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WELCOME TO SOCOTRA

A journey to the end of the world.

“The Socotra Archipelago in Yemen has long been a land of mystery. Over the centuries travellers returned from the Indian Ocean isles with bizarre tales - of trees yielding dragon's blood and cucumbers, forest of frankincense, and towering pinnacles in the mist.".

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We also design bespoke adventures to suit any traveller, from solo to couples or larger groups of friends. For private tours feel free to pick your own date!

Our itinerary is designed to inspire, whether you are looking to make the most of a classic one week trip, or explore more as part of a longer bespoke adventure.

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Luxury Socotra Holidays

The Island of Socotra lies off the coast of Yemen and its biodiversity has been bringing scientists to its shores for years, making this luxury holiday destination one of the most fascinating of its kind.

Visit a traditional Socotran village, to fish the clear waters and dive to spectate at an abundance of sea life. Venture to the white sand dunes of the Southern coastline, secluded lagoons and private beaches.

The island has been a trading hub for millennia which contributes to the rich cultural history you’ll explore. Over 90% of plant and wildlife on the Socotra island are endemic and It is known for its unique species of frankincense, cucumber tree, desert rose, and the eye-catching dragon’s blood tree.

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Luxury Socotra Holidays

The Island of Socotra lies off the coast of Yemen and its biodiversity has been bringing scientists to its shores for years, making this luxury holiday destination one of the most fascinating of its kind.

Visit a traditional Socotran village, to fish the clear waters and dive to spectate at an abundance of sea life. Venture to the white sand dunes of the Southern coastline, secluded lagoons and private beaches.

The island has been a trading hub for millennia which contributes to the rich cultural history you’ll explore. Over 90% of plant and wildlife on the Socotra island are endemic and It is known for its unique species of frankincense, cucumber tree, desert rose, and the eye-catching dragon’s blood tree.

Need help planning your luxury holiday in Socotra ?

Our travel team are experts in Socotra's most unique experiences and exclusive luxury accommodation. Contact us now to start planning your next adventure.

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Socotra by luxury camps: the Yemeni Galápagos

Special access to this unique indian ocean island.

This secretive Arabian island has – like the Galápagos – evolved in near-isolation. That means its UNESCO alien landscapes host one of the highest levels of species endemism, plenty of opportunity for adventure thrill and an enthralling cultural past and present.

And, given its remote setting, you’ll be one of the only people to have visited. So, we’ve extensively recced the destination, bringing along the Financial Times’ Africa editor, scouting exclusive beaches for your luxury camp and gaining special access to local sheikhs and conservation opportunities.

Throughout, we’ll organise truly special experiences for you, from dramatic beach dinner setups and searching for dolphins with a marine biologist to archaeologist-led special access to ancient cave structures.

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That makes camping — in Cookson’s case, in style of course — the only real option for exploring the island’s heroically dramatic landscape

Custom camps

Creating tented camps built entirely from scratch, we’ll see you enjoy a slice of comfort in truly remote locations across the island. From double beds and fire pits to movie projectors and a private chef, these white canvas setups are delightfully evocative but come with plenty of little luxuries, too.

Local & cultural interactions

Throughout, we’ve got exclusive contacts who will elevate your experiences and campfire evenings – think Socotri musicians and award-winning poets to spending time with local fishermen or a family in a local Bedouin village.

Socotra on water

Combining idyllic coastlines with crystal-clear protected waters, the scene is set for some truly epic kitesurfing, paddleboarding and fly-fishing sessions. By scuba or snorkel, you can also inspect the creatures living around the island, searching for pods of spinner dolphins or spotting majestic manta rays gliding in the currents.

Adventures on land

We’ll see you take in the very best of Socotra’s rugged topography, whether that’s tackling sea upon sea of giant sand dunes by board, witnessing ancient archaeological cave wonders with an archaeologist or taking in the sweeping wadis and canyons on hikes that are as challenging as you want them to be.

Unique setups

From enjoying tea with a community leader over a gourmet mountain picnic to a spectacular bonfire celebration down on the beach, we’ll make sure to put on some truly special experiences for your group.

World-class flora & fauna

Spot the island-born scops owl or find the gecko that lives exclusively amidst the tangled umbrella crown of Socotra’s famous dragon’s blood trees. As well as the highest concentration of Egyptian vultures in the world, this biodiverse island boasts what is an extraordinary level of endemic species.

Sky-high adventure

Whether paragliding between mountainous valleys, island hopping by heli or soaring high along the island’s coastal cliffs by gyrocopter, there’s no better way to fully appreciate Socotra’s unique natural beauty than from above.

Conservation opportunities

From community-run dragon’s blood tree nurseries to a loggerhead sea turtle monitoring project, this wildlife wonderland has plenty of conservation-focused opportunities to support and get involved in.

This Indian Ocean archipelago offers a rare glimpse into the primeval wilds of a landscape left to evolve in isolation for millions of years.

As such, with its lack of access and infrastructure, Socotra is often best appreciated from the air. From taking you flightseeing by heli to bringing in gyrocopter teams, our crafted routes mean its dramatic wadi gorges, giant sand dunes and mountain peaks can be perfectly showcased.

Then, among the hypnotically blue shores and white-sand fishing villages made of driftwood, you’ll explore based on your interests. There’s everything from wild fishing and kitesurfing to SUPs, swimming with spinner dolphins and diving among abandoned wrecks.  

Footage taken on a past Cookson trip to Socotra

  Heading inland, discover a hiking wonderland of giant wadi canyons and rugged caves. Here, evidence of ancient civilisations sit side by side with vultures living among dragon blood trees, famed for their seeping blood-red resin.

What’s more, just because you’re in an off-grid location, we’ll ensure that you don’t compromise on comfort. Alongside private-chef picnics and dinner setups, you’ll retire to exclusive tented camps, created just for you. We’ve scouted what are the island’s most beautiful beaches and even set up tents right among the world’s only dragon’s blood tree forest.

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One of our unique camps, set up amongst Socotra's endemic dragon's blood trees

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Travelling overland by the coast to remote beaches

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Camel caravan tackling Socotra's rugged terrain

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Abandoned ship wreck off the island's coastline

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Admiring the stars above the camp

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Dolphin pod spotted in Socotra's waters

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Dusk views of our bespoke beach camp setup

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Socotri fisherman by driftwood dwelling

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Swapping stories around the campfire

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Henry Cookson SUPing beside beach camp

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Admiring the views at one of the island's natural swimming holes

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Paragliding over the island's mountains

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Henry Cookson fishing with a local fisherman

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Taking a drive through the endemic dragon's blood tree forests

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Descend underground to admire a cave system that spans the length of the island

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Henry Cookson hiking across Socotra's unique terrain

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Preparing the gyrocopter for a scenic flight

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Bespoke beach camp setup at night

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Henry Cookson snorkelling among Socotra's reefs

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Beautiful decoration details in one of our unique lounge setups

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Socotra All Tour Options

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Planning your next vacation? Socotra Travel Center has got you covered with a wide range of activity options both on the Socotra Islands and the mainland of Yemen. Simply select what suits you best!

We provide an array of exhilarating experiences that cater to every traveler’s preferences. Whether you’re seeking an adventurous trek through Socotra’s breathtaking landscapes or a cultural exploration of Yemen’s historical sites, Socotra Travel Center ensures a memorable journey. Discover the unique biodiversity of the Socotra Islands or immerse yourself in the rich heritage of Yemen’s ancient cities. The choice is yours! Trust Socotra Travel Center to curate the perfect vacation for you, filled with unforgettable moments and remarkable encounters. Book now and embark on an extraordinary adventure!

Explore the breathtaking beauty of Socotra’s unique flora and fauna on our guided hiking tours. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Yemen as you wander through bustling markets, sampling delicious local cuisine. For the adventurous souls, dive into the crystal-clear waters for a mesmerizing underwater experience, or embark on a thrilling camel safari across the captivating desert landscapes. Whether you seek relaxation or excitement, Socotra Travel Center ensures an unforgettable journey that combines natural wonders with cultural immersion. Book now and let us tailor your dream vacation to Socotra and Yemen!

A typical Socotra tour

Whether traveling with your family or a group of friends, or on a vacation or honeymoon , Socotra Travel Center will help bring your dream of a Socotra visit to life. All-inclusive 8-, 15-day tours are available to visit the Socotra Islands’ remote and untouched points of interest, all in comfort and with high-quality service. Discover the Socotra Islands, one of the world’s most famous and pristine natural, through excursions led by experts. Who’s eager to share a wealth of knowledge about the many historical and natural highlights of the Socotra archipelago?

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Type of Socotra Packages

The most intuitive method to differentiate trip types of tour packages in Socotra is the category we assign them according to their level of service, facilities, and features:  Luxury ,  first class ,  mid-range , and  budget . Almost always the category goes according to the price of the tour; however, there are other characteristics that have an important impact on the experience you may have.

Filter through our list of tours below and let us help you plan your Socotra adventure now:

Destination.

