Essential Socotra Tour - October 2020
We have one confirmed small group tour to the Yemeni island of Socotra in 2020. It will be led by Rocky Road Travel founder Shane Horan.
Unlike anywhere else on earth. Socotra has to be seen to be believed. The island is so remote that one third of its plant life can only be found there.
Socotra has a total population of around 70,000 people who speak their own native Socotri language. Apart from the main town of Hadiboh, little infrastructure exists on the island. 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.
If that’s not enough, leading into this tour will be a separate budget tour to Eritrea. Book both for a great combo discount!
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October 13 – 21st, 2020.
October 13th - Cairo
- Our Socotra tour begins in the Egyptian capital of Cairo. Arrival at your own convenience.
- At 7:00 pm we will meet up in the centre of the city to grab dinner and get to know each other. There will be a place to leave your bags.
- Head to the airport at 10:00pm to catch our Yemenia Airways flight to Socotra.
- Depart Cairo on our 2:00am flight from Cairo, stopping for a quick layover in Seiyun, Yemen before continuing on to the island.
- Arrival in Habido, the biggest town in Socotra at 8:45am local time. Our local Socotri guide who will accompany us for the trip will pick us up.
- Short hop to Ayhaft Canyon National Park.
- Time to wake up from the overnight flight by swimming at Delisha Beach. It’s a stunning white beach lagoon.
- Enjoy the memorable sunset over the sea from the high perched sand dunes.
- Dinner at the Delish Tourist Complex.
- Overnight in a hotel in Hadibo.
- 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.
- Those feeling adventurous can descend the mountain by foot. Others can walk back to the jeep and be driven down to the beach.
- Drive to Arher.
- This is the point where freshwater and saltwater meet creating a natural phenomenon. The area is surrounded by giant dunes.
- You are free to walk around the area on your own. Those capable can climb the 300m-high sand dune!
- Dinner and overnight in Arher.
- 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.
- 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 of 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- We wake up early to catch our 9:45am flight to Cairo.
- We are due to arrive in Cairo around 3pm local time.
- End of Socotra tour.
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Socotra Tours - FAQs
Most frequent questions and answers for our tours to Socotra.
Socotra is and has always been conflict free. The civil war never came close to the island. Socotra is very autonomous from the rest of Yemen.
Socotra experiences a cyclone season that makes conditions quite difficult from June to September. The best time to visit Socotra is from October to May.
Yemenia’s once weekly Wednesday morning flight from Cairo to Socotra and back is the only reliable way to the island. The flight travels from Cairo to Seiyun, a remote city in mainland Yemen, and continues onto Socotra, before flying back on the reverse journey. This basically means that one can spend one or two weeks in Socotra.
It is not possible for foreigners (non-Arabs) to travel overland from Oman to Seiyun and catch the domestic flight from Seiyun to Socotra.
USD cash is king on the island. You can change it on the black market to Yemani Rial once in Hadibo.
There are no ATMs on the island and credit cards are not accepted anywhere.
Group size will be between 8 – 12 travellers