Djerba is an island off the coast of Tunisia in North Africa. It is best known for its beaches, with their long stretches of white sand, palm trees and warm Mediterranean waters. The island’s north-east coast is the tourist hub, with plenty of holiday resorts and hotels. Most go to Djerba to lie on its beaches and enjoy soaking up a bit of North African culture. Some, though, go to explore its underwater world, on a Djerba scuba diving trip.
Djerba is an established dive destination, with a good choice of wreck and reef dive spots. There are dives up to 40m for experienced divers, as well as some good shallow dives for beginners to find their feet.
The marine life is varied and colourful, with red coral reefs, seagrass meadows and caves. Expect to see octopus, bream, sea sponges and rays, among other species. If you’re lucky, you might also catch sight of a dolphin or two. One of the best reef dive sites is Octopus reef, which extends for a kilometre and is a good drift dive spot.
If you like wrecks, you have several options. The Richard Giniori is a 150m long Italian warship, well-preserved with plenty to see on the deck. The Aitalla is a rarely-dived fishing boat, lying at 40m. It is seldom disturbed by other divers, so expect to see plenty of fish sheltering in it.
A Djerba scuba diving holiday is an opportunity to do some good quality Mediterranean diving, with lots to see and a choice of dive sites and schools. Djerba is a great place to visit too, with lovely beaches to chill out on and atmospheric souks to explore.