Djibouti should be at the top of every divers list for those in search of whalesharks, dolphins, and manta rays.

From mid October to February, plankton blooms develop in an enclosed bay names The Gulf of Tadjourah near Djibouti City. Although whalesharks can be seen throughout the year, encounters are especially common during this time. The plankton-rich waters attract many of the great pelagic species.

Over 200 species of coral are found in Djibouti making it an extremely diverse ecosystem. Currents coming in from the Indian Ocean cause large marine animals such as whale sharks, pilot whales, beaked whales, sharks, manta rays, and dolphins more likely to be seen in the Djiboutian waters. It’s also very common to see large schools of stingrays, barracudas and groupers.

The Arabian Aggressor offers 7-night trips departing from the Port of Djibouti. The charter runs Friday to Friday visiting three areas off the coast; the Seven Brothers Islands, Gulf of Tadjourah and Ghoubet al Kharab.  There will be multiple dives offered though out the week with an average of 5 per day, plus snorkeling with the whale sharks 2 of the days and night diving when possible.

Water temperature range from 74 - 84F, 23 - 29C. 3mm wetsuit recommended in the summer and 5mm wetsuit in the winter.

There are 2 tenders, 1 - 8' x 21' and 1 - 6' x 16'. One shore excursion is normally offered. All dives are from tenders

Sample Itineraries

Djibouti Dive Sites & Itineraries

Moucha Island: Sunday morning starts with a check out dive here. This island is part of a group of islands off the coast. The yacht will then cruise to the Seven Brothers.

Seven Brothers Islands: The Seven Brothers Islands (also called Sawabi) are one of the highlights of scuba diving trips to Djibouti. The archipelago is a chain of six volcanic islands; the seventh brother is not an island but a volcanic hill at the northern tip of Ras Siyyan. Siguated near the strait of Bad-El-Mandab, just south of the entrance to the Red Sea, these islands are connected by a stunning reef system with amazing drop offs, untouched soft and hard corals, pelagic, giant jacks, manta rays, mobulas, snapper and lots of schooling fish.rn

Laying between the Ras Siyyan penninsula and the six islands is the wreck of the White Lady. This unknown ship did not reveal all her secrets and is covered with a deep layer of white flora and inhabited with lots of fish. Photographers will love this dive.

Gulf of Tadjourah: This is a basin within the horn of Africa that lies at the entrance of the Red Sea and connect to the open ocean as well as the Gulf of Tadjourah. This favorite has sea walls which have caves to dive through. Many species of sharks are found here as well as beautiful coral. You will see different species of sharks and underwater volcanic islands to dive around. The Gulf of Tadjourah has plankton blooms that attract great pelagic species. Recent research has recognized the particular importance of the bay in the development of juvenile whale sharks which stay within the safe confines of Djibouti’s coast line. Also attracted are manta rays, beaked and pilot whales.


#1 Sample Itinerary Seven Brothers:

Saturday: Arrival in Djibouti and transfer to Arabian Aggressor

Sunday: Check out dive at Mousha Island, Obock then cruise to Seven Brothers

Monday: 3 dives at Seven Brothers, Chinese Garden, Boeing East, night dive on the big island Tueday: 3 dives at Seven Brothers, The South Island, the East Island, Japanese Garden

Wednesday: 3 dives Seven Brothers, 2 dives at White Lady wreck, night dive on the big island

Thursday: 3 dives Seven Brothers, the South Island, The Arch of Tolka and the Round Island

Friday: Boeing West, Les Marches d'Obock

Saturday: Breakfast then transfer to Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport


#2 Sample Itinerary Seven Brothers/Tadjourah:

Saturday: Arrival in Djibouti and transfer to Arabian Aggressor

Sunday: Check out dive at Mousha Island, Obock then cruise to Seven Brothers

Monday: 3 dives at Seven Brothers, Chinese Garden, Boeing East, The Arch of Tolka

Tueday: 3 dives at Seven Brothers, The South Island, the East Island, Japanese Garden

Wednesday: 2 dives Seven Brothers, The South Island, The Round Island, then cruise to Obock for 3rd dive, cruise to Ras Koralie

Thursday: Snorkeling with Whale Sharks in Ras Korali area

Friday: Snorkeling with Whale Sharks in Ras Korali area

Saturday: Breakfast then transfer to Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport


#3 Sample Itinerary Seven Brothers/Tadjourah:

Saturday: Arrival in Djibouti and transfer to Arabian Aggressor

Sunday: Check out dive at Mousha Island, Faon wreck, overnight at Mousha Islands

Monday: Ras Eiro, snorkeling with whale sharks, Ile Du Requins, night dive and overnight in Ras Eiro ueday: The Dom, snorkeling with whale sharks, Baie Des Etoiles

Wednesday: La Vierge Rouge, The Crack, snorkeling with whale sharks, Baie de l'Etoile

Thursday: Sec de la Passe, Le Boulevard du Cecap, snorkeling with whale sharks, overnight at Ras Korali

Friday: Snorkeling with Whale Sharks Faon wreck, night in Djibouti Bay with visit to the city

Saturday: Breakfast then transfer to Djibouti-Ambouli International Airportrn

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