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