Dahlak Islands Experience

This journey is planned, to suit in a few days, the fascinating beauties that Eritrea has to offer to the lovers of the sea: a full immersion in the Dahlak Islands. An exceptional ecosystem, which has few rivals in the world and remain one of the last great unspoiled destinations.

Scattered over a vast area of the Red Sea like a string of pearl upon the azure, translucent waters of the Red Sea, more than 350 Eritrean islands, among which more than 200 islands belong to the Dahlak Archipelago, are waiting for you to be discovered. Get ready for your adventure in one of the less known tropical paradises of Africa.

7 days
Oct-May
expedition

We organize one scheduled departure each month (please see dates available) but we can also arrange private trips upon request.

For more info and prices send us an email or chat with us!

Services included:

  • Two nights in Asmara, B&B accommodation, Hotel Crystal or similar.
  • Four nights at Dahlak island, overnight in tent, full board during the cruise (breakfast, lunch, dinner including local drinks among bottled water, soft drinks and beer (4 drinks per person per day).
  • All camping equipment at Dahlak camp: igloo tent (height mt 0.98-1.06), 5 cm mattresses, sleeping bag, fully equipped camp kitchen and cook.
  • Private transfer from Asmara to Massawa and return
  • Welcome at arrival and farewell at departure
  • English/Italian speaking guide, except on free days
  • Local taxes, tourist permits, entrance fees and Dahlak tax

 

Services excluded:

  • Entry visa, we will support your visa request with LOI or visa on arrival when available
  • Meals and drinks in Asmara
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance: is a MUST to have a comprehensive travel insurance covering cancellation, curtailment, medical, emergency travel and assistance, as this is compulsory on all our trips. Personal expenses
  • All what is not included in the “Price include”
Day 1: Asmara - arrival

At your arrival at the Asmara International Airport, after processing custom formalities you will be transferred at your hotel.

In the afternoon you will start with the discovery of Asmara. A guided tour will lead you to the most interesting and unusual places that Asmara, UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers. From October to March Asmara is an explosion of jacarande, ibiscus and cascades of buganville.

Overnight at Asmara, Crystal hotel or similar.

Meal plan
  • No meals included
Accommodation
Hotel
Day 2-5: Asmara - Massawa - Dahlak islands

Departure to Massawa, in just 100 km the road, that from Asmara brings to the beach of Massawa, descend to 2450 metres. Arrived there, as soon as the tourist permit will be ready, we will board for the six-day excursion to the Dahlak islands by motorboat to the discovery of “the pearls of Red Sea”: Dahlak Islands. The itinerary includes the visit of some of the most interesting and richest coral reef islands and will be decided in the imminence of the departure dates of the cruise. The final program will be decided by the captain on the departure day considering the conditions and weather forecasts, as well as the islands for which permits are granted.

Of the 1,000-plus species or subspecies of fish known to inhabit the Red Sea, some 15% are not found anywhere else. Some corals and echinoderms, such as certain star fish, are only found here. Current records for coral fish include 40 species in 24 families on stresses coral patches near Massawa and over 250 species in 49 families on outer coral reefs such as angelfish, parrotfish, barracudas, pipefish, surgeonfish, sharks, tuna, caranx etc. Mantarays which have wing spans measuring up to several metres, occasionally leap clear of the water and flap down on the surface.

Overnight in tents on the islands.

N.B. Some necessary advice: the cruise to Dahlak, requires flexibility: the overnight stay will be in tents on the islands, the fresh water is limited so forget about daily showers.  Toilets facilities are not available. Meals will be prepared by the cook who will accompany you.

Meal plan
  • Full board
Accommodation
Camp
Day 6: Dahlak islands - Massawa - Asmara

After having enjoyed a last swim in this paradise, return to Massawa that will be reached in the late morning – early afternoon. If time allowed us, will do a short visit of Massawa. Will then proceed to Asmara.

Overnight at Asmara, Crystal hotel or similar.

Meal plan
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
Hotel
Day 7: Asmara - departure

Free day in Asmara. At a suitable time for your flight, you will be transferred to the airport.

Meal plan
  • Breakfast
Departure date
Status
Language
11/03/2024
italiano / english
15/04/2024
italiano / english
13/05/2024
italiano / english
16/09/2024
italiano / english
14/10/2024
italiano / english
18/11/2024
italiano / english
09/12/2024
italiano / english
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