Short stay


Day 1: Arrival to Socotra

We will pick you up at the airport and transport you to a hotel in Hadibo. After you refresh yourself we will take you for a trip to AyhaftCanyonNational Park. In the canyon (wadi), you will enjoy large fresh water-pools where you can swim or soak. All around you, there will be Tamarind trees, Cucumber trees and a wide variety of birds such as Socotra Sparrow, Socotra Sunbird and both Socotra and Somali Starlings. In fact, Ayhaft is considered as a natural nursery due to its large abundance of endemic trees, plants and birds. In the afternoon, we will visit Delisha beach with 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 in hotel in Hadibo

Day 2: Dihamari Protected Area and Arher freshwater creek and beach

Dihamri marine protected area boasts with one of the richest coral reefs on the archipelago. You can relax on the beach in palm leaf huts and swim and snorkel in DihamriBay. Snorkeling gear can be hired there. Marine species you will see underwater include: Parrotfish, Moray eel, Rays, Sea urchins, if you are lucky you will meet turtles. Divers can also use the services of Dihamri Diving center and go for a dive in Dihamri or another of superb diving spots of Socotra. Later we will move further to the North-East of the island, in Arher, where a fresh creak coming out from a granite massive is meeting salty sea water on the beach. You can relax on green grass around the creak, swim in the sea or if you feel fit you can climb a huge sand dune to get a fantastic view over this charming spot. Dinner and night in an eco-camp in Arher.

Day 3: Hoq cave and Amak

This morning, we will make an early start to drive to the base of Hoq cave in Terbak village. Before the sunshine gets too hot, we will walk up to the entrance of the Cave. It is more than 3 km long with a water pool at the end and holds a wealth of Socotri history. Inside, you will see ancient stalactites, stalagmites and crystallic formations. Ancient writings on the cave walls and also what appears to be a picture of an old trading ship have been preserved over the ages by a calcite glaze. There is also evidence to suggest that the cave was once used for ritual purposes by the presence of mysterious ‘alters’. After lunch we will head to the south of the island, with visits to villages along the way. Our first destination is Amak beach where we can swim in the clear waters of the Indian Ocean. We will visit Dagub cave overlooking the southern coast. We will then witness the colossal sand dunes of Hayf and Zahek which have been pushed up against the mountainside by the seasonal winds of Socotra. If you are still fit, you can climb the dunes for a view that is truly worth the effort. Dinner and night in an eco-camp at Amak beach.

Day 4: Dixam plateau, wadi Daerhu, Qalansyia

After breakfast, we will make our way by 4×4 vehicle to Dixam plateau and Shebahon viewpoint. This area is renowned for dragon blood trees, the resin of which is collected, used and traded by the people of Socotra. The area is also home to the endemic and rare Socotra Bunting (estimated at 1,000 pairs). The Shebahon viewpoint gives a fabulous vista overlooking Daerhu canyon (wadi) where we will see unusual yet beautiful rock formations. We will then make our way down to the wadi for lunch and an easy walk and maybe also a swim in a freshwater pool with a natural slide. Later we will drive to the western part of the island to the little fishermen’s town of Qalansyia with its traditional houses, narrow alleyways and a long beach full of fishing boats ready to set off for today’s catch. Dinner and overnight in the neighboring Detwah lagoon for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Detwah lagoon and departure from Socotra

After an early breakfast, you will have time to explore the Detwah lagoon which is a marine protected area renowned for its magic landscape. You will be charmed by a white sandy tongue surrounded by turquoise waters of the bay. This surely is one of the best views on the island. You can jump in the shallow sea there and enjoy the paradise. Only be careful with sting rays that can be seen in the lagoon. Finally we will drive you to the Socotra airport in time for afternoon flight to Sana’a. If interested you can also visit a souvenir shop from the woman association and Hadibo market while waiting for the short flight to the mainland.