  • Socotra Islands 9
  • South Yemen 2
  • Bird Watching 4
  • Boat Excursions 8
  • Camel Riding 3
  • Cave Exploring 8
  • Climbing Sand Dunes & Desert 9
  • Hiking with camel 1
  • Kit Surfing 2
  • Paragliding 1
  • Photography 8
  • Snorkeling 6
  • Sunrises & Sunsets 5
  • Whale and Dolphin Spotting 7
  • Budget Travel 2
  • First-Class 3
  • Mid-Range 4
  • Camping-based Style 1
  • Family Style 0
  • Focus Style 1
  • Group Style 1
  • Multi Adventure Style 1
  • Tailored Made Tours 1
  • Budget Tour 1
  • First Class Tour 1
  • Group Tour 7
  • Guided Tour 9
  • Luxury Tour 1
  • Mid-range Tour 4
  • Private Tour 7

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Flight tickets.

  • Arabia Airways 9
  • Yemenia Airways 6

Fixed Starting Dates

  • February, 2024
  • March, 2024
  • April, 2024
  • August, 2024
  • September, 2024
  • October, 2024
  • November, 2024
  • December, 2024
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South Yemen Explorer -The Mistry Discovery Tour1

South Yemen Explorer: The Mystery Discovery Tour

This is a group tour. Other travelers with a common interest will join this tour and travel together on a schedule. For those who are traveling to Socotra alone and perhaps on a limited budget. Our fixed group departure schedule of different tours gives you an alternative chance to travel at a low cost with friends from other parts of the globe.

This is a guided tour. You will be accompanied by an expert guide.

Our mid-range tours are tailored for those seeking a more intimate and comfortable travel experience. These trips cater to groups ranging from 3 to 16 individuals, perfect for couples, small families, or solo adventurers. Click to read more…

Physical training before the trip should begin no later than 2 months before, as you will have a height of 3,000 meters above sea level and more. Hiking is from 6 km daily with an average pace that can be maintained for hours. It is important to have physical fitness & endurance. You will also need the right gear and clothes according to the weather.

  • February 22, 2024 9 Available
  • February 24, 2024 7 Available
  • February 27, 2024 12 Available
  • February 28, 2024 10 Available
  • February 29, 2024 9 Available
  • March 2, 2024 7 Available

Socotra Extension – Socotra & South Yemen Majestic Tour3

Socotra Extension: Socotra & South Yemen Majestic Tour

For those seeking exclusivity and personalized attention, our first-class tours are the epitome of luxury travel. These trips are designed for groups of 1 to 12 travelers, ensuring a private and unforgettable experience. Click to read more…

This is a private tour where you can travel at your own pace. At Socotra Travel Center, we can customize your adventure exactly how you want it, whether tweaking an existing itinerary, booking a standard tour on a different date, or creating your unique one! Contact us directly for support to plan a fully-personalized Socotra trip for you.

You need to have good physical condition and be in top form. You’ll also require the right clothes for weather conditions and food items such as snacks or lunch breaks from your hiking adventure; water is essential too! This type of activity takes time, so ensure you’re physically able to get enough rest before starting any trips.

  • March 5, 2024 12 Available
  • March 12, 2024 12 Available
  • March 19, 2024 12 Available
  • March 26, 2024 12 Available
  • April 2, 2024 12 Available

SOCOTRA SPECIAL The High&Low Tour

SOCOTRA SPECIAL: The High&Low Tour

The trip is easy and suitable for everyone, including children and older people. It does not require any skills in mountain climbing or traversing difficult terrain.

  • February 27, 2024 14 Available
  • March 5, 2024 14 Available
  • March 12, 2024 14 Available
  • March 19, 2024 14 Available
  • March 26, 2024 14 Available
  • April 2, 2024 14 Available

Socotra Focus: Bird Watching Tour

Socotra group: the adventure tour.

  • February 27, 2024 16 Available
  • March 5, 2024 16 Available
  • March 12, 2024 16 Available
  • March 19, 2024 16 Available
  • March 26, 2024 16 Available
  • April 2, 2024 16 Available

SOCOTRA SECRATES: The Ultimate Adventure Tour

Socotra classic: camping-based tour.

  • March 5, 2024 13 Available
  • March 12, 2024 13 Available
  • March 19, 2024 13 Available
  • March 26, 2024 13 Available
  • April 2, 2024 13 Available
  • April 9, 2024 13 Available

SOCOTRA CLASSIC: Discovery Tour

  • April 9, 2024 16 Available

SOCOTRA GROUP: The Standard Tour

Our budget tours are perfect for the cost-conscious traveler who doesn’t want to compromise on the experience. These trips are designed for larger groups, accommodating from 8 to 32 people, making them ideal for family reunions or group outings. Click to read more…

  • March 5, 2024 32 Available
  • March 12, 2024 32 Available
  • March 19, 2024 32 Available
  • March 26, 2024 32 Available
  • April 2, 2024 32 Available
  • April 9, 2024 32 Available

SOCOTRA VIP: Hotel-Based Tour

Our luxury tours are tailor-made for those who seek the pinnacle of opulence and extravagance. These exclusive trips cater to smaller groups, ranging from 1 to 9 individuals, ensuring personalized attention and unparalleled experiences. Click to read more…

  • March 5, 2024 9 Available
  • March 12, 2024 9 Available
  • March 19, 2024 9 Available
  • March 26, 2024 9 Available
  • April 2, 2024 9 Available
  • April 9, 2024 9 Available

Socotra Island

“The Most Alien Looking Place On Earth”

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It all began with a vision of the future: share Socotra Island’s uniqueness and beauty through our guests’ direct experience. We at SOCOTRA PIONEER TOURS have always believed that the best way to visit a new destination is to approach it with the eyes of those who live there, and this is exactly what we offer. Unbelievable adventures, unforgettable experiences and memories which will last a lifetime are our purpose and the reason why SOCOTRA PIONEER TOURS has become one of the most pioneered travel service providers in Socotra Island-Yemen.

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Socotra Island is linked with numerous legends, some of which are universally well-known, including the legend of a phoenix that lived in this remote Island, as mentioned by old historians. But there is no doubt that Socotra is one of the most beautiful Arab islands, and its natural scenes have no match anywhere else in the world. Socotra is often dubbed the “Galapagos of the Indian Ocean” because of its exceptionally high level of biodiversity and endemism in its terrestrial and marine ecosystem. This distinct “living museum” of botanical and zoological treasures sits at the crossroads of three biogeographically regions. It includes many unique endemic floras and faunas, including some plant varieties over 20 million years old.

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The wonder has a name.

It’s attractive, it’s a convenient 30-minute drive east from Hadiboh, and it’s great for a recuperative dip when you’ve just arrived. The good former ecolodge has closed but basic camping is still possible. Plus, there’s an impressive giant sand dune which the energetic can climb and slide down. The claim that it was called Delisha because someone exclaimed “it’s delicious!” might be a touch fanciful, however. Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919), the exhaustingly prolific German biologist, naturalist, evolutionist, artist, philosopher and doctor who spent his life researching and illustrating flora and fauna, sailed past the northers coast on 18 May 1882: his highly stylised painting of a sand dune with the same date is most probably Delisha. He describes ‘the picturesque coast of Socotra, where the ravines are marked by immense fields of snow white sand, looking like glaciers sloping to the sea’. Nearby Delisha village has an important archaeological site.

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HOMHIL PLATEAU (NATURE SANCTUARY)

Within the Conservation Zoning Plan, Homhil is classed as a Nature Sanctuary, which allows it the highest level of protection. It is included in all visitors’ itineraries, for its dragon’s blood trees, bottles trees and the beautiful ‘infinity pool’ as we called it. You have the choice of either driving there or walking, depending on the time available and the fitness (and age) of your group.

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THE POOLS OF KILLISAN

Don’t miss the chance to swim in the deep pools that collect in Socotra’s wadis (ravines). Wadi Dirhur, which divides Diksam plateau and Firmihin Forest, is on most itineraries. Wadi Killisan is harder to reach, but is hugely rewarding. This spectacular place belongs geographically more to the south but can also be accessed via the Momi plateau and – for those with strong legs and plenty of   time – from Homhil, so is included here. It is one of Socotra’s hidden wonders and you need to be a good hiker to get there, but all reports are that it’s absolutely worth it for the series of turquoise pools of water, fed by small waterfalls, set in smooth, white limestone.

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Dihamri Marine Protected Area

Within Socotra’s Conservation Zoning Plan Dihamri is classed as a Marine Nature Sanctuary, as is Rosh, which theoretically affords them the highest level of protection. Dihamri is home to one of the richest coral reefs in the archipelago so, if the weather is calm, this is a great place for snorkelling. Chris writes ‘Excellent snorkelling opportunities straight off the beach. In December there was 15-20m visibility, lots of corals and colourful fish, plus a chance of seeing turtles, reef sharks, huge leopard moray eels, octopus, crayfish, various rays, barracuda, scorpion fish, as well as dolphins further out sea’. At the eastern end of the beach is an extraordinary orange-coloured [pyramid-shaped rock, and it’s reported that the snorkelling is best around this rock.  If it’s too rough to snorkel, Dihamri beach is richly rewarding with its carpets of coral fragments and shells.  There is a campsite (no facilities) at the western end.

