Liveaboard Diving in Goubet al Kharab

Ghoubet al Kharab - also known as the Devil’s Goblet, this is a bay which connects to the open ocean as well as the Gulf of Tadjourah, and here there are two extremes; shallow reefs teeming with life, and incredibly deep waters which can plummet down to almost 200m (600ft) and these waters are surrounded by high mountains and overall impressive site to see. It is part of the junction between the African and Arabian continental plates.

There are deep waters and strong currents here, but a stunning dive to experience, here you will see large fish including different species of sharks who let themselves be swept by the current. There are also underwater volcanic islands around which you can dive. Another popular dive site here is also ‘The Crack’ a literal crack between three tectonic plates and there is a certain level of excitement when descending between these massive structures.

What to experience underwater in Goubet al Kharab

A popular dive site in the area is called “La Faille” (the fault), named for being part of the tectonic fault between the African and Arabian plates tectonic that meet in this spot, and it is a remarkable setting for a dive.

The local reefs, such as Ras Eiro, on the southern shore of the Gulf of Tadjoura, are home to a plethora of marine life, including 200 species of coral. The pelagic fish that live in the deep come to the shallow waters to feed, and they include whale sharks, other sharks, rays, and even dolphins.

Among divers, Djibouti is famous for its whale sharks, most of them juveniles, but still impressive giants. The biggest fish in the ocean hangs around here between November and February, when the humidity and the temperature are slightly lower and more comfortable. The water temperature is quite comfortable year-round, and a thin wetsuit or even just a skin guard is enough exposure protection. Visibility can vary between seasons, and dive sites, affected primarily by the currents.