Essential Socotra Tour
What's it all about?
We have at least six confirmed small group tours to the Yemeni island every year. This is the first after the long summer windy season.
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.
Abu Dhabi - Socotra - Abu Dhabi
October 17th - 24th, 2022
We will apply for your visa and you can collect it from us on tour. The visa fee is $100 USD extra.
October 17th - Abu Dhabi | Hadibo | Qalansiya
- Meet in Abu Dhabi airport for our early morning flight to Socotra.
- Arrival in Habido, Socotra. We’ll be greeted by our local Socotri guide who will accompany us for the trip.
- Drive to Qalansiya, the second largest town on the island.
- On the way stopping at some abandoned Soviet tanks.
- See the incredible view of Detwah Lagoon from the highest point on the beach before trekking down to the beach. Relax and take a dip in the ocean!
- Walk around the lagoon to our camp site for a big lunch.
- Climb up a nearby hill which will give us a 360 degree view of Qalansiyah and Detwah at sunset.
- Dinner and overnight camping at Detwah Eco-campsite – complete with shower and toilet!
October 18th - Shoub Beach | Detwah Lagoon
- Take an early morning boat trip to Shoub beach – passing by stunning rock formations and plenty of native birdlife along the way. There’s a high likelihood we’ll come across numerous dolphins on the way here too!
- Arrive at Shoub – Relax & swim at the most beautiful beach on the island.
- Make our way back to Qalansiya by boat.
- After lunch, trek along the shores to visit the cave of Abdullah Alloi – known as the “caveman” Abdullah was born here and spends his time fishing the lagoon. We’ll have more fresh seafood here washed down with tea!
- He’ll take us a quick tour of the lagoon (if he’s home…!). We’ll see pufferfish, sea cucumber, squid, starfish, sea urchin and more.
- Camping at Detwah Eco-campsite.
October 19th - Diksam Plateau
- Up early to drive 2 hours to Diksam Plateau – home of the Dragon’s Blood Trees.
- Walk through endless Trees to the viewpoint overlooking Wadi Dirhar – an incredible canyon that splits Diksam and the Firmihin forest in half.
- Lunch under the shade of a Dragon’s Blood Tree.
- Go for a post-lunch dip at one of the many fresh water creeks in the Wadi Dirhar.
- Off road 4×4 drive to Firmihin forest and do a sunset hike to the top of the forest for one spectacular view overlooking thousands of Dragon’s Blood Trees.
- Set up camp at Diksam, Dinner and overnight.
October 20th - Dixsam | Amak | Dihamri
- Start the morning with a walk to the nearby Dragon’s Blood Tree nursery
- Drive towards the South coast towards the epic sand dunes that line the coast. Drive across the sand dunes and stop for plenty of photo opportunities.
- Visit the cave of Dagub (If there’s time)
- Swim at the nearby Amak Beach.
- Lunch surrounded by a forest of palm date trees next to the beach.
- 2 hour drive north to our campsite at Dihamri Marine Sanctuary – the perfect time to try out some sunset/nighttime snorkelling!
- Dinner and overnight.
October 21st - Dihamri Marine Protected Area | Killisan Pools
- Spend the morning scuba diving and snorkelling! (extra cost).
- Drive inland and south towards the Killisan canyon and pools. It’s an off-road drive and a 45 minute trek to get here but it’s well worth it. Swim in the turquoise pools and jump from the ledges into the crystal clear water.
- Picnic Lunch.
- Drive to Arher Beach campsite. This is the spot where you can climb the massive sand dune!
- You are free to walk around the area on your own. Those capable can climb the 300m-high dune! (Top tip – do it for sunrise instead!)
- Dinner and overnight camping with a fire.
October 22nd - Homhil National Park | Raw Ersil | Arher
- After breakfast head straight to Homhil National Park. The Park is famous for its supply of the famous Dragon blood trees. Lots of bottle trees and cucumber plants can also be found here. After walking for 30 minutes, we’ll reach an incredible crystal-clear pool complete with views over the whole southern part of the island.
- Swim and relax at the “infinity pool” before making our way back upstream for a picnic lunch under the palms.
- Drive back towards Arher beach.
- Stop at the Socotra folklore museum on the way.
- Drive to Raw Erisel, the meeting point of the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. This is the point where freshwater and saltwater meet creating a natural phenomenon.
- Dinner and overnight in Arher.
October 23rd - Arher | Hoq’s Cave | Delisha Beach | Hadibo
- Wake up next to the ocean and climb the sand dune (again..!) before sunrise if you dare. Cool off in the sea and rinse off in the freshwater streams.
- Start our hike to Hoq’s Cave (3 hours return. Medium fitness required)
- Lunch at Delisha Beach! A beautiful white beach complete with a shipwreck.
- Visit the Yemeni Foundation & development for Socotra. Learn how the foundation is doing great work educating the youth of the island in conservation, foreign languages and computer skills.
- Check into the newly opened Heathrow Hotel (Yep, it’s near the airport) – now the only hotel on the island with functioning AC & Wifi!
- Freshen up and get rid of all the sand before our last dinner together.
- Dinner and overnight in Hadibo.
October 24th - Habido – Abu Dhabi
- Quick city tour of Hadibo. Check out the local fish and meat market.
- Any last minute shopping requests will be taken care of here!
- Transfer to the airport for your departure to Abu Dhabi.
- Arrive in Abu Dhabi around 17:00 local time.
- End of Socotra Tour.
You’ll be in the experienced hands of our English speaking local team and Rocky Road Travel tour leader. Flights to Socotra only depart on Mondays every week. The itinerary is therefore standardised and perfected to fit this one week window.
Everyone gets their own separate tent, sleeping bag, mattress and pillow.
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