Ask price for the above itinerary by mail to info@unexploredsocotra.com

Services included:

  • hotel & camping accommodation
  • 4×4 vehicle
  • English speaking, well trained and experienced local guide
  • full board food and a sufficient supply of water and soft drinks
  • protected areas fees
  • a boat ride to Shuab
  • some local guides at specific places

Services not included:

  • air tickets (international & domestic)
  • personal insurance
  • guide’s and driver’s tips
  • diving equipments and diving guide
  • anything that is not mentioned in the itinerary

7 day standard tour


Nature exploration and relax

Day 1: Arrival to Socotra

We will pick you up at the airport and transport you to a hot el in Hadibo. After you refresh yourself we will take you for a trip to AyhaftCanyonNational Park. In the canyon (wadi), you will enjoy large fresh water-pools where you can swim or soak. All around you, there will be Tamarind trees, Cucumber trees and a wide variety of birds such as Socotra Sparrow, Socotra Sunbird and both Socotra and Somali Starlings. In fact, Ayhaft is considered as a natural nursery due to its large abundance of endemic trees, plants and birds. In the afternoon, we will visit Delisha beach with 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 night in a hotel in Hadibo.

Day 2: Qalansyia / Detwah Bay

Today we will drive to the western part of the island where a little fishermen’s town of Qalansyia is located. It consists of traditional Socotri houses, narrow alleyways and a long beach full of fishing boats ready to set off for today’s catch or to take you to Shuab beach. We will continue to neighboring Detwah lagoon which is a marine protected area renowned for its magic landscape. You will be charmed by a white sandy tongue surrounded by turquoise waters of the bay. This surely is one of the best views on the island. You can jump in the shallow sea there and enjoy the paradise. Only be careful with sting rays that can be seen in the lagoon. There is also an array of sea birds to be seen in the lagoon. Dinner and night in an eco-camp in Detwah.

Day 3: Golden sands of Shuab

After breakfast in Detwah, we will go for a boat trip to Shuab. We will surely meet some Spinner Dolphins along the way with cormorants flying over our heads. Once at Shu’ab, we can have a look at a mangrove area. We will have a lunch on the long and clean Shu’ab beach. In the afternoon, feel free to swim and enjoy this pristine place. In late afternoon, we will take a boat ride back to Qalansyia. Line fishing is possible from the boat if you want to catch your today’s dinner. Dinner and night in an eco-camp in Detwah.

Day 4: Dixam plateau / the South, Amek sandy beach, Dagub Cave

After breakfast, we will make our way by 4×4 vehicle to Dixam plateau and Shebahon viewpoint. This area is renowned for dragon blood trees, the resin of which is collected, used and traded by the people of Socotra. The area is also home to the endemic and rare Socotra Bunting (estimated at 1,000 pairs). The Shebahon viewpoint gives a fabulous vista overlooking Daerhu canyon (wadi) where we will see unusual yet beautiful rock formations. We will then make our way down to the wadi for lunch and an easy walk and maybe also a swim in a freshwater pool with a natural slide. After lunch we will head to the south of the island, with visits to villages along the way. Our first destination is Amak beach where we can swim in the clear waters of the Indian Ocean. We will visit Dagub cave overlooking the southern coast. We will then witness the colossal sand dunes of Hayf and Zahek which have been pushed up against the mountainside by the seasonal winds of Socotra. If you are still fit, you can climb the dunes for a view that is truly worth the effort. Dinner and night in an eco-camp at Amak beach.

Day 5: Homhil Protected Area / stopover at Qaria Lagoon

Our today’s destination is Homhil, a protected area with fabulous sceneries that give you a kind of prehistoric feeling. We will stop at Qaria lagoon en-route. It is the largest lagoon on the island and we will hopefully see flamingos, herons and greenshanks. The trek to Homhil starts at the bottom of a spectacular ravine on the sea level. The trek is of medium difficulty and won’t take more than 1,5 hours. You will have enough strength to enjoy the view back towards the sea where we have started ascending. Once at Homhil, we can choose from a selection of walking trails. You will be astonished by the prehistoric atmosphere of the landscape rich with dragon blood trees and bottle trees. You will be addressed by local children who sell dragon blood raisin and frankincense. One of the trails leads to a viewpoint with a natural pool with almost freezing green and blue water. Dinner and night in an eco-camp in Homhil.

Day 6: Arher freshwater creek and beach

After breakfast we will trek to the North-East of the island and will have our lunch in a small cave. The rest of the day we will spend in Arher where a fresh creak coming out from a granite massive is meeting salty sea water on the beach. You can relax on green grass around the creak, swim in the sea or if you feel fit you can climb a huge sand dune to get a fantastic view over this charming spot. Dinner and night camping in Arher.

