BEST OF SOCOTRA

Unlimited access to the crystal clear waters and spotless sands of Socotra, this sun-soaked adventure kicks things off in Socotra’s best beaches before an unforgettable expedition around the forest of the legendary dragon’s blood trees.

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  • Duration
    15 days

  • Accommodation
    6 nights hotel, 7 nights camping

  • Transportation
    4×4 vehicle, boat

  • Traveling Style
    Comfort

  • Meals
    15 breakfasts, 14 dinners, 14 lunches

  • Tour Guide
    English speaking

  • Entrance Fees
    Included

  • Price
    $200 per day

Itinerary

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 freshwater pools where you can swim or soak. All around you, there will be a 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.

After breakfast, we will drive to the island’s northeast coast to explore the surreal snorkeling/diving site in Dihammri. The marine protected area of Dihammri is home to dozens of species of colorful marine life and it is one of the richest coral reefs on the archipelago.

Dihammri is blessed with more than 200 fish species and 4 of the 5 coral species that inhabit the island. This shallow reef will let even the inexperienced snorkeler enjoy its beauty as well as seeing varied marine lives including; parrotfish, Moray eel, Rays, turtles, small sharks, Dolphins, etc. Diving/snorkeling gear can be hired from Dihammri Diving Center. There is also a possibility of watching a fabulous sunset from Dihammri.

We will drive to the natural protected area of Homhil; which is home to an endless number of the Socotri endemic plants like Dragon’s Blood Tree, Frankincense Tree, and Desert Rose, etc.

Once in Homhill, we will walk along with a selection of trails, one of which takes us to a viewpoint where there is a natural swimming pool and a view of villages below on the plain. So you can swim and enjoy a breathtaking panorama view over the Arabian Sea which makes you feel you are in a natural infinity pool.

We will hike down from Homhil Plateau to the northeast 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 the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean are 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.

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 of the cave. After exploring the cave, we will walk down for one hour and a half. Hoq is the largest cave on 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 inscriptions 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. Diving/ snorkeling in Rosh will enable you to see several coral communities and different t species of colorful marine life including moray eel, rays, turtles, sharks, and dolphins.

We will drive to the southern 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.

After lunch, 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 caving, we will drive to a very expensive sandy beach of Omak in the Indian Ocean. Once at Omak, feel free to swim, sunbathe, and relax in the crystal clear water of the Indian Ocean.

After breakfast, we will make our way to Dixam plateau (approx. 700 m above sea level) and Shebahon viewpoint. This area is home to an endless number of Socotri endemic plants such as Dragon’s Blood tree. The Dragon’s Blood trees are abundant here, looking like giant mushrooms from outer space. We will be able to witness lots of vultures circle overhead in the warm winds.

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. The rest of the day is spent exploring the canyon.

After breakfast, we will make our way by 4×4 vehicles to the largest forest of Dragon’s Blood Tree in Rockeb Fermihen area to enjoy the remarkable landscapes and amazing and unique plants of Socotra called Dragon’s Blood Tree. After lunch, we will be heading to the wonderful wadi of Dirhur to explore the canyon there as well as enjoying and relaxing in the wadi. In the wadi, you will be able to swim in the beautiful natural swimming pool as well as taking nice photos of the amazing landscapes and sceneries of the canyon.

We will explore the western part of the island. Our first stop will be Qalansiya; a small traditional fishing town. From there we will continue to explore Detwah lagoon which is a marine protected area renowned for its magical landscape. This area has some of the best views on the island.

Once in Detwah, you will be charmed by white sands surrounded by turquoise-colored warm waters of the bay, an endless horizon, and an array of sea birds. You can swim both in the shallow sea and in the lagoon as well but be careful with stingrays.

After an early breakfast, we will hop on a boat and head to Shuaab. We are very likely to see Spinner Dolphins and other sea life such as Cormenons, sea Gulls, and Grey Herons birds which are flying or resting on the cliffs.

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 area we will head back to Qalansiya. We will end our day by making the long drive back to Hadibo.

After an early breakfast, we will make our way to the highest peak of Socotra (Haghier mountains) and the trip will take around one hour by car. Haghier is a chain of mountains that are located in the central part of the island and are considered as the highest mountains on the island (1,500 feet) from sea level.

In the mountains, you will enjoy wonderful landscapes, views and you will see different types of the unique plants and birds of Socotra. The weather there is pleasant and cool and from Haghier you will be able to have a panorama view of the north and east parts of the island.

We will explore the east part of the island. Our first stop will be in Diborak waterfall, in the wadi, you will be able to swim and enjoy the waterfall which comes from the mountains of Momi. After a quick lunch, we will make our way to Momi plateau.

Alongside, you will see traditional villages, natural water pools at the bottom of the canyon, and the unusual Desert Rose tree and frankincense trees that cling to many places on the canyon walls and mountains.

After breakfast, we will be heading to Wadi Daghnghen (north-east of Hadibo) to explore the breathtaking views and landscapes of the Wadi as well as to swim in the natural pools of Daghnghen.

After lunch, we will continue our way to Sirhen lagoon to watch unique and endemic birds of Socotra such as flamingo, grey heron, seagull, etc. Once we have done watching birds, we come back to Hadibo to make a tour in its old shops to buy natural products of the island as souvenirs.

On this day we will be exploring the valley of Ayhaft, the valley lies between two beautiful mountains and small freshwater in between, in the afternoon we will head to Saheb beach to spend the rest of the afternoon in the area.

After breakfast, we will be transferred back to the airport to visit the visitor Information Center before taking your flight back home.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have a once-a-week direct nonstop charter flight to Socotra from Abu Dhabi, it’s the most reliable and convenient way to get to Socotra

If you are arriving in Socotra from Abu Dhabi international airport, no quarantine or PCR testing is required, however, it is optional to wear a mask if you are wandering around Hadibo.

We provide all the camping gear, however, it is optional to bring your own sleeping bag, also you can bring torches, good hiking shoes, all of your medications, sunscreens, and a snorkel if you don’t wish to rent one

Our food options contain, meat (beef, goat, chicken) eggs, cheese, sweets, rice, and white or wholemeal bread, coffee, tea, and drinking water always available, we also offer vegetarian meals per request

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