A liveaboard-only diving destination, Djibouti sits on the far southern edge of the Red Sea. Coral coverage isn’t great, but fish life is prolific and migrating whale sharks visit each winter.
Located on the southern shore of the Red Sea, Djibouti is famous for its whale shark aggregation. From September to January, whale sharks, including juveniles, migrate through Arta Beach. Other famous diving areas include Seven Brothers in the Bab El-Mandab straits, the Gulf of Tadjoura and Ghoubet Al Kharab. Here, divers may see dolphins, manta rays, pilot whales and many shark species. In addition, over 200 species of coral are present, although coral coverage isn’t as good as other Red Sea destinations. There is no land-based diving infrastructure, so this is a liveaboard-only destination. Typical itineraries last 7 nights, and the best time to dive Djibouti is from October to January.