Dahlak fishing Adventures
Fishing Guide Gabriele Di Lorenzo - 9 days

Overview

Following our successful initial trips in 2019 recently repeated in May and June 2023, we are excited to announce the regular resumption of our organized fishing expeditions to the stunning Dahlak Archipelago in Eritrea. This unique opportunity is specifically designed for avid sport fishermen seeking an unparalleled experience in a country where this type of fishing is virtually undiscovered.

Guiding the trip is Gabriele Di Lorenzo, an experienced fishing guide proficient in various fishing techniques, including Jigging, Spinning, offshore trolling, and Fly Fishing. With extensive fishing expertise spanning Italy, Tanzania, Sudan, Cape Verde, Morocco, and Northern Europe, Gabriele also possesses considerable experience in Eritrea, having successfully led two trips in April and May of 2023.

In 2022, Gabriele achieved the remarkable distinction of becoming a part of the “World Record” IGFA (International Game Fishing Association) with his exceptional “fly fishing” record.

The Dahlak Islands archipelago, which we will be exploring, is abundant with a diverse range of fish species. Among them are trevally, giant trevally, red snapper, tuna, barracuda, grouper, permit, milkfish, and queenfish.

Highlights

* Asmara, the city that boasts one of the world’s finest collections of early 20th-century architecture – with UNESCO awarding it World Heritage Site status.

* Sturdy and tenacious, like Eritreans themselves, Massawa City has survived throughout the centuries, this old port city preserves an ensemble of wonderful Ottoman architecture and gorgeous colonial building.

* Dahlak Archipelago is an exceptional ecosystem, which has few rivals in the world and remain one of the last great unspoilt destinations.

At a glance

Duration

9 days

Start Date

set departure . private groups

Highlights

Asmara, Massawa, Dahlak Archipelago

Transport

car, minibus, motorboat

Accomodation

Hotel, in Dahlak tented camp

Group Size

3-10 anglers,
max 4 per boat

Fishing guide

Gabriele Di Lorenzo

Meals

FB, overnight, breakfast, lunch, dinner

Scheduled Departures (Minimum 10 Anglers Required):

Tours are confirmed with at least 10 participants. If fewer than 10 participants register, the tour can still proceed with an additional fee.

2024 Departure Dates:

  • March: 17, 24, 31
  • April: 7, 14, 21, 28
  • May: 5
  • November: 22, 29
  • December: 14, 21, 28

2025 Departure Dates:

  • January: 3, 10
  • March: 21, 28
  • April: 4, 11, 18

Private Group Departures: Available on request for any date.

Departure

Prices

Please  contact our booking for updated prices.

Day by day itinerary

ASMARA

Upon your arrival in Asmara, you will receive a warm welcome at the airport and be transferred to your hotel. If you are arriving with Turkish Airlines, your estimated arrival time will be at midnight. If you are arriving with Egypt Air, you can expect to arrive at 02:50 in the early morning on Saturday. If you arrive with Ethiopian Airlines your estimated arrival time will be in the afternoon.

Overnight in Asmara, Crystal Hotel or similar.

Include: full board treatment with breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

Learn more about Asmara

 Asmara – Massawa – Dahlak

After having breakfast, we will embark on a seven-day cruise to the Dahlak Archipelago. It’s important to note that this adventurous trip involves transfers by motorboat, basic field toilets, and extremely limited availability of fresh water for personal hygiene. Despite these limitations, you will have the chance to experience something truly unique and unforgettable.

Please take note of the following important information:

The Dahlak cruise, especially of this duration, requires a high level of adaptability.

This is a cruise where guests do not need to provide any assistance. Simply relax, enjoy fishing and let the staff take care of all your needs.

The cruise includes a pre-set camp if there are eight or more guests. If there are fewer than eight guests, the camp will be prepared upon arrival in the main camp area. The camp will be set up on one of the best islands, known for its beautiful beaches and coral reef. Each day, you will travel to the the most fascinating fishing spots.

The package includes a boat with full board accommodation (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and camping equipment for overnight stays on the islands. We provide spacious and comfortable igloo tents, measuring either 2.5×2.5×1.8H meters or 3x3x2.2H meters. Each tent is designed to be insect-proof and is equipped with a built-in ground sheet, large windows for ventilation, and a door with mosquito netting. Additionally, each guest will be provided with camp beds, pillows, sleeping bags, and camping chairs with armrests.

Please note that there are no toilet facilities available, and the supply of fresh water for ablutions is limited. Meals will be served under a large tent or gazebo for shade, where a dining table will be provided. The camp includes a cook with a fully equipped camp kitchen, along with necessary camping equipment. A sailor/camp assistant will also be present to assist with the camp activities.

The mother boat is licensed to accommodate up to 10 persons, excluding the crew. It is equipped with life jackets, a compass, GPS, radio, and a mobile phone for communication.

For breakfast, you can enjoy tea, coffee, instant milk, eggs, biscuits, jams, fresh Danakil bread, and “foul” (a local breakfast made with fava beans, tomatoes, onions, hot pepper, and olive oil). Lunch and dinner typically include a main dish, such as pasta or rice, accompanied by side dishes like fish, meat, or eggs with vegetables (such as tomato salad, potato salad, or mixed cooked vegetables), and seasonal fruits like bananas and oranges. Picnic lunches may consist of sandwiches or a main dish (pasta or rice) along with fruits.

