This is a very short tour, just a taste of Socotra, but quite fine since it suits a long Arabic weekend from Wednesday to Saturday, also from Emirates with flights via Sharjah (Felix airways)
Day 1: Arrival to Socotra /Dihamari Protected Area and Arher freshwater creek and beach
We will pick you up at the airport and transport you to Delish eco- lodges with 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 you refresh yourself we will take you for a trip to Dihamri marine protected area boasts with one of the richest coral reefs on the archipelago. You can relax on the beach in palm leaf huts and swim and snorkel in DihamriBay. Snorkeling gear can be hired there. Marine species you will see underwater include: Parrotfish, Moray eel, Rays, Sea urchins, if you are lucky you will meet turtles. Divers can also use the services of Dihamri Diving center and go for a dive in Dihamri or another of superb diving spots of Socotra. Later we will move further to the North-East of the island, in Arher, where a fresh creak coming out from a granite massive is meeting salty sea water on the beach. You can relax on green grass around the creak, swim in the sea or if you feel fit you can climb a huge sand dune to get a fantastic view over this charming spot. Dinner and night in an eco-camp in Delisha eco-lodge (Summerland hotel as optional).
Day 2:Dihmri P/A Diving /Qalansiya – Detwah lagoon
We will drive to the western part of the island where a little fishermen’s town of Qalansyia is located. It consists of traditional Socotri houses, narrow alleyways and a long beach full of fishing boats ready to set off for today’s catch. We will continue to neighbouring Detwah lagoon which is a marine protected area renowned for its magic landscape. You will be charmed by a white sandy tongue surrounded by turquoise waters of the bay. This surely is one of the best views on the island. You can jump in the shallow sea there and enjoy the paradise. Only be careful with sting rays that can be seen in the lagoon. There is also an array of sea birds to be seen in the lagoon. Dinner and overnight at Detwah lagoon camp site.
Day 3: Dixam plateau, Qalansiya – Golden sands of Shouab beach Dixam plateau,/– Hadibo
Breakfast will be served early at 6:00 am; after breakfast, we will take a traditional fishing boat to the pristine beach at Shouab seeing beautiful rock cliffs, fishing and perhaps cormorants and dolphins on the way. There are also mangrove trees on this beach, where you can go for an easy swim. After the return boat trip to Detwah lagoon for lunch, we will make our way by 4×4 vehicles to Dixam plateau and Shebahon viewpoint. This area is renowned for dragon blood trees, the resin of which is collected, used and traded by the people of Socotra. The area is also home to the endemic and rare Socotra Bunting (estimated at 1,000 pairs). The Shebahon viewpoint gives a fabulous vista overlooking Druher canyon (wadi) where we will see unusual yet beautiful rock formations. We will then make our way down to the wadi and an easy walk and maybe also a swim in a freshwater pool with a natural slide. AFTER THAT we will drive back to the capital city of Socotra ( Hadibo). Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Hadibo
Day 4: departure from Socotra
After an early breakfast you can visit a souvenir shop, plant nursery, Socotra woman association and market, while waiting for transfer to Socotra airport for your short flight to the mainland Our basic program can be modified according to your wishes.
-English speaking, well trained and experienced local guide
-full board food and a sufficient supply of water and soft drinks
-protected areas fees
-a boat ride to Shuab
-some local guides at specific places
Services not included:
-guide’s and driver’s tips
-diving equipments and diving guide
-anything that is not mentioned in the itinerary