Whale Sharks in Djibouti
Why this trip?

During this 4-days action-packed itinerary, you'll discover the best of Djibouti. Dive or snorkel with the whale sharks, witness astonishing landscapes, and explore the Djiboutian side of the Great Danakil Depression.

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Covid-19 safety measures during this trip

This trip is recommended by Yared Tour as a covid-19 safe travel experience in Ethiopia. This means that different aspects of the trip have been carefully considered in terms of physical distancing and hygiene standards. Djibouti is a vast country and the rural areas in particular are sparsely populated.

During this trip you can expect:
- Face masks provided for travellers
- Careful selection of accommodation providers with high hygiene standards
- Driver/guide trained in health and safety, first aid and covid-19 protocols
- Vehicles regularly sanitized
- Social distancing encouraged throughout the trip
- Hand sanitiser provided for travellers and driver/guides
- Temperature checks for travellers upon start of tour

Day 1: Flight to Djibouti and relax

Early morning you will fly from Addis Ababa to Djibouti. Upon arrival you will meet your tour guide & driver for the coming days.

Djibouti requires a 2-3 hours quarantine, as fast testing will be done upon arrival. Once test results come in, you can relax in het hotel, or take a quick walk around the area, depending on the hotel you are staying.

Enjoy the sun and the balmy sea breeze. Once the sun sets, Djibouti city starts to revive. You can either have dinner in the hotel or follow the local guide into the city and dicover fresh sea food!

Day 2: Snorkeling with whale sharks at Arta Beach

In the morning, after breakfast you transfer from the hotel to the harbor. Jump into the speedboat and sail for 45 minutes to 'Plage Arta' or 'Arta Beach'. Here you will discover the extraordinary gathering of the whale sharks around the coast. This morning you will snorkel and swim with these incredible friendly, vegetarian creatures of the sea.

After lunch, you will spend the rest of the day at the beach, enjoying the sun, the azure ocean, and dazzling surroundings. In the afternoon you will sail back to the mainland and transfer back to the hotel. Enjoy the colorful sunset over the red sea from your hotel room.

More about whale shark snorkeling/diving

Whales sharks
Whales sharks are, easily put, a shark in the size of a whale and so the biggest fish in the world. They are up to 8 meters tall 1 meter in width. Their remarkable migration pattern still baffles marine scientist from all over the world. From November until February, Djibouti is one of the easiest places to observe and swim with whale sharks, as they come to feed on the high concentrations of plankton around the beaches. Their amiable and playful nature makes swimming with them an unforgettable experience.

Diving conditions
Djibouti is known for its strong currents coming in from Yemen and hitting the Red Sea, which can greatly impact the quality of visibility. However it remains possible to experience optimal visibility as you dive or snorkel next to them, which happens to most of travelers. We advice to make sure to have appropriate licenses or certificates present when scuba diving with the whales.

Day 3: Visit Lac Assal and Lac Abbeh

After breakfast you will drive to Lac Assal, and visit the lowest point in Africa. Lac Assal or Bahr al Assal in Arabic (the sea of honey, located 153m above sea level), is based 107 km from Djibouti city. En route, you will stop and witness scenic views over the lake’s huge canyon, part of the great Danakil Depression.

Later, after lunch, you will drive to Lac Abbeh. The land and surroundings are exceptional, as the soil boils and steams hot air, also known as ‘chimneys’. You will explore the area until sunset. Tonight, you will be sleeping under the stars.

Day 4: Visit around Lake Abbeh and flight back home

You will wake up with the rising sun, what an amazing way to start the day! Early morning you drive off to one of the small hotsprings around Lac Abbeh, where you can spot pink flamingos gathering around the lake. After the morning spent in Lac Abbeh, you’ll drive back in the direction of Djibouti city. You’ll stop in the small city of Dikhil, where you’ll have lunch in La Palmeraie.

Back in Djibouti city, your transfer to the airport will be at 4:00 pm. Around 7:00 pm you’ll be flying back to Addis Ababa, enjoying Djibouti once more from the sky.

Price starting from: Prijs vanaf: 849

You can make this trip as a minimum of 2 people. You'll travel through the country in a comfortable 4x4 vehicle with one of our experienced driver/guides. If you are traveling as a family or group of 5+ we will use a minibus or a second 4x4 vehicle. If you are a group of 4 people you can also opt for a minibus if you'd prefer. For more information contact us via contact@yaredtour.com

Double room including breakfast meal
4x4 car and fuel
Driver with lots of experience in tourism
Local guides
All entrances to the mentioned attractions
Full board meals
Government tax and VAT
Administration costs
Guarantee according to Dutch Law
CO2-compensation for flight and land arrangement
Water every day
International and domestic flights
Travel insurance
Tips for guides
Photography fees
Extra excursions not mentioned
Visa fee

Budget accommodation includes basic hotels, mostly without AC. You will have your own toilet and shower.


Mid-range accommodation in Ethiopia is generally considrered 3 star hotel. AC is available, rooms are sober but clean. Besides toilet and shower, other facilities are available.


In Djibouti, luxury accommodation has everything you’d expect from a high quality hotel in terms of comfort, service and facilities. Swimming pools are present.