Moucha Island

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Moucha Island
Moucha Island.jpg
Geography
Location Gulf of Tadjoura
Area 3.994 km2 (1.542 sq mi)
Length 1.6 km (0.99 mi)
Width 2.41 km (1.498 mi)
Highest elevation 13 m (43 ft)
Country

Moucha Island is a small coral island off the coast of Djibouti. It is located at the center of the Gulf of Tadjoura. The island is part of the Djibouti Region, with a total population of about 20 inhabitants, which increases considerably during the summer.

Physical geography[edit]

Moucha Island is the largest island in Djibouti. Less than 3 km long, Moucha Island's mainland is surrounded by the smaller Maskali Islands, a few islets and a coral reef. It lies approximately 15 km south of the Djibouti's mainland

Climate[edit]

It enjoys significantly more sunny days and high temperatures throughout the year. Featuring an arid climate (Köppen: BWh), temperatures range from very warm during the months of December, January and February, to extremely hot in July. There are two seasons: a summer dry season from May to October and a relatively cool season from November to April (winter).

Climate data for Moucha Island
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29.3
(84.7)
29.8
(85.6)
31.4
(88.5)
33.2
(91.8)
35.8
(96.4)
38.2
(100.8)
39.9
(103.8)
39.1
(102.4)
37.0
(98.6)
34.4
(93.9)
31.8
(89.2)
30.0
(86)
34.16
(93.47)
Average low °C (°F) 22.2
(72)
23.4
(74.1)
24.4
(75.9)
25.8
(78.4)
27.9
(82.2)
30.0
(86)
30.0
(86)
29.4
(84.9)
29.5
(85.1)
26.5
(79.7)
24.4
(75.9)
23.1
(73.6)
26.38
(79.48)
Rainfall mm (inches) 5
(0.2)
9
(0.35)
19
(0.75)
14
(0.55)
8
(0.31)
0
(0)
0
(0)
6
(0.24)
11
(0.43)
10
(0.39)
7
(0.28)
6
(0.24)
95
(3.74)
Source: Climate-Data

Economy[edit]

The economy of Moucha is predominantly based on services and tourism. Moucha Island is one of the popular holiday destinations in Djibouti. Musha, the main city on the island, is served by the Moucha Airport.[1] All of these islands, sometimes collectively referred to as Moucha Islands, are well-known diving sites.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Airport information for HDMO at Great Circle Mapper.

Coordinates: 11°43′N 43°11′E / 11.717°N 43.183°E / 11.717; 43.183