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Accommodation

Travelers to Socotra must understand that Socotra is an eco-tourism system and fairly new to the international tourist market. Hence the Socotra hotel accommodation standard, though good, may not be up to the same international standards that one would expect in a more developed atmosphere. We believe that this only adds to the appeal of a visit to the island of Socotra. You can choose from hotels in Hadibo, an eco-lodge situated in the outskirts of the capital town, six eco-campsites in various locations around the island, and camping in the wild

Hotels

There are five hotels available in Hadibo, all of them located around the main 20 Street, which is the only asphalt road in the town.

Holiday Hotel (Hafij) – This hotel is run by the Yemeni Women Union. It is located in the middle of 20 Street. They have also opened Holiday&Fun Restaurant situated just opposite the hotel. It is the only restaurant on Socotra with a separated family section on the first floor where events and buffet for private parties can be also organized Services: rooms with AC, TV and a fridge, private or shared bathrooms, laundry, generator for undisturbed electricity supply. Breakfast can be served in the Holiday&Fun Restaurant.

Ocean Hotel (Mohet) – This hotel is situated in the middle of 20 Street next to Holiday Hotel. It does not have any restaurant service. Services: rooms with AC, TV and a fridge, private or shared bathrooms, laundry, generator for undisturbed electricity supply. Breakfast is not included.

Summerland Hotel – the only four star hotel in Hadibo was opened few years ago. It is located off 20 Street on its eastern end, very close to public Internet Café and the main mosque. A restaurant run by a Philippine cook is a part of the complex where international cuisine is served. The hotel also has its own diving center. Services: modern rooms with AC, TV and a fridge, private bathrooms with European style toilets. Generator for undisturbed electricity supply, laundry, room service. Breakfast is included (continental or Yemeni).

Socotra Tourist Hotel– a popular hotel located on the eastern end of 20 Street. In a busy restaurant on the ground floor, you can meet many Socotris and international tourists every evening and enjoy fresh fish, lobster or bean meals together. This hotel is a reasonable compromise between good price and standard of service.

Services: rooms with AC, TV and a fridge, all rooms with private bathrooms, laundry, generator for undisturbed electricity supply. Breakfast is not included but can be served in the restaurant downstairs.

Taj Socotra Hotel – another popular hotel located on a quiet western end of 20 Street. There is a restaurant on the ground floor withtables scattered outside in a large area surrounded by palm leaf fence where you can enjoy more privacy while tasting local fish, seafood or goat meet.

Services: rooms with AC, TV and a fridge, all rooms with private bathrooms, laundry, generator for undisturbed electricity supply. Breakfast is not included but can be served in the restaurant downstairs.

Eco-lodges 

The first eco-lodge to appear on the island is run by Adeeb’s family and is located on a beach just outside Hadibo. The family also looks after a nearby nursery where we will take you to see young endemic Socotri plants. The fresh breeze from the sea wins the place extra points in comparison to sultry hotels of Hadibo. The premises offer accommodation in woven huts and two shaded resting areas where food from an eco-lodge restaurant is served. A beach shower is available for those who will enjoy swimming.

Services: woven huts with mattresses or beds protected by light mosquito nets, capacity of the eco-lodge is 15 people. Shared bathrooms, huts lighted by lamps, charging batteries possible. Breakfast is included and served by the eco-lodge restaurant.

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More recent eco-lodge is  in Delisha beach and appears to be as much confortable as a beautiful hotel.

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Eco-campsites

There are six eco-campsites to stay overnight when outside of Hadibo: Amak, Dihamri, Ditwah, Homhil, Rosh, Skand. They are run by local communities who generate income by providing eco-tourism services for their own development.  Amak: located on a long white sandy beach on the Indian ocean to enjoy a tropical paradise resting from a palm leaf shelter.  Dihamri: located on the shore of the marine protected area devoted to coral reef that starts very close to the beach so it’s the ideal place for snorkelers. Excellent diving spots are not far in the sea.  Ditwah: located overseeing the most romantic spot (lagoon) in the island. You can enjoy the sandy tongue of Ditwah bay, sunbathe and play in the sand dunes. From neighboring Qalansiya beach, you can take a dolphin spotting boat trip to Shouab.  Homhil: located up in the magic land of dragon blood trees and bottle trees. There are walking trails in the unique landscape. Even though you cannot expect fresh fish for lunch or dinner the hospitality is great and you will love the place.  Rosh: belonging to the marine protected area located about 1 km off shore. Snorkelers and divers can rent a boat to get to the coral reef. Hoq cave can be visited up in the rocks. The beach is full of dead coral shards.  Skand: located at the foot of Jebel Skand to which it still takes a couple of hours hike. The view is breathtaking.

Accommodation in an eco-campsite provides only basic comfort but you are in the middle of nature and can fully indulge the beauties of Socotra. For most of the tours, it is more convenient to stay overnight in eco-campsites located around the island than driving every night back to Hadibo. 

Services: tents, mattresses, bed sheets and pillow provided for the night, possibility to stay in a beach hut or a stone shelter. Arabic style toilets and showers are available. Lighting by lamps, in Rosh charging batteries possible. Breakfast, lunch, dinner available from professionally trained cooks.

Camping in the nature

When camping outside a maximum comfort will be prepared for you including freshly cooked lunch/dinner, drinking water, tea/coffee and dessert, relaxing area with mattresses on a large mat, tents, gas or solar lamps. All stuff including your baggage will be brought by a 4×4 cars to the place of camping.