Socotra Tours

7 nights / 8 days

Suitable for those who are short on time but wish to see as much attractions as possible.

Day 1 – Arrive to Socotra – Ayhaft Canyon – Delisha Sandy Beach

Upon your arrival at Socotra airport, you will be transferred to the hotel in Hadibo/Adeeb’s eco-lodge to acclimatize and have lunch. After lunch, we will be heading to Ayhaft Canyon National Park.

In the canyon (valley), you will enjoy large fresh water-pools where you can swim or soak. All around you, there will be variety of endemic plants like Dessert Rose, Tamarind trees, Cucumber trees and a wide variety of birds such as Socotra Sparrow, Socotra Sunbird and both Socotri and Somali Starlings. After swimming,

We will drive to Delisha beach which consists of pristine white sands full of crabs. You will relax while swimming both in the sea and in a freshwater lagoon. If you are full of energy you can climb a huge sand dune overseeing the beach. There is also a possibility of watching a fabulous sunset from Delisha.

Dinner and overnight at hotel in Hadibo

Day 2 – Golden Sand of Shuaab – Detwah Lagoon P.A

We will explore the western part of the island. Our first stop will be Qalansiya; a small traditional fishing town. From there we will hop on a boat and head to Shuaab. We are very likely to see Spinner Dolphins and other sea life during this boat ride. Once in Shuaab,

Feel free to swim, relax and enjoy this pristine place as well as have a look at a mangrove area. After exploring the surrounding mangroves in the areas we will head back to Qalansiya in time to explore the Detwah lagoon which is a marine protected area renowned for its magical landscape. This area has some of the best views in the island where you can swim, sunbathe and relax in the shallow sea there.

Dinner and overnight camping will be in Detwah eco-campsite.

Day 3 – Dixam Plateau – Shebahon Viewpoint – Wadi Dirhur Canyon

After breakfast, we will make our way to Dixam plateau (approx. 700 m above sea level) and Shebahon viewpoint. This area is a home to an endless number of the Socotri endemic plants such as Dragon’s Blood Tree and other trees as well The Shebahon viewpoint gives a marvelous vista overlooking Daerhu canyon where we will see breathtaking sceneries and unusual yet beautiful rock formations.

We will then make our way down to the Wadi in the canyon for lunch and an easy-going walk to swim in the freshwater pools. In late afternoon, we will prepare our way to a very expensive beach of Omak in the Indian Ocean.

Dinner and overnight camping will be in Omak eco-campsite.

Day 4 – Omak Protected Area – Digub Cave – Hayf and Zahek Sand Dunes – Wadi Defarhu

After a quick swim in the crystal clear water of the Indian Ocean, we will head to Digub cave, which overlooks a scattering of traditional villages below. The cave itself is of interest as there are many stalactites, stalagmites and pools of water that have seeped through the rock over time. After the cave, we will drive to Hayf and Zahek village to witness the massive sand dunes which have been pushed up against the mountainside by the seasonal winds of Socotra. Then we will make our way to Digub cave,

Which overlooks a scattering of traditional villages below. The cave itself is of interest as there are many stalactites, stalagmites and pools of water that have seeped through the rock over time. After that we will drive to the north-east coast of the Island, through the interesting Defarhu Valley. Alongside, you will see traditional villages,

Natural water pools at the bottom of the canyon and the unusual Desert Rose tree that clings many places on the canyon walls. The vegetation here is lush green and there are many birds. Then we will continue our way to the marine protected of Dihammri.

Dinner and overnight will be in Dihammri eco-campsite

Day 5 – Dihammri M.P.A – Homhil N.P.A

After breakfast, you can swim, snorkel and dive in the Marine Protected Area of Dihammri, which is home to dozens of species of colorful marine life and it is one of the richest coral reefs on the archipelago. Diving/snorkeling gear can be hired from Dihammri Diving Center. After Dihammri, we will depart to natural protected area of Homhil; which is home to an endless number of the Socotri endemic plants such as Dragon’s Blood Tree, Frankincense Tree and Desert Rose etc. Once in Homhill,
we will walk along a selection of trails, on one of which takes us to a viewpoint where there is a natural swimming pool and a view of villages below on the plain and of the Arabian Sea.

Dinner & overnight camping will be in Homhil eco-campsite

Day 6 – Wadi Shifa – Ras Erisel – Arher Beach

we will hike down from Homhil Plateau to the north-east coast of the island to Wadi Shifa (medium –two hours walking) where the cars can meet us. Then after a quick lunch, we will drive to Ras Erisel which is situated at the eastern end of the island where Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean is meeting and many ships have been sinking there. After that, we will make our way to Arher beach. Here a fresh creek comes out and meets the salty ocean water. We will have time to relax, swim or climb some of the massive sand dunes as we set up camp and prepare dinner.

Dinner and Overnight will be in Arher Beach

Day 7 – Hoq Cave – Rosh P. A

After an early breakfast, we will drive to Terbak village where Hoq Cave is located. Then we will hike up for one hour and a half till we reach the entrance of the cave, then about 1 hour in the side the cave.

After exploring the cave, we will walk down for one hour and a half. Hoq is the largest cave in the island and it is 3.2 km deep, the cave holds a wealth of Socotri history and hides archeological findings such as pieces of pottery, paintings and wooden tables with inscription in Aramaic language dating back to 258 AD.

The cave offers an overwhelming beauty and variety of crystal decorations, like stalagmites, stalactites and calcite floors. Late afternoon, we will proceed to the marine protected of Rosh to explore one of the best snorkeling/diving sites on Socotra. Rosh is home to dozens of species of colorful marine life and it is one of the richest coral reefs on the archipelago.

Dinner and overnight at hotel in Hadibo

Day 8 – Fly Back Home

After breakfast, we will be transferred back to the airport to visit the Visitor Information Centre before flying back home


Itinerary inclusions

1- All entry & camping fees

2- Accommodation, hotels, tourist resorts, eco-lodges, camping in protected areas
3- Camping equipment (like tent, pillow, mattress, sheets, mat, lights … etc)
4- Cooking equipment and cook as well
5- Transportation : 4×4 private cars Toyota Land cruiser (One car fit 4 persons)
6- Tour guide:(English, Arabic and Socotri speaking)
7- Full board meals: (3 meals per day including dessert and snacks)
8- Some meals will include seashells like lobster, squid and shrimps
9- Mineral water and soft drinks
10- Local guides at specific / remote places
11- Boat trip to Shuaab to watch dolphin
12- Entry visa

Itinerary exclusions

Travel insurance

Flights to and from Socotra

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