completed - group trip Djibouti

with Nina from NiCe Dive & Trips

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Jacques Cousteau declared Djibouti as a diving paradise, highlighting its sensational reefs and the giants of the seas.

When: January 29, 2024 - February 10, 2024
Available Spots: 9

Join us for a land stay and diving safari with the M/Y Lucy!

Travel Price per Person starting from 3,358 Euros (excluding flight) - detailed description of included services below.

Djibouti is one of the unique destinations, far from mass tourism at the southern entrance of the Red Sea. Suitable for adventurers and those who prefer vacations in less touristy places.

What makes Djibouti special is that divers have access to two seas: the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea in the Gulf of Aden. Djibouti is known for its large marine life, especially whale sharks, which can be found in the waters during the winter months. However, the coral growth and abundance of fish also contribute to beautiful underwater experiences.

A dive trip to Djibouti is particularly popular in the winter months from late October to March when populations of whale sharks are regularly encountered. It's worth mentioning that the plankton-rich water attracts these gentle giants, which can sometimes result in reduced visibility.

Who's joining: I, Nina, will accompany you on this journey and am already looking forward to unforgettable moments and new experiences.

Of course, we can also arrange a suitable flight connection and an additional land stay for you.

Learn more about Nina

Diving Trip Itinerary - Djibouti

Day 1

Arrival in Djibouti.

Overnight stay at Djibouti Palace Kempinski including breakfast.

Day 2

Djibouti City Tour.

Dinner at Yemeni Style Fish Restaurant.

Overnight stay at Djibouti Palace Kempinski (including breakfast).

Day 3

Excursion to Lac Abbe (4x4 vehicles) including driver + guide + lunch.

Overnight stay at Neem Farm including dinner and breakfast.

Day 4

Excursion to Lac Assal including lunch.

Overnight stay at Djibouti Palace Kempinski (including breakfast).

Days 5 - 12


Diving safari with the M/Y Lucy.

Route: Seven Brothers-Evangelista-Whalesharks-The Crack.

Transfer to Djibouti Airport.

Diving Safari Djibouti with M/Y Lucy

Seven Brothers

The diving area of Seven Brothers Islands, also known as Sawabi, consists of a chain of six volcanic islands. The seventh brother is not an island but a volcanic hill located at the northern tip of Ras Siyyan. The islands are uninhabited and are situated near the Bab El-Mandab Strait, south at the entrance to the Red Sea. These islands are connected by a breathtaking reef system, featuring a combination of steep walls and soft and hard corals, making the dives particularly beautiful. The chance of encountering large fish such as mantas, mobulas, and giant trevallies is particularly good at the Seven Brothers, and schools of unusually large snappers are regularly spotted. The wreck "The White Lady" is also in this dive area and can be explored in favorable weather conditions.

Whale Sharks - Gulf of Tadjourah

From mid-October to February, a plankton bloom occurs in the bay known as the "Gulf of Tadjourah." While whale sharks can be sighted throughout the year, encounters with these gentle giants are especially frequent during this period. Young whale sharks particularly like to stay within the safe confines of Djibouti's coastline.

The Crack

Another unique and thrilling dive in Djibouti is "The Crack." During this dive, you can touch two continents, as the African, Arabian, and Somali plates meet here.

Evangelista Submarine

Another highlight of our diving safari is that we will dive the recently discovered Evangelista Torricelli, an Italian submarine from World War II.

The exact route and visited sites may be subject to local regulations, guest experiences, weather conditions, and logistics and are at the captain's discretion.

Djibouti Palace Kempinski

 

The Djibouti Palace Kempinski is located by the sea, a 10-minute drive from the Église Éthiopienne Orthodoxe Tewahido St Gabriel du Soleil Cathedral. This five-star hotel is 3.4 km from the Port of Djibouti and 3.9 km from Mercado Central. The hotel features a wellness area offering massages, body treatments, and facials. There are two outdoor pools, and the private beach is just a few meters away. Guests can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi and a concierge service. The hotel has a total of 320 rooms, each equipped with a minibar.


Dschibuti Palace Kempinski

Lac Abbe 

Lake Abbe is part of a chain of six interconnected lakes, including Gargori, Laitali, Gummare, Bario, and Afambo. Lake Abbe is the centerpiece of the Afar Depression, where three tectonic plates converge. The scenery is unique, with shores dotted with hundreds of limestone chimneys, some reaching up to 50 meters in height. These chimneys have formed from deposits of hot underwater thermal springs. In the last millennia, the area has risen by about 100 meters. While it may seem uninhabited, nomadic Afar people call the region home, where hot mineral springs support vegetation, allowing Afar camels, goats, and sheep to graze. The lakes are also known for their flamingo populations.