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Socotra has been described as ‘like a Swiss cheese’ because of all the holes andcaves in its limestone. Hoq is a wonderful amalgamation of the standard cave delights of stalagmites and stalactites, with a rich history of early habitation to spike the imagination. This cave is one of Socotra’s most important archaeological sites and traces the arrival of visitors to Socotra from the 1st century BC up until the 6th century AD. Throughout Hoq Cave archaeologists have recorded a series of inscriptions, pictograms and artefacts, and at the entrance are examples of some of the later medieval structures and water basins.The cave is believed to have been a religious sanctuary for mariners visiting the island who wrote their names in Indian Brahmi, South Arabian, Palymyrene and Bactrian scripts. These scripts were drawn using mud or charcoal and as such are extremely fragile and sensitive to the change that even a single visitor can bring. To prevent these scripts from being damaged and to preserve them for future generations we ask that all visitors to Hoq Cave do not progress beyond the marked area and refrain from smoking in the cave.

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WADI DIRHUR

Also known as the Diksam Gorge, this place seems as though a giant has pulled a huge slab of soft limestone apart like a hunk of cheese, and then poured cool, clear water down the crack specifically for the delight of visitors. Mostly visitors will be looking down at the canyon, all 700m of it, and using its drama as a backdrop to their photos, but a dirt road crosses it at one point  and this gives access to some gorgeous crab-filled paddling and swimming pools. Don’t miss the chance to swim in the deep pools that collect in Socotra’s wadis  (ravines). Wadi Dirhur, which divides Diksam plateau and Firmihim Forest, is on most itineraries. Wadi Killisan is harder to reach, but is hugely rewarding.

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Accommodation

Hotel or Luxury tents Depending on which tour you choose

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4×4 Adventure

Explore Socotra in a 4×4 Toyota Landcruiser

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Professional Guide

Knowledgable, friendly and bilingual, our guides will inform and care for you

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Mind-blowing landscape

One-of-a-kind landscape found no where else in the world.

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4x4 Adventure

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One-of-a-kind landscape found no where else in the world

Things To Do

Trekking / hiking, beaches on socotra, scuba diving, fishing on socotra, bird watching, caves exploring, camelback ride, dolphins & boat safaris.

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Dolphins & Boat Safaris

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News & Next Departures Updates

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Next Departures Air Arabia

The airline have finally released 2024 flight schedule so we’re excited to announce tour dates for the next season: ◎ february 6-13 ◎ february 13-20 ◎ february 20-27 ◎ feb 27 - march 5 ◎ march 5-12 ◎ march 12-19 ◎ march 19-26 ◎ march 26 - april 2 ◎ april 2-9 ◎ april 9-16.

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Breaking News: Yemenia Airways Launches Official Flights Connecting Southern Yemen and Socotra

It’s official! Yemenia Airways, the national carrier of Yemen, proudly inaugurated its latest flight route today, marking a significant milestone in the country’s air travel landscape. The debut flight from Aden to Socotra to Al-Ghaydah and back to Aden was a momentous occasion, showcasing Yemenia’s commitment to enhancing connectivity within the nation.

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Air Arabia to Socotra Schedule 2023-2024

Technically the schedule has Air Arabia leaving Abu Dhabi every Tuesday and returning every Tuesday. It departs at 10.10 am from Abu Dhabi, in theory, but in reality at 11. On the Socotra to Abu Dhabi route it is supposed to leave at 12.10 arriving at 15.35 pm, . The Air Arabia has also added an extra flight every Friday from January 2024 till end of Aprill 2024. At Socotra Pioneer Tours we offer tours for our clints in both options flight. -Tuesday – Tuesday -Friday – Tuesday -Tuesday – Friday

2024, DECEMBER 7, 14, 21, 28

2023, november 7, 14, 21, 28, 2024, november 7, 14, 21, 28, socotra 2024 tour schedule, tripadvisor.

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It all began with a vision of the future: share Socotra Island's uniqueness and beauty through our guests' direct experience. We have an incredibly knowledgeable, passionate and dedicated team with rich experience in the Socotra tourism.

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Classic Socotra Tour

  • October 22 - 29th, 2024

What's it all about?

This is a tour we have perfected, which cover all the places you must see in one week on Socotra island!

For those unfamiliar with Socotra, the place is like no where else on earth. Over 30% of plant life on the island can only be found on the island. Situated off the Horn of Africa in the Indian Ocean, Socotra is an archipelago belonging to Yemen. Luckily it has been completely unaffected by the country’s ongoing civil war and has become one one of the world’s least visited and untouched gems. Since the re-introduction of direct flights in 2018, Socotra is now looking to put itself back on the tourist trail once again. 

Socotra island is a remarkable place for camping, walking, hiking, wildlife spotting & cultural immersion. It’s for anyone who wants to experience a natural world like no other.

Planning on spending some more time in the region? We’re also running a 7 day Syria tour from October 10-16th  – enquire for more info!

October 22nd - Abu Dhabi | Hadibo | Qalansiya

  • Meet in Abu Dhabi airport for our early morning flight to Socotra.
  • Arrival in Habido, Socotra. We’ll be greeted by our local Socotri guide who will accompany us for the trip.
  • Drive to Qalansiya, the second largest town on the island.
  • On the way stopping at some abandoned Soviet tanks.
  • See the incredible view of Detwah Lagoon from the highest point on the beach before trekking down to the beach. Relax and take a dip in the ocean!
  • Walk around the lagoon to our camp site for a big lunch.
  • Climb up a nearby hill which will give us a 360 degree view of Qalansiyah and Detwah at sunset.
  • Dinner and overnight camping at Detwah Eco-campsite – complete with shower and toilet!

October 23rd - Shoub Beach | Detwah Lagoon

  • Take an early morning boat trip to Shoub beach – passing by stunning rock formations and plenty of native birdlife along the way. There’s a high likelihood we’ll come across numerous dolphins on the way here too!
  • Arrive at Shoub – Relax & swim at the most beautiful beach on the island.
  • Make our way back to Qalansiya by boat.
  • After lunch, trek along the shores to visit the cave of Abdullah Alloi – known as the “caveman” Abdullah was born here and spends his time fishing the lagoon. We’ll have more fresh seafood here washed down with tea!
  • He’ll take us a quick tour of the lagoon (if he’s home…!). We’ll see pufferfish, sea cucumber, squid, starfish, sea urchin and more.
  • Camping at Detwah Eco-campsite.

October 24th - Diksam Plateau

  • Up early to d rive 2 hours to Diksam Plateau – home of the Dragon’s Blood Trees.
  • Walk through endless Trees to the viewpoint overlooking Wadi Dirhar – an incredible canyon that splits Diksam and the Firmihin forest in half.
  • Lunch under the shade of a Dragon’s Blood Tree.
  • Go for a post-lunch dip at one of the many fresh water creeks in the Wadi Dirhar .
  • Off road 4×4 drive to Firmihin forest and do a sunset hike to the top of the forest for one spectacular view overlooking thousands of Dragon’s Blood Trees.
  • Set up camp at Diksam, Dinner and overnight.

October 25th - Dixsam | Amak | Dihamri

  • Start the morning with a walk to the nearby Dragon’s Blood Tree nursery
  • Drive towards the South coast towards the epic sand dunes that line the coast. Drive across the sand dunes and stop for plenty of photo opportunities.
  • Visit the cave of Dagub (If there’s time)
  • Swim at the nearby Amak Beach.
  • Lunch surrounded by a forest of palm date trees next to the beach.
  • 2 hour drive north to our campsite at Dihamri Marine Sanctuary – the perfect time to try out some sunset/nighttime snorkelling!
  • Dinner and overnight.

October 26th - Dihamri Marine Protected Area | Killisan Pools

  • Spend the morning scuba diving and snorkelling! (extra cost). 
  • Drive inland and south towards the Killisan canyon and pools. It’s an off-road drive and a 45 minute trek to get here but it’s well worth it. Swim in the turquoise pools and jump from the ledges into the crystal clear water.
  • Picnic Lunch.
  • Drive to Arher Beach campsite. This is the spot where you can climb the massive sand dune!
  • You are free to walk around the area on your own. Those capable can climb the 300m-high dune! (Top tip – do it for sunrise instead!)
  • Dinner and overnight camping with a fire.

October 27th - Homhil National Park | Raw Ersil | Arher

  • After breakfast head straight to Homhil National Park. The Park is famous for its supply of the famous Dragon blood trees. Lots of bottle trees and cucumber plants can also be found here. After walking for 30 minutes, we’ll reach an incredible crystal-clear pool complete with views over the whole southern part of the island.
  • Swim and relax at the “infinity pool” before making our way back upstream for a picnic lunch under the palms.
  • Drive back towards Arher beach.
  • Stop at the Socotra folklore museum on the way.
  • Dinner and overnight in Arher.

October 28th - Arher | Hadibo

  • Wake up next to the ocean and climb the sand dune (again..!) before sunrise if you dare. Cool off in the sea and rinse off in the freshwater streams.
  • Drive to Raw Erisel, the meeting point of the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. This is the point where freshwater and saltwater meet creating a natural phenomenon.
  • Lunch at Delisha Beach! A beautiful white beach complete with a shipwreck.
  • Visit the Yemeni Foundation & development for Socotra. Learn how the foundation is doing great work educating the youth of the island in conservation, foreign languages and computer skills.
  • Check into the newly opened Heathrow Hotel (Yep, it’s near the airport) – now the only hotel on the island with functioning AC & Wifi!
  • Freshen up and get rid of all the sand before our last dinner together. 
  • Dinner and overnight in Hadibo.