Day 7: Hoq Cave / Dihamari

This morning, we will make an early start to drive to the base of Hoq cave in Terbak village. Before the sunshine gets too hot, we will walk up to the entrance of the Cave. It is more than 3 km long with a water pool at the end and holds a wealth of Socotri history. Inside, you will see ancient stalactites, stalagmites and crystallic formations. Ancient writings on the cave walls and also what appears to be a picture of an old trading ship have been preserved over the ages by a calcite glaze. There is also evidence to suggest that the cave was once used for ritual purposes by the presence of mysterious ‘alters’. In the afternoon, we will drive to nearby Dihamri marine protected area. It boasts with one of the richest coral reefs on the archipelago. You can relax on the beach in palm leaf huts and swim and snorkel in DihamriBay. Snorkeling gear can be hired there. Marine species you will see underwater include: Parrotfish, Moray eel, Rays, Sea urchins, if you are lucky you will meet turtles. Divers can also use the services of Dihamri Diving center and go for a dive in Dihamri or another of superb diving spots of Socotra. Dinner and night in an eco-camp in Dihamri.

Day 8: Departure from Socotra

After an early breakfast, we will drive you to the Socotra airport. You can visit a souvenir shop there while waiting for a short flight to the mainland.

Ask price for the above itinerary by mail to info@unexploredsocotra.com

Services included:

  • hotel & camping accommodation
  • 4×4 vehicle
  • English speaking, well trained and experienced local guide
  • full board food and a sufficient supply of water and soft drinks
  • protected areas fees
  • a boat ride to Shuab
  • some local guides at specific places

Services not included:

  • air tickets (international & domestic)
  • personal insurance
  • guide’s and driver’s tips
  • diving equipments and diving guide
  • anything that is not mentioned in the itinerary

10 days standard tour


Explore, trek and relax

Day 1. Arrival to Socotra Island

We will pick you up at the airport and transport you to a hotel in Hadibo. After you refresh yourself we will take you for a trip in the surroundings. In the afternoon, we will visit Delisha beach with 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 the possibility of watching a fabulous sunset from Delisha. Dinner and overnight in the hotel in Hadibo.

Day 2. Dihamri protected area / Arher freshwater creek and beach

After breakfast, we will drive to nearby Dihamri marine protected area. It is one of the richest coral reefs on the archipelago. You can relax on the beach in palm leaf huts and swim and snorkel in the bay. Snorkeling gear can be hired there. Marine species you will see underwater include: parrotfish, moray eel, rays, sea urchins, if you are lucky you will meet turtles. Divers can also use the services of Dihamri diving center and go for a dive in Dihamri or another of superb diving spots of Socotra.

We will trek to the North-East of the island and will have our lunch in a small cave. The rest of the day we will spend in Arher where a fresh creak coming out from a granite massive is meeting salty sea water on the beach. You can relax on green grass around the creak, swim in the sea or if you feel fit you can climb a huge sand dune to get a fantastic view over this charming spot. Dinner and over-night camping in Arher.

Day 3. Hoq cave /Arher beach

This morning, we will make an early start to drive to the base of Hoq cave in Terbak village. Before the sunshine gets too hot, we will walk up to the entrance of the cave. It is more than 3 km long with a water pool at the end and holds a wealth of Socotri history. Inside, you will see ancient stalactites, stalagmites and crystalloid formations. Ancient writings on the cave walls and also what appears to be a picture of an old trading ship have been preserved over the ages by a calcite glaze.

