Socotra Highlights Tour

Tour itinerary can be seen below.

1 Flight to Socotra

Our group will meet in Abu Dhabi Airport ready for the direct flight to Socotra. We'll check into our hotel and have lunch before driving to Delisha Beach to relax and swim in the sea.
Overnight in hotel, Hadibou.

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2 Homhil

After breakfast we will drive to the natural zone of Homhil, which is home to many endemic plants like Dragon’s Blood Tree, Frankincense Tree and Desert Rose. Once in Homhil we will walk along a selection of trails, one of which takes us to a viewpoint where there is a natural swimming pool with a view of the villages below on the plain and the Arabian Sea.

We then drive to Ras Erisel which is located at the eastern end of the island where the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean meet.

Afterwards we depart to the Arher area, which is a meeting point of freshwater from the mountain and saltwater from the sea. Arher is also home to a magnificent set of sand dunes. Dinner and overnight stay at Arher campsite.

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3 Terbak Village

After an early breakfast we will drive to Terbak Village where Hoq Cave is located. We will then hike up for 1.5 hours until we reach the entrance of the cave, before spending an hour inside. Hoq is the largest cave on the island, being over 3km deep. It holds a wealth of Socotri history and is full of archaeological findings, such as paintings, pieces of pottery, and wooden tables with inscriptions in Aramaic language dating back to 258AD. The cave offers an overwhelming beauty and variety of crystal decorations, like stalagmites, stalactites and calcite floors.

After a leisurely lunch we will drive back to Hadibou where we’ll have the opportunity to visit the local women’s institute and buy their homemade crafts.

Dinner and overnight stay in Hadibou hotel.

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4 Ayhaft Canyon National Park

In the morning we will head to Ayhaft Canyon National Park. In the canyon we will visit large freshwater pools where you can swim and relax. All around you can see a huge variety of endemic plants such as dessert rose, tamarind trees and cucumber trees; plus a wide variety of birds such as Socotra sparrows, Socotra sunbirds and both Socotri and Somali starlings.

We then travel to the west of the island to explore the Detwah Lagoon; this is a marine protected area renowned for its magical landscape and some of the best views on the island.

Dinner and overnight stay at the nearby Qalansiyah Campsite.

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5 Dixam Plateau

Today we take a boat trip out to the remote beach of Shuaab. We are very likely to see spinner dolphins and other sea life during the boat ride. Once in Shuaab we can swim, relax and enjoy the pristine beach as well as exploring nearby mangroves.

After lunch back at Qalansiyah, we will make our way to Dixam Plateau (700m above sea level) and Shebahon viewpoint.

Dinner and overnight stay at Dixam Campsite.

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6 Defarhu Valley

Today we will drive down to Wadi Dirhur Canyon where we’ll hike alongside the lush vegetation and natural water pools. The river flowing through this region creates a series of incredible cascading lakes through the mountains, whilst huge white rocks surround the water pools.

Afterwards we’ll continue on to the southern coast of the island, through the unique Defarhu Valley. We will see traditional villages, natural water pools at the bottom of the canyon and the unusual desert rose trees growing on the canyon walls. After lunch we drive to Hayf and Zahek villages to witness the massive sand dunes which have been pushed up against the mountainside by the seasonal winds of Socotra. We then make our way to the very expansive beach of Omak in the Indian Ocean. After swimming, sunbathing and relaxing in the clear water of the Indian Ocean in Omak, we depart to Digub Cave, which overlooks a scattering of traditional villages below. There are many stalactites, stalagmites and pools of water in the cave that have seeped through the rock over time.

Overnight in hotel, Hadibou.

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7 Dihammri

In the morning we will drive to Kalhsa Canyan which features a beautiful waterfall and many places to swim and relax. We’ll take lunch here before departing to Dihammri, where we will have the opportunity to swim and snorkel in the marine protected area; home to one of the richest coral reefs on the archipelago. Dihammri is blessed with more than 200 fish species and 4 of the 5 coral species that are native to the island. (Snorkelling gear can be hired from the diving centre).

We end our day by making the drive back to Hadibou where we will have a final dinner together before staying overnight in the hotel.

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8 Tour Ends

In the morning we’ll have the opportunity to visit the university and library before we take our flight back to Abu Dhabi, arriving around 16:00.

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Details

Includes:
  • - Visa support documents
  • - All ground transport in 4x4s
  • - Accommodation and camping equipment
  • - Tours, entry fees, permits and English speaking guides
  • - Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day
  • - Bottled water
  • - Lupine tour leader
Excludes:
  • - Visa (£75, Lupine will arrange visa on arrival)
  • - Tips
  • - Return flights from Abu Dhabi (Approx. $950. Our local partners will arrange these. Payable in cash on arrival in Socotra)
Prices:
  • Tour Price: £1449
  • Deposit: £750
  • Single Room Supplement: £90
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