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Djibouti's coastline is on the southwestern extremity of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Tadjourah. Between September and January, it is home to resting migrating whale sharks. It is common to see many whale sharks including juveniles who stay within the safe confines of the coast line.
Coral cover isn't so great in the southern Red Sea, but there are a lot of fish, with the chance of some unusual encounters like giant nudibranch and mobula rays.
Djibouti is a liveaboard destination.
- The best dive sites are in the north, around the Seven Brothers islands. These remote uninhabited islands lie in the narrow Bab El-Mandab straits, which marks the southern entrance to the Red Sea. A range of superb dive sites offers some of Djibouti's most bio-diverse diving. Strong currents (so advanced divers only!) and extremely fine corals are a feature of many of the dives around the Sept Freres.
- Visit from mid-October to late January and you have chance to see the extraordinary whale shark aggregation at Arta Beach, but the visibility is poor. Visibility during UK summer time is better, but there's less chance of seeing the whale sharks and it's very, very hot.