Seaside

10514412_585339694908139_3887627592422055077_oThere is a number of beautiful beaches around Socotra with white sands and pebbles. The shores stretch in more than 300 km. The longest continuous sandy beach is located on the northern coast at Ghubbah; another well known long sandy beach is located on the southern coast of the island neighboring with an area of magnificent sand dunes. Cobble beaches occur along different parts of  the south coast and also on the north coast.

With an unparalleled biodiversity and beauty, Socotra island provides exciting snorkeling and diving opportunities. 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. You can enjoy swimming and lying on the beach wearing a swimming suit or bikini. Apart from eco-campsites, beaches are without any infrastructure and necessary equipment such as mats and refreshments, so it will be brought by your local guide. Diving and snorkelling equipment can be rented in Dihamri eco-campsite.

Arehr beach and sand dunes

Delisha is a sandy beach not far from Hadibo. You can enjoy soaking in quiet sea water, sunbathing and stunning view to a huge sand dune leaning against a rock massive. Be aware that there are strong currants around Delisha and swimming further from the beach is dangerous

DihamriDihamri is a must for its coral reef and rich fish colonies that can be found immediately after stepping into the sea. Dihamri protected area, located in the north eastern coast of Socotra, is one of the best diving and snorkeling spots and also it is a home to one of the richest coral reefs of the archipelago. There are many marine animals to be seen while swimming and snorkeling, Parrotfish, Moray eel Rays, Sea urchins, etc. In addition the Marine environments of Di Hamri are diversified, there are some kinds of Acropora palifera and Rhincodon fishes which are rare at world level and only found in Socotra.Even though there is no sandy beach but rocky shore, you will love swimming in the calm and safe bay of Dihamri with a view to the pair of characteristically red rocky outcrops. If you are lucky enough, you will meet two sea turtles that live in Dihamri.

Rosh is an ideal spot for sunbathing far from curious eyes of locals. From the campsite, it is separated by a strip of subtle trees called saebra and mitrer. Beach is cull of dead corals and you will be busy picking beautiful sea shells. If you get tired of the sun, set out for a hike to Hoq cave located in the granite massive above Rosh. Renting a boat is also possible.

P1410354Arher is a magic place where you will feel like on a mountain meadow in the Alps. After passing a couple of sand dunes, you will suddenly end up by a fresh water creek and green grass around it. However above your head, there will be massive sand dunes waiting for you to climb them.

Arher is located on the north-east shore of Socotra. It takes about 1 and a half hours by car from Hadibo to Arher. Arher is a popular camping spot being between two big dunes. Visitors usually go to Erissel beach for swimming before coming here. It is also possible to bathe near the camp, but in this case you will have to go about 500 m to the right or to the left to avoid walking along rocky sea bottom opposite the stream, or put on special swimming slippers.

The camping site has fresh water but a lack of shower and toilet rooms. So, you can take a natural bath in a fresh water stream. You can make bonfires by burning wood fuel brought with you and grill fish and potatoes if you would like. Those who possess great physical strength and endurance may climb one of the dunes. Most tourists prefer climbing the right dune. But if you scramble up the second one you will be rewarded with a great unusual view. If you take cameras remember the risk of it being exposed to sand. And do not forget to take water because the route is much more difficult and longer than it seems to be. Arher is famous for its eel swarms. So, if you explore grassed verges of the stream you will definitely see some eels, which are up to 1,5 m long. Better not catch them, they are too bony and tasteless.

Erissel It is one of the best beaches on Socotra. Erissel is a viewpoint for the meeting point of the Arabian sea and the Indian Ocean at the end of the Island. If you come here at sunrise, you’ll be rewarded by excellent photos.

Shouab is an isolated marvelous beach, not that easy to reach. The best arrival is on a boat rented from Qalansiya village; it takes about one hour and a half, but you will not have time to get bored: you will have chance to explore the coast, swim in turquoise sea near small pristine beaches, snorkel to sea a wonderful underwater world and hopefully with many dolphins. There is also a new narrow road leading to Shouab but such kind of transport is not that exciting. It is worth to stay in Shouab overnight because the place with sandy beach and mangroves looks the best in sunset.

563605_487823267940460_1148336071_nDitwah lagoon next to Qaansiya on the western tip of the island is one of the most charming places on Socotra. You can enjoy the sandy tongue of Ditwah Bay with turquoise water and relatively strong waves. Be aware of sea currents! You can sunbathe and play in the sand dunes. But be careful – there is no shelter to hide away from sun. Detwah Lagoon is definitely one of the most impressive places on the island’s coast. There is a camping spot with toilet and shower rooms, where visitors can stay overnight. Fresh water is also available for your use. 10426719_563102197131889_4622246338415804329_nQalansyia is the best start point for seeing the lagoon. After driving through the village, your car goes up a low hill where you will be able to enjoy an incredible overall view of the lagoon. You have an option to go down to walk along the lagoon shore, a slow walk at the seaside takes about 3 hours.

Ghoba is the longest continuous sandy beach on the island, located on the northern coast, stretching up to 20 km. The place is well known as a sea turtle (caretta) nesting site during April and May.

Qadama is the site where, between June and July, you can meet here many turtles crawling onto the beach at night .

Noged is the central part of the south coast of Socotra. You can reach here by the asphalt road that goes through Dixam Plateau. You can visit Stero place to see a lot of gorgeous sand dunes. Use the chance and take a walk into the depth of sands. If you come here before sunset, a soft evening lighting will make this place to look much more charming. There is also a more beautiful place  white sands on the other side of the camp.

Matyaf offers swimming in the sea and also in a fresh water pool that is not far enough from a sandy beach. The pool is more or less full depending on the time of the year.

P1410116Aomak is located in the south coast of Socotra, you can use the chance and stay overnight in Aomak camping spot located in a small cove. It is very nice atmosphere when enjoying food with gorgeous views of this place. Please keep to the left to avoid seaweeds when you take a swim in the ocean.  You could also walk to the right to see old boathouses and log canoes driven ashore by tsunami waves several years ago.

Samha island. Surprisingly there are people living on Samha Island, the island has its own water supply that is only sufficient to provide the needs of the only one village of the island.