Port at Obock

Travel to Obock – Sleepy Port Town

Obock (also Obok or Ubuk) is a small port town of Djibouti. It is located on the northern shore of the Gulf of Tadjoura where it opens out into the Gulf of Aden. The population in Obock is approximately 8,300.

Obock was originally significant as the site of the first French colony in the region, established by treaty with the local Afar rulers on March 11, 1862. The French interest was in having a coaling station for steamships, which would become especially important upon the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869. By 1885 Obock had 800 inhabitants and a school. However, the anchorage was more exposed than the site of Djibouti on the south side of the Gulf of Tadjoura, and the colonial administration moved there in 1891. Subsequently the population of Obock declined.

Obock is a sleepy town which is seldom visited by tourists, the town is home to an airstrip and has ferries to Djibouti City, while mangroves lie nearby. However, it is best for those who wish to simply soak up the atmosphere and sample authentic African life in Djibouti. The beaches and snorkeling are also pretty good, however, facilities are very basic.

  • Sample authentic African life.
  • Enjoy superb scuba diving and snorkelling.
  • Absorb the atmosphere of a typical town in Djibouti.


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