SOCOTRA - A DIFFERENT PLANET
Be there. Be in a political vacuum. On a different planet. On an unexisting flight. Magic. It won't last. Go.
UNLIKE ANYWHERE ON EARTH. SOCOTRA HAS TO BE SEEN TO BE BELIEVED.
Socotra has a total population of around 70000 people who speak their own native Socotri language.
Apart from the main town of Hadibo, little infrastructure exists on the island. The island is so remote that one third of its plant life can only be found there. Socotra 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!
Pre-day: Arrival in the UAE & briefing
Day 1 :- Flight to Socotra & Socotra🌸☀️
Arrival at Socotra airport. We'll be greeted by our local Socotri guide who will accompany us during the trip.
Drive to Dihamri marine protected area; scuba diving and snorkeling (extra cost) or join the local fishermen for a sea trip! We'll bring back our catch of the day for dinner in Dihamri.
Day 2: Visit Kelesehan canyon with an amazing natural swimming pool and cascade.
After breakfast we drive to Momi plateau in order to visit one of the most amazing sites famous for its natural fresh water swimming pools and cascades, lunch will be prepared by our local team, then drive to Arher (giant sand dunes); this is the point where freshwater and saltwater meet creating a natural phenomenon. The area is surrounded by giant dunes and best for watching fabulous sunrise. Dinner and overnight in Arher.
Day 3 : Deep cave exploration & mystical sand dunes of Arher
After breakfast be ready to hike to Hoq cave (4 hours return). The cave with its stalactites, stalagmites, underground pools and ancient writings is 2.5 km long. We will then drive back to Arher beach, visit Ras Erisal - the meeting point of the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Dinner and overnight on Arher beach.
Day 4: Homhil Natural botanical garden with an amazing natural swimming pool.
The park is famous for its Dragon blood trees and frankincense trees. Dragon's blood trees can only be only found on Socotra. The bottle tree cucumber plant can also be found here. After walking for an hour or so we will reach an incredible crystal-clear pool complete with views over the whole Northern part of the island. Lunch in Homhil. After lunch drive to Qalansyia, the second largest town on the island. We will have our lunch at Detwah, then we can walk around the huge lagoon famous for its sandy lagoon, spectacular landscapes, sea crates, turtles, massive octopi, balloon fish, stingray, sea shells, fish, calamari etc. As the afternoon moves into evening make sure you find a place to watch one of the most spectacular Socotra sunsets. On our way to Qalaynsia in Alalmah village we will have a stop to take a picture of a Russian tank. Dinner and overnight in Detwah lagoon.
Day 5: The pristine beach of Shoub
Early morning we'll take a boat trip to Shoub beach with local fisherman. We may see dolphins, sea birds and stunning rock formations. Line fishing also possible from the boat before arriving at pristine beach, mangrove trees can be found on the beach, lunch, then sail back to Qalanyia. Winner and overnight in Detwah lagoon.
Day 6: Enjoy local village life amongst the Dragon blood tree forest
Plateau is home to the Bedouin nomadic people; we stop for photos at Shebahon's viewpoint. Lunch in the village of Diksam . Here we'll meet the head of the village who will tell us more about the people living on Socotra island. Stop at Wadi Dehur canyon for a walk. Tonight we will mingle with locals for dinner and tea in the village. Dinner and overnight in a home stay.
Day 7: Explore Degub cave before relaxing on sandy beaches
After breakfast drive towards the South coast at Nuged. drive to Hayf and Zahak big sand dunes, then drive to explore Omaq sandy beach where you can walk along the sandy beach and swim in the clear waters of the Indian Ocean, lunch will be prepared by our team. Then drive back to Hadibo for the PCR test in Shiekh Khalifa Hospital, then maybe some traditional Socotran dancing (extra cost if requested by group) , tonight is our last night in paradise , so it's one last feast.
Day 8: Good bye
We'll be able to have one last sumptuous Socotran breakfast before we head back home. We hope to be back soon... Socotra will be waiting.
Day 9: departure from UAE
- flight Abu Dhabi - Socotra - Abu Dhabi
- Local support team
- All ground transport in Socotra as outlined in Itinerary (4WD )
- All sightseeing as outlined in itinerary
- All food (full board B,L,D ) with sufficient bottled water
- All permits and permissions required
- Visa support documents, visa fees and processing
- Local speaking guide & European Overland Dreaming guide
- Accommodation throughout in tents
- Camping gear
- Boat Trip to Shoub ( dolphins )
From 3190€/person - maximum 6 people (2 SUV's + maybe 1 more support SUV)
IMPORTANT PRACTICAL INFO
Shoes or trekking sandals suitable for walking on stones.
Comfortable clothes made of functional materials that absorb the humidity and dry quickly. Perhaps you will want to change a T-shirt more often than you think
Jumper, light jacker when we camp overnight in the mountains.
Maybe your own equipment for snorkeling and a spare T-shirt to avoid sunburns on your back while swimming.
For women who want to bathe, instead of bikini, bring a baggy t-shirt and a pair of leggings. It is not compulsory but you will feel better...
Thin sleeping bag
Wet wipes or similar tissues for personal hygiene when water is not available.
Headlamp - very handy when camping visiting caves
Even when behind clouds the sun is strong and you will need a hat and sunblock.
Bring enough cash since ATM and credit cards are not reliable.
Ask permission before taking pictures of people, especially photographing women is a sensitive issue.
To respect the local culture, and be aware that it is illegal to remove any life material from Socotra such as plants, seeds, insects and so on.
The electrical system encountered on Socotra and in Yemen is the so-called “British” type G, with 3 rectangular pins. Do not forget to bring the corresponding adapters to plug your devices.
Electricity is only available in Hadiboh. We strongly recommend you bring a car charger you can plug into the cigarette lighter.