On the other side of Tadjoura Gulf from Djibouti City, Obock was the capital until 1888—when the water ran out and the French were forced to move to Djibouti City. Today, Obock is a sleepy town seldom visited by tourists. The beaches and snorkeling are pretty good, but facilities are very basic. 20 mi/35 km north of Djibouti City.

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