April 21, 2024

A Complete Guide to Plan Your Liveaboard Vacation in Djibouti

Located on the northeast coast of the Horn of Africa, Djibouti has become a popular liveaboard destination for divers worldwide.

Tucked between the triple juncture of the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, and the East African rift systems, Djibouti is home to a variety of mesmerising diving sites that can give divers the perfect diving experience. In this guide, we’ll take a closer look at Djibouti liveaboard diving and how you can plan your vacation in this magnificent country.

Why Choose Liveaboard Diving in Djibouti?

Djibouti is a country that offers a variety of diving locations. For an average diver, the best way to experience these diving sites is from a liveaboard boat, considering their distance from the main port – all these diving sites are located far into the sea, which means you can’t experience them via one-day scuba diving trips.

One of the best parts of liveaboard diving in Djibouti is the liberty to go on multiple dives each day. Unlike conventional scuba day trips, a liveaboard itinerary is designed to help divers experience multiple dives throughout the day and explore different phases of the underwater world.

Another advantage of choosing a Djibouti liveaboard is the luxurious diving experience. Liveaboard boats like Lucy – offer a plethora of amenities to make your diving adventure more memorable. After each dive, you can return to your air-conditioned cabin or enjoy the sun deck and relax while sailing the seas along the African coast.

Djibouti is a truly off-the-beaten-track destination that few people have visited, with over 300 km of coastline and many spots with an abundance of marine life to dive and explore. A liveaboard vacation will allow you to get away from the tourist centre and experience the sea’s tranquillity in its truest form.  This is the reason why Djibouti is a destination considered to be one of the best for live-aboard diving.

Key Features of Djibouti – The Most Popular Diving Spots

Now, Djibouti is a renowned place among the diving community for 2 mesmerising diving spots, i.e., Seven Brothers and the Gulf of Tadjoura. Most liveaboard operators offer anywhere between 7-10 days of liveaboard vacation packages to both these locations, allowing divers enough time to experience these sites in the best way possible.

Seven Brothers is home to some of the best coral reef structures. During your dives at the Seven Brothers, you can find both hard and soft corals, along with various shipwrecks resting at the bottom of the ocean for decades. These shipwrecks make the entire seascape look more magnificent and allow divers to take a dive down in maritime history.

Seven Brothers is also famous for its migratory sea creatures that come with the strong currents from the Indian Ocean. On your dives here, you can encounter dolphins, big schools of fish, manta rays, even whales and whale sharks.

The Bay of Ghoubet and the Gulf of Tadjoura are the best places to search for whale sharks. The season runs from November until the end of January/February, when these gentle giants arrive in large numbers to feed in the plankton-rich waters. The area is great for both scuba diving and snorkeling to interact with these awesome creatures.

In addition to these dive spots, you can also explore the landscapes on each cruise. A regular liveaboard in Djibouti includes half-day excursions to explore the lake of Assal – the largest salt lake reserve in the world. In short, your liveaboard vacation in Djibouti will ensure that you go back to your home with an abundance of memories.

Required Diving Experience to Go on a Liveaboard Vacation in Djibouti

Since the currents in the region are minimal, you don’t need an advanced diving licence to go scuba diving in Djibouti. The easy diving conditions are suitable for both beginners and experienced divers

Throughout the year, the conditions remain the same, which means you can dive here with a regular Open Water Diver’s licence. It’s also worth pointing out that you can book a cruise throughout the year (apart from mid-July to early September). The weather remains pretty constant and you are bound to experience the most memorable dives, irrespective of the month you choose to visit the country.


Liveaboard diving is one of the best ways to witness the tranquillity of the sea. Whether you’re an avid diver or a beginner, liveaboard diving will allow you to improve your skills. Book a trip to Djibouti with Dive-The-World and experience these luxurious liveaboard cruises.

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Richard Wilson
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Written by Richard Wilson