Explore, trek and relax
Day 1. Arrival to Socotra Island We will pick you up at the airport and transport you to a hotel in Hadibo. After you refresh yourself we will take you for a trip in the surroundings. In the afternoon, we will visit Delisha beach 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 the possibility of watching a fabulous sunset from Delisha. Dinner and overnight in the hotel in Hadibo.
Day 2. Dihamri protected area / Arher freshwater creek and beach After breakfast, we will drive to nearby Dihamri marine protected area. It is one of the richest coral reefs on the archipelago. You can relax on the beach in palm leaf huts and swim and snorkel in the bay. 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. We will trek to the North-East of the island and will have our lunch in a small cave. The rest of the day we will spend 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 over-night camping in Arher.
Day 3. Hoq cave /Arher beach This morning, we will make an early start to drive to the base of Hoq cave in Terbak village. Before the sunshine gets too hot, we will walk up to the entrance of the cave. It is more than 3 km long with a water pool at the end and holds a wealth of Socotri history. Inside, you will see ancient stalactites, stalagmites and crystalloid formations. Ancient writings on the cave walls and also what appears to be a picture of an old trading ship have been preserved over the ages by a calcite glaze. There is also evidence to suggest that the cave was once used for ritual purposes by the presence of mysterious ‘alters’. Dinner and overnight in Arher beach
Day 4. Homhil protected area /the South: Mateef beach fisher man village Today our destination is Homhil, a protected area with fabulous sceneries that give you a kind of prehistoric feeling. We will stop at Qaria lagoon en-route. It is the largest lagoon on the island and we will hopefully see flamingos, herons and greenshanks. The trek to Homhil starts at the bottom of a spectacular ravine on the sea level. The trek is of medium difficulty and won’t take more than 1,5 hours. You will have enough strength to enjoy the view back towards the sea where we have started ascending. Once at Homhil, we can choose from a selection of walking trails. You will be astonished by the prehistoric atmosphere of the landscape rich with dragon blood trees and bottle trees. You will be addressed by local children who sell dragon blood resin and frankincense. One of the trails leads to a viewpoint with a natural pool with almost freezing green and blue water. Dinner and overnight at Mateef beach
Day 5. The South: Amak sandy beach, Dagub Cave After breakfast we will head through the south of the island, with visits to villages along the way. Our first destination is Amak beach where we can swim in the clear waters of the Indian Ocean. We will visit Dagub cave overlooking the southern coast. We will then witness the colossal sand dunes of Hayf and Zahek which have been pushed up against the mountainside by the seasonal winds of Socotra. If you are still fit, you can climb the dunes for a view that is truly worth the effort. Dinner and night in an eco-camp at Amak beach
Day 6. Dixam plateau / wadi Dearhu After breakfast, we will make our way by 4×4 vehicle 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 Daerhu canyon (wadi) where we will see unusual yet beautiful rock formations. We will then make our way down to the wadi for lunch and an easy walk and maybe also a swim in a freshwater pool with a natural slide. Dinner and overnight in Dixam
Day 7. Firmin protected area After an early breakfast we will hike up to Firmin area, which is the highest mountain in Socotra island, where you can see the south and north cost and also many different kind of endemic plants. Dinner and overnight in Firmin.
Day 8. Qalansyia / Detwah Bay Today 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 or to take you to Shu’ab beach. We will continue to neighboring 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-camp in Detwah.
Day 9. Golden sands of Shua’ab After breakfast in Detwah, we will go for a boat trip to Shu’ab. We will surely meet some Spinner Dolphins along the way with cormorants flying over our heads. Once at Shu’ab, we can have a look at a mangrove area. We will have a lunch on the long and clean Shu’ab beach. In the afternoon, feel free to swim and enjoy this pristine place. In late afternoon, we will take a boat ride back to Qalansyia. Line fishing is possible from the boat if you want to catch your today’s dinner. Dinner and overnight in Qalansia
Day 10. Ayhaft canyon / Hadibo After breakfast we will take you for a trip to Ayhaft Canyon National Park. In the canyon (wadi), you will enjoy large fresh waterpools where you can swim or soak. All around you, there will be Tamarind trees, Cucumber trees and a wide variety of birds such as Socotra Sparrow, Socotra Sunbird and both Socotra and Somali Starlings. In fact, Ayhaft is considered as a natural nursery due to its large abundance of endemic trees, plants and birds,dinner and overnight in Hadibo
Day 11. Departure from Socotra After an early breakfast, we will drive you to the Socotra airport. You can visit a souvenir shop there while waiting for a short flight to the mainland.
- Visa fees
- Transfer from and to Socotra airport
- 4WD vehicles and also pick-up for facilities with big group
- Accommodations: hotel any day you want, eco-lodges, campsites and wild camping
- Food (3 meals a day)
- Sufficient amount of bottled water throughout the trip
- English speaking local experienced guide
- Local trekking guide at specific places
- Protected Area entrance fees and all other fees
- Boat Ride to Shu’ab
Services not included:
- Personal insurance
- Guide’s and driver’s tips
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FLIGHTS SCHEDULES TO SOCOTRA:
FLIGHTS FROM FROM SOCOTRA TO SANA’A AIRPORT, YEMEN are every Saturday and Wednesday with Felix airways while it is every Monday with Yemenia. Schedules of Felixa Airways can be checked at www.felixairways.com while schedules of Yemenia can be checked at www.yemenia.com
We need you to send us copy of your passports in order to process your visas from here. Once we received the scan of your passport page (the one with photo) we will process the visa and send you a scan of the visa two weeks before your arrival. Please bring it with you. The original will be waiting for you upon your arrival to Socotra airport or Sana’a airport and we will be there to help you. You hand them your passport and the scan of the visa. They will put the visa into your passport. You do not need to pay anything at this point. With the passport now provided with a visa and the filled-in “arrival card” you proceed to the immigration and then pick up your luggage. This is when you will meet us at the airport.
Most of our itineraries are “ECO” so we strongly suggest to our guests to stay in eco campsites. There are however two eco lodges close to Hadibo: Adeeb and Delisha.and four hotels on Socotra, all of them in Hadibo: three economic hotels (Taj Socotra Hotel, Socotra Tourists Hotel and Hafej Hotel).
For some of our clients certain services are indispensable. We suggest that they opt for more expensive option: the Summerland hotel