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This large commercial port is a crossroads for sea base commerce. However, political unrest in in this area and the activity of pirates around the Horn of Africa, make this area a security concern so appropriate precautions should be taken.

The Visas costs make this stopover expensive if only stopping a short time, however many yachts need to stop here to top up on fuel and re-provision before heading North.

Position 11°35'57" N, 043°07'56" E (anchorage)

Clearance

See Noonsite/Djibouti/Formalities page for the full details.

Call Port Control Djibouti when 10nm from harbor on VHF Channel 16.

On entering the port you will be met by a Coast Guard boat and directed where to anchor.

Last updated February 2018.

Docking

The Yacht Club of Djibouti has now been closed and the building used by the Guard Nationale.

It may be possible to anchor inside the Port (see photo courtesy of SY Alytes who visited in 2016). Good holding in mud at about 4.5m (N 11°35,953  043°07,908).

Otherwise, anchor where directed between the old "Yacht Club" building and the Port de Peche.

On request, dinghies can be safely left at the red and white Coast Guard dock on the north-western end of the fishing harbour. If you leave your dinghy in the fishing harbour itself, tie it up near the concrete ramp. A local guy sleeps under one of the boats stored there and will keep an eye on it for a fee.

Obtaining fuel here is not easy. The main wharf has a high volume of traffic bringing in food supplies and refugees so it is likely access to the wharf for fuelling will be denied. There is a fuel station nearby and jerry cans can be trucked to your dinghy.

"Moustique", also known as "Moise" is a fixer Tel: +253 77 78 17 89. He can organize fuel, gas, laundry, water, taxi etc and has reasonable English.

Last updated February 2018.

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