Day by Day

6-day Highlights of Djibouti

Nature & Adventure


Swimming with Whale Sharks, camping in traditional huts in the hot Afar Depression and relaxing beach days in Plage des Sables Blancs. All meals are included! 

The best travel time for this trip is November - early February due to whale shark season

  • Swimming with whale sharks!
  • Spend the night in traditional Afar huts by Lac Abbé
  • Enjoy the white beaches of Plage des Sables Blancs
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Day by Day: 6-day Highlights of Djibouti


Day 1: Welcome to Djibouti

Upon arrival to Djibouti City a representative from Matoke Tours will be waiting to pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel.

Depending on the time of your arrival you will have the opportunity to explore the city. The hotel is conveniently located about 5 minutes’ drive from down town and a 10 minutes’ drive from the central market. In the evening you will have the chance to discover Yemeni food at a traditional restaurant in town. (Activities and meals in Djibouti City today are at your own expense).



For the next two nights you will stay at Les Acacias Hotel, located in the heart of Djibouti, within walking distance of Djibouti Palace. The hotel sits on a small stretch of private beach, overlooking the warm turquoise sea. You can enjoy the sea view from the hotel's private pool. 

Journey time 30 mins
Accommodation Les Acacias Hotel
Meal plan Dinner

Day 2: Snorkeling with Whale Sharks

After breakfast today, you will be picked up and driven down to the port where you will board a private boat. Your journey will take you 1.5 hrs down the shoreline to Arta Beach where you will get the amazing opportunity to swim with whale sharks

Snorkeling amongst the giant, yet gentle, whale sharks is an experience of a lifetime. During the peak season between November and early February visitors are almost always guaranteed a sighting of these stunning aquatic species. If you are not interested in snorkeling with the whale sharks let us know and we can arrange for snorkeling in another area near Arta Beach.

You will have lunch on Arta Beach and return to your hotel in Djibouti City in the evening.

Journey time 3 hours return boat trip
Accommodation Les Acacias Hotel
Meal plan Breakfast, lunch and dinner

* Note : The best travel time for this activity will be between November and early February, due to the Whale Shark season in Djibouti. Get in touch with one of our agents to discuss alternative activities for this day, if you wish to travel between February and October by sending an email to


Day 3: Overnight trip to the salt lake "Lac Abbé"

After breakfast you will start your journey to the salt lake Lac Abbé.

Your approach to this geological phenomenon is like stepping off a spaceship onto a different planet. Lac Abbé is one in a chain of six connected salt lakes situated on the Djibouti-Ethiopian border, in the hot Afar depression which has been created by the earth’s tectonic plates pulling away from each other. Here vast salt plains stretch for kilometers, dotted with towering steam-spewing limestone chimneys, of which some are 50 meters tall. Views of the otherwise rather flat landscape is interrupted by the dormant volcano Mount Dama Ali, rising up 1,069 meters on the horizon.


Tonight, you will dine and sleep in traditional Afar huts at Asboley camp. The campsite is perched on a plateau by the lake with superb views of the moonscape-like surroundings. Don’t miss the afternoon sunset when the light creates surreal silhouettes of the limestone chimneys.

Journey time 5 hours
Accommodation Asboley Camp
Meal plan Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Visit to Lac Assal & on to Plage des Sables Blancs

After watching the sunrise and having an early breakfast you will depart on the 4-hour drive to one of Djibouti’s national treasures; Lac Assal.

This crater lake sits 155 meters below sea level, making it the lowest point on the African continent and the third lowest point in the world. The hot environment (with temperatures exceeding 50C degrees in the summer) has evaporated some of the water, leaving a wide white salt bed around the green-blue waters. 

The lake was linked to Ethiopia through caravan routes created by salt trading Afar nomads. Salt extraction from the shores of the crater lake is still carried out to this day. If you are keen you can get in and float on the surface of this extremely salty lake.


Your next stop is about 1.5 hours away in the city of Tadjoura. Tadjoura is the cultural center of the Afar Sultanate and the city is known for its gleaming white buildings and its many mosques.

You will end the day at your hotel 20 minutes down the shoreline from Tadjoura on the white sandy beaches of Plage des Sables Blancs. Your hotel is located right on what is considered to be the best beach in all of Djibouti. Here you can relax at your hotel, have a swim in the sea and admire the beautiful sunset over the Red Sea.

Journey time 6 hours
Accommodation     Hotel Bungalows, sables blancs
Meal plan Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Les Sables Blancs and return to Djibouti City

After a stunning sunrise and breakfast at the hotel you have some free time on the beach to swim or do any of the beach activities offered by the hotel.

The mesmerizing underwater life around the coral reef close to shore makes Les Sables Blanc an unforgettable experience for snorkeling and scuba diving. The area has magnificent corals and diverse species of colorful (and inquisitive) fish.

Snorkeling is included in the package.

Optional activity : Scuba diving
The cost for this activity is $450 for max. 4 people,
+ $60 per person for one dive or,
+ $85 per person for two dives
This price includes the boat, fuel, diving equipment, and an English-speaking dive instructor.


After lunch on the beach and a final swim in the sea you will start your return journey to Djibouti City around 3pm. After a dinner in the city you will stay at Les Acacias Hotel again for your final night in Djibouti.

Journey time 3 hours
Accommodation Les Acacias Hotel
Meal plan Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: End of trip and return flight home

After breakfast your guide will drive you to the airport to catch your international flight back home. 

Journey time 30 mins 
Accommodation  No accommodation today
Meal plan  Breakfast


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6-day Highlights of Djibouti