October 29th - Habido – Abu Dhabi

  • Free time to explore before we catch our 14:00 flight to Abu Dhabi.
  • Arrival at approx 17:00 local time.
  • End of Socotra tour.

Please note that this itinerary is open and flexible. We will see and do everything but weather and other conditions can sometimes dictate the order of travel. Our local guiding team & group leader will have the final say on the exact itinerary.

Accommodation Single tent camping and guesthouse on Socotra. Guides Both an expert local guide and western tour leader. Transport All transport to complete the itinerary. Food All meals are included in Socotra. Activities All activities mentioned in the itinerary unless otherwise stated. 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What to expect during your socotra holiday, itinerary of our socotra tour.

Throughout the eight days and seven nights we have prepared a tour package in which you will not miss the most amazing landscapes of #TheMostAlienPlaceOnEarth

Please contact us for detailed information about the itinerary, excursions and activities.

You will discover a world full of Dragon Blood Trees, Frankincense, Aloe, Cucumber and Bottle Trees, growing in the most bizarre formations:

  • Dixam Plateau
  • Firmihin Forest
  • Ras Erissel
  • Homhil Infinity Pool
  • Wadi Kalysan
  • Dihamri Marine Reserve
  • Dirhur Canyon
  • White sand dunes
  • Shuab Beach
  • Detwah Lagoon

PACKAGE 1: ADVENTUROUS TRIP

Tour: :$1,930 (outward nature camping) Flight: $ 920 Visa: $ 150 

  • Camping Equipment : tent, sleeping bag, mattress, blanket, pillow, and light
  • Three meals a day with fresh fish, fruit, vegetables, fresh bread, rice, and pasta
  • 1 meal with superb lobster / 1 meal with meat (As per seasonal availability)
  • Unlimited water / 3 soda drinks a day pp
  • Transportation in safe 4×4 cars (AC and petrol included)
  • Protected areas fees
  • Amazing Soqotri team: guide, chef, drivers & helpers
  • 7 days full agenda with guided excursions since you arrive until departure
  • Socotra trip memorabilia

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  • Extra activities (ask for information and quotation)
  • Hotel accommodation

In case of any emergency or uncertain event or bad weather condition (rainfall or gloomy), we advise you to stay at the hotel, with chargeable fees.

PACKAGE 2: Dream Journey (7 Nights, 8 days)

Highly recommended for the most adventurous people.

Tour: :$2,230  Flight: $ 920 Visa: $ 150

  • Three days accommodation in La Sirena Hotel / Double occupancy / Private bathroom
  • Camping equipment : tent, sleeping bag, mattress, blanket, pillow, and light
  • 1 meal with superb lobster / 1 meal with meat
  • Extra nights in the hotel will be chargeable

PACKAGE 3: PEACE IN THE WILDERNESS

Highly recommended for families.

Tour & Hotel accommodation: $2,630   Flight: $ 920 Visa: $ 150   

  • Seven days accommodation in La Sirena Hotel / Double occupancy room / Private bathroom
  • Unlimited water / 3 soda drinks per day pp

PACKAGE 4: VIP CHALET PACKAGE

Tour & Soqotri Chalet: $2,830  Flight: $ 920 Visa: $ 150  

  • Seven days accommodation in cosy La Sirena Chalets / Double or triple occupancy / Private bathroom
  • 1 meal with superb king lobster / 1 meal with meat
  • Unlimited water / 4 soda drinks a day pp
  • Laundry 2 pieces per person per day
  • Extra Activities:
  • Henna Tattoo
  • Scuba Diving

SUP(Stand up Paddle)

  • Recreational Fishing
  • Gyrocopter (30 min)
  • Camel Riding
  • Banana Boat (20 min)
  • Boat charter

If you want to practice any of these activities, let us know when you are booking.

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The remote island of Socotra is a gem of the Arabian Sea and one of Yemen’s best kept secrets. From its miles of glorious sparkling coastline to its fascinating flora and fauna, this short tour showcases the best that Socotra has to offer.

From our starting point in the ‘capital’ Hadibo we travel through its rugged landscapes, gorgeous coastlines and lush lagoons in search of the island’s endemic plant and bird life.

We explore dragon’s blood forests with their iconic trees, climb glorious white sand dunes. Here we have opportunities to snorkel in the island’s pristine coral waters amongst the colourful marine life that exists here.

Travelling by boat to the remote beach of Shuaab, we may be fortunate enough to spot dolphins, and of course we take opportunities to meet local people along the way where we can.

Socotra may not have a huge amount of ‘must see’ sights, but more than makes up for this with its spectacular scenery and sense of otherworldliness.

For those who enjoy the thrill of travelling in untamed and virtually unknown destinations, where local traditions haven’t changed for centuries, Socotra should most definitely be on your list.

Sand dunes by the beach on Socotra Island

  • Explore the rugged canyons and mountains of Socotra
  • Swim in turquoise blue waters
  • Look for endemic plants and wildlife
  • Remote villages and traditional lifestyles

Day 1 - Abu Dhabi - Socotra – Delisha

Socotra Island At 3,650 sq km Socotra is easily the largest Yemeni island, as well as one of the most inaccessible. Lying 510km southeast of the mainland, close to the ravaged shores of Somalia, the island has developed in near total isolation from the rest of the world. Rumoured to have once been a refuge for dragons, it continues to provide a home for all manner of extraordinary fauna and flora, much of which is found nowhere else. Because of the number of its endemic plants and creatures, it’s been described as the ‘Galapagos of the Indian Ocean’. While this is a little optimistic, there is no denying that Socotra is a unique and otherworldly island.

It’s the kind of place where people speak a language unknown to anyone else, where the knowledge of how to make fire by rubbing sticks together is still common and where the elderly recall days when money didn’t exist. Until the construction of an airport in 2002, the island remained almost as unknown as it did in the days when adventurers came here to do battle with dragons in their search for the secret of eternal life. Today the dragons might be gone, but the trees are said to still bleed for their memory, and the secret of eternal life remains hidden away in a cave somewhere on Socotra.

Day 2 - Homhil - Arher

This morning drive to Homhil, home to beautiful deep ravines, frankincense trees and dragon’s blood trees – the resin of which is collected and used by locals. In the afternoon, travel to Arher, a meeting point of fresh water from the mountains and salt water from the sea. Arher is home to another magnificent sand dune, which offers a truly spectacular view from the top. Overnight Summerland Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 3 - Hadibo - Ayhaft Canyon

Spend the morning exploring Hadibo, visiting its historic sites including the old fort, as well as a typical local home. We then head to Ayhaft Canyon National Park where you can swim in the canyon’s fresh water pools, and see a variety of endemic plants and birds.  Overnight Summerland Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 4 - Dixam Plateau – Shebahon Viewpoint – Wadi Dirhur

Drive to Dixam Plateau, the land of dragon’s blood trees, an iconic symbol of the island. The gorge here drops 700 metres to the valley floor, and we walk along the edge to see the trees. The Shebahon viewpoint also provides a stunning view of the Daerhu canyon and beautiful rock formations. We then continue to Dirhur Valley, with its lush canyon floor and deep wadi. Overnight Summerland Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 5 - Hog Cave - Dihamri

Drive to Terbak village and hike up to Hog Cave, with its crystal decorations, subterranean water supplies, underground animals and archaeological findings. Continue to Dihamri, one of the richest coral reefs of the archipelago and an important marine reserve. Swim and snorkel in Dihamri Bay, where you may be lucky enough to spot parrotfish, moray eel, rays and turtles. Overnight Summerland Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Please note – the hike up to Hog Cave takes approximately 2 hours and is quite steep and strenuous. If you would prefer to opt out of this activity, we can arrange for you to spend the morning at the beach.

Day 6 - Qalansiya – Detwah Lagoon - Shuaab

Today we head to Qalansiya, a small, traditional fishing town, before continuing on to the Detwah Lagoon – a marine protected area renowned for its magical landscape. Explore the mangrove area, and take a boat to the remote beach at Shuaab – if we are lucky, Spinner dolphins may accompany us. This area has some of the best views on the island. Overnight Summerland Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 7 - Zahek Sand Dunes – Omak – Digub Cave

Drive to the colossal sand dunes of Hayf and Zahek – these impressive dunes are pushed up against the mountainside and offer a stunning view at the top. We then make our way to Omak, where you can swim, sunbathe and relax in the clear Indian Ocean waters. After lunch, we head to Digub cave which overlooks many traditional villages. Here, stalactites, stalagmites and pools of water have seeped into the rock over time. Overnight Summerland Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 8 - Socotra - Abu Dhabi

After an early breakfast, we leave the island behind and fly back to Abu Dhabi to connect with your onwards flight. (B)

Please note: This is a pioneering itinerary in a region where tourism is only just starting to re-emerge after the conflict in mainland Yemen of the last few years. You will undoubtedly find elements of the trip a little ‘rough around the edges’, and this is not a trip for those who like rigid plans – instead you should be prepared for a certain amount of flexibility to deal with local conditions. Trips like these aren’t for everyone, but with the right approach, travelling in an almost totally unvisited destination is an incredibly exciting experience.

