Socotra Adventure Holiday – The Island Time Forgot

8 - 10 Days
DIFFICULTY

Medium

MIN. AGE

12 Years

£ 1850

An Extraordinary Experience

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

Price £1,995

Minimum 6 pax and Maximum 12 pax.

Excluding international flights.

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Day by Day

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 Socotra hotel

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

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

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.

 

Overnight camp at Qalansiyah

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.

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

This morning after breakfast we will go to Arher where you 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 programme.

 

Overnight hotel in Hadibo

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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 by A. Roberts
Socotra

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

 by P. Daruwalla
Socotra - Island Time Forgot

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

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