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.
Socotra Family Holiday Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival (B,L,D)
Arrive in Socotra, considered the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean. Drive along the coastal road to the hotel in Hadibo.for lunch, afternoon excursion to explore the unique flora, birds & beachscapes.
Dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Qalansiyah Village (B,L,D)
After breakfast we will drive to Qalansiyah village (Detwah protected area) which is famous for it sandy lagoon and spectacular landscape, sting rays can be seen in the lagoon. This lagoon is in the west of Socotra and the best site to witness fabulous the sunset, one of the most charming places on Socotra.
Dinner and overnight in Qalansiyah campsite.
Day 3: Shuab and Qalansyah (B,L,D)
Early in the morning we will take a boat ride to Shuab. This morning we will take a boat ride with a local fishermen provided it is not too windy. With luck we will see the numerous spinner dolphins a long the way and observe many sea birds e.g. cormorants, seagulls and we will be able to watch the big cliff front where most of the birds will be nesting. Line fishing may also be possible from the boat. We can ll enjoy swimming in the pristine bright blue sea and along the sandy beach and visit the mangrove trees.Then in the afternoon we take the boat back Qalansyah for our lunch in Qalansyah at the Detwah protected area.
Dinner and overnight in the Qalansyia campsite.
Day 4: Diksam (B,L,D)
After breakfast we will make our way by 4×4 vehicles to Dixsam plateau and Shebhan view point. This area is renowned for the native Dragon’s blood trees and local trees, frankincense and valuable herbs. The people here are Bedouin nomads and we will experience a warm and curious welcoming and traditional lifestyle. Lunch will be among dragons’ blood trees. There is the opportunity to swim in the fresh water wadi pool in Dirhor canyon, but we will need to trek down to the canyon for one hour and then one hour back again.
Dinner and overnight camping in Diksam.
Day 5: Omaq Campsite (B,L,D)
Today after breakfast we drive to the southern part of the island to visit Omaq eco-campsite. The campsite is located on a long white sandy beach, you can swim in the clear water of the Indian ocean. We can walk along the coast and discover what is around the beach and massive sand dunes as well as palm treesbehind the beach.
Dinner and overnight in Omaq protected area campsite.
Day 6: Exploring (B,L,D)
After breakfast we will visit the second most famous cave in Socotra Island which is called Degub, it is located in the southern part of the island which overlooks a scattering of villages below. The cave it self is of interest as there are many stalactites, stalagmites and pools of water that have seeped through the rocks over time. Also the cave is of great importance to the local shepherds since they use it for keeping their goats during rainy season. Then we will visit the white sand dunes of Hayf, Zahak and Halmi village. Lunch will be in Omaq protected area.
Dinner and overnight in Omaq protected area.
Day 7: Dihamri (B,L,D)
This morning after breakfast we drive to Dihamri marine protected area and eco-campsite via Hadibo and spend a couples of hours shopping for food supplies. . As Dihamri we can hire snorkeling and diving equipment and there arer palm leaf shelters are ready to host us for the evening and we will have our own tents.. Bathrooms are available; Dihamri is home to one of the richest coral reefs of the archipelago. Many marine animals can be seen during swimming, snorkeling and diving, including parrotfish, moray, eel, Rays, and many different species of fish.. Dinner and overnight at Dihamri protected area.
Dinner and overnight in Dihamri.
Day 8: Cave discovery (B,L,D)
This morning after breakfast we will drive to discover Hoq cave the biggest cave on the island and one of the largest in the Arabian peninsula. Hoq cave situated in granite massive above Hala beach. We will walk up to the entrance to the cave which will take around an hour and will bring you into a magic world of stalagmites, stalactites, crystal curtains, calcite floors. The cave is some 2.5 km long with a small lake at the very end. There is a walking path marked with lines and reflecting tags to protect the cave’s stunning creation and to lead visitors safely to the end and back. The temperature is constant throughout the year between 25 and 27 °C with humidity more than 95 percent. Then we will trek down to meet the drivers and have lunch on the beach. We will then take the 4 x 4’s to Ar-Ar.
Dinner and overnight in Ar-Ar beach.
Day 9: Ras Irsal (B,L,D)
After breakfast we drive to discover Ras Irsal which is at the eatern tip of the island We will see local fishing boats, have a chance to swim in the sandy beach of Ras Irsal then drive back to Ar-Ar beach which is a magic place where we can go swimming in the fresh water which flows from the hot water springs. After passing a couple of sand dunes, you will suddenly end up by a fresh water creek and green grass around it. However there will also be massive sand dunes waiting for you to climb them! Lunch at Ar-Ar beach.
Dinner and overnight is in Ar-Ar beach.
Day 10: Hadibo (B,L,D)
After breakfast on your way back to Hadibo you will Visit Socotra’s only folk museum and then drive to Delisha coast and have your lunch in Delisha coast which consists of pristine white sand, relaxing swimming both in the sea and in the brackish water lagoon, all with beautiful mountainous background. In the afternoon we drive to visit a nursery that is leading Socotra’s plans for the reforestation of the ever decreasing Dagons’ blood trees.
Dinner and overnight in the hotel in Hadibo.
Day 11: Transfer for flight home
After Breakfast we can visit the local honey shop and Socotra Woman’s Association shop and the local fish market before driving to Socotra airport for our flight back home.
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