Socotra Discovery

This itinerary will visit the classic highlights while introducing a few exceptional twists. Prepare to be enchanted by the lesser-traveled southern-west region of the island, a hidden gem characterized by its pristine beauty and tranquility. Dishebro and the charming village of Qaban are among the hidden pearls awaiting your discovery, where crowds are scarce, and serenity reigns supreme. This meticulously planned journey guarantees an intimate connection with the island, as we strategically camp in less frequented areas, allowing you to immerse yourself fully in its wonders.

  • If you wish to visit Darsah, one of the best kept-secrets of Socotra, check our other itinerary Socotra Sea Adventure.
  • For a unique and deep experience of the island, check our Socotra Trekking.

 

8 days
Oct-Apr
expedition

PRICES STARTING FROM: 2.240€ per person*

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The quotation includes:

  • Full board
  • 4×4 vehicles for the whole trip
  • Transfers from and to the airport
  • English-speaking, well-trained, and experienced local guide (botanic expert)
  • Food, cooking equipment, cook
  • A sufficient supply of water for the whole trip
  • Protected area fees and all other fees
  • 1 night in a simple hotel

 

The quotation does not include:

  • Personal Insurance
  • Guide’s and driver’s tips
  • Flights to Socotra A/R (1000$ aprox.)
  • Socotra Visa (170$ aprox.)

 

*Price per person considering a shared double/twin room in a group of 6 or more passengers (from 2 to 5 pax. a small supplement is required).

Day 1 / Socotra airport – Hoomil

A car and your guide will be waiting for you outside the airport, here your amazing journey will start. Before reaching the first camping site, we make a short stop in Hadiboo where we will have lunch in a local restaurant. After a 2 hours drive, we arrive at the Hoomil Plateau where we will set up camp and have a walk around the area.

Full board and overnight stay camping.

 

 

Meal plan
  • Lunch, Dinner
Day 2 / Hoomil - Harher

After breakfast, we will visit the Hoomil infinity pool to enjoy its beautiful clear water and the wonderful setting around us. After that, we will have a short 40-minute walk down the mountain to reach the cars and drive to the dunes of Harher. Here we can swim in the beautiful blue waters of the sea and enjoy the view of the tall dunes leaning on the rocks. For lunch, we will go to the village of Ersel and eat at our friend Kamis’ house, a local fisherman, where we can spend time having tea and chilling out in the shade of his house. Today we will set the camp in a different place than everybody else, on a beautiful, solitary beach with no other tourists. Relaxing and swimming on this beach are possible activities for the afternoon, contemplating the sunset after a walk on the east cape of the island. Tonight the sound of the waves will accompany you while falling asleep.

Full board and overnight stay camping.

Meal plan
  • All meals included
Day 3 / Harher – Dixam Plateau

In the morning we move by car to the Dixam Plateau with some stops on the way to visit a small museum and a nursery of baby Dragon Blood trees, where we will have the possibility to learn more about the unique endemic species of the island. Late in the morning, we reach a beautiful campsite located near a canyon, from where you can spot the Dragon Blood tree forest on the other side of the creek. Here we will camp for three nights. After lunch and some rest, we will start our walk down the canyon to bond with the nature around us and to reach a beautiful panoramic point. Along the way, we will encounter many Dragon Blood trees and have some stops to admire the view. After a 3 km easy walk, we will reach the main panoramic point, standing on a terrace located in the middle of the canyon from where we can easily admire the valley below us.

Full board and overnight stay camping.

Meal plan
  • All meals included
Day 4 / Dishebro

Today we move by car to the south of the island, we will spend the day visiting the beautiful scenery of the south-west, the village of Dishebro, and the beautiful dunes nearby. After a picnic lunch, we will drive to reach the white dunes of Hayez that create a suggestive contrast with the blue waters of the sea. In this magical place, we will end the day with a beautiful sunset before returning to our campsite in the Dixam plateau.

Full board and overnight stay camping.

Meal plan
  • All meals included
Day 5 / Dixam Plateau

In the morning we move by car to the Wadi Dirhor, at the bottom of the canyon, where we will have a walk admiring the rock formations and the bottle trees on their walls. In this wadi, we may also find some natural pools with crystal clear water, where we can swim while enjoying the beautiful nature around us. We have a picnic lunch in the creek and after some rest, we reach the Firmhin forest in the afternoon. Here we will have a short 30-minute walk inside the dense forest of Dragon Blood trees, and we will reach a panoramic point to enjoy the unique view of thousands of these trees creating a stunning landscape. After that, we move by car to go back to our campsite with a stop along the way to a panoramic point to enjoy the sunset.

Full board and overnight stay camping.

Meal plan
  • All meals included
Day 6 / Dixam Plateau - Qalansia

In the morning we move by car to Qalansia, and after a short stop at the Blue Hole, a natural swimming pool located hundreds of meters from the sea, we reach Qalansia and the Ditwah Lagoon. Here we will enjoy some snorkeling and a swim on the amazing beach nearby before heading to the campsite near the Lagoon where we will have lunch. In the afternoon, we will have a short visit to the friendly village of Qalansia, where many houses are built with old corals. After that, we will have some free time for a swim before driving up to one of the best panoramic places on the island to enjoy the sunset over Qalansia and its beautiful small bay.

Full board and overnight stay camping.

Meal plan
  • All meals included
Day 7 / Qalansia – Qaban - Hadiboo

After breakfast, we take a traditional boat to go to Qaban, a beautiful village on the Shoab beach. The boat ride along the coast is impressive, with high cliffs and many different shades of blue of the water. After one hour, we reach the Shoab beach, a white long strip of sand that can only be reached by boat. In the village of Qaban we’ll have lunch with local people and in the afternoon we will have time to enjoy the beach. Then we will start our way back to Qalansia with some stops for snorkeling if possible. Late afternoon, we reach Qalansia where we start our drive back to Hadiboo for the last night in a hotel. Tonight we will have our farewell dinner in a local Yemeni restaurant.

Full board and overnight in a local hotel.

Meal plan
  • All meals included
Day 8 / Hadiboo - Departure

Breakfast and transfer to airport.

Meal plan
  • Breakfast
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