We also do not recommend booking your flights to Abu Dhabi until around three months before departure. The flight from Abu Dhabi to Socotra is currently scheduled just once a week, and can sometimes be rescheduled to a different day – sometimes at very late notice. If this happens then we would need to change the start date of this tour to coincide with the weekly flight.

We recommend booking early for this trip – as there is just one flight a week to the island, flight tickets are very limited and leaving your booking to the last moment is likely to result in disappointment due to tickets being unavailable.

Dragon's blood tree on Socotra Island tour

What's included?

Accommodation.

Accommodation as listed in the dossier. The nature of the destinations that we operate may sometimes mean that we need to change hotels, but we’ll always endeavour to keep the same standards. Please be aware that as we operate in many countries where tourism is in its infancy, hotel standards may not be the same as you’re used to elsewhere.

You will be accompanied by an English speaking guide.

As listed within the itinerary / dossier (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner). These will vary from trip to trip – in some areas it makes sense to include all meals while in others there is a good choice of restaurants and we feel people might like to ‘do their own thing’ now and again.

Entrance fees

Entrance fees are listed for those sites that we mention within the itinerary. If there are any other sites that you’d like to see, these would be at your own expense.

From Abu Dhabi to Socotra return. 

Due to the difficulty of obtaining a Yemen visa in your home country, we have included these and will arrange them for you.

What's not included?

International flights.

This refers to those flights from your home destination to Abu Dhabi, and vice versa. Many of our travellers arrive from different destinations and so we don’t include international flights in the cost of our tours. If however you would like us to book flights for you, then just give us a call and we’ll be happy to discuss your options.

Travel insurance

If you need any assistance with this, then let us know – although we can’t arrange it ourselves we can point you in the direction of a reputable provider that can assist.

All travellers will require a visa to enter Yemen. However at the moment few embassies issue visas. We obtain the visa for you, and to facilitate this you need to send us a scanned colour copy of your passport. We then send you the scanned visa approval which you must print and take with you when you travel. Then, when you arrive, the physical visa is issued in your passport. Entry to Yemen will not be allowed if you have evidence in your passport of a trip to Israel, even if you have a visa for Yemen. This includes not just Israeli border stamps but stamps issued by the Egyptian and Jordanian authorities at borders with Israel. Visa regulations can change however and so we recommend that you contact your nearest embassy for the most up to date information.  

Health and vaccinations

We are not medically qualified and so we recommend that you speak to your doctor or nearest health professional for advice concerning recommended vaccinations. For more advice on vaccinations you can also visit www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk .  

It is a condition of joining our tours that you have suitable travel insurance in place, and we cannot accept travellers without insurance. All policies differ in terms of what they will cover, but as a minimum you need medical and health cover which will cover you for the whole time that you are away. Most policies will also include cancellation cover, which will cover you if an unforeseen circumstance obliges you to cancel your trip. We recommend that you obtain your insurance as soon as you book your trip.

Please note that government travel warnings often affect the validity of your travel insurance, and you should check this with your insurance company

The local currency in Yemen is the Yemeni riyal. It is best to bring US dollars for exchange purposes and these should have an issue date of 2006 or later, otherwise you may find it difficult to exchange them.

It’s not difficult to change money in Yemen, either at banks or the hotels and your guide can assist with this. However on Socotra it is more challenging – you need to either change money at Sana’a airport or in Hadiboo when you arrive. Yemen is very much a cash society – credit cards are not widely accepted, and there are few ATMs

Local conditions

When travelling to some of the destinations we offer you need to bear in mind that things won’t always work here as we’re used to them working at home. Travelling in underdeveloped and untouristed destinations requires both patience and a sense of humour. There may be problems with infrastructure, attitudes may be different, and maintenance may not be as high a standard as we would always like, but this is very much part and parcel of travelling in such a place. We aim to resolve any issues as quickly as possible, and thank you for your patience.

Please be aware that Socotra only really started to receive tourists from around 2006, and even now numbers are very small. This means that most Socotris are not particularly used to tourism, and while not unfriendly, can be rather reserved. Generally speaking, local people don’t appreciate the sort of casual exploration of their villages that is common in many parts of Africa, for example – your guide and driver, being sensitive to this, won’t generally promote village visits.

Travel advice

We keep a very close eye on the travel advice issued by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office so that we can keep you up to date with any warnings. At the time of writing the FCO advises against travel to all parts of Yemen, including Socotra.

Should you have any concerns over safety please do not hesitate to contact us and we can address your concerns. Socotra is isolated from mainland Yemen by several hundred kilometres of sea and does not experience the same problems although is usually not differentiated (rather unfairly, in our eyes) by government advisories. Socotra is a rural society that is quite different from the mainland in terms of social issues. We work very closely with our local team and are fully confident that we can operate tours safely in Socotra.

This relates to advice from the British government – other nationalities need to check the stance of their own governments.

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As soon as you choose the tour that fits your needs best and choose your dates, we will send you your itinerary and of course, costs.

All tours below are 8d/7n and they include:

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Hotel and/or Luxury Tents

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3 delicious, gourmet meals a day.

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Professional, English speaking guide that grew up on the island

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Not included:.

  • International airline ticket to and from Abu Dhabi
  • Roundtrip ticket Abu Dhabi-Socotra ($980 USD)
  • Visa fee ($170 USD)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra activities

PS As mentioned on our home page, we see value in the experience you will have when touring with us. We don’t camp where others camp, we don’t visit the popular places when other tour groups are there. We are very strategic in our itinerary, aiming to avoid as many people as possible. Our goal is to show you Socotra how it was BEFORE tourism came to the island; when it was raw and untouched, teeming with beauty and wonder! (Too many people can ruin this)

The Wild and Comfy tours have a max of 8 people per tour

*more is not merrier when it comes to tour socotra*, this is a group tour, for the wild, adventurous people out there.

  • 7 nights camping

7 nights of camping under the stars in one of the most remote places on earth. Double tents for each person. We provide sleeping bags, blankets, and mattresses that are actually comfy. All the necessary things needed to make this trip one of a lifetime!

No more than 8 people per group

This is a private tour, for the adventurous yet practical people out there.

  • 1 night in our guest house on arrival
  • 1 night in our guest house at the end
  • Camping in between

You’re the type of person who loves experiencing new things but at the same time likes your comfort. A perfect balance of WILD and VIP. You get to experience everything the island has to offer with a little bit of island comfort added in.

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  • Lodging in the best hotel on the island every night

You like to live life king size? You enjoy new experiences but like to do it in style? This package is for you. Please keep in mind though, hotels on socotra (even the nicest one, the one you’ll be in) are not on the same “level” as back home. AC, running water, acceptable wifi, hot water, good bed, nice sheets: Comfortable and clean are the best words to describe them.

Ready for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure?

Fill out the form with your choice of trip and preferred dates; We will send you back an itinerary depending on when you are coming. Remember when we mentioned we go to our secret spots and the famous sites when their is the least amount of people possible?

We don’t post our itinerary because of this.  We like to make each trip and each season unique.

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Guided tours to socotra – republic of yemen.

Young Pioneer Tours are proud to announce our Socotra Tours for 2024 and 2025, as well as our Socotra independent tour options.

Suffering civil war, coups, revolutions and bombings in recent years, the Republic of Yemen is generally off the radar for most tourists, unless of course you know of travel to the paradise like island of Socotra.

An ecological wonder with unique flora and fauna that is unique only to the island, not only is this the most alien place on earth, but now is the time to visit Socotra.

SOCOTRA TOURS – GROUP TOURS TO SOCOTRA in 2024 and 2025

Whether it’s coming to a new and inaccessible country, exploring an ecological paradise, hiking, camping, spotting wildlife or having an in-depth experience of the Yemen – Socotra is a place for everyone.

2024 Socotra Tours

Socotra Yemen Island January Tour – January 21st – January 29th $1495

Our first tour of the year to Socotra, this has us hitting up all the major sites, as well as the hidden gems that only YPT know about.

Socotra Yemen Island March Tour – March 10th – 18th $1495

For the uninitiated Socotra is a deeply Islamic place, so we head here where the weather is cool.

Socotra Yemen Island April Tour – April 14th to 22nd $1495

This is also our last tour before the famous windy season of Socotra begins closing the island down for tourism until October!

Socotra Yemen Island October Tour – October 10th – 17th $1495

Our first tour after the windy season has abated in Socotra, so again a great time to visit Socotra. One of our most popular Socotra tours and one which fills up very quickly!

Socotra Island Yemen November Tour – November 17th – 25th $1495

With the season back in full swing we are once again. This trip again features all the best elements of all of our Socotra Tours and again tends to fill up very fast.

Socotra Island Yemen December Tour – December 8th – 16th $1495

Our very last tour of 2024 to Socotra, before Christmas and again one of the best times to be on this unique isolated island.

SOCOTRA GROUP TOUR INFORMATION

Every facet of the Yemen visa process is taken care of by YPT for $200 – no need to send your passport away anywhere. The Yemenia Airways Cairo-Socotra chartered round-trip ticket is an additional $1185 per person, which we also arrange for you.

