Diving in Djibouti
When you invite friends and acquaintances to diving safaris in Djibouti, 85% people ask: “And where is it?” The answer is “near Eritrea” does not all.
But it is more important then the question “why?” In Djibouti, but rather in the local Tugursky Bay, going specifically to dive with whale sharks. In the Gulf, in the period from late October to March, the winds and currents create conditions for the rapid development of plankton, which attracts whale sharks and other sea creatures. As you know – whale – biggest shark and the biggest fish on Earth (measured maximum length – 13.7 m). Despite these dimensions, the whale shark is absolutely safe for humans because it eats only plankton. And here goes the people in this small country to meet these enormous beauties. Such a number of whale sharks will not find anywhere else in the world!
If the Maldives on their long and tedious watch, and then chasing one man by 30, then to Djibouti meet the young whale flocks up to 20 individuals! During our Safari in late November 2009, the crowds did not see, next to the ship simultaneously used up to nine sharks. Small meters… 7-9 Whale circled slowly on the spot right at the water surface, sometimes going in depth. And the whole dance repeated every day.
Underwater world Tjurskogo Bay is impressive even experienced divers. Rich and intact coral thickets, rocky ridges, canyons and ridges, a flock of mackerel, snappers, Jack fish and Pompano, barracudas and groupers. People come here to the divers – the Bay is protected from waves and the water is like a mirror.
Overall, the diving in Djibouti attractive richness of life and her virginity. During one Safari you have the opportunity to see hammerheads, grey, and white tip sharks-foxes, turtles, manta rays, lobsters… In coastal waters there are 3 species of Dolphin. The place is wild and exciting. And certainly no liveaboard vessels crowding at dive sites.
The Safari program is usually included and ground program. Djibouti belongs to the sacred Islands of Mascali, mush Tajur in the Gulf, the Islands of the Seven Brothers, and on the territory of the country are the famous lake Assal and Abbe.
Salt lake Assal is located on 157 meters below sea level, is the lowest point of the African continent. The surrounding landscape is fantastic – black volcanic mountains and sparkling white ice field of wet salt.
Freshwater lake Abbe . located in the South-West of the country, on the border with Ethiopia. The water in the lake – rich mineral hot springs and freshwater rivers of Aush. Tourists are attracted by the exotic moonscape of the local wild ducks and pink flamingos.
In the past Djibouti was a French colony with the melodic name “French Somaliland”.
Now the country has a Republican form of government. The head of state is the President head of government Prime Minister. Legislative power belongs to the National Assembly. National motto: Unity, Equality, Peace.
The capital city of Djibouti.
The population of 540 thousand people, mainly here live peoples of afar and Issa, also a lot of non-natives, Arabs, Somalis, French and other immigrants from Europe. 94% Sunni Muslim, 6% Christian.
The official languages are Arabic and French.
A small country – an area of 23.4 thousand square km.
The relief is predominantly mountainous. The coastal plain in the East gives way to the volcanic plateau in the South and in the center, then to the North passes in the mountain range. The highest point is mount Musa Ali (2021 m).
The climate is tropical, hot and dry. Mean monthly air temperature kept in the range of 27-32oC, reaching a maximum in July – 42-OS. The hottest period is from may to September. In November 27-28 degrees. The average annual rainfall of the order of 60-130 mm, most of which falls in the mountains, and Mable. Drinking water is in short supply.
Flora of Djibouti mainly typical for deserts and consists of a variety of grasses and Acacias. In the mountains of the Year there is a relict forest: olive tree, arborvitae, boxwood, juniper, dracaena. And in the valleys of the mountain range is the typical date palm, palm songs. On the coast and Islands there are mangrove forests.
The fauna is diverse and is represented by the inhabitants of deserts, savannas, forests and sea coasts: antelopes, hyenas, warthogs, honey, mongoose, monkeys, jackals, monitor lizards, cobras and pythons, Saharan foxes and many birds. Among the birds (about 240 species) there are several rare species of ostriches.
The optimum time to travel to Djibouti from November to mid-April, this period is the least hot.
If you arrive in Djibouti in November or December, you will see one of the best starbursts on the planet — up to 60 multicolored meteors per hour!
In the Gulf of Tadjoura the weather is always calm, and in Bab-El-Mandeb Strait and the Gulf of Aden there are strong winds and storms.
Water temperature: 28-30°C.
Visibility: near Islands and the coast of the sea up to 40 meters in the Gulf of Tadjoura from 5 to 15 m, the depth is better, closer to the surface worse.
The Strait of La petite pass that leads to the Creek Harrab, provides the opportunity for excellent drift dives. The flow rate here is 3-4 node, depth 30-40 m of the Rock wall, lots of fish, any meetings.