Socotra Adventure Holiday – The Island Time Forgot

Socotra, an Indian ocean island of incense, cinnabar and ancient Arabian seafaring legends, is an extraordinary oddity, with large numbers of bizarre trees and rare animals, where local nomadic tribes still live traditionally, all set against some of the most magnificent mountain scenery to be found anywhere on earth. This is a fully supported remote beach holiday with trekking, snorkelling and cultural adventures.

I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on!

– P. Daruwalla

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Socotra Adventure Holiday Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival  

Arrive in Socotra, which we will soon be able to see why it is considered the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean.
We will drive along the coastal road to Arher where we can see the highest sand dunes on Socotra. We will go on as far to the eastern end of the island as time allows and see more of the coastline and local fishing communities. On our way back to Hadibo we will visit Socotra’s only folk museum. We will also visit a nursery that is leading Socotra’s plans for reforestation.

Overnight hotel in Hadibo

Day 2: Trek with camels to Hagjher Mountain – Dimalah (B,L,D)

Early in the morning we set off on foot to the mountain of Haghier with local cameleers, whose camels carry our camping equipment. The scenery is amazing as we trek along the mountain and arrive in Dimalah. At the top of the mountain we see a lot of different varieties of plants and birds, and from the high cliffs we see the northern part of Socotra.

Overnight camp in Dimalah

Day 3: Dihazhaz and Darho   (B,L,D)

We continue our extraordinary trek after breakfast as we set off down to the wadi of Dihazhaz. This is a small paradise where we will be able to enjoy the unique flora, fauna & bird species of Socotra. After lunch among the trees and streams we set off towards the village of Darho passing through some more traditional villages along the way.

Overnight camp near Darho

Day 4: Darho – Dirhor Canyon  (B,L,D)

This morning after breakfast (and washing using well water) we say goodbye to our cameleers and set off on a trek to Rokeb Farmhin forest of dragons blood trees where we’ll have plenty of stops along the way to take photos and enjoy the forest surroundings. We will stay overnight in a traditional village within the forest. Our last point of call is the largest canyon on Socotra, known as Dirhor, where we will have a chance to swim in the fresh water pools and hike along the canyon.

Day 5: Dragons Blood Tree Forest – Diksam  (B,L,D)

Today we get the chance to explore deeper into the Dragons blood tree forest and see more of the flora of the area as well as visiting some of the local nomads who live here. We are then met by our 4 x 4’s and head for Qalansiyah.

Overnight camp at Qalansiyah.

Day 6: Explore Qalansiyah  (B,L,D)

In the morning we can walk along the beach and after breakfast we may wish to take a ride on a boat to Shoub (an optional extra provided the weather is good) to visit the village of mangrove trees where you can swim with dolphins if they are not feeling too shy, and observe the seabirds of the island and to fish with the local fisherman. Or you don’t like to ride a boat we can just chill out in the surrounding area.  The boat trip is highly recommended as the west coast is spectacular. After Qalansiyah we return to Hadibo.

Overnight hotel in Hadibo

Day 7: Dihamri – Hoq Cave – Rosh Marine Protected Area  (B,L,D)

After breakfast we explore Hoc Cave, a spectacular 2.5 Km of stalactites and stalagmites, one of the biggest caves in Arabia, and enjoy the beautiful scenery and unique experience of ancient history & gorgeous rock formations small water pools and ancient writing. The trek takes around 3 hours followed by lunch at the bottom of the mountain, and then the driver will take us to Arher where we can see the highest sand dunes on Socotra. It is a magnificent view with freshwater streams flowing from the mountains to the sea. We will have a chance to climb the dunes which are around 200 meters high and bath in the hot water springs.

Day 8: Hadibo – Transfer to Socotra Island Airport  (B)

We will enjoy a fairly early breakfast and do some last minute shopping before going to the airport for the flight home.

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byA. Roberts onPioneer Expeditions

I would rate this holiday in my top 5 - bearing in mind my number 1 is Antarctica.

byP. Daruwalla onPioneer Expeditions
Socotra - Island Time Forgot

I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on!

  • Duration8 days / 7 nights
  • Price£1,995
    Excluding international flights. Minimum 6 pax and Maximum 12 pax.
  • Upcoming Group Departures 2021 25-Nov
  • Tailormade DeparturesOn request

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