Drinks available include bottled water, soft drinks, local beer, and “areki” (a popular Eritrean alcohol). The package includes four drink items per person per day and one bottle of alcohol per group. Additional drinks are available at an extra cost, which is reasonably priced.

The fishing itinerary, which includes the most fascinating fishing spots, will be determined by your fishing guide and the captain on the day of departure. Their decision will take into account weather conditions, forecasts, and access permits for the islands.

Days 2-7: Overnight stay in tents on the islands.

Throughout the cruise, you will enjoy full board treatment, which includes overnight accommodation, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This also covers the provision of four bottles of water, local beer, and soft drinks per person, per day. Additional beverages are available for purchase.

Learn more about Dahlak Archipelago

DAHLAK ISLANDS – MASSAWA –ASMARA

In the morning, we will return to Massawa and proceed directly to Asmara, with an expected arrival time of around 03:00 pm. Upon arrival, you can check-in at the hotel and take advantage of the room to freshen up.

You will be for the rest of the day. Dinner in hotel

According with your flight you can leave today or tomorrow

For passengers flying with Ethiopian Airlines, the transfer to the airport is scheduled for approximately 04:00 pm. If you are traveling with Turkish Airlines, the transfer is expected to take place around 11:00 pm. Alternatively, for those flying with Egypt Air, the transfer is anticipated to occur at approximately 01:00 am.

When the time is right, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight. The hotel room will be available for your use until the time of the airport transfer for departure.

Overnight in Asmara, Crystal Hotel or similar.

Include: full board treatment with breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

ASMARA – DEPARTURE

Free day in Asmara.

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

Accomodation

Asmara: Crystal Hotel

Dahlak islands: mobile tented camp, 

Includes /Excludes

What is included

WHAT IS EXCLUDED

More Info: please take note

  • The itinerary may vary depending on the airlines used to travel to Eritrea. Therefore, the final program will be shared with participants after this has been determined, as it is crucial for the success of the trip.
  • The prices listed do not include the cost of international air tickets to Eritrea
  • The trip includes Full Board (FB) treatment, including accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks.
  • Hotel accommodations: The star ratings of the hotels do not correspond to European standards. Outside of Asmara, although the proposed hotels are among the best available, they are generally simple accommodations. Please note that due to limited electricity supply, hot water may not always be available, even in these hotels. Additionally, some hotels may have maintenance issues, particularly in the bathroom areas.
  • Higher-category hotel accommodations are available at an additional cost, offering the best options currently available.
  • Our main goal is to organize a trip that fulfils all your desires. Please don’t hesitate to ask us for any information you find useful and to explain any details you consider important. Our aim is to ensure that your trip is not only successful but also one of the most beautiful experiences of your life.

If your program expects a cruise to the Dahlak islands, you will be requested at your arrival to sign a “Release of Liability” form. For a better and transparent information, you will find attached a facsimile of the declaration. In no case traveller will be admitted to the Dahlak trips without signing this declaration

Inquire for further details

Discover the programme

Scheduled Departures

Tours are confirmed with at least 10 participants. If fewer than 10 participants register, the tour can still proceed with an additional fee.

 2024 Departure Dates:

March: 17, 24, 31

April: 7, 14, 21, 28

May: 5

November: 22, 29

December: 14, 21, 28

 2025 Departure Dates:

January: 3, 10

March: 21, 28

April: 4, 11, 18

Private Group Departures:

Available on request for any date.

Please  contact our booking for updated prices.

Day 1 – Friday

ASMARA

Upon your arrival in Asmara, you will receive a warm welcome at the airport and be transferred to your hotel. If you are arriving with Turkish Airlines, your estimated arrival time will be at midnight. If you are arriving with Egypt Air, you can expect to arrive at 02:50 in the early morning on Saturday. If you arrive with Ethiopian Airlines your estimated arrival time will be in the afternoon.

Overnight in Asmara, Crystal Hotel or similar.

Include: full board treatment with breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

Day 2 – 7 – Saturday – Thursday

Asmara – Massawa – Dahlak

After having breakfast, depart for Massawa, where we will arrive in 2-3 hours.

After arrival, we will embark on a seven-day cruise to the Dahlak Archipelago. It’s important to note that this adventurous trip involves transfers by motorboat, basic field toilets, and extremely limited availability of fresh water for personal hygiene. Despite these limitations, you will have the chance to experience something truly unique and unforgettable.

   Please take note of the following important information:

The Dahlak cruise, especially of this duration, requires a high level of adaptability.

This is a cruise where guests do not need to provide any assistance. Simply relax, enjoy fishing and let the staff take care of all your needs.

The cruise includes a pre-set camp if there are eight or more guests. If there are fewer than eight guests, the camp will be prepared upon arrival in the main camp area. The camp will be set up on one of the best islands, known for its beautiful beaches and coral reef. Each day, you will travel to the most fascinating fishing spots.

