Socotra-sightseeing & recreation (8 days)

 

Sanaà - Hadibo - Di Hamri - Arrarr - Homhill - Dirham - Amak Beach - Dirrharr - Qalansiah/Detwah Lagoon - Sha`ab island - Wadi Ayhaft - Mushtal Adib - Hadibo - Sanaà

 

day 1: transfer to Sanaá airport. Flight Sanaá – Socotra early in the morning. Hadibo - We continue to  Dihamri (maritime nature reserve) on the coast of the Indian Ocean. There you find the most extended coral-reef. While snorkelling you discover a magnificient underwater world. Please do not touch anything because it causes irreversible damage. For the night we drive to Arrarr, a beautiful place on the beach ideally located for camping.

day 2: from Arrarr we drive to the starting point of our trek to Homhill. We walk for 2-3 hrs passing through a natural garden full of dragonblood- and bottletrees. From the mountain´s top we have a breathtaking panorama over the ocean. We continue to Dirham, where we spend the night camping.

day 3: Dirham - Hadibo - Amak Beach. This is a beautiful beach where we spend the night camping.

day 4: Amak – Dirrharr. Camping. From Amak we continue our journey to the nature reserve of Dixam. Here you see an immense number of dragonblood trees which leave you astonished by their beauty. In Wadi Dirrharr you can take a bath in a natural hammam with clear and refreshing water. It is a wonderful place to relax.

day 5: Dirrharr – Qalansiah. In the afternoon we reach Qalansiah. It is a little fishing-village with traditional houses and narrow alleys. Continuation to Detwah Lagoon, a nature reserve known by its unbelievable beauty. Here you can see stingrays which means to take good care when swimming. The lagoon is as well home to various species of maritime birds. Camping

day 6: Qalansiah - Sha`ab island by boat (optional, but we can recommend it) - Qalansiah. Camping. Early in the morning we take a boat to the little island of  Sha´ab. There we have a beautiful beach almost to ourselves. You can swim, bathe, take a walk or simply relax. During our return to Qalansiah 3 or 4 hrs later we might see dolphins (if we are lucky).

day 7: Qalansiah - Wadi Ayhaft - Damikon - Mushtal Adib. In the afternoon our driver will take us to Mushtal Adib, where we visit  a wonderful garden where the owner cultivates all endemic plants of Socotra. We can spend the night here or in a hotel in Hadibo, it is your choice. The camping ground where we can stay overnight is on the opposite side of the garden located on the sea. The place is created and kept very affectionately by the owner´s family. They prepare great meals for you!

day 8: transfer to the airport early in the morning. Departure