15 Days Eco Tourism tour itinerary for Sana & Socotra Island: Plan An Escapade To Soqotra Island!
Sana, Socotra Island
Snorkel, dive, surf, and discover the underwater world of dolphins during this tour. You will also enter caves, do fishing, climbing and relax at ease by the sea shores. Maximize fun and adventure at Soqotra, the largest of four islands in the Socotra archipelago.
Upon your arrival at Socotra airport, we will have lunch and check in the hotel in Hadibo.
In the afternoon we will visit Delisha beach, with pristine white sands full of crabs.
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 beach.
Dinner and overnight in hotel in Hadibo or Adeeb Eco campsite.
Hadibo / Dihamri Marine Protected Area
Drive to Dihamri Marine Protected Area. It 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. Snorkelling 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.
Dinner and overnight camping at Dihamri Marine P/A.
Dihmari P/A / Qareah Lagoon / Homhil Protected Area
Our destination is Homhil with fabulous sceneries that is give you a kind of pre-historic feeling. We will stop at Qareah lagoon en-route. It is the largest lagoon on the island and we will hopefully see the flamingos, herons and greenshank.
The treks to Homhil start at the bottom of a spectacular ravine on the level. The trek is of medium difficulty and won’t take more than 1-2 hours; you will have enough strength to enjoy the view back towards the sea we have started ascending.
Once at Homil, we can choose from a selection of week trails. You will be astonished by pre-historic at the atmosphere of the landscape rich with dragoon blood trees and bottle trees. You will be addressed by local children who sell dragoon blood trees raisin and frankincense. One of the trails to a viewpoint with a natural pool with almost freezing green and blue water with almost freezing green and blue water.
Dinner and overnight in Homhil P/A.
Homhil P/A / Wadi Shife Arher beach / Ras Irsal
After breakfast will be served at 6:30 am, and then we will walk down to Wadi Shifa, taking in lovely valley scenery followed by expensive sea views of Wadi Shifa (medium one and half hour walking) where the cars can meet us on the Wadi.
Drive to Dedam Cave, a small cave for quick lunch.
Then we drive to the northeast coast of the Island to Arher area, which is a meeting point of fresh water from the mountain and salt water from the Indian Ocean. Arher is also home to another magnificent sand dune.
The remainder of the day is to enjoy swimming and exploration of this location. If you are feeling especially fit? It is possible to climb the huge sand dunes, which are fantastic views, and then we can also have a trip to Ras Irsal and explore the windy east extreme of the island.
Dinner and overnight camp at Arher campsite.
Arher Beach / Hoq Cave Arher
After breakfast, 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 pool at the end and holds weather of Socotri history.
Inside: you will see ancient stalactites, stalagmites and crystallises formation. Ancient writings on the Hoq 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 a purpose by the presence of mysterious alters.
Finally, move to Arher beach.
Dinner and overnight in Arher beach.
Arher / Wadi Dfaarho / Amak Beach / Hayf Dogub Cave
After breakfast, we will make our trip to Dogub Cave, which is scattering of traditional villages below. The cave is interesting as there are many stalactites, stalagmites and water that have seeped through the rock over time.
After that, we will drive to Wadi Dfaarho on a way where you can see traditional villages and natural pools at the bottom of the canyon. The unusual Desert Rose tree clings places on the canyon walls. The vegetation here is lush green and there are birds and forest of frankincense trees.
Dinner and overnight at Detwah lagoon camp/site.
Hayf / Zaheq Sand Dunes / Daugab Cave / Mateef Beach
After breakfast, we will drive to continue our way to the natural zoon of the colossal sand dunes of Hayf and Zaheq which have been pushed up against the mountain seasonal wind of Socotra. You can climb the dunes for a view that is truly worth.
Drive to the south up to Mateef beach where you can swim in the clear waters of the Indian Ocean.
Dinner and overnight at Mateef beach.
Amak / Dixam Plateau / Shebahon Viewpoint / Wadi Druher
After breakfast, we will make our way by 4x4 vehicles 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 Druher Canyon (Wadi) where we will see unusual yet beautiful rock formations.
Make our way down to the Wadi Druhr for lunch and an easy walk and maybe also a swim in a freshwater pool with a natural slide.
Dinner and overnight in Dixam Plateau.
Wadi Darhuo / Firmhin Forest / Haggier Mountains / Skand
After breakfast, we will go hiking the Wadi Darho for 3 hours lunch at Darho.
After lunch, we will hike 2 hours to Farmhin Dragoon blood trees forest which is the most density area of dragoon blood trees.
Hike up to Skand area which is the highest mountain in Socotra island where you can see the south coast and north cost and so many different kinds of endemic plants. (approx. 5 hours easy walk) 15 km - 600 m.
Dinner and overnight in Thaher.
Wadi Madhiro / Tanareh / Wadi Ahaft
After breakfast, we will hike down to Wadi Madhiro and to Tanareh.
After you refresh yourself we will take you for a trip to Wadi Ayhaft National Park.
In the canyon, you will enjoy large freshwater 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. As a matter of fact, Ayhaft is considered as a natural nursery due to its large abundance of endemic trees, plants and birds.
Dinner and overnight at Ayhaft Natural Park.
Wadi Ayhaft / Turtles Beach of Qadama / Qalansiya
Today we have a trip to Ayhaft Canyon National Park.
In the canyon (Wadi), you will enjoy large freshwater 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.
After the visit Ayhaft, we will go to Qadama beach where we can see the turtles beach and also we will spend our overnight there we can visit the long beach of Qadama.
Dinner and overnight in Qadama turtles beach.
Qadama / Qalansiya / Detwah Lagoon P/A
Today we will drive to the western part of the island where a little fishermen’s town of Qalansyia is located. It consists of traditional Socotri houses, narrow alleyways and a long beach full of fishing boats ready to set off for today’s catch.
Continue to neighbouring 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. There is also an array of sea birds to be seen in the lagoon.
Dinner and overnight at Ditweh Lagoon.
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Dinner and overnight at Ditweh Lagoon.
Qalansiya / Golden Sands of Shouab Beach / Hadibo
Breakfast will be served at 6:00 am; after breakfast, we will take a traditional fishing boat to the pristine beach at Shouab seeing beautiful rock cliffs, fishing and perhaps cormorants and dolphins on the way. There are also mangrove trees on this beach, where you can go for an easy swim.
After the return boat trip to Detwah lagoon for lunch, we will drive back to the capital city of Socotra (Hadibu).
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Hadibo or Eco-campsite.
Departure from Socotra to Sanaa
After an early breakfast, you can visit a souvenir shop, plant nursery, Socotra woman association and market, while waiting for transfer to Socotra airport for your short flight to the mainland.
Accommodation in a double room in a hotel or tents.
4x4 Toyota land cruiser with driver and air-condition.
English speaking, well trained and experienced local (Yemeni) guide.
Full board food and a sufficient supply of water and soft drinks.
Protected areas fees and permits.
One boat ride to Shu’ab.
Guide’s and driver’s tips.
Anything that is not mentioned in the itinerary.
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