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Socotra Island Adventures (Yemen)

Socotra Island Adventures (Yemen)
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Discover the paradise of Socotra!

Due to its remarkable biodiversity, with over a third of the local plant species found nowhere else, Socotra has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With over 40,000 inhabitants, though, it's not just a nature reserve. The Island is re-opening to tourism, so if you are looking for a luxurious vacation this is not the right destination. However, Socotra is a perfect destination for the adventurous and nature loving travelers. Socotra takes pride in their eco-tourism and values their spectacular plant and wildlife that may sometimes be only found on this island. Although the lodging and facilities may not be the same as more modern and developed locations, Socotra is a beautiful and magnificent destination choice. Great care is shown to both guests and the environment.
The Socotra archipelago consists of the main island of Socotra (3,665 sq. km), the three smaller islands of Abd al Kuri, Samhah and Darsa and some small rock outcrops. The archipelago was once part of the supercontinent of Gondwana and is often described as the most alien-looking place on Earth with almost 700 endemic species. Socotra Island is a part of Yemen, however, it is far removed from anything happening on the mainland. The culture is different, the language is different and unlike the mainland, where the war still countinue, life on Socotra has remained as peaceful and quiet as can be.

Highlights:
Homhil and Dixsam plateau - home of the famous Dragoon blood trees. Homhil has a landscape as from a prehostoric movie, while Dixsam is framed with the breathtaking mountain range of Hagier.

Detwah lagoon - one of the most charming places on Socotra with its turquoise water, strong waves and beautiful sand dunes.

Shu’ab Beach - on the way you'll have the chance to enjoy close encaounters with dolpins and cormorants 


Day1: Arrival at Socotra -Ayhaft Canyon – Delisha Sandy Beach.
Upon your arrival at Socotra airport, you will be transferred to the hotel in Hadibo/Adeeb’s eco-lodge to acclimatize and have lunch. After lunch, we will be heading to Ayhaft Canyon National Park.In the canyon (valley), you will enjoy large fresh water-pools where you can swim or soak. All around you, there will be variety of endemic plants like Dessert Rose, Tamarind trees, Cucumber trees and a wide variety of birds such as Socotra Sparrow, Socotra Sunbird and both Socotri and Somali Starlings. After swimming, we will drive to Delisha beach which consists of 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.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Hadibo.

Day 2: Dihammri M.P.A–Homhil N.P.A
After breakfast, we will drive to the island’s north-east coast to explore the surreal snorkeling site in Dihammri. Once in Dihammri, you can swim, snorkel and dive in the Marine Protected Area of Dihammri, which is home to one of the richest coral reefs on the archipelago. Dihammri is blessed with more than 200 fish species and 4 of the 5 coral species that inhabit to the island. This shallow reef will let even the inexperienced snorkeler enjoy its beauty. The many marine creatures to be seen whilst swimming /snorkeling include; parrotfish, Moray eel, Rays, turtles, etc. Diving/snorkeling gear can be hired from Dihammri Diving Center. In afternoon, we drive to natural zoon of Homhil which is home to many sorts of endemic plant like Dragon’s Blood Tree, Frankincense Tree and Desert Rose etc. Once in Homhil, we will walk along a selection of trails, on one of which takes us to a viewpoint where there is a natural swimming pool and a view of villages below on the plain and of the Arabian Sea. So you can swim and enjoy a breathtaking panorama view over the Arabian Sea which makes you to feel you are in a natural infinity hotel.
Dinner and overnight camp at Homhil campsite.

Day 3: Hoq Cave - Ras Ersel- Arher Beach
After an early breakfast, we will drive to Terbak village where Hoq Cave is located. Then we will hike up for one hour and a half till we reach the entrance of the cave, then about 1 hour in the side the cave. After exploring the cave, we will walk down forone hour and a half. Hoq is the largest cave in the island and it is 3.2 km deep, the cave holds a wealth of Socotri history and hides archeological findings such as pieces of pottery, paintings and wooden tables with inscription in Aramaic language dating back to 258 AD. The cave offers an overwhelming beauty and variety of crystal decorations, like stalagmites, stalactites and calcite floors. Then, we will drive to Ras Erisel which is located at the eastern end of the island where Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean is meeting and many ships have been sinking there due to the strong waves and currents. After that, we will depart to Arher area, which is a meeting point of fresh water from the mountain and salt water from the sea. Arher is also home to another magnificent sand dune. If you are feeling especially fit, you can climb the dunes for a view that is truly worth the effort.
Dinner and overnight camp at Arher campsite.