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INDEPENDENT TOURS TO SOCOTRA

In case our dates do not fit yours, you would like to travel alone, or you would like a bespoke Socotra itinerary then Young Pioneer Tours can help arrange the perfect Socotra tour. Prices depend on the number of people and what level of accommodation you require, but YPT can arrange everything you require for an independent tour to Socotra.

Independent Socotra Tour examples

We do not list all of our bespoke Socotra itineraries, but can offer some examples, such as the following;

  • Diving in Socotra tours – Diving can be added to any itinerary, even group tours, but with an amazing amount of aquatic beauty we can offer scuba diving specific tours to Socotra.
  • Scientific tours to Socotra – With the unique wildlife, flora and fauna found in Socotra we can arrange Socotra tours specifically designed around this. Get in touch so that we can arrange everything regarding your project.
  • Two week tours to Socotra – With the flight situation as it is tours can be one week, two, or theoretically longer! While three weeks would be a bit if push there is certainly enough to warrant a two week Socotra tour. Again get in touch for options.
  • Socotra Tours for journalists – Much like other countries in the region journalists wishing to do a story about Socotra, or the island need a special visa. YPT can arrange Socotra Tours for journalists, please get in touch to discuss requirements.
  • Fishing Tours to Socotra – Socotra offers some of the best and untouched fishing in the world. We can arrange fishing tours to Socotra to suit all needs and, or budgets. This includes utilizing local fishing boats for budget tours, or chartering bigger boats for more intensive fishing tours to Socotra.

SOCOTRA TOURS SAMPLE ITINERARY – 8 NIGHTS, 9 DAYS

The following is the standard itinerary we use for our Socotra tours. Our current standard tour starts and finishes in Cairo, but we can also arrange tours that originate and finish in Abh Dhabi.

Day 1 – Sunday – Cairo (Egypt) – Aden (Yemen)

  • Depart 10:30pm on Yemenia Airways at Cairo International Airport Terminal 1 (CAI) to Socotra (Yemen)

Day 2 – Monday – Aden – Hadibu (Socotra) – Ayhaft Canyon National Park – Delisha Beach

  • Arrive 3:00am into Aden Airport, and depart again at 7:00am
  • Arrive in Habibu, Socotra at 10:00am. Upon arrival you’ll be greeted by our local Socotri guide who will accompany you for the trip.
  • Begin your drive to Ayhaft Canyon National Park where you can enjoy a short walk to stretch your legs after the flight and lunch.
  • Continue to Delisha Beach – a beautiful white beach next to the sea and a lagoon where you can enjoy the sunset and beverages
  • Dinner at the Delish Tourist Complex.
  • Overnight in your centrally located hotel in Hadibu

Day 3 – Tuesday – Homhil National Park – Arher

  • After breakfast you’ll head for Homhil National Park – famous for its Dragon’s Blood trees, which cannot be found anywhere else outside of Socotra. But that’s not all: many other impressive forms of flora like the bottle tree and the cucumber plant can be found here. After an hour’s walk you’ll reach an amazing crystal-clear pool with a view over the whole southern part of Socotra.
  • For those up for a hike may descend from the mountain on foot. Others may walk back to the car and be driven down towards the beach.
  • Drive to Arher
  • Arher is the meeting point of freshwater and saltwater, creating an impressive natural phenomenon. Over here you’ll find some giant sand dunes.
  • Free to explore around the area on your own. Those up to the challenge may climb the 300 meter high sand dune found here.
  • Dinner and overnight in Arher.

Day 4 – Wednesday – Arher – Hoq’s Cave/Raw Ersil – Dihamri Marine Protected Area

  • Breakfast, then after waking up next to the beach you may choose between 2 morning activities:
  • A steep hike to Hoq’s Cave (4 hours). This is one of the most important spots on the island. OR:
  • Be driven to Raw Erisel, the meeting point of the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean and walk from there back to the camp.
  • Once everybody has returned from their chosen activity, you’ll have lunch and drive to Dihamri Marine Protected Area. While the beach may not be so spectacular here, in the sea you’ll find a great diversity of flora and fauna.
  • Here, diving and snorkeling are available (rental available, extra cost) or you can also decide to join the local fishermen for sea expedition!
  • You’ll bring back freshly caught fish from the sea and prepare for the special dinner celebration in Dihamri.
  • Overnight in Hadibu Eco Campsite and partying!

Day 5 – Thursday – Dixsam

  • Breakfast and begin drive to the Dixsam Plateau. This is the most famous spot for the Dragon’s Blood trees, where you can also spot many rare birds.
  • Along the drive you’ll stop for photos at Shehahon’s viewpoint
  • You will have lunch in the village of Dixsam. Here you’ll meet the head of the village who will happily tell more about his functions here and the situation of the people living on Socotra Island.
  • Stop at Wadi Derhur where you can take a walk. This used to be a famous camping spot, but sadly, after a major storm everything was damaged.
  • Hike through the beginning of Fermahin – a forest of Dragon’s Blood trees.
  • Tonight you’ll mingle with the people of a typical Socotri village!
  • Dinner and overnight at a homestay in Dixsam.

Day 6 – Friday – Dixsam – Zahek & Hayf – Dagub – Amak – Dixsam

  • Breaking and head out for a walk through the village accompanied by your new local friends, including a visit to the local garden, where they try to plant new Dragon’s Blood trees.
  • Drive towards the Southern coast at Nogud.
  • Explore the cave of Dagub.
  • Stop at the big sand dunes of Sahek and Hayf at Amak Beach, where you can swim in the sea.
  • Lunch at the cave or at Amak Beach, depending on the sun.
  • Return back to Dixsam for dinner and overnight, surrounded by Dragon’s Blood trees.

Day 7 – Saturday – Qalansiya – Shuaab – Detwah

  • Breakfast and early morning drive to Qalansiya, the second largest city on the island.
  • You’ll take an half an hour long boat trip to Shuaab, passing by huge rock formations and flocks of birds. If you are lucky you might spot a few dolphins!
  • Relax at the most beautiful beach of Socotra and meet the local goat herder, guarding his flock against the lupine hordes.
  • Lunch on the beach.
  • Upon returning to Qalansiya you’ll drive to Detwah Lagoon.
  • Here you’ll make your camp and you can walk around the big lagoon and see the amazing landscape.
  • Located by the lagoon is a hidden cave where Ellai, famously known as the Socotra caveman spends his days fishing, preparing aloe vera and goat skins. He’s incredibly welcoming to your and will show you what he days on a daily basis.
  • Overnight camping at Detwah Eco-campsite.

Day 8 – Sunday – Hadibu

  • Breakfast and return to Hadibu.
  • You’ll spend the day on a city tour of Hadibu  and learn more about life in Yemen.
  • Your first stop will be the women market (including its spice market) where you will get to see the kind of goods people barter on the islands.
  • You will then head to the fish market. Here the fishermen bring a cornucopia of sea creatures and try to sell them to make ends meet. This place can get very lively and you might catch some auctions!
  • You’ll then head to the khat market; it is here that the stimulating narcotic — all the rage in Eastern Africa — is sold.
  • You will stop by the streets of the manufacturers of doors; these artists make ornate doors like those that can be found around many middle-eastern countries. They really make an art of it as each door is unique and is supposed to represent the family that lives inside the house it protects.
  • You finish your day trip popping by a local school where you meet students, as well as the teachers, and interact with them for a possible impromptu English lesson
  • Tonight is your last night in the faraway paradise, time to celebrate.
  • Overnight in our hotel in Hadibu

Day 9 – Monday – Habidu – Cairo (Egypt)

  • Breakfast, peaceful morning before catching your flight back to Cairo to board your 11:00am flight on Yemenia Airways.
  • Arrive into Aden at 2:00pm, departing again at 6:00pm.
  • Arrive into Cairo at 11:30pm at Cairo International Airport Terminal 1.
  • Tour concludes

Frequently asked questions about Socotra Tours

The following are some of the most frequently asked questions about our tours to Socotra. If you have further questions then get in touch and talk to the Socotra experts

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Research trip with Discover Socotra Spot 3 bird species previously undocumented  on Socotra

Members of a research expedition organized by Discover Socotra and the Ornithological Society of the Middle East in November 2021 managed to spot three birds species never before documented  on Socotra, one of which is even a first for the entire Arabian region. The expedition initially set out to focus on the outer island population of Socotra cormorants ( Phalacrocorax nigrogularis ), yet while on the archipelago, members of the team managed to spot:

Pomarine jaegers ( Stercorarius pomarinus ) Never before documented on Socotra 

 A Somali fiscal ( Lanius somalicus ) Never before documented in Arabia

A White-breasted waterhen ( Amaurornis phoenicurus ) Never before documented on Socotra

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The Socotra Archipelago is a natural gem in the Arabian Sea. It belongs to the Republic of Yemen and is located 380 km from the south Yemeni coastline.

Very long isolation from the mainland of Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa has given the islands a precious chance to evolve unique and peculiar species of flora and fauna that cannot be found anywhere else on the Earth.

