Things to do at Moucha Island, Djibouti

What to know about Moucha Island

Moucha Island is an island that lies 15 kilometers south of Djibouti’s mainland, perfectly tucked away in the middle of the Gulf of Tadjoura.

 The island belongs to Djibouti and has a population of 20 people that increases during the summer period. 

Moucha Island

The island is not more than 3km long, surrounded by islets, a coral reef, and the Maskali islands. The island is famed for its swimming, fishing activities, snorkeling, and diving opportunities. 

 The island is about 35 km from the Port of Djibouti. Maskali and Moucha are often referred to as the same island and some islands are yet to be fully conquered by tourists.

 Tourists can see the island on a traditional wooden boat right from Djibouti’s harbor. 

The presence of a colorful coral reef makes the island a haven for snorkelers.

 Moucha Airport serves the island.

Key Attractions in Moucha Island

Watching Marine Species

Tourists can see s a bevy of sharks like the Hammer Sharks and also the Manta Rays from Moucha Island. 

This is one of the key attractions on the island and it attracts hundreds of tourists to the island during the summer holiday.


The multi-colored coral reef on the island is fascinating and makes it a great spot for those who would love to snorkel.

Presence of UNESCO/World heritage sites

There is no UNESCO or World Heritage Site on Moucha Island. Tourists who want to see the country’s UNESCO site can visit Lake Assal.

The lake is a crater lake, that is located in the western part of Tadjoura. The lake is one of the saltiest lakes on earth and has the Afar Triangle.


The only relaxation spots on Moucha Island are the beaches. There are no spa relaxation spots on the island except in Djibouti City.

Some of the hotels that have spa treatment include the Sheraton Djibouti Hotel, Lagon Bleu Village, Djibouti Palace Kempinski, Hotel Menelik, Les Acacias Hotel Djibouti, and Hotel la Siesta.

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Moucha Island

Music shows/concerts

There is a concert or music show on Moucha Island. The traditional form of music is the local opera.

Local sports/ stadiums

Football may be popular in the country but may be rare to find on the island. There is no stadium except the  Stade du Ville located on Djibouti Island. 

Some of the local sports on the island include sea fishing activities, snorkeling, swimming, and diving.

Transportation in Moucha Island

The island is undeveloped. There are no paved ways but human tracks that can be trekked by foot. The distance from the Port of Djibouti is about a 45-minute boat ride to Moucha Island.  

The Port of Djibouti has a ferry connection with the island. Tourists can charter boats that can cost around $100-$200 depending on the season.

Moucha Airport (MHI)

Moucha Airport serves the people and it is fully supported by the Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport (Aéroport international Ambouli located in Ambouli, Djibouti. 

 The airport started operation in 1948 and has a single terminal building, a departure gate, and a baggage carousel. Djibouti Air Force has its hub here.

There is no train station in Moucha Island, however, the capital city has the Ethio-Djibouti Railways that has been replaced another Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway in 2015

Must-try food and local savories

The must-try food in Moucha Island includes the Yemeni, traditional Somali and Afar delicacies The Yemeni dish mandi and Fah-fah (spicy boiled beef soup) are some of the popular foods on the island.


Moucha Island is a quiet place with no social activity. The city where tourists enjoy nightlife is Djibouti City, which is lively and vibrant.

Moucha Island


There is no shopping facility on the Island. Those who are coming to the island come with their travel essentials.

 Most people do not sleepover when they come to the island and those who are going to sleepover, come with the necessary things that they need. 

In Djibouti City, shopping can be done at the 

Ryad Market is located in the heart of the city.

 There are also the Association des Femmes de Tadjoura, Grande Pecherie , L’ELIXIR parfumerie, Le Marché Superprix and the Centre Commercial Saad where tourists can do their shopping.


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