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Scuba diving in Eritrea

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Diving in Eritrea

Quick facts

  • All non-Eritreans must pay a tourist tax of approx US$20 (payable only in US$) when they leave Massawa.
  • You can only dive the Dahlak islands from boats which are licensed for going to the islands. So no fishing boats or privately owned boats can be used.
  • Be aware that if you are planning to travel up to Asmara (the capital city at 2600 meters above sea level), leave it a dayf or too or you risk decompression sickness!
  • Malaria precautions are essential in all areas below 2000m (except the capital Asmara) all year round. Check for up-to-date information before you travel.
  • BE AWARE: Lariam (mefloquine) is an anti-malarial drug used in regions of the world where chloroquine resistant falciparum malaria is prevalent. e.g. East Africa, South East Asia. Possible side effects of lariam such as dizziness, blurred vision and a disturbed sense of balance are common and could cause problems for divers. These effects can often imitate or even worsen the symptoms of DCI. There could also be confusion between the side effects of lariam and the symptoms of DCI or nitrogen narcosis resulting in a misleading diagnosis.

When to go

Rain and temperature

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Water temperature

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What to see

Tigrinya, Arabic and Italian
GMT +3
Hot, dry desert (Red Sea coast)
Cooler and wetter (central highlands)
Semi arid (western hills and lowlands)
Natural hazards:
Frequent droughts, locust swarms
Diving season:
Year round
Water temperature:
Air temperature:
40-50C (June to Sept)
20-35C (Dec to Feb) (rainy season)


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