Essential Socotra Tour

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What's it all about?

We have two confirmed small group tours to the Yemeni island every year. This Autumn Socotra tour will be led by Rocky Road Travel founder Shane Horan.

For those unfamiliar with Socotra, the place is like no where else on earth. Over 30% of plant life on the island can only be found on Socotra. Situated off the Horn of Africa in the Indian Ocean, Socotra is an archipelago belonging to Yemen. Luckily it has been completely unaffected by the country’s ongoing civil war and has become one one of the world’s least visited and untouched gems.  Socotra is now  looking to put itself back on the tourist trail. 

Socotra island is a remarkable place for camping, walking, hiking, wildlife spotting & cultural immersion. It’s for anyone who wants to experience a natural world like no other.

Highlights

Dubai - Hadibo, Socotra - Dubai

October 18th - 25th, 2021

We wlll apply for your visa and you can collect it from us on tour. The visa fee is $150 extra.

The Itinerary

Map
October 18th - Habido | Ayhaft Canyon National Park | Delisha Beach
  • Our Socotra tour begins in the hub of Dubai (quarantine depending). Arrival at your own convenience. 
  • We will transfer to Abu Dhabi airport to board the 10am flight to Socotra.
  • 11am arrival in Habido, Socotra. We’ll
    be greeted by our local Socotri guide who will
    accompany us for the trip.
  • Swimming at Delisha Beach. A beautiful white beach and lagoon.
  • Enjoy the magnificent sunset from the sand dunes as watch as different ships pass by.
  • Dinner and overnight at the Arabian Sea hotel
October 19th - Homhil National Park & Arher
  • After breakfast we’ll head to Homhil National Park. The Park is famous for its supply of the famous Dragon blood trees. These can only be found on Socotra. The bottle tree and cucumber plant can also be found here. After walking for an hour or so, we’ll reach an incredible crystal-clear pool complete with views over the whole southern part of the island.
  • Lunch.
  • Those feeling adventurous can descend the mountain by foot. Others can walk back to the jeep and be driven down to the beach.
  • Drive on to Arher.
  • This is the point where freshwater and saltwater meet creating a stunning natural phenomenon. The area is surrounded by giant sand dunes.
  • You are free to walk around the area on your own. Those capable can climb the 300m-high dune!
  • Dinner and overnight in Arher.
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October 20th - Arher | Hoq’s Cave | Raw Ersil | Dihamri
  • After waking up next to the ocean you can choose between 2 morning activities:
  • A hike to Hoq’s Cave (4 hours).  OR:
  • Drive to Raw Erisel, the meeting point of the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean.
  • Drive to Dihamri Marine Protected Area.
  • Scuba diving and snorkelling are available here (extra cost) or you can also join the local fishermen for a sea trip!
  • We’ll bring back our catch of the day for dinner in Dihamri. .
  • Overnight in Hadibo.

October 21st - Dixsam

  • Drive to the Dixsam Plateau. This is the most famous area for Dragon Blood trees.
  • Stop for photos at Shehahon’s viewpoint.
  • Lunch in the village of Dixsam. Here we’ll meet the head of the village who will tell us more about the people living on Socotra Island.
  • Stop at Wadi Derhur for a walk. 
  • Hike through the beginning of Fermahin – a forest of Dragon Blood trees.
  • Tonight we’ll mingle with the locals for dinner and tea at a village
  • Dinner and overnight at a homestay.

October 22nd - Zahek & Hayf | Dagub | Amak

  • After breakfast we’ll walk through the village accompanied by our new friends.
  • Drive towards the South coast at Nogud.
  • Explore the big sand dunes at Amak Beach where you can swim in the sea.
  • Visit the cave of Dagub.
  • Lunch at the cave or at Amak Beach.
  • Dinner and overnight in Dixsam, surrounded by Dragon Blood trees!

October 23rd - Qalansiya | Shuaab

  • Early morning drive to Qalansiya, the second largest town on the island.
  • We’ll take a boat trip to Shuaab, passing by stunning rock formations and plenty of native birdlife.
  • Relax at the most beautiful beach on the island. Picnic lunch on the beach.
  • Drive onto Detwah Lagoon.
  • Here we’ll make camp and you can walk around the huge lagoon.
  • Camping at Detwah Eco-campsite.
October 24th - Hadibo
  • Return to Hadibo.
  • City tour of Hadibo and learn more about life in Yemen.
  • Our first stop will be the women’s market.
  • Next up it’s the fish market. This place gets very lively and we can join in on an auction!
  • We’ll then head to the khat market; Yemeni’s are one of the biggest Khat users in the world.
  • We will stop by the door makers; these artists have been making ornate doors for centuries.
  • We finish our day trip popping by a local school where we meet students, teachers, and give a quick english class.
  • Tonight is our last night in paradise, so it’s one last big feast!
  • Overnight in our hotel in Hadibo.

October 25th - Habido – Abu Dhabi/Dubai

  • Make our way to the airport to catch our flight back to Abu Dhabi/Dubai.
  • Arrival  around 4pm local time.
  • End of Socotra tour.
What else?
Inclusions
Exclusions
  • Accommodation

    Single tent camping and guesthouse on Socotra.

  • Guides

    Both an expert local guide and western tour leader.

  • Transport

    All transport to complete the itinerary.

  • Food

    All meals are included in Socotra.

  • Activities

    All activities & entrance fees unless otherwise stated.

  • All Fights

    Flights to and from Socotra (approx $900)

  • Single supplement

    2 nights - €80

  • Visa Fee

    $150

  • Tips

    Tip are expected for your Iraqi Socotra guides and driver.

  • Travel Insurance

    A must for this trip.

Socotra Tour Notes

You’ll be in the experienced hands of our English speaking local guide and Rocky Road Travel guide. Flights to Socotra only depart on Wednesdays every week. The itinerary is therefore standardized and perfected to fit this one week window.

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October 18th - 25th, 2021

Dubai - Socotra - Dubai

Return flight from Abu Dhabi

Extra Charge - approx $950

Guesthouse & Camping

7 nights on Socotra

The price

$1690