Socotra, the land of mystery!
If you are a true traveler with a wild urge to explore bizarre, isolated places that don’t seem like they are on this planet, this place is just for you!
From odd-looking vegetation to turquoise blue lagoons, white sand dunes and meeting very authentic local communities while camping under the stars, Socotra makes it to the list of the most interesting islands in the world!
Some travelers say it’s where Avatar meets Jurassic Park.
This is a pure raw adventure, expect that every night you will be camping in different corners of the island!
As for the accommodation, it will be a million stars camping site, with sand beaches as your living room, trees and vegetation as your wardrobe closet and nature as your toilet.
This trip is also labelled as a pure Eco tourism. Our priority is to travel responsibly and aim to conserve the natural environment around us as well as sustain the well-being of the local community.
One last thing, expect a 1 GB network or sometimes no network at all! It’s a perfect place to finish that book you always wanted to read!
- 4X4 Private transportation
- All Camping equipment (Tents, Mattress, Bed Sheet Covers, Pillows and Blanket)
- Local private cook
- Last Night in a Hotel
- All meals
- Local Cultural Activities
- Protected Conservation Fees and Permits
- Water Activities
- Local guides
- Guides from the Journey Adventures
- International Flights
- Expenses of Personal Nature
Cultural & Community service
As soon as you arrive, our guides will welcome you in the airport and start your journey through the wonderland of Socotra!
From the first day we will head to Aomak, a paradise white beach where we will have a welcome lunch and briefing. After that we will visit Socatri villages in the south and Dagub Cave before we go for a sunset hike and camp by Aomak dunes.
Diksam Dragon Blood & Canyon
Today we will hit the road driving to the remote Diksam Canyon, where you will witness the famous dragon blood trees, a wonderful endemic species! Keep in mind that 80% of the vegetation that you will find in Socotra is found no where else in the world.
We will then descend to Wadi Dirhur to explore the natural freshwater pools surrounded by granite rock formations. This will be our camp for the night!
Qualansiya & Detwah Lagoon
Heading west to the protected Detwah lagoon, today your camp site will be between the Arabian sea and the Indian ocean! Qualansiya is considered the second largest settlement in Socotra.
Bring your candy jars today as we will meet a lot of children and local people in the village.
Day 4 & 5
Shuab Bay & Dihamri
Today we will head to the port of Qualansiya, where we will cruise and depart for Shuab Bay, considered by many to be the most beautiful beach in Socotra, and perhaps the world. Look for dolphins! The next day will be spent in a coral reserve area “Dihamri‘’ an ideal location for snorkeling and fishing.
Along with local fishermen, you will be responsible for our dinner menu!
Klissan River & Arher Dunes
Our adventures will be taking us southeast today to Wadi Kalissan!
It is one of Socotra’s hidden gems, and a perfect playground for swimming, rock climbing and cliff jumping. After lunch we will head to Arher where another breath-taking beach awaits you. This beach is surrounded by two twin white dunes, there we will set up our camp for the night and enjoy our last dinner under the stars.
Today we will head back to the capital Hadibo, where you will have the chance to roam around its main streets, visit the fish market and local Souk.
In the Afternoon, we will head to Delisha lagoon, for the last sunset before we check in the hotel (Yes today you will have a bed to sleep on and a proper shower😉)
Home Sweet Home!
Our last early breakfast before heading out to the airport.
We hope that you have created a lot of memories!
Until we meet again in future trips, we will miss you!
The land for coral sea and dragon trees, Socotra Island is a unique gem in the Arabian Sea. This island mesmerizes us with a breathtaking landscape filled with diverse plant and animal species that you will never see anywhere in the world
Expect to see many photographers, nature lovers and explorers… they are all there for the same reason you are!
Between February and May is the best season to visit Socotra since the weather is mild, the water is calm and transparent, and the island’s gorgeous blossoms are in full bloom.
The temperature ranges from 25°C to 29°C so it’s great for outdoor activities and light material clothing. Just keep in mind to pack your sunscreen and a sunhat!
If you are from the GCC, its best to see the policies of your country during this time as they tend to change based on Nationality.
Socotra will be an off the grid trip – literally. While there are telecommunication networks available with some data coverage, not the whole island is covered. You will probably find more coverage in Hadibo, the main city, which we will come across on the first and last day.
A clear invitation to the raw adventures, Socotra will welcome those who are looking to go back to basics. A road trip followed by amazing sceneries, beautiful beaches and starlit camping sites, you will be truly exploring every corner of the island, learning with each day more about the history and culture of the place.
You’d be surprised on how many people register without knowing anyone on the trip! It’s a perfect way to build new networks that can turn into lifetime friendships!
Let’s start with why what is named a UNESCO World Heritage site! Because of Socotra’s outstanding biodiversity richness in both land and marine life, characterized by a high proportion of unique species living in special island habitats that cannot be found anywhere else in the world, Socotra has been name a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.
As travelers, we must always be cautious and respectful to the nature and culture of any habitat that we will be visiting, let alone a special gem like this island. Do no harm and leave no trave will be our main motto as we explore the island while being aware of the direct connection the land has with its community.
As we all love our hot showers at the end of the day, on this trip Showering will be only in the hotel stays the first and last days, we might stop by some home stays during our off grid period to freshen up a bit as well and get a quick shower. As for the bathroom well, when we’ll be camping mother nature will be your new open air bathroom with a view!
Yes! This trip requires a moderate fitness level as we’ll be hopping from one area to another exploring lands that have never been touched or altered by humans! We’ll be also doing plenty of outdoor activities and hikes that require you to be somewhat fit to enjoy the trip to the fullest.
A packing list will be sent once you confirm your registration and will include the type of attire you need for the activities. But in general, we’ll be off grid for 5 nights, so quick drying, breathable fabrics are recommended. Packing light is advisable as we’ll be moving around a lot! Another thing to keep in mind is dressing modestly when visiting local towns and villages.
All your meals will be covered by us. However, planning to have 15 BD per day is ideal for small souvenirs here and there and tipping the local guides!
All internal flights from and back to Abu Dhabi Airport cant be booked by our team.
You will need to book the International flight to Abu Dhabi, making sure that your reach in adequate time, at least 3 hours before, for the second flight into Socotra. Flight timings to Socotra will be the following:
- Jan 20th – Abu Dhabi to Socotra 9:00 AM
- Feb 6th – Socotra to Abu Dhabi 15:05 PM
One of our guides will be waiting for you near the gate of the internal flight terminal in Abu Dhabi and we’ll also provide a contact number closer to the trip date. Make sure you share your ticket with the team as soon as its booked!
We will be changing our camping sites everyday as move around on the island. All camping equipment will be provided by our team.
The last night will be in a simple hotel back in the city, so yes we will have an opportunity to shower before we head back home the next day.
We’ll be going around Socotra by a 4×4 private transportation, so have your music playlist ready and make sure to share it with the team.
The whole trip is on a double occupancy basis.
If you’re coming with a friend or a family member, you’ll be automatically paired together, just make sure that the team knows. Otherwise, you will be paired with another amazing traveler from the trip.
If you require single occupancy, make sure to mention your preference and if it’s possible, we will cater for it.