Starting with the laid-back charms of Socotra, this tour is all about beautiful beaches, coastal walks, and glamping under the stars.
On your arrival at Socotra airport, you will be transferred to your hotel in Hadibo to acclimatise and have lunch.
After lunch we will drive to Ayhaft Canyon National Park. In the gorge, you will enjoy large freshwater pools where you can swim or dive. Around them will be a variety of endemic plants such as Dessert Rose, Tamarind, Cucumbers and a wide variety of birds such as Socotra Sparrow, Socotra Sunbird and both Socotri and Somali Starlings.
After swimming, we drive to Delisha beach, which consists of pristine white sands filled with crabs. You will relax while swimming in the sea or in a freshwater lagoon.
If you are full of energy, you can climb a huge sand dune that covers the beach.
There is also the possibility of watching a fabulous sunset from Delisha.
Night in camp
Today we will explore the western part of the island. Our first stop will be Qalansiya; a small traditional fishing town. From there, we will board a boat and head for Shuaab. We are very likely to see bottlenose dolphins and other marine life during this boat trip.
Once at Shuaab, feel free to swim, relax and enjoy this pristine place, as well as take a look at a manais area.
After exploring the surrounding mangroves in the areas, we will return to Qalansiya in time to explore Detwah lagoon, which is a marine protected area known for its magical landscape. This area has some of the best views on the island, where you can swim, sunbathe, and relax in the shallow sea.
Night in camp
A waterproof cover is required for phones and cameras
After breakfast, we will go to the Dixam plateau (approximately 700 m above sea level) and the Shebahon viewpoint. This area is home to an endless number of endemic Socotri plants, such as the dragon’s blood tree and other trees, as well as the Shebahon viewpoint gives a wonderful view overlooking the Daerhu gorge, where we will see breathtaking scenery and unusual but beautiful rock formations.
We will then descend to the Wadi in the gorge for lunch and an easy walk to swim in the fresh water pools.
In the late afternoon, we will prepare our way to an expensive Omak beach on the Indian Ocean.
Night in camp
After a quick dip in the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean, we will head to Digub Cave, which overlooks several traditional villages below.
The cave itself is interesting as there are many stalactites, stalagmites and pools of water that have seeped into the rock over time.
After the cave, we will drive to the village of Hayf and Zahek to witness the huge sand dunes that have been pushed against the mountainside by the seasonal Socotra winds.
After that we will drive to the northeast coast of the island, through the interesting Defarhu Valley.
Along the way you will see traditional villages, natural pools of water at the bottom of the gorge and the unusual Desert Rose which clings to many places on the gorge walls. The vegetation here is lush green and there are many birds. Then we will continue our way to the protected sea of Dihammri.
Night in camp
After breakfast, you can swim, snorkel and dive in the Dihammri Marine Protected Area, which is home to dozens of species of colourful marine life and is one of the richest coral reefs in the archipelago. Diving/snorkeling equipment can be rented from the Dihammri Dive Centre.
After Dihammri, we will depart for a protected natural area of Homhil; which is home to an endless number of endemic Socotri plants such as Dragon’s Blood Tree, Frankincense Tree and Desert Rose etc.
Once in Homhill, we will walk along a selection of trails, one of which will take us to a viewpoint where there is a natural pool and a view of the villages below on the plain and the Arabian Sea.
Night in camp
Today we will descend from the Homhil Plateau to the northeast coast of the island to Wadi Shifa (two hours walk), where we will meet our cars.
After a quick lunch, we will drive to Ras Erisel which is located at the eastern end of the island where the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean meet, and where many ships have sunk. After that we will make our way to Arher beach. Here a fresh stream comes out and meets the salt water of the ocean.
We will have time to relax, swim or climb some of the huge sand dunes while we set up camp and prepare dinner.
Night in camp
After an early breakfast, we will drive to the village of Terbak where the Hoq cave is located.
Then we will walk for an hour and a half until we reach the cave entrance, and then about 1 hour on the cave side. After exploring the cave, we will descend on foot for an hour and a half.
Hoq is the largest cave on the island, and is 3.2 km deep, the cave holds a wealth of Socotri history and hides archaeological finds such as pottery pieces, paintings and wooden tables with an inscription in Aramaic language dating from 258 AD.
The cave offers overwhelming beauty and a variety of crystal decorations such as stalagmites, stalactites, and calcite floors.
In the late afternoon, we will head to the protected area of Rosh to explore one of the best dive sites in Socotra. Rosh is home to dozens of species of colourful marine life and is one of the richest coral reefs in the archipelago.
After breakfast, we will be transferred back to the airport to visit the Visitor Information Centre before returning home.
End of trip
Travel values may change due to dollar-euro exchange rates
We organise visas and flights for all our travellers. Visa processing time is 3-4 working days.
The tourist visa costs $100
UAE national mobile company Etisalat works in Socotra. Make sure you buy the SIM card when you arrive in the UAE if you want to stay connected.
You can bring alcoholic drinks into Socotra, foreigners are allowed by Yemeni law. However, drinking in public is prohibited.
Our food options contain meat (beef, goat, chicken), eggs, cheese, sweets, rice, white or wholemeal bread, coffee, tea, and drinking water. We also offer vegetarian and vegan meals on request.
Showers and toilets are available at most campsites, and we also have portable showers.
No PCR or proof of vaccination is required. It was announced by Yemen’s health department a few months ago. However, if flying from Abu Dhabi to Socotra, you must follow the UAE’s covid-19 requirements
A waterproof cover for phones and cameras is required for the boat trip on day 2.
The most convenient way to reach Socotra is by charter flight from Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Flights can only be purchased through local agencies and cost $900.
A minimum payment of 30% of the trip value is required to confirm the reservation.
The traveller chooses at the time of booking whether to pay for the whole trip or 30%.
The remaining amount must be paid at least 45 days before the travel start date.
The remaining 70% of the value of the trip can be paid in instalments up to 60 days before the beginning of the trip.