Tour itinerary can be seen below.
Our group will meet in Abu Dhabi ready for the direct flight to Socotra. We'll check into our hotel and have lunch before having some time to rest. In the late afternoon we will head out to Delisha Beach. Overnight in hotel back in Hadibou.
After breakfast 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. Dinner and overnight stay at Dihamari campsite.
After breakfast we will have the chance to explore a snorkelling site in Dihammri. You will have the option 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.
In the afternoon 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. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel at Hadibou.
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.
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 another magnificent set of sand dunes. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel at Hadibou.
Today we make our way to Dixam Plateau (700m above sea level) and Shebahon viewpoint. We then travel to the west of the island where we will spend the night. Dinner and overnight stay at the Qalansiyah Campsite.
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. Afterwards we head back to Qalansiyah in time to explore the Detwah Lagoon, this is a marine protected area renowned for its magical landscape. This area has some of the best views on the island. Dinner and overnight stay at the Qalansiyah Campsite.
Today we drive 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. We end our day by making the long drive back to Hadibo where we will stay overnight in the hotel.
We take our flight back to Abu Dhabi arriving around 16:00.