Moucha Island: It ain’t the Bahamas, but this island, easily accessible from Djibouti City, is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the capital, with good, uncrowded beaches and warm waters.
Diving & Snorkelling: Moucha Island is an excellent underwater playground and a good place to learn to dive, with a couple of very safe dive sites that are less than 15 minutes away by boat.
Wreck enthusiasts will head for monster-sized Le Faon, a 120m-long cargo ship that lies in 27m of water on a sandy floor, it’s also noted for being heavily overgrown with marine life.
Other shipwrecks worthy of exploration include L’Arthur Rimbaud, a tugboat that was scuttled in 2005 (average depth is 25m), and the nearby Nagfa, a small Ethiopian boat that lies in about 32m of water.
If you need a break from wreck dives, some excellent reef dives beckon, including Le Tombant Nord (The Northern Drop-Off), blessed with healthy corals and prolific marine life; Tombant Point, where you’ll see a smorgasbord of reef fish; and the Canyon, a relaxing site suitable for novices.
Snorkelling is also superb. You can grab a snorkel and splash around near the shore, but to really experience life under the sea it’s necessary to sign up with Le Lagon Bleu and go out to further marine wonderlands.
Kayaking: Kayaking is another popular activity of the DIY variety. Paddling around the island offers the chance to discover hidden coves or just put down the oar, lie back and sun- bathe. Lagon Bleu Village rents out sea kayaks (DFr1000 per hour).
Sleeping & Eating: (Lagon Bleu Village), This is a good place to take up a Robinson Crusoe lifestyle without sacrificing comfort, with 19 well- equipped bungalows, a restaurant and a diving centre.
Divers should ask for package room-and-scuba deals with the on-site dive centre. One downside: air-con and electricity are on at night only. For bookings, contact us.
Getting There & Away: Visit Horn of Africa oﬀers various packages that include transfers to/from Djibouti City, accom- modation and meals. Day trips are also possible at cheaper price including lunch).