Liveaboard Diving in Ghoubbet al Kharab

Ghoubbet al Kharab—also known as the Devil’s Goblet—is a bay that connects to the open ocean and the Gulf of Tadjourah, in Djibouti. Here, there are two extremes: shallow reefs teeming with life and incredibly deep waters that can plummet down to almost 200m (600ft). These waters are surrounded by high mountains and are an overall impressive sight. It is part of the junction between the African and Arabian continental plates.

Deep waters and strong currents make this a stunning dive. 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 ‘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.

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. 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, primarily juveniles but still impressive giants. The biggest fish in the ocean hang 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 a skin guard is enough exposure protection. Visibility can vary between seasons and dive sites, which is affected primarily by the currents.