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Socotra Island Excursion

8 Days
An 8-day excursion to Socotra Island promises an extraordinary adventure on one of the world's most isolated and biologically diverse islands. Located in the Arabian Sea, Socotra is renowned for its otherworldly landscapes, including the iconic Dragon’s Blood Trees, pristine beaches, and unique fauna and flora found nowhere else on Earth. This journey offers opportunities for hiking through rugged mountains, exploring limestone caves, snorkeling in crystal-clear waters, and relaxing on untouched beaches. Travelers will also have the chance to experience the local culture and traditional Socotri hospitality. This expedition provides a perfect blend of nature, adventure, and cultural immersion, making it a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Itinerary

Upon arrival on the extraordinary island of Socotra, our local team will warmly welcome you at the airport and commence your journey through picturesque landscapes to Qalansiya, the island’s second-largest settlement located at its northwestern tip. Once in Qalansiya, we proceed to Detwah Lagoon, a protected marine sanctuary known for its stunning beaches, pristine white sand dunes, and turquoise waters. Explore the magical underwater world, home to endemic species, and keep an eye out for stingrays in the lagoon. This area is also a haven for various sea birds, including cormorants.

In the afternoon, we will hike to a nearby hill offering panoramic views of the lagoon, perfect for capturing breathtaking sunset photos. We will conclude the day with dinner and overnight camping under the stars at Detwah Lagoon.

In the early morning, we drive to Qalansiya to board our private boat, heading to the pristine golden beach of Shouab. Here, you'll have free time to swim in the crystal-clear waters, where shades of blue and green blend harmoniously, and sunbathe on the soft white sands of this enchanting bay, lined with mangrove trees. This spot is perfect for spotting spinner dolphins along the way.

In the afternoon, we drive to the idyllic Dixam Plateau, home to the iconic Dragon’s Blood Trees and the Shebahon viewpoint. The viewpoint offers a stunning vista overlooking Derhur Canyon, where we will explore the hiking trail and swim amidst desert roses and some of the most otherworldly rock formations on Earth. Our final stop will be the Firmihin Forest, the last dense Dragon Blood Tree forest in the world. Dinner and an overnight stay at the campsite will conclude the day.

In the morning, we descend from the highlands to the picturesque South coastline, dotted with charming villages along the Indian Ocean. Our first stop is Dagub Cave, home to various animals, particularly bats and swifts, easily accessible by car. The cave entrance provides a breathtaking coastal view of the ocean.

Next, we visit Aomak, a long sandy beach perfect for a swim or relaxing under the palm leaf shelters at the campsite. Just east of Aomak beach, we find the Zahek and Hayf sand dunes. These dunes, with their powdery white sand, stretch extensively until they meet the Indian Ocean. They are particularly stunning at sunset, when pink and gold shadows play across their surfaces. We conclude the day with dinner and an overnight stay at the campsite.

In the morning, we journey to Al Shefa Valley within the Homhil Protected Area, a haven of biodiversity featuring Dragon Blood Trees, Bottle Trees, and numerous other endemic species. Socotra Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is renowned for its unique biodiversity, boasting 37% of its 825 plant species, 90% of its reptile species, and 95% of its land snail species found nowhere else on Earth.

We embark on a short walk down the valley along a trekking path surrounded by stunning landscapes. The path concludes at a natural infinity pool, where you can cool off and enjoy the breathtaking views over the turquoise waters of the Arabian Sea and the towering cliffs. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the Homhil campsite.

On Day 5, we begin with a scenic drive to one of Socotra Island's most iconic landscapes, Kelissan River. Located in the eastern part of the island on Mumi Plateau, this oasis offers a unique experience of swimming amidst alien-looking rocks and beneath the cascades of a powerful waterfall.

Next, we visit the breathtaking Arher Beach, where fresh mountain water meets the salty ocean, creating a tranquil convergence. Arher is renowned for its magnificent sand dunes that offer sweeping views of towering mountains and the northeastern coastline. For the adventurous, climbing these dunes rewards with unparalleled vistas.