The package includes a boat with full board accommodation (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and camping equipment for overnight stays on the islands. We provide spacious and comfortable igloo tents, measuring either 2.5×2.5×1.8H meters or 3x3x2.2H meters. Each tent is designed to be insect-proof and is equipped with a built-in ground sheet, large windows for ventilation, and a door with mosquito netting. Additionally, each guest will be provided with camp beds, pillows, sleeping bags, and camping chairs with armrests.

Please note that there are no toilet facilities available, and the supply of fresh water for ablutions is limited. Meals will be served under a large tent or gazebo for shade, where a dining table will be provided. The camp includes a cook with a fully equipped camp kitchen, along with necessary camping equipment. A sailor/camp assistant will also be present to assist with the camp activities.

The mother boat is licensed to accommodate up to 10 persons, excluding the crew. It is equipped with life jackets, a compass, GPS, radio, and a mobile phone for communication.

For breakfast, you can enjoy tea, coffee, instant milk, eggs, biscuits, jams, fresh Danakil bread, and “foul” (a local breakfast made with fava beans, tomatoes, onions, hot pepper, and olive oil). Lunch and dinner typically include a main dish, such as pasta or rice, accompanied by side dishes like fish, meat, or eggs with vegetables (such as tomato salad, potato salad, or mixed cooked vegetables), and seasonal fruits like bananas and oranges. Picnic lunches may consist of sandwiches or a main dish (pasta or rice) along with fruits.

Drinks available include bottled water, soft drinks, local beer, and “areki” (a popular Eritrean alcohol). The package includes four drink items per person per day and one bottle of alcohol per group. Additional drinks are available at an extra cost, which is reasonably priced.

The fishing itinerary, which includes the most fascinating fishing spots, will be determined by your fishing guide and the captain on the day of departure. Their decision will take into account weather conditions, forecasts, and access permits for the islands.

Days 2-7: Overnight stay in tents on the islands.

Throughout the cruise, you will enjoy full board treatment, which includes overnight accommodation, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This also covers the provision of four bottles of water, local beer, and soft drinks per person, per day. Additional beverages are available for purchase.

8th day: Friday

Dahlak – Massawa – Asmara

In the morning, we will return to Massawa and proceed directly to Asmara, with an expected arrival time of around 03:00 pm. Upon arrival, you can check-in at the hotel and take advantage of the room to freshen up.

You will be for the rest of the day. Dinner in hotel

According with your flight you can leave today or tomorrow

For passengers flying with Ethiopian Airlines, the transfer to the airport is scheduled for approximately 04:00 pm. If you are traveling with Turkish Airlines, the transfer is expected to take place around 11:00 pm. Alternatively, for those flying with Egypt Air, the transfer is anticipated to occur at approximately 01:00 am.

When the time is right, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight. The hotel room will be available for your use until the time of the airport transfer for departure.

Overnight in Asmara, Crystal Hotel or similar.

Include: full board treatment with breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

 

9th day: Saturday

Departure

When the time is right, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight. The hotel room will be available for your use until the time of the airport transfer for departure.

Asmara: Crystal Hotel

Dahlak islands: mobile tented camp,

The price includes:

  • Accommodation in tourist-class hotels, sharing double room in Asmara.
  • Accommodation in the mobile comfort tent camp on the Dahlak islands.
  • Full board treatment throughout the 8-day trip, including accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and local drinks.
  • All transfers by private car/minibus.
  • Exclusive use of the boat for the cruise.
  • Camping equipment such as tents, camp beds, sheets, pillows with pillowcases, and sleeping bags (if requested), as well as tables, chairs, and lamps.
  • Professional fishing guide from Italy.
  • Local fishing guide and camp assistant.
  • English/Italian-speaking driver/guide during transfers, except during free periods.
  • Cook and equipped kitchen at the campsite.
  • Entrance fees, taxes, and permits.

The price does not include:

  • Air ticket to reach Eritrea.
  • Entry visa, which can be obtained from the Eritrean embassy in your country of residence or upon arrival if there is no Eritrean Embassy in your country. It is recommended to start the visa application process at least one month before departure, and our company will assist in sponsoring your visa request in both options.
  • Mandatory health insurance.
  • Meals not included, drinks, extras, and tips.
  • The itinerary may vary depending on the airlines used to travel to Eritrea. Therefore, the final program will be shared with participants after this has been determined, as it is crucial for the success of the trip.
  • The prices listed do not include the cost of international air tickets to Eritrea
  • The trip includes Full Board (FB) treatment, including accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks.
  • Hotel accommodations: The star ratings of the hotels do not correspond to European standards. Outside of Asmara, although the proposed hotels are among the best available, they are generally simple accommodations. Please note that due to limited electricity supply, hot water may not always be available, even in these hotels. Additionally, some hotels may have maintenance issues, particularly in the bathroom areas.
  • Higher-category hotel accommodations are available at an additional cost, offering the best options currently available.
  • Our main goal is to organize a trip that fulfils all your desires. Please don’t hesitate to ask us for any information you find useful and to explain any details you consider important. Our aim is to ensure that your trip is not only successful but also one of the most beautiful experiences of your life.

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