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  (B,L,D)

Arrive in Socotra, considered the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean. Drive along the coastal road to a hotel for lunch, afternoon excursion to, explore the unique flora, see some of the unique birds & wonder around the natural cascade, dinner & overnight at Socotra hotel.

Overnight hotel

Day 2: Dimalah  (B,L,D)

Early in the morning we set off on foot to the mountain of Hajjher with local cameleers, to 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 and overnight near Darho.

Day 4: Rokeb Farmhin Forest to Dirhor  (B,L,D)

This morning after breakfast (and washing using well water) we say goodbye to our cameleers and set off on a trek through 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: 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 visit some of the local nomads who live here.

We will camp near to the plain at Diksam.

Day 6: Qalansiyah  (B,L,D)

Following an early start this morning we will be able to see the Bedouin herding up their sheep, goats and cows for feeding and milking. We can then enjoy breakfast before we meet our local Bedouin guide who will accompany us on the Scand trek along the Haggier Mountains up to one of highest peaks on the island*, an area known for its very rich and diverse flora & fauna. Here is some of the most breathtaking scenery and in the forest of dragon blood trees we will enjoy our picnic lunch and walk along the mountains.

If we are lucky and the weather is clear we will be able to see the mountain we crossed with camels a couple of days before. We then meet up with our 4×4 to head for the coast for some much needed relaxation at Qalansiyah on the north western coast of the island. Qalansiyah is famous for it sandy lagoon and its spectacular landscape, sting rays can be seen in the lagoon, so take care when swimming As the lagoon is in the western part of Socotra it is the best site to watch the sunset.

Night spent camping at Qalansiyah camping

Day 7: Qalansiah  (B,L,D)

In the morning we can walk along the beach after the breakfast whether you like to ride on a boat trip 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 if you like. Or you don’t like to ride a boat we can just chill out in the surrounding area.

Overnight at the campsite in Qalansiah.

Day 8: Dihamri  (B,L,D)

In the morning we will get up and have breakfast and say our goodbyes to the scenic beauty of Qalansia and drive directly to Hadibo to buy things we need or if someone feels the need to make contact with civilization via the internet.. Then we go to Dihamri marine protected area which is well-known for it’s coral reef. We will have the lunch there and go snorkeling in the sea – a place where there is a tremendous variety of fish and marine activity.

Overnight in the camp site in Dihamri.

Day 9: Hoc Cave, mountains and trekking  (B,L,D)

After breakfast explore Hoc Cave, a spectacular 2.5 Km of stalactites and stalagmites is one of the biggest caves in Arabia, enjoy the beautiful scenery and unique experience of ancient history & gorgeous rock formations small water pools and ancient writing. Trek around 9 hours, the lunch will be at the bottom of the mountain, then the driver will takes you to Arher where you can see the highest sand dunes on Socotra it is a magnificent view with a fresh water streams goes from the mountain to the sea. You will have a chance to climb the dunes which are around 200 meters high and having a bath in the hot water spring.

Overnight in the camp site in Dihamri.

Day 10: Archer and Hadibo  (B,L,D)

This morning after breakfast we will go to Arher where you can see the highest sand dunes on Socotra it is a magnificent view with a fresh water streams goes from the mountain to the sea. You will have achance to climb the dunes which are around 200 meters high and having a bath in the hot water spring. On your way back back to Hadibo you will Visit Socotra’s only folk museum. We will also visit a nursery that is leading Socotra’s plans for reforestation.

We will spend the night in a hotel in Hadibo.

Day 11: Transfer to airport for flight home  (B)

We will enjoy a fairly early breakfast before going to the airport for the flight home.

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by A. Roberts on Pioneer Expeditions

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

by P. Daruwalla on Pioneer Expeditions
Socotra - Island Time Forgot

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

  • Duration11 days / 10 nights
  • Price£1,495
    Excluding international flights.
  • Tailormade DeparturesOn request

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