom, around the reef depths are over 300 mt. Dives are wall to wall. You can go diving on the North side, double checking that the sea is not rough. Another really nice dive is on the East side, going around the peak and going back on the South side. White-tipped sharks are quite usual, it’s possible to meet up with a school of hammerhead sharks, pelagic fish and the mantas.
Very fascinating and exciting is the vertical overhanging cliff drop. Interesting some caves among 15 to 18 mt. In general corals, alcyonarians and gorgonia enjoy good health, they didn’t suffer from the temperature increase of the water during the Summer 2011.