8 Days Nature tour itinerary for Socotra Island: Go For Family Adventures At Soqotra Island
Explore the wonderland of Soqotra Islands, which is absolutely mesmerizing and welcoming. Cover the breathtakingly beautiful Deleisha Coast, Arher, Homhil, Diharmari, Dixam, Qalansyia, Detwah, Shu'ab and a lot more on this tour!
Arrive in Socotra
On arrival at Socotra airport, visit the Socotra Ecotourism Society visitor information center at the airport.
Transfer to the hotel in Hadibo to acclimatize and have lunch.
The afternoon activity is a visit to Deleisha coast which consists of pristine white sand, relaxing swimming both in the sea and also in a freshwater lagoon, all with a beautiful mountainous background. There is also a possibility of witnessing a fabulous sunset from Deleisha.
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Hadibo.
Early morning, hike down to Arher area.
Spend the whole day at Arher, which is a meeting point of freshwater from the mountain and salt water from the ocean. Arher is also home to another magnificent sand dune.
The remainder of the day is for swimming and exploration of this location.
Dinner and overnight camp at Arher.
After breakfast, hike to Homhil protected area. While you are hiking you can enjoy nice sceneries of plants and landscape
Once you reach the top of the mountain of the mountain of Homhil, you can relax to enjoy the north east coast which from the top of the mountain looks marvelous. On your way to Homhil, you might pass through various Dragons Blood trees, the resin of which is collected, used and traded by the people of Socotra. Frankincense trees are also prevalent here and deserve a close look.
Go to Dihamri marine protected area camp sight for camping and over night at the camp sight.
Early morning, drive to Dihamri marine protected area, which is home to one of the richest coral reefs of the archipelago. The many marine animals to be seen whilst swimming/snorkelling include Parrotfish, Moray eel, Rays, Sea urchins, etc. A quick reminder that people not to touch the corals in the marine protected area as this would cause irreversible damage.
Dinner and overnight at Dihamri marine protected area.
After breakfast, make your way by 4x4 vehicle to Dixsam plateau and Shebahon viewpoint. This area is renowned for the native 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 Daerhu canyon where you will see unusual yet beautiful rock formations.
Make your way down to the wadi in the canyon for lunch and an easy-going walk and maybe also to swim in the freshwater pools in the wadi.
Dinner and overnight camp in the wadi.
From Dixam, drive early morning to Qalansyia to look around this charming and picturesque fishing town with its traditional houses and narrow alleyways.
Go to the protected area of Detwah lagoon, which is renowned for its spectacular landscape. Stingrays can be seen in the lagoon, so take care when swimming. There is also a large array of sea birds to be seen at this location.
Dinner and camping in Qalansia at Detwah lagoon.
After breakfast at Detwah, take a boat ride to Shu’ab. Be sure to look out for Spinner Dolphins along the way. Cormorants also frequent the area.
Once at Shu’ab, have lunch and the afternoon is free to swim and enjoy this pristine beach setting, complete with mangroves.
In the late afternoon, take a boat ride back to Qalansyia. Line fishing may also be possible from the boat if you want to fish for dinner of course.
Late afternoon, head back to Hadibu for overnight at hotel.
Departure from Socotra
After an early breakfast, transfer to Socotra Airport.
Transfers from/to airports
Local English speaking Yemeni guide
1-day boat rental
Eco-fees and camping fees in protected areas
Hotel accommodation for two days
International and domestic flight tickets