Neem Farm


Neem Farm in Djibouti

The Neem Farm is located near the village of As Eyla in the Horn of Africa, less than three hours from Djibouti City. The climate is hot and dry almost year-round. The farm is situated in gardens along a wadi, creating the appearance of an oasis.

Ernst Götsch is renowned for agroforestry systems and agricultural ecology. He came to Brazil in 1984 to work on a farm with old, degraded areas. His agronomic and practical research focuses on the symbiosis that arises when trees and crops are combined.

The introduction of a completely new form of regenerative agroforestry on a vegetable farm is a pioneering project in Djibouti. "On the Neem Farm, we decided to be inspired by this research and cultivate various fruit trees: mango, papaya, lemon, banana, date, and guava. In addition, we also grow vegetables: eggplants, tomatoes, melons, watermelons, chilies, carrots, corn, onions, lettuce, and herbs. Chickens, horses, cows, and goats complete this ensemble."

The Neem tree (Azadirachta indica) originates from India and is a fast-growing, deciduous tree that can reach a height of 20 meters. It is known for its resistance to drought and can tolerate very high temperatures. It also grows in areas with an annual rainfall of less than 400 mm but is largely dependent on the water table, as is the case on the Neem Farm. Due to these advantages, hundreds of Neem trees have been planted on the Neem Farm over the last ten years with the goal of producing "Neem oil."

On-site, visitors can enjoy homemade dishes using farm products in the restaurants. The surroundings also offer opportunities for buggy rides, bike tours, camel rides, or hikes.

Lac Assal 

Located in the center of Djibouti, west of the Gulf of Aden in the Afar Depression, Lake Assal covers a total area of 54 kmÂČ. The water surface of Lake Assal is approximately 157 meters below sea level, making the shores the lowest point in Africa. Underground sources draw water from the Indian Ocean, replenishing the lake. Lake Assal is the second-saltiest body of water on Earth outside of Antarctica. With a salt content of 35%, it is about ten times higher than that of oceans, approximately 2 to 7 percentage points higher than that of the Dead Sea.

Djibouti Group Trip

Land activities and diving liveaboard with M/Y Lucy

Travel Price per Person starting from 3,358 Euros (excluding flight)

Services included in the price:

Accommodation:

  • Djibouti Palace Kempinski (3 nights)
  • Neem Farm (1 night)

Excursions:

  • Lac Abbe + Lac Assal

Liveaboard:

  • February 3rd to February 10th, 2023 (7 nights)
  • Transfer: Kempinski – Lucy & Lucy – Djibouti Airport

Services included during the liveaboard:

  • Transfer to/from Kempinski Hotel/Djibouti Airport
  • 7 nights on M/Y Lucy in a 1/2 double cabin on the lower deck
  • Up to 16 dives (+ night dives)
  • Full board
  • Snacks, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Dive guides, weights, and 12L tank

Services not included in the liveaboard price:

  • Visa (currently $25)
  • Transfer Djibouti Airport – Djibouti Palace Kempinski
  • Tips
  • Safari fees – $100 to be paid in cash on-site
  • Not mentioned excursions/meals/drinks
  • Private expenses
  • Diving courses
  • 15L tank
  • Rental equipment
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Diving and travel insurance

Ein Auszug der möglichen Flugverbindungen

  • Vienna: from 870 Euros (with layover)
  • Frankfurt: from 940 Euros (with layover)


Arrival Airport in Djibouti: Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport
The diving safari starts and ends at the port of Djibouti City.

About M/Y Lucy Djibouti

The motor yacht M/Y Lucy measures 37.5 meters in length and accommodates 22 guests. The safari ship has a total of eight double cabins on the lower deck, two double cabins on the main deck, and two single cabins. Each cabin is equipped with individually adjustable air conditioning, a private bathroom, and a minibar.

Guests can relax on various seating areas on the upper deck. The salon serves three meals daily in buffet style, and snacks are provided in between.

The dive deck offers ample space, and charging stations are provided. Two to three dives are offered daily, including night dives, allowing for up to 16 dives during a one-week tour.

M/Y Lucy Dschibuti

It is advisable to check the current information with the respective embassies or consulates.

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Diving Safari Guidelines for Djibouti

The execution of diving safaris is subject to weather conditions, sea conditions, local regulations, and the experience of participating divers. Therefore, there is no guarantee for reaching specific reefs.

Requirements:

  • A valid diving medical certificate, not older than 1 year, is mandatory.
  • A valid diving certification (PADI-AOWD, CMAS** or CMAS* depending on the number of logged dives) is required.
  • A minimum of 40 logged dives must be demonstrated.
  • The last dive should not be more than 1 year ago.
  • Important: Bring a copy of your passport, a valid diving insurance, and a surface marker buoy (SMB).
  • A valid diving insurance is mandatory.

Your safety is our priority, and adherence to these guidelines ensures a secure and enjoyable diving experience.