Month by Month
- Whale-shark spotting, January
- Hiking, February
- Scuba Diving, March
January is an ideal month to visit Djibouti, with mild temperatures, cooler nights and generally clear skies. The whale sharks can still be spotted in the Gulf of Tadjoura but start to leave around the end of the month.
It's still the high season, with mild daytime temperatures and blue skies – great for multiday treks in the Goda Mountains or across Les Allols or Lac Assal.
March is generally a great time to visit – fewer tourists, cheaper airfares, bearable temperatures, with rain or wind rarely a problem – especially if you plan on hiking or diving.
The weather starts to turn around April – from now on temperatures rise significantly.
Ouch – it's scorching hot in Djibouti. Many places shut down and the whole country seems lethargic. Outdoor activities are not possible.
If you thought July was hot in Djibouti, wait until August – temperatures can rise to more than 45°C in the interior. Spend your time in your hotel room or in the water. Or do like many Djiboutians – head to the Ethiopian highlands!
October is transition month. Temperatures begin to fall, although daytime maximums can still be punishing.
November is a great time to visit. It's still hot but bearable, and the whale shark season starts in the Bay of Ghoubbet.
December is a lovely month to travel in Djibouti with favourable climatic conditions and generally low-season rates still available until mid-December. It's whale-shark spotting high season – be sure to book your excursion well in advance.