Socotra, a world apart…

Socotra (Yemen) January Tour

Come and join our tour to Socotra. An island that is known for its incredible nature. Baobab Trees, Dragon Blood Trees, vultures, the island has it all. During our tour you will discover all corners of the island. Every turn you make will give you a completely different landscape. We overnight in a tent, which makes it even more special. Waking up on the beach or between the dragon blood trees. Who ever wants to go home?

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Socotra (Yemen) January Tour
Map of Socotra island (Yemen) group tour route

General info

Start dateSunday 21 January 2024
End dateMonday 29 January 2024
Days9 days / 8 nights
Price€ 1,695
IncludingAccommodation (shared)
Transport on the island
Entry fees
Camping supplies
Local representative
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
ExcludingInternational flights (€ 1045)
Single room (€ 50 per night)
Visa (€ 200)
Tips for the guide
Personal expenses
This offer is covered by the STO Garant guarantee. You can find the conditions for this guarantee scheme on STO Garant’s website.


Sunday 21 January – Cairo (Egypt)

  • 19:30 meet the group at the check-in counter of Yemen Airways at Cairo International Airport (Terminal 1).
  • At 22:30 flight to Aden (Yemen).

Monday 22 January – Aden – Hadibu – Ayhaft Canyon National Park – Delisha Beach

  • 3:00 arrival in Aden Airport.
  • 7:00 departure flight to Socotra.
  • At 10:00 a.m. arrival at Socotra. We meet our local guide, who will stay with us for the rest of the tour.
  • After a short drive we arrive at Ayhaft Canyon National Park. Here we make a short walk through the beautiful nature.
  • After we have left our belongings at the hotel we go in the direction of Delisha Beach. Here you can swim (in the sea or in the lagoon) or take a walk on the beach. Next to that you can enjoy a beautiful sunset while several ships pass by.
  • Overnight stay in our centrally located hotel in the capital Hadibu.

Tuesday 23 January  – Homhil National Park – Arher

  • Highlight: After breakfast we go to Homhil National Park. Here you will find the famous dragon blood trees and bottle trees. After a walk of one hour we arrive at a so-called ‘infinity pool’ with a beautiful view over the southern part of Socotra. We have lunch near the water.
  • Diehards are allowed to make a descent on foot towards the beach. The others go by car.
  • Short drive to Arher.
  • Highlight: The beach of Arher is the place where fresh and salt water meet. Here we will set up our tents and you can climb the 300 metre high sand dune (if you wish). 
  • Dinner and overnight stay on the beach of Arher.

Wednesday 24 January  – Arher – Hoq’s Cave/Raw Ersil – Dihamri Marine Protected Area

  • After breakfast everyone can choose between two activities:
  • A 4 hour climb and walk to Hoq’s Cave. This is one of the most important points on the island. Or:
  • A car ride to Raw Ersil, where the Arab Sea meets the Indian Ocean. From here we walk back to the camp.
  • When everyone is back we drive to Dihamri Marine Protected Area. Although you may not find the most beautiful beach here, you will see a great diversity of flora and fauna.
  • You can dive and snorkel here (for rent at an extra cost) or you can choose to go out to sea with a local fisherman.
  • We bring back our freshly caught fish for dinner.
  • Overnight stay in Hadibu Eco Campsite.

Thursday 25 January  – Dixsam

  • Highlight: Drive to the Dixsam Plateau. This is the most famous place for the dragon blood trees. If you like bird watching: here you will find some special and rare birds.
  • On the way we stop to take pictures of the view, like at Shehahon’s Viewpoint.
  • Lunch in the village of Dixsam. We meet the village chief. He enjoys talking about his job and is very enthusiastic about it.
  • We stop at Wadi Derhur for a short walk. Until recently you could camp here very well, but due to a storm the location is now completely destroyed.
  • We take a walk to the entrance of Fermahin, the largest forest of dragon blood trees.
  • Dinner and overnight stay with a local family in Dixsam.

Friday 26 January  – Dixsam – Zahek & Hayf – Dagub – Amak

  • Morning walk through the village. We visit a local garden, here they try to grow new dragon blood trees.
  • Drive to the southern coastal region of Nogud.
  • Highlight: We stop at the large sand dunes of Zahek & Hayf and the beach of Amak. Enthusiasts can also take a refreshing dip here.
  • Lunch at the cave or the beach of Amak, depending on where the sun is.
  • We visit the beautiful Cave of Dagub.
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Dixsam, surrounded by dragon blood trees.

Saturday 27 January  – Qalansiya – Shuaab – Detwah

  • Early morning drive to Qalansiya, the second city of the island.
  • Highlight: We go by local fishing boat to the remote Shuaab beach. On the way you will see beautiful rock formations and birds flying by from the boat. Moreover, with a bit of luck we can also spot dolphins!
  • Relax on Socotra’s most beautiful beach and have a chat with a local goat herder. We have lunch on the beach.
  • After the retreat we drive via Qalansiya to the Detwah Lagoon.
  • We set up our camp and go for a walk in the surroundings. The landscape around this lagoon is breathtaking.
  • Overnight stay at the Detwah Eco-campsite.

Sunday 28 January – Hadibu

  • Drive back to Hadibu.
  • We spend the day with a city tour through Hadibu and learn more about life in Yemen.
  • Our first stop is the women’s market (including the spice market), where you will encounter the most common products of the island.
  • We will then go to the fish market. Local fishermen bring in a variety of fish, which are then quickly traded.
  • Then we move on to the Qat market, where the addictive drug, which is very popular in East Africa, is sold.
  • We stop at one of the doormakers’ workshops. Here they make beautiful doors as you can find them in many countries in the Middle East. Making the doors is really an art. Each door is unique and serves to protect the family.
  • We end our tour with a visit to a local school. We meet teachers and students, with perhaps a spontaneous English lesson?
  • It is our last night of the journey. Time for a last feast!
  • Overnight stay in a hotel in Hadibu.

Monday 29 January  – Hadibu – Cairo (Egypt)

  • Relaxed morning before we head to the airport.
  • 11:00 departure flight to Aden.
  • 14:00 arrival in Aden, here we wait for our 18:00 departure flight to Cairo.
  • 22:30 arrival in Cairo (terminal 1).
  • End of the tour.