4 days tour program on Socotra island
Day 1: Arrival to Socotra, Arher beach
We will pick you up at the airport and move to the North-East of the island, in Arher, where a fresh creak coming out from a granite massive is meeting salty sea water on the beach. You can relax on green grass around the creak, swim in the sea or if you feel fit you can climb a huge sand dune to get a fantastic view over this charming spot.
Dinner and night in an eco-camp in Arher.
Day 2: Homhil, the South coast, Dixam plateau
Our today’s destination is Homhil, a protected area with fabulous sceneries that give you a kind of prehistoric feeling. Choose from a selection of walking trails. You will be astonished by the prehistoric atmosphere of the landscape rich with dragon blood trees and bottle trees. You will be addressed by local children who sell dragon blood raisin and frankincense. One of the trails leads to a viewpoint with a natural pool with almost freezing green and blue water.
Later we will head to the south of the island, with visits to villages along the way. Our first destination is Aomak beach where we can swim in the clear waters of the Indian Ocean. We will then witness the colossal sand dunes of Hayf and Zahek which have been pushed up against the mountainside by the seasonal winds of Socotra. If you are still fit, you can climb the dunes for a view that is truly worth the effort.
Dinner and over night in Dixam plateau.
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 Daerhu canyon (wadi) where we will see unusual yet beautiful rock formations.
Day 3: Qalansiya, Shaub beach, Detwah lagoon
After breakfast, we will drive to the western part of the island to the little fishermen’s town of Qalansiya with its traditional houses, narrow alleyways and a long beach full of fishing boats ready to set off for today’s catch and to Shaub, our destination. We will surely meet some Spinner Dolphins along the way with cormorants flying over our heads. Once at Shu’ab, we can have a look at a mangrove area, feel free to swim and enjoy this pristine place. We will back to Qalansiya in time to explore the 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 sting rays that can be seen in the lagoon. Dinner and overnight in Hadibo
Day 4: Departure from Socotra
Finally we will drive you to the Socotra airport in time for morning flight to Sana’a.