The remainder of the day is dedicated to exploring this pristine location, immersing in untouched landscapes, and swimming in the brilliant deep blue waters. Dinner and overnight accommodation await us at the Arher Beach campsite.

This morning, we embark on a drive to the village, the starting point of our hike towards Hoq Cave. Stretching approximately 3 kilometers, this cave is rich in Socotran history and features impressive stalactites, stalagmites, and a rim pool. We recommend bringing a head torch and suitable footwear for this adventurous trek.

In the afternoon, we explore Cape Irsal, the easternmost point of Socotra where the Indian Ocean meets the Arabian Sea. Dinner and overnight accommodations await us at the Arher Beach campsite.

Day 7 starts with a scenic drive to Dihamri Marine Protected Area, renowned for its vibrant coral reefs that are among the richest in the archipelago. This location offers prime snorkeling opportunities to observe diverse marine life such as parrotfish, sea urchins, and sea turtles. It's crucial to remember that touching the corals here can cause irreversible damage, so we admire them from a respectful distance.

In the afternoon, we continue our journey to Ayhaft Canyon, where we immerse ourselves in its breathtaking landscapes and enjoy a lunch surrounded by raw nature. Ayhaft Canyon is a haven for endemic flora, particularly clusters of aloe around the rocks, and is perfect for birdwatching. You can also swim in the refreshing pools of freshwater within the canyon until late afternoon. Alternatively, you can spend the afternoon relaxing by the azure waters of Delisha Campsite Beach. Dinner and overnight accommodation will be at either Ayhaft Canyon or Delisha Beach.

After an early breakfast, we will transfer to Socotra airport.

  • Full camping equipment, mattresses, bedsheet, pillows and blankets.
  • Flights (Premium only)
  • Visa fees.
  • Protected areas fees and other permit fees.
  • Boat trip.
  • Local guides.
  • Flights.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
What is Socotra Island known for?

Socotra Island is renowned for its unique biodiversity and otherworldly landscapes, including the iconic Dragon's Blood Trees and pristine beaches. It's a UNESCO World Heritage site known for hosting numerous endemic plant and animal species.

Is the trip physically demanding?

Some activities, such as hiking and swimming, require moderate physical fitness. Participants should be prepared for uneven terrain and varying weather conditions. Optional activities like dune climbing and longer hikes can be physically challenging.

What should I pack for the trip?

Essential items include comfortable hiking shoes, swimwear, sun protection (hat, sunscreen), insect repellent, light clothing suitable for warm weather, a reusable water bottle, and any personal medication. A headlamp or flashlight is recommended for cave exploration.

Is it safe to travel to Socotra Island?

Yes, Socotra is generally safe for tourists. Our local guides and drivers are experienced in navigating the island's terrain and ensuring the safety and comfort of our guests. As with any travel destination, it's advisable to follow local guidelines and respect local customs.

How do I reach Socotra Island?

Travelers typically reach Socotra by flying from mainland Yemen (operated by Yemenia) or from Abu Dhabi the United Arab Emirates (operated by Air Arabia). It's recommended to confirm flight details and logistics well in advance.

Socotra Island Excursion
    From €2,500
    / Adult
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    • Enjoy the stunning white sand beaches and turquoise waters, ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing.
    • Discover natural pools, rare plants, and breathtaking views in this ecologically rich sanctuary.
    • Explore this extensive limestone cave adorned with ancient stalactites, stalagmites, and fascinating rock formations.
    • Experience the tranquility and beauty of Shu’ab Beach, known for its clear waters, vibrant marine life, and pristine environment.
    • Climb and explore the impressive sand dunes of Arher, where the desert meets the sea, offering spectacular views.
    • Snorkel and dive in Socotra’s surrounding waters, teeming with diverse marine life and colorful coral reefs.
    • Local Culture: Engage with the Socotri people, experience their traditional way of life, and savor local cuisine.