There is also evidence to suggest that the cave was once used for ritual purposes by the presence of mysterious ‘alters’. Dinner and overnight in Arher beach

Day 4. Homhil protected area /the South: Mateef beach fisher man village

Today our destination is Homhil, a protected area with fabulous sceneries that give you a kind of prehistoric feeling. We will stop at Qaria lagoon en-route. It is the largest lagoon on the island and we will hopefully see flamingos, herons and greenshanks. The trek to Homhil starts at the bottom of a spectacular ravine on the sea level. The trek is of medium difficulty and won’t take more than 1,5 hours. You will have enough strength to enjoy the view back towards the sea where we have started ascending. Once at Homhil, we can choose from a selection of walking trails. You will be astonished by the prehistoric atmosphere of the landscape rich with dragon blood trees and bottle trees. You will be addressed by local children who sell dragon blood resin and frankincense. One of the trails leads to a viewpoint with a natural pool with almost freezing green and blue water. Dinner and overnight at Mateef beach

Day 5. The South: Amak sandy beach, Dagub Cave

After breakfast we will head through the south of the island, with visits to villages along the way. Our first destination is Amak beach where we can swim in the clear waters of the Indian Ocean. We will visit Dagub cave overlooking the southern coast. We will then witness the colossal sand dunes of Hayf and Zahek which have been pushed up against the mountainside by the seasonal winds of Socotra. If you are still fit, you can climb the dunes for a view that is truly worth the effort. Dinner and night in an eco-camp at Amak beach

Day 6. Dixam plateau / wadi Dearhu

After breakfast, we will make our way by 4×4 vehicle to Dixam plateau and Shebahon viewpoint. This area is renowned for dragon blood trees, the resin of which is collected, used and traded by the people of Socotra. The area is also home to the endemic and rare Socotra Bunting (estimated at 1,000 pairs). The Shebahon viewpoint gives a fabulous vista overlooking Daerhu canyon (wadi) where we will see unusual yet beautiful rock formations. We will then make our way down to the wadi for lunch and an easy walk and maybe also a swim in a freshwater pool with a natural slide. Dinner and overnight in Dixam

Day 7. Firmin protected area

After an early breakfast we will hike up to Firmin area, which is the highest mountain in Socotra island, where you can see the south and north cost and also many different kind of endemic plants. Dinner and overnight in Firmin.

Day 8. Qalansyia / Detwah Bay

Today we will drive to the western part of the island where a little fishermen’s town of Qalansyia is located. It consists of traditional Socotri houses, narrow alleyways and a long beach full of fishing boats ready to set off for today’s catch or to take you to Shu’ab beach. We will continue to neighboring Detwah lagoon which is a marine protected area renowned for its magic landscape. You will be charmed by a white sandy tongue surrounded by turquoise waters of the bay. This surely is one of the best views on the island. You can jump in the shallow sea there and enjoy the paradise. Only be careful with sting rays that can be seen in the lagoon. There is also an array of sea birds to be seen in the lagoon. Dinner and overnight-camp in Detwah.

Day 9. Golden sands of Shua’ab

After breakfast in Detwah, we will go for a boat trip to Shu’ab. We will surely meet some Spinner Dolphins along the way with cormorants flying over our heads. Once at Shu’ab, we can have a look at a mangrove area. We will have a lunch on the long and clean Shu’ab beach. In the afternoon, feel free to swim and enjoy this pristine place. In late afternoon, we will take a boat ride back to Qalansyia. Line fishing is possible from the boat if you want to catch your today’s dinner. Dinner and overnight in Qalansia

Day 10. Ayhaft canyon / Hadibo

After breakfast we will take you for a trip to Ayhaft Canyon National Park. In the canyon (wadi), you will enjoy large fresh waterpools where you can swim or soak. All around you, there will be Tamarind trees, Cucumber trees and a wide variety of birds such as Socotra Sparrow, Socotra Sunbird and both Socotra and Somali Starlings. In fact, Ayhaft is considered as a natural nursery due to its large abundance of endemic trees, plants and birds,dinner and overnight in Hadibo

Day 11. Departure from Socotra

After an early breakfast, we will drive you to the Socotra airport. You can visit a souvenir shop there while waiting for a short flight to the mainland.

Ask price for the above itinerary by mail to info@socotra-international.ru

Services included:

  • hotel & camping accommodation
  • 4×4 vehicle
  • English speaking, well trained and experienced local guide
  • full board food and a sufficient supply of water and soft drinks
  • protected areas fees
  • a boat ride to Shuab
  • some local guides at specific places

Services not included:

  • air tickets (international & domestic)
  • personal insurance
  • guide’s and driver’s tips
  • diving equipments and diving guide
  • anything that is not mentioned in the itinerary

Trekking itineraries


Skand peak and return to Skand eco-campsite(6 hours)

A rather difficult 6 hours trek. If you have the whole day, you will however manage to even have a nice picnic lunch on the meadows of Skand among dragon blood trees. In a clear day you will be rewarded by a view of Hadibo below. Don’t underestimate the trek – the Skand eco-campsite is located tricky far from Jabal Skan

Skand – Ayhaft

This is a difficult trek you will certainly need a whole day for. Descend to Wadi Ayhaft will be especially demanding on your knees. Down there you will be rewarded by a bath in a freshwater river with smooth big boulders. Wadi Ayhaft is likely to become a community managed protected area with eco-tourism services.

