Sunday, March 24, 2013

Moucha Island, Djibouti

Moucha Island beach near the mangrove forest

Next up on the Joy of Djibouti highlights list:  Moucha Island

Moucha is a small sparsely populated (i.e. vacation homes for the wealthy) island about a 20 minute boat ride from Djibouti city. It is great for snorkeling and scuba. If you are one of the lucky ones with access to a private boat, then just hop on over, find a nice patch of sand and enjoy.

Beach at Lagoon Bleu, Moucha Island

 For the rest of us, I'd suggest going to Lagoon Bleu via Djibouti Divers. They offer half-day, all-day and multi-day (overnight) options with delicious meals and beach chairs and shade umbrellas included.  The place has a small playground and rents water equipment (like kayaks and such).  Snorkeling can be done right off the beach or you can rent a boat/driver to take you to the best nearby spots and/or a tour around the island to see the mangrove forest.  Prices are extremely reasonable making it an ideal daytrip or romantic weekend getaway.

The bungalows for overnight getaways
 Their bungalows are simple but clean and feature comforts such as air-conditioning and private full bathrooms.  Reservations should be done in advance via their office at the Kempenski Hotel since spots on the boat do fill up.  Boat to the island leaves from the hotel and keeps a strict timetable. 


mangrove forest

Some friends from work had their wedding there, and a gorgeous event it was! The staff there did a wonderful job with setting up the seating and catering.

Beautiful spot for weddings

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Sable Blanc, Djibouti on the Deli

Camel rides on Sable Blanc (The Deli in the background)

Continuing on the theme of "Djibouti is actually a beautiful place,"  today I'll feature Sable Blanc (a.k.a. White Sands), a beach in the Gulf of Tadjourah not far from the town of Tadjourah.  To get there you can do the aprox. 4 hour drive from Djibouti OR take the ferry to Tadjourah and then catch a cab  OR go by boat.  We picked option three and had a wonderful trip over on the beautiful Deli, a ship owned and managed by Dolphin Excursions.

Sable Blanc boasts a beautiful uncrowded beach, a rustic but clean 'resort' for overnights and fantastic coral reefs for snorkeling and scuba.  I still haven't bought myself a waterproof camera to show you the underwater beauty of Sable Blanc, but fortunately these folks have:  Scuba Steve Goes to Djibouti,    Snorkeling photo slideshow of Sable Blanc