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Socotra H Tours Agency based in Socotra Island entirely managed by Socotri young men all born in Socotra and living on Socotra since then. We are a group of experienced Socotri young men who provide eco-tourism services to our customers who are planning to visit Socotra Island. We do eco-conscious touring in order to preserve this unique and fragile environment.

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Where to stay on Socotra

Accommodation services on Socotra have gone through some significant development recently. Still you should keep in mind that Socotra island is an eco-tourism destination and do not expect miracles. Luxurious hotel resorts with swimming pools and private beaches are not available and it is a question whether they would be desirable for Socotra at all.  

This season, you can choose from few hotels in Hadibo, an eco-lodge situated in the outskirts of the capital town, few eco-campsites in various locations around the island, and camping in the wild.

There are few hotels available in Hadibo, all of them located around the main 20 Street. 

Summerland – the only luxury hotel in Hadibo. It is located off 20 Street on its eastern end, very close to public Internet Café and the main mosque. A restaurant run by a Philippine cook is a part of the complex where international cuisine is served. The hotel also has its own diving center.

Services: modern rooms with AC, TV, and a fridge, private bathrooms with European style toilets. Generator for undisturbed electricity supply, laundry, room service. Breakfast is included (continental or Yemeni).

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Socotra Tourist Hotel – a popular hotel located on the eastern end of 20 Street. In a busy restaurant on the ground floor, you can meet many Socotris and international tourists every evening and enjoy fresh fish, lobster or bean meals together. This hotel is a reasonable compromise between good price and standard of service.

Services: rooms with AC, TV, and a fridge, all rooms with private bathrooms, laundry, generator for undisturbed electricity supply. Breakfast is not included but can be served in the restaurant downstairs.

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Taj – another popular hotel located on a quiet western end of 20 Street. There is a restaurant on the ground floor with tables scattered outside in a large area surrounded by palm leaf fence where you can enjoy more privacy while tasting local fish, seafood or goat meet.

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An eco-lodge run by Adib’s family is located on a beach just outside Hadibo.   The family also looks after a nearby nursery where we will take you to see young endemic Socotri plants.

The fresh breeze from the sea wins the place extra points in comparison to sultry hotels of Hadibo. The premises offer accommodation in woven huts and two shaded resting areas where food from an eco-lodge restaurant is served. The cook was trained in Mercur Hotel Aden and serves delicious fish and goat meet. A beach shower is available for those who will enjoy swimming.

Services: woven huts with mattresses or beds protected by light mosquito nets, capacity of the eco-lodge is 15 people. Shared bathrooms, huts lighted by lamps, charging batteries possible. Breakfast is included and served by the eco-lodge restaurant.

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Eco-campsites

There are six eco-campsites to stay overnight when outside of Hadibo: Amak, Dihamri, Ditwah, Homhil, Rosh, Skand. They are run by local communities who generate income by providing eco-tourism services for their own development.

Accommodation in an eco-campsite provides only basic comfort but you are in the middle of nature and can fully indulge the beauties of Socotra. For most of the tours, it is more convenient to stay overnight in eco-campsites located around the island than driving every night back to Hadibo.

Services: tents, mattresses, bed sheets and pillow provided for the night, possibility to stay in a beach hut or a stone shelter. Arabic style toilets and showers are available. Lighting by lamps, in Rosh charging batteries possible. Breakfast, lunch, dinner available from professionally trained cooks.

Detailed information for each eco-campsite find in the Tourist Highlights section.

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When camping outside with Socotra Eco-Tours, a maximum comfort will be prepared for you including freshly cooked lunch/dinner, drinking water, tea/coffee and dessert, relaxing area with mattresses on a large mat, tents, gas or solar lamps. All stuff including your baggage will be brought by a 4WD car to the place of camping.

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What No One Tells You About Traveling to Socotra Island

What No One Tells You About Traveling to Socotra Island

Should you travel to Socotra Island in Yemen? It might be a bit strange for me to ask this question after you’ve seen some of the photos and probably wondering how to get there . The alien island of Socotra is incredibly unique so it’s not surprising that many people really want to visit. 

I’ve been wanting to travel to Socotra for years, but after my visit, I cannot honestly tell you if tourism in Socotra is entirely a good thing.

I’m not going to tell you not to go to Socotra, especially after I went myself (that would sound hypocritical, as I already experienced its beauty), but I would like to ask you to consider certain things before your visit as a tourist. I’m also aware that tourism in Socotra cannot be stopped.

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How Much Are Locals Benefiting from You Traveling to Socotra?

Before the Yemeni war, there were only a few local Socotri companies and guides that could arrange your trip and recommendations were spreading through word of mouth.

These days in the era of the internet, blogs and Instagram, you can book a trip to Socotra through many agencies that specialize in these so-called ‘hardcore places’ – unsurprisingly none of them are locally based. Slogans of these companies are always the same and somehow promote the places as cool because your parents are afraid of going there: “destinations your mother would rather you stay away from”, “places you should not tell your mother about” and so on.

To be clear, I don’t think anyone should have any issues with a middleman making money off organizing a tour, especially when they’re doing all the legwork like booking your visas, flights, bringing tents, and talking to locals. Personally, I think it’s obviously fair.

Regardless of the “agency” or person you’re booking your trip with, your trip will be facilitated by the locals – there’s no way around it. The big question, however, is how much do the locals actually profit from you traveling there?

The price for a trip to Socotra isn’t a secret – regardless of whom you’re going with, it’s not cheap. Plus, due to just one weekly flight which for foreigners is crazy pricy ($800-1300ish return from Cairo or Dubai), it’s always a 7-day tour. Total tour prices range between $3000 and $4500.

As you can see these prices are different and the standard does not depend on the price, as there are no luxury hotels on Socotra (there are just 3 hotels and they’re not always available anyway), so you’re camping in remote places regardless of where you’re coming from.

I wrote a separate post about how locals are or aren’t always benefiting from your money . Locals charge a rate per person, so regardless if you’re a group of 4 of 15 it’s the same price. For a solo traveler, things would be more expensive as you still need a car.

The thing is, foreign guides don’t always know anything about the destination. In fact, quite often they’ve never even been there before . I went on a trip with one of these companies to another destination only to realize that the “guide” had never been there before.

Frankly, I wasn’t the only one in the group wondering where my money went (since I know how much things cost if you cut out the middle man), and more importantly what was the point of it.

What bugs me though, is when a company advertises conservation efforts, but then they bring their friends over making it 4 foreign “guides” coming on a trip on top of the local team. This did not provide anything extra for the guests that locals wouldn’t have provided.

Not to mention the fact that with 4 “guides” one would expect a very organized trip, but we never knew where we were going and we often felt rushed. Many photo opportunities were blocked because the organizers decided to take their own photos instead. I always thought that was the right and fair thing to do to give your paying group a priority.

Ironically, it was actually a “good tour”, because there was a big group on the island at the same time who sneaked alcohol in and was partying and yelling every night to the extent their drivers were so exhausted they could barely drive, as they weren’t able to sleep.

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Ecotourism Issue in Socotra

Every single company arranging trips to Socotra is promoting ecotourism. Socotra is being introduced as a place to go remote camping, experience unique nature, sleep under the stars, and so on. 

According to the definition, ecotourism is: is a form of tourism involving visiting fragile, pristine, and relatively undisturbed natural areas. It conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education. Education is meant to be inclusive of both staff and guests.

Principles of ecotourism include:

  • Minimize physical, social, behavioral, and psychological impacts.
  • Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect.
  • Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts.
  • Provide direct financial benefits for conservation.
  • Generate financial benefits for both local people and private industry.
  • Deliver memorable interpretative experiences to visitors that help raise sensitivity to host countries’ political, environmental, and social climates.
  • Design, construct, and operate low-impact facilities.
  • Recognize the rights and spiritual beliefs of the Indigenous People in your community and work in partnership with them to create empowerment.

Quite frankly, this is definitely not what’s happening with tourism in Socotra in most cases. 

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Let’s start with minimalizing social impacts and cultural respect, for example, Socotra is still a part of Yemen which means it’s a very Muslim country. Women are rarely seen and if they do come out they’re wearing full-on burqa and niqab. Yet, when tourists arrive no one is covering up. 

We were asked to cover our legs when visiting small towns, but anywhere else a bikini and shorts were a way to go because “there’s no one around”. I packed a bunch of long dresses, shawls, and covered swimwear, and never got to use most of it because everyone was running around in shorts and bikinis.

While it’s true that in most spots it was just our group and possibly another group of tourists, we did occasionally see women passing by, our drivers and cooks (about 8 of them) were local too and we always ran into local kids. I cannot claim and say that anyone was offended as I speak no Socotri and the guides claimed they’re “used to tourists”. 

I can only say that based on my deep conversations in other Muslim countries not everyone was happy with it. Especially when a tourist is walking in a crop top through Hadibo – the busy main town in Socotra.

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Not to mention respecting local customs and wishes. Socotra is a place where you can camp wherever you want. In Diksam Plateau we camped in designated spots, not to disturb the villagers as advised by our local guide.

However, I was told that even a year before one of the foreign organizers decided to set camp next to Dragon Blood Trees and when locals objected, he decided to bribe them to let the group stay. 

There’s a thorough luggage check upon entry and exit from Socotra (although it’s just enforced on women’s carry-on bags on the way out) and you could see many bottles of alcohol being confiscated.

