Due to the flight schedule, this program is temporarily stopped.

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 Ayhaft CanyonNational 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: Dihamri 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 Dihamri 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. 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 creek, 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 Aomak

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 crystalline 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 Aomak 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 Aomak beach.

Day 4: Dixam plateau, wadi Dirhur, 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 Dirhur 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 stingrays that can be seen in the lagoon. Finally, we will drive you to the Socotra airport in time for afternoon flight to Cairo. 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.

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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
  • some local guides at specific places

Services not included:

  • flight tickets (international)
  • visa
  • personal insurance
  • guide’s and driver’s tips
  • diving equipment and diving guide
  • anything that is not mentioned in the itinerary