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Djibouti is famous for the salt lake, Lac Assal, which is saltier than the Dead Sea and is the lowest point in Africa. About 90% of Djibouti is flat desert land made up of volcanic rock. Daytime temperatures in the famous Danakil Desert can reach over 50 degrees centigrade in what is one of the lowest and hottest places on the planet.

While the Whale Sharks of Djibouti are the big draw here there are a good number of Red Sea dive sites to choose from: The Step of Obock, The Dhow, The Pass of the Ghoubet El Kharab, The Wreck of Moucha, Arthur Rimbaud & Salem Wrecks, the Mouillage du Boutre, the Dome, Ras Eiro, Red Sands, Shark Tooth, Stone City.

The typical Djibouti Liveaboard itinerary:

Day 1 Saturday - Arrival and welcome by our representative at the Djibouti Airport Transfer to the boat (20 minutes) Welcome drink and briefing Departure for Ras Eiro

Day 2 Sunday – Ras Eiro Diving in Ras Eiro Whale Shark encounters 

Day 3 Monday – Ras Korali Diving in Ras Korali  Whale Shark encounters  

Day 4 Tuesday – Ghoubet Diving near the Pass of the Ghoubet Whale Shark encounters 

Day 5 Wednesday – Ghoubet Diving near the Pass of the Ghoubet (Star Bay) Whale Shark encounters 

Day 6 Thursday – White Sands: Diving at White Sands Beach 

Day 7 Friday – Moucha Island Diving at Moucha Island Return to Djibouti early evening (last dive of the day will be around 14h00, so return flights must be planned accordingly to allow at least 18 hours)  Transfer to the Sheraton Hotel (or similar)

Day 8 Saturday - Optional excursion to Lake Assal Return to Djibouti City at around 15h00 Transfer to the Djibouti Airport 

Today, the legacy of the French colonists in the form of an army garrison, helps to make Djibouti a safe and stable country in a somewhat unstable part of the world. Djibouti city itself is not particularly attractive, crumbling colonial buildings, bars, nightclubs and some very good restaurants serving French, Ethiopian and Italian dishes. 

Optional Excursion:

On Wilfred Thesiger's footsteps

Special volcano

The Desert Scorpions

On Rimbaud footsteps

On the footsteps of Monfreid

Another Djibouti

On the salt road

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