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Socotra

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An 8-day trip to the Yemeni island of Socotra, known as the ‘Jewel of Arabia’ or the “Galapagos of the middle east”, its biodiversity lends itself to the UNESCO world heritage site.

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  • Group Size Small Group
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All about the Socotra.

The Yemeni island of Socotra is situated just off the coast from the mainland. Known as the ‘Jewel of Arabia’ or the “Galapagos of the middle east”, its biodiversity lends itself to the UNESCO world heritage site. Rich in flora and fauna, it boasts both Frankincense and Dragon’s Blood trees found in the Dixsam plateau and Homhil. Better-known species of birds can be spotted such as buzzards, vultures and flamingos, alongside lesser-known including Bruce’s Green pigeons and Laughing doves.

Not to be outshone by the beautiful animals that call the island home, the landscape and scenery are also unique. Huge golden sand dunes line the Aher Beach next to bright blue waters. There is plenty of walking/ hiking, swimming, snorkelling and even scuba diving to see sea turtles and the abundant sea life.

Start Point :Socotra Airport
End Point :Socotra Airport
Maximum number of people: 8

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Accommodation (7 nights in the BEST hotel on Socotra)
  • All meals
  • All transport in 4×4
  • International guide
  • English speaking guide
  • All protected area fees
  • Any further local guides required
  • Visa support
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Insurance
  • Flights to Socotra
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Tips
  1. Day 1 Arrive in Socotra

    We will meet you at the airport and assist with immigration.
    Transfer to hotel.
    In the afternoon we shall visit Delisha beach. Here you can swim in the sea, walk along the white sands or paddle in the fresh water lagoon. There is also the chance to climb a sand dune for an aerial view of the beach, as well as enjoy sunset on the beach.
    Dinner and overnight in hotel.

  2. Day 2 Qalansyia - Detwah Lagoon - Shuaab

    Drive to neighbouring Detwah lagoon, a marine protected area renown for its magical landscape. Relax by the golden sands and turquoise waters of the bay, while taking in one of the best views on the island. It is possible to swim here although mind the sting-rays!
    Then we take a boat trip to Shuaab. On the boat we hope to see Spinner Dolphins, Cormorants and you will be able to line fish off of the boat. Explore the long sandy beach and mangrove area before lunch.
    In the afternoon there will be free time for swimming and to soak in the surroundings before the boat ride back to Qalansyia.
    Dinner and overnight in hotel.

  3. Day 3 Dixsam Plateau - Derhur Canyon - Fermhin Forest

    Drive to Diksam Plateau and gorge, the most spectacular limestone landscape feature on the island. The gorge drops vertically to the valley floor. You will be able to walk along the edge of the gorge where you will see Dragon’s Blood trees.
    Sections of the plateau have partially slipped into the gorge, leaving ’lost worlds’ accessible only to buzzards and vultures. The plateau is home to nomadic Bedouin herdsmen who move from one site to another with their herds. We will be welcomed by them with a cup of tea and see houses built into ledges where the plateau meets the gorge. The forest in Diksam is the last Dragon’s Blood woodland.
    Local people will show you how they used to collect – and still collect on a smaller scale – the precious red resin of the trees. After Diksam Plateau a dramatic change in landscape onto the lush canyon floor, home to Bruce’s Green Pigeons and Laughing Doves. Cool down by swimming in the wadi’s deep pool.
    Dinner and overnight in hotel.

  4. Day 4 Qaria Lagoon – Homhil – Dihamari Marine Protected Area

    Drive to Homhil protected area.
    En-route we will stop at Qaria, the largest lagoon on the island where we shall hopefully see Flamingos, Herons and Greenshank.
    At Homhil, there is a selection of trails, one of which takes us to a viewpoint where there is a natural pool overlooking a village and the sea. Homhil is also home to Frankincense trees.
    In the late afternoon a drive to Dihamari.
    Dinner and overnight in hotel.

  5. Day 5 Dihamari Marine Protected Area

    Early morning we will do your activities on 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 Centre and go for a dive in Dihamri or another of superb diving spots of Socotra.
    Dinner and overnight in hotel.

  6. Day 6 Amak Beach - Dagub Cave - Hayf & Zahaq Sand Dunes

    After breakfast we travel to the south of the island, visiting villages along the way. The first stop is at Amak beach where we can swim in the clear water of the Indian Ocean.
    Lunch will be at Dagub cave, overlooking traditional villages. The cave itself contains many stalactites, stalagmites and pools of water that have seeped through the rock over time.
    After lunch, we shall visit the colossal sand dunes of Hayf and Zahek that have been pushed up against the mountainside by seasonal winds. There will be an opportunity to climb the dunes for a view worthy of the effort.
    Dinner and overnight in hotel.

  7. Day 7 Hoq Cave - Arher creek & beach

    After breakfast we will drive to Hoq Cave.
    One of the biggest caves on the island, with subterranean water supplies. The 2.5-hour uphill trek to the cave entrance is tough but rewarded by the cave system spanning over 10km long. As we walk inside, we will admire many huge stalagmites, stalactites, and a rim pool. Afterwards we will drive to Arher where sand dunes have been piled up against the sheer rock faces by the prevailing westerly winds. You can relax on green grass around a freshwater creek, swim in the sea or if feeling fit climb a huge sand dune to get a fantastic view over this charming spot.
    Dinner and overnight in hotel.

  8. Day 8 End of trip

    Transfer to Socotra airport

Accommodation

The trip is based on the guests staying in a three-star hotel as listed.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
  • Accommodation (7 nights in the BEST hotel on Socotra)
  • All meals
  • All transport in 4×4
  • International guide
  • English speaking guide
  • All protected area fees
  • Any further local guides required
  • Visa support
  • Insurance
  • Flights to Socotra
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Tips

There is a weekly flight from Cairo to Socotra. We will issue visa authorisation documents to guests ahead of travel so that they will be able to obtain visas on arrival in Socotra.

All meals are included.

An international guide from Untamed Borders and an experienced English-speaking Yemeni guide will accompany you.

Yemen is currently in a state of civil war although Socotra has escaped this due to its remote location. However, should that change, we must state that the local team have the final word with regards to changes in the itinerary for safety reasons.

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January 13, 2021 - January 20, 2021
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