Take a trip to Socotra

Get off the grid and under the stars.

DID YOU KNOW: Over 1,000 species of flora and fauna in Socotra can be found nowhere else on earth.

Beach camping in Socotra

Perfect for: Photographers and Nature Lovers

This itinerary takes you all over the island while keeping travel time to a minimum so you can focus on exploring.

During the day you’ll swim, hike, and snorkel. At night, you’ll come home to freshly cooked meals and tents set up directly on the beach.

Some people say Socotra is an “alien planet.” Others call it an “untouched jewel.”
But everyone says that you have to see it to believe it.

8 Days

7 Nights

Date Range

Price

You should know

This trip is designed for travelers excited to disconnect and get closer to nature.
Be prepared for limited access to electricity.

You should also be ready to do a variety of physical activities, including swimming and light hiking.

Where we’ll go

DAY 1 | Diving and snorkeling in Dihamri Marine Conservation area
DAY 2 | Drive and short walk to Wadi Kalesan
DAY 3 | Hike to Hoq cave and visit the meeting of the Arabian and Indian Seas
DAY 4 | Drive to Homhil nature sanctuary, play in the Hayf and Zahek sand dune field
DAY 5 | Hike to Degub cave lookout, then visit the Dragon Blood Trees of the Diksam Plateau
DAY 6 | Drive to Qalansiyah fishing village and explore Detway lagoon
DAY 7 | Boat to Shuaab beach, then spend the evening in Hadiboh
DAY 8 | Return home

What we’ll do

IMAGINE YOURSELF

  • Snorkeling in rich coral reefs
  • Cooling off with a swim in a freshwater Wadi
  • Touring a 2.5km cave, complete with stalactites and stalagmites
  • Wandering through a nature preserve full of frankincense and dragon blood trees
  • Hiking up and surfing down towering sand dunes at sunrise
  • Meeting locals in their colorful fishing village
  • Encounter wild stingrays and turtles as you wade in their lagoon.
  • Boating alongside pods of dolphins on your way to a deserted white sand beach
  • Eating freshly cooked Yemeni cuisine in the open air
  • Spending each night sleeping on a beach under millions of stars

Where we’ll stay

We will be sleeping under the stars, moving between four of Socotra’s secluded beaches at a variety of campsites throughout the island, with our sites getting more remote day by day.

To keep your nights comfortable, we’ll provide you with a canvas glamping tent, a mattress, a bed-sheet, a pillow, and a pillowcase.

What’s included & What’s not

INCLUDED:

  • Camping permits and gear
  • All meals, and a private cook
  • International airfare
  • Private airport transfers
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Private drivers
  • All local taxes & charges
  • Visa fees

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Emergency rescue, travel insurance & trip cancellation cost
  • All personal & shopping expenses

Featured Trip Leader

Our trip leader Abdul is a charismatic native Socotran who has more than ten years of experience introducing visitors to the Island.

His crew of locals (including family members) helps his guests to experience the beauty of Socotra and the Yemeni culture, including a chef who prepares fresh Yemeni dishes daily..

Abdul is one of our personal favorites. In fact, he led the expedition that brought Dulwa’s founders together!

FAQs

Question: Will I have access to WiFi and electricity on this trip?

Answer: Not much! When we say this trip is “off the grid,” we mean it.

You’ll be able to charge your device briefly while you’re driven from one location to the next, and we recommend bringing headlamps and a power bank for your camera. Data connections may be available in certain areas, but coverage is generally scarce.

Question: Can I bring a drone?

Answer: Yes! Drones are permitted on the island, and the footage will be breathtaking.

Question: Do I need to pack camping gear?

Answer: No — we’ll provide your tent and everything needed to make it comfortable.
For everything else, your Travel Advisor will be reaching out to you with our recommended packing