Day 1: arrival to Socotra
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. You will 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 Hadibo
Day 2: Hadibo – Hoq cave – Arher beach
Today we make an early start and drive near to the Hoq cave and have a moderate one hour walk up to the entrance. The cave is 2.5 kilometres long and holds a wealth of Socotra history. Inside we find stalactites, stalagmites and a rim pool. The calcite glaze has preserved ancient writing on the cave walls and what appears to be a picture of an old trading ship. There is evidence to suggest that the cave was used for ritual purposes by the presence of mysterious “altars”. In the afternoon we drive to Arher beach 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 last part of the day is for enjoy swimming and exploration of this location. If you are feeling especially fit it is possible to climb the huge sand dune, for the fantastic views.
Dinner and overnight camping at Arher beach
Day 3: Arher – Homhil P/A – Dihamri
Breakfast will be served at 6:30 am, and then we will walk up to Homhil from Wadi Shifa, taking in lovely valley scenery with endemic plants (bottle trees, dragoon blood trees, incense forest), followed by expansive sea views (medium one and half hour walking). The car can meet us on the campsite of Homhil P/A; then we will drive to Dihamri marine life P/A, which is home to one of the richest coral reefs in the archipelago with 4 of the 5 coral species that inhabit to the Island. The many marine creatures to be seen whilst swimming/ snorkelling in Dihamri sea are blessed with more than 200 fish species
Dinner and overnight in Dihamri camp site
Day 4: Dihamri – Dogub cave – Hayf – Wadi Dfaarho – Amak beach
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 we 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. Then we will 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 then we will drive to south up to Amak beach where you can swim in the clear waters of the Indian Ocean.
Dinner and overnight camp at Amak campsite
Day 5: Amak – Dixam plateau – wadi Druher
After breakfast, we will make our way by 4×4 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. We will then make our way down to the wadi for lunch and an easy walk and maybe also a swim in a freshwater pool with a natural slide.
Dinner and overnight at Dixam
Day 6: Dixam plateau – Qalansiya – Detwah lagoon
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. We will 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 sting rays 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 Detwah lagoon camp site.
Day 7: 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 ( Hadibo). Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Hadibo
Day 8: departure from Socotra
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