Djibouti Diving Holidays: An Overview

Djibouti's holiday trump card lies away from it's desiccated deserts, and in fact beneath the waves that lap the shoreline. Djibouti's strategic importance, a fact not lost on the current American garrison nor the French before them, is control of one side of the Bab-el-Mandab, literally the 'Straits of Grief', the narrow point where the Red Sea meets the Gulf of Aden. All shipping heading to or from the Suez Canal must pass through this 20-mile wide point, but happily so must all migratory marine life. As a serendipitous result this is one of the very best places in the world to see that subaquatic wonder, the whale shark, close up. We can arrange for diving trips to see these and many other species, but more often than not snorkelling is as easy and guaranteed a method of seeing the action.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • One of the top spots for whale sharks at the right time of year.
  • Despite being considered a relatively unknown holiday destination, it's very safe - the US military's Horn of Africa Combined Joint Task Force is based in the country.

Our Guide to Djibouti Diving Holidays

Spanning just 8,800 square miles Djibouti may be tiny, but even then it has one of Africa's lowest population densities. It becomes plainly obvious why that might be once you spend any time here - much of the country consists of bleak (but extremely beautiful) desert scenery that is so otherworldly that it has doubled up for alien planets in a number of movies.

There is much to commend this little known country, not least the sparsely populated and beautiful landscape, but for lovers of the water, the biggest draw is without a doubt the virtually guaranteed whale sharks that can be found here between October and February each year.

As a destination in and of itself, diving in Djibouti is worth considering but combine with a visit to Ethiopia and you have the makings of a stunning and adventurous holiday.

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