Day 4: Wadi Defarhu - Zahek Sand Dunes – Omak P.A - Digub Cave
Today, we will drive to the southern coast of the Island, through the interesting Defarhu Valley. Alongside, you will see traditional villages, natural water pools at the bottom of the canyon and the unusual Desert Rose tree that clingsmany places on the canyon walls. The vegetation here is lush green and there are many birds. After lunch, we will drive toHayf and Zahek village to witness the massive sand duneswhich have been pushed up against the mountainside by the seasonal winds of Socotra. Then we will make our way to a very expensive beach of Omak in the Indian Ocean. After swimming, sunbathing and relaxing in the clear water of the Indian Ocean in Omak, we will depart to Digub cave, which overlooks a scattering of traditional villages below. The cave itself is of interest as there are many stalactites, stalagmites and pools of water that have seeped through the rock over time.
Dinner and overnight camp at Omak campsite.

Day 5: Dixam Plateau - Shebahon Viewpoint - Wadi Dirhur& Daerhu Today, we will make our way to Dixam plateau (approx. 700 m above sea level) and Shebahon viewpoint. This area is a home to some of the Socotri endemic plants such as Dragon’s Blood Tree...etc. The Shebahon viewpoint gives a fabulous vista overlooking Daerhu canyon where we will see breathtaking sceneries and unusual yet beautiful rock formations. We will then make our way down to the Wadi in the canyon for lunch and an easy-going walk to swim in the freshwater pools. The afternoon is spent in exploring the canyon.
Dinner and overnight camp at Wadi Dirhur campsite.

Day 6: Wadi Dirhur - Qalansiya - Detwah Lagoon P. A
Today we will explore the western part of the island. Our first stop will be Qalansiya; a small traditional fishing town. we keep driving to Detwah lagoon which is a marine protected area renowned for its magical landscape. This area has some of the best views in the island! We will end our day by making the long drive back to the camp of Detwah Lagoon Protected area.
Dinner and overnight camp at Detwah Lagoon Protected area.

Day 7: Qalansiya – Shuaab Sandy Beach
In early morning we drive to the beach, From there we will hop on a boat and head to the remote beach of Shuaab. We are very likely to see Spinner Dolphins and other sea life during this boat ride. Once in Shuaab, feel free to swim, relax and enjoy this pristine place as well as have a look at a mangrove area After exploring the surrounding mangroves in the areas we will head back to Qalansiya in time for lunch,We will end our day by making the long drive back to Hadibo.
Dinner and overnight camp at Adeeb ecological Camp.

Day 8: Departure from Socotra
After an early breakfast,we will be transferred back to the airport to visit the Visitor Information Center before flying to Seiyun and back home.  


Price Includes:
Entry fees in the protected areas - Dihammri; Rosh; Homhil; Omak; Detwah Lagoon; Shuaab & Skand
Accommodation Fees - hotels; tourist resorts; eco-lodges; camping in protected areas
Camping equipment (like tent; pillow; mattress; sheets; mat; lights … etc)
Cooking equipment and cook as well
Transportation : 4x4 private cars Toyota Land cruiser (One car fit 4 persons )
well experienced Tour guide:(English; Arabic and Socotri local speaker )
Full board meals: (3 meals per day including dessert and snacks )
Mineral water and soft drinks - Local guides at specific / remote places - Boat trip to Shuaab

Not Included:
Air tickets (international & domestic)
Visa Cost (150 EUR)
Guide and driver tips

Additional Services:
Visa Permit for Socotra (150 EUR)
Flight Cairo- Socotra - Cairo ( every Wednesday 900 EUR up-to 1250 EUR)


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Socotra Island Adventures (Yemen) (Rated 4.8 / 5 Based on 32 Reviews.)

 All walks are easy but if you are not fit and would choose not to take part in them it is possible to stay with the vehicles and rest of the luggage 

Group Size
2 - 6 persons
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