Diving – snorkelling – water sports

  • Diving/Snorkeling

04Socotra island has warm tropical waters, legendary among the divers for their dramatically sheer walls rising from the depths to within inches of the surface and capped with thriving coral reefs. Socotra island is home to more than 680 species of fish and about 230 species of hard corals (five are endemic) and 30 species of soft corals. In addition to 300 species of crustacean (nine are endemic), 490 species of mollusks and 230 species of algae. A mild climate all year round (except the monsoon), water temperatures of 27 to 36°C, depending on the season, crystal clear waters and the likelihood of viewing species like barracudas, monkfish, dolphins, rays and even mantas are the main reasons why lovers of this sport consider the island of Socotra more and more for their diving holidays.

Scuba diving in Socotra has gained more importance among visitors to the island during the last years. From current swept plateaus to sheltered coral gardens, Socotra offers a  wonderful rang of diving for of every level of interests and skill. Socotra also offers extraordinary dives of some old shipwrecks. The majority of diving on the island is drift diving along the walls, coral gardens of the outer reefs, with the dive boat following along from the surface to meet you upon ascent.

The majority of diving on the Island is drift diving along the walls and coral gardens of the outer reefs, with the dive boat following along on the surface to meet you upon ascent. In the deep water, more than 800 different species of coral have been classified together with thousands of fishes and shellfishes. Incredibly colorful coral can be found from 3.5 to 25 meters. These waters are suitable also for snorkeling and of great value to the tourist due to the numerous fishes and coral, they will see. With unparalleled biodiversity and beauty, Socotra Island dive sites make naturally exciting snorkeling as well. Watch multitudes of colorful reef fish glide among dense coral formations sprinkled with giant clams, as well as turtles, sharks, and barracudas which can be seen whilst enjoying the soothing tranquility of this fascinating paradise.

There are five main diving locations in Socotra:

  1. Dihamri Marine Protected Area with more than 80 kinds of corals and 150 fish species. The underwater relief is very interesting with a mountain. This is the place with deep dives up to 50 meters.
  2. Rosh Marine Protected Area with a reef drop off about 1 km from the coast, there is one big diving spot with dives between 10 and 15 meters.
  3. Adho: There are 2 diving spots with dives up to 30 meters.
  4. Irssel: There are 7 diving spots with numerous shipwrecks. The ships sank due to an underwater mountain. The shipwrecks are up to 50 years old and it is possible to enter them. Cape Irssel has been recognized as a protected area.
  5.  Shauab: There is a single diving spot with a shipwreck. It is a steel ship, the biggest shipwreck in Socotra waters.

With unparalleled biodiversity and beauty, Socotra island dive sites provide exciting snorkeling opportunities as well. Enjoy the soothing tranquility of this fascinating paradise as you watch multitudes of colorful reef fish glide among dense coral formations sprinkled with giant clams, turtles, sharks and barracudas.

  • Surfing

Surfing on Socotra island only began some years ago, when professionals and surf lovers realized the excellent condition that this region has to offer. Top off an exciting day with some fun surfing with very strong winds (about 8 ft average waves in the morning). Most of the coasts are rough and steep and the rooks at the bottom of the sea generate not only excellent waves but also require some precautions.

Due to its location in the Indian Ocean, Socotra Island experiences a very heavy wind (monsoon) which is responsible for the strong gusts. Surfing is only recommended for experienced surfers. You should bring a tow board over 7 feet and a smaller board. And if you are a beginner you should be careful with the rock formation and stones.

The best time to come for this adventure is during the monsoon season from June up to late August.  In July the wind speed can reach up to 60 mph and you have to prepare for such conditions. For experienced surfers Socotra is a real adventure with world-ranked high waves. The hotspots are the sea port near Hadibo, Cape Erissel, Shauab, Qalansia and Aomak.

  • Boat trips to dolphins spotting

Socotra island because of its unique location in the Indian Ocean it is blessed with a very special event and it is has presence of dolphins. About five kilometers off the shore of Qalansiya through your boat taking an excursion to the marvelous of Shouab beach, hundreds of dolphins’ bevies with the crystal water of Shouab beach and on most of the days these ocean going creatures are swimming by right on your boat. And if luck stand by you… you will be rewarded by swimming with the very rare ocean dolphins which is common to see in the water of Socotra. The trip to Shauab beach is a half day tour to discover the beauty of this remarkable destination. With the clear turquoise water and white sands you can snorkel and relax. While driving the boat, dolphins can be seen swimming right next to the boat. This great location is known for an excellent climate, with a breathtaking scenery and big-sized game fish, you will feel the beauty of nature mixed with the real adventure.