Let Lupine Travel take you to the isolated island of Socotra; an island that has been off limits to tourists for several years! Well known for its endemic flora and fauna that can’t be found anywhere else in the world and the amazing views and landscapes.
Our tours allow you to get up close and personal with the sea life in the marina, visit the beautiful Hoc Cave that holds a wealth of Socotri history, take a boat trip to the remote beach of Shuaab and see spinner dolphins and so much more!
Please note that some sections of these tours travel to areas where the British FCO advises against all travel to.
We research the security of our destinations highly and safety is a priority for us, however, we advise ytou to do your own research too to ensure you are comfortable with your trip.
Please note these travel warnings may also affect travel insurance for these regions, please contact us for advice on this.
Our first Socotra group trip will run in October 2019.
We have two tours currently scheduled for early 2020 but plan to add 2 more for later in the year.
These tours are in high demand and fill up quickly so we advise early booking.
Our current 2020 group tours can be seen below. They are all guaranteed departures.
|TOUR DATES||TOUR NAME||Total Nights||PRICE|
|Socotra||tour-closed||2020-02-05||2020-02-12||Socotra Highlights Tour||7||1950||1000||static||0||February|
|Socotra||tour-closed||2020-02-26||2020-03-04||Socotra Highlights Tour||7||1950||1000||static||0||February|
|Socotra||tour-closed||2020-03-11||2020-03-18||Socotra Highlights Tour||7||1950||1000||static||0||March|
|Socotra||tour-open||2020-09-23||2020-09-30||Socotra Highlights Tour||7||1950||1000||static||9||September|
|Socotra||tour-open||2020-10-28||2020-11-04||Socotra Highlights Tour||7||1950||1000||static||10||October|
Our current 2021 group tours can be seen below. They are all guaranteed departures.
|TOUR DATES||TOUR NAME||Total Nights||PRICE|
|Socotra||tour-open||2021-02-03||2021-02-10||Socotra Highlights Tour||7||1950||1000||static||10||February|
|Socotra||tour-open||2021-03-10||2021-03-17||Socotra Highlights Tour||7||1950||1000||static||10||March|
|Socotra||tour-open||2021-09-22||2021-09-29||Socotra Highlights Tour||7||1950||1000||static||10||September|
Day 1 - Flight to Socotra
Our group will meet in Cairo Airport ready for the 02:00 flight to Socotra via Seiyun in mainland Yemen. We'll arrive late morning, 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.
Day 2 - Ayhaft Canyon National Park
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 at Dihamari campsite.
Day 3 - Dihammri
After breakfast we will have the chance to explore a snorkeling 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. Snorkeling 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 sorts of endemic plants like dragon’s blood tree, frankincense tree and desert rose. Once in Homhil we will walk along a selection of trails, one 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 in hotel at Hadibou
Day 4 - 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 3 km 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 258 AD. 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 in hotel at Hadibou.
Day 5 - Dixam Plateau
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 at the Qalansiyah Campsite.
Day 6 - Island Tour
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, which is a marine protected area renowned for its magical landscape. This area has some of the best views on the island. Dinner and overnight at the Qalansiyah Campsite.
Day 7 - Defarhu Valley
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.
Day 8 - Tour Ends
We catch our morning flight back to Cairo via the mainland, arriving around 17:00-18:00. Please note: as this flight is very unreliable with timings, we strongly advise you to plan at least one hotel night in Cairo before your onward flight home.
- 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 and soft drinks
- Lupine tour leader
- Visa ($100, Lupine will arrange visa on arrival)
- Return flights from Cairo (Approx. $1,280. Our local partners will arrange these. Payable in cash on arrival in Socotra)