But, not all bottles were confiscated since one of the groups had crazy drunken parties screaming and jumping off tables every night next to other camps who wanted to sleep, not to mention very displeased local guides.

This doesn’t surprise me, considering the fact that one of the companies is advertising Socotra trips as: “Beaches, hikes, lagoons, camping, cold showers, dragon blood trees, smuggled booze, and lots of crazy stories.”

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Dragon Blood Trees of Socotra

I’ve yet to see any company making any efforts regarding conservation. I’m highly aware that because of the situation in Yemen (for those unaware Yemeni Civil War is an ongoing conflict that began in 2015 between two factions; while Socotra wasn’t that much affected by it apart from Saudis blocking the access for a while, the island is still ruled by Yemen) doing anything at the moment is problematic, but tourists could help a bit.

Most dragon blood trees, which Socotra is mostly famous for, are very old and unfortunately, there are no new trees growing anywhere apart from a small nursery. Why? Because of hungry goats and wild typhoons. 

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While we cannot do anything about the latter, the goat issue could be helped. Goats are very cute, but Socotra has way too many of them (goats were brought there by humans, they’re not endemic to Socotra) that are literally everywhere destroying the natural flora and eating baby dragon blood trees.

I felt the same way as some National Geographic journalists – it was quite sad to see. When I came back home and started reading up about it, many botanist enthusiasts interested in endemic species were quite saddened by what they saw. 

People would ask: why don’t locals do something about it? To put it simply, life in Socotra (or mainland Yemen) isn’t easy. It’s understandable that locals don’t have the resources or financial help to rescue the trees. 

However, we tourists do. Another remote island of South Georgia had a similar issue, but with rats. The whole project of removing the rats started with visitors’ ideas and donations and was successfully finished in 2018. It’s all possible with a little will, especially considering that people are can afford to pay a high price for a trip to Socotra can spare some money. 

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The Trash Problem

It would be unrealistic for me to present Socotra as a natural paradise without mentioning that it’s also so full of trash that it can make many sad. There is literally not a square meter on land that doesn’t have goat feces (Socotra does have a goat problem), or trash, or both.

When I addressed the issue of trash o n social media many people weren’t aware of the presence of trash on beaches. Unsurprisingly, most people who travel almost exclusively to resorts or hotel beaches won’t see it, as trash is being cleaned every day by the staff.

Socotra isn’t alone in the trash problem. All over the world, including popular islands of Bali , Easter Island, Boracay (I actually received death threats for addressing this issue there, but the government finally closed the island a few years later) – all have this problem, Tulum , Maldives even has a dedicated trash islands that finally got more attention thanks to my friend Allison.

The truth is, many people don’t want to see it. When I asked some fellow Polish tourists leaving Socotra how they felt about it, their response was ‘what trash?’ . Another person told me that “people travel to have fun, not to care about the problems locals should fix, so they just ignore it when they see it.”

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I sincerely hope not all tourists think that. In many places including Socotra, Syria (where a similar trash problem is an issue), or anywhere in Africa, locals aren’t in a position to do much on a bigger scale, or even a small scale. But we – those more privileged, do . We all share the same planet together and should take care of it together.

While our group did a beach cleanup that resulted in a full truck of waste within an hour, it changed nothing in the long run. It just made everyone feel a bit better and we got local boys to come help as well, but in a week things will look the same. If every group of tourists did it could be the start of a bigger initiative. 

Plastic is a problem everywhere, I’m not discovering something new with what I just told you. But, what baffled me was the amount of trash we – visitors, produced ourselves. Every meal resulted in a giant bag of trash if not two of them. 

When you ask a Socotri what do they eat every day the answer will be simple: rice, local bread, fish and occasionally a goat or cow. They’re used to it. For foreigners, they made spaghetti, brought vegetables, instant noodles, spicy sauce, and small water bottles.

As you can imagine, everything has to be imported to Socotra and with imported things, single-use plastic is coming as well.  Villages have no form of trash collection, so as a result the trash can get stuck there.

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The Impact of Tourists on Socotra

If you look at TripAdvisor you can see that people loved the fact that there weren’t many other tourists on the island. Even back in 2019 there were about 15-30 foreigners on the island every week.

When I went – in March 2020, it was a completely different story. Our flight brought over 100-120 tourists, the flight before also had a high number and film crews, and the ones after (before the cancellations due to coronavirus) were sold out as well. 

Socotra got a break during covid as it wasn’t reachable, but now the interest and amount of tours available tripled.

One could think that even 200 people per week on the island would be great for the local economy, especially if you compare it to another natural spot – Galapagos, which welcomes over 2500 tourists per week. 

However, Socotra is just one island and all tourists go to the same spots, just on different dates. Once you’ve been to Socotra you realize that everyone goes to the same exact spots. If the number of tourists keeps increasing these spots won’t be the same anymore.

In places where tourists are a known source of income, such as Cuba , you can see children begging for candies, pens and basically anything. It’s a difficult subject of whether you should bring donations or not , as it gets children used to it. 

But, giving away a ton of candies and chocolates to locals and kids isn’t something tourists should be doing. In Socotra, locals have no access to dental care, why would we contribute to the damage of their teeth with all that sugar?

There are plenty of villages around Africa where at the first sight of a tourist, they yell for “bonbons” or “give me a pen” and it’s not a good thing for anyone. You could rather buy some dragon blood from the locals.

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If you read anything about Socotra you must have heard of Abdullah the Caveman from Detwah Lagoon . Abdullah is a guy who was raised in a cave his mother was born in. But, based on some blogs you could think he’s an actual caveman. Which is not true.

He has a smartphone, speaks great English and these days lives in a nearby town with his wife and 7 kids. He comes to the cave to stay during rainy seasons, but mostly when he’s requested by the tourists.

A boulder next to the cave says ‘welcome’ on it, it’s not as remote as it may be presented. When we reached his cave another group of tourists was just leaving.

We got served some mussels Abdullah just caught and cooked for us and then requested to go fishing with him. It was supposed to be the best experience in Socotra – but frankly, it was the only one I decided to leave early and walk back to camp on my own. 

It wasn’t because of Abdullah. He was a very nice man who simply realized he could be a tourist attraction. He showed us how he fishes with bare hands to feed himself and his family in the lagoon. Whether it’s mussels, crab, fish, octopus he’ll catch it and eat it. There’s nothing wrong with that. 

He pulled a giant octopus from the water to show us and explained that they were friends. No one else dared to touch the little guy, but then it came to the pufferfish…

Most of the people in my group have never seen pufferfish, myself included. They’re cute and when they inflate they look even more adorable. Guess what became the biggest tourist attraction over a few days we stayed at Detwah Lagoon? Pulling these poor pufferfish out of the water to make them inflate and take photos. 

Locals might do it for tourists, but they don’t know any better. I’m not a sealife specialist, but even I knew this was horrible and it harms the pufferfish . Similar to pulling starfish out of the water, they can die because of it.

Ironically, all our foreign guides were prime persuaders of this behavior along with someone who runs a local travel agency back home. I left when I noticed how someone in my group was kicking the pufferfish because ‘it wasn’t coming out to the surface for him’. 

Our group wasn’t the only one that did it – every other group in Socotra was showing off their holding pufferfish photos claiming it was ‘the best experience ever’. Can you imagine what will happen when even more tourists come to the island?

EDIT February 2024: As Socotra is becoming more and more popular since my visit with almost every travel agency offering tours, I found out that currently even the crabs are tied down in the water so they are ready for tourists. Honestly, if you think Seaworld was bad this is next level bad.

Abdullah the caveman

I’m not telling you not to go to Socotra. I highly recommend you consider these issues, especially if you care for the environment.

While no one is perfect and even the biggest sustainability supporters made mistakes in the past, but if we all care for the future of Socotra we need to consider making things right.

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Monday 29th of January 2024

Couldn't help noticing a sort of condescending tone in your overall article on Socotra. You seemed bothered by the presence of other tourists, yet you were a tourist yourself (why did you feel the need to write that you saw other tourists leaving Abdulah's cave?). You seem bothered by the possibility of other tourists traveling to Socotra and possibly spoiling its natural beauty, yet you were one of those people who actually bought a ticket, packed the bags and went there for a week. If you worry so much about a place and wish to keep it tourist-free how about... em... NOT WRITING about it? Not 1, but 2 freaking articles. Yeah, you seem to care about the trash and the ecosystem there and brag about your trash picking but then you whine about tourists coming there when you are just a tourist yourself and write a very public blog about "hidden gems". This seems hypocritical.

Saturday 6th of January 2024

This was a very insightful and helpful summary - thank you!

Monday 1st of January 2024

Is there a way we can hire local guides (who are actually locals and what we pay them will reach their families and communities and not middle men), or is it impossible from out of country?

AnnaEverywhere

Friday 5th of January 2024

Yes it is! You can contact local Socotri companies directly.

Jean-Sébastien

Sunday 31st of December 2023

Hello Your testimony is really interesting. Do you have a name of a real local guide without any middleman? Thanks

Wednesday 6th of December 2023

Thanks so much for the frankness and reality check. If only a fraction of tourists had a fraction of your awareness.

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