Hadibo – Wadi Ayhaft

This trek is easy and balanced. You will need around 3 hours. Descend to Hadibo is long but not so exhausting.

Deneghen – south

Beautiful Wadi Deneghen is located just outside Hadibo. We will bring you there by car and then you will start your trek. It is a five day journey with camping in tents with all board and necessities provided by Socotra Eco-tours. The best way how to get in close contact with Socotri landscapes. Camels will be hired to carry your luggage.

Amak – Deneghen

Same as the previous route, the trek is rather difficult and it will take 5 days to cross the whole island. Camels will carry your load.

Deneghen – Skand – Firmhin – Dirhor Canyon

Even though it is just a 3 day trek it is the toughest one we offer. Camels will be hired nevertheless you will have to overcome quite big differences in altitude that make the trip tiring. You will be rewarded with stunning views and will see the best from Socotri landscapes. So don’t get cold feet and go for it!

Hoq cave

This is an easy trek yet we recommend setting out in early morning hours because the sun later in the day is scorching. You will need three comfortable hours to visit Hoq cave: 1 hour to hike up, 1 hour inside the cave and approx. 1 hour to descend back to the village of Terbak.

Wadi Shifa – Homhil

This is a continuous ascend from the sea to the mountain village of Homhil. Anyway it’s not difficult and the view over the blue waters below you will be getting better and better as you climb up. You will need one hour to reach the top to enjoy the magic landscape with dragon blood trees, bottle trees and brown-red soil.

Klison – Matyaf

A continuous gentle descend from Klison to the beach in Matyaf will lead you between wadis with fresh water pools. We cannot say it’s an easy trek but it’s far from difficult. You will need approximately 4 hours to reach the sea.


Fishing GT programme


If you are looking for a true fishing experience…Then you should plan your holiday to Socotra Island, trips can be prearranged to join the local fishermen. This prime location is known for an excellent climate in the months of October, January up to May, with breathtaking scenery and big-sized game fish, you will feel the beauty of nature mixed with the real adventure. As you know, the best catch always comes before sunrise and afternoon. At these times your fish can be over a meter long so make sure to bring all your equipment, including the strongest lines since those are not available on the Island.

For more information and details of your trip, do not hesitate to send us an email.

  • Arrival day

We will pick you up at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Hadibo. According to arrival time (morning or afternoon) we can just have a meal and leave to organize the campsite for night or prepare equipment for tranfer in the following day.

  • Fishing days

From the campsite on the beach in cape Iresal you will have boats and their captains ready for you fishing day. Fishing from the coast is also possible and suggested in the afternoon. We can also agree for fishing in other sites.

Meals will be prepared by our cook on the beach.

Overnights can be organized in the camp-site or we can transfer you back to Hadibo, in your hotel

  • Last day

According to time of your flight you will have some spare time in Hadibo or direct tranfer to airport early in the morning.

Note

When it comes to fishing, Socotra’s sea is an environment which provides high concentration of most sport fish species, Wahoo, Grouper, Snapper and particularly Barracudas seem to be frequent and give a most exciting fight. The fishing trips in Suqotra Island are amazing and will make your trip unforgettable. Socotra is located in a marine environment that has high concentrations of virtually all the major sport fish species; Marlin, Swordfish, Sailfish, Kingfish, Tuna, as well as Grouper and Snapper on the reefs. The coastal waters of Socotra teem with fish, attracted by the uniquely-structured undersea habitat which provides for an ideal growth environment and a virtually virgin fishing area! The majority of the locals on the island are fishermen. While we all know that fish tend to congregate due to the nature of the bottom terrain and currents, finding a good spot that hasn’t been over-fished is becoming harder and harder.