Socotra Expedition

Nov 5-15
11 Days

Located in the Arabian Sea, Socotra is an isolated island that has always kept safe and attracted visitors, despite belonging to war-torn Yemen.

Home to around 60,000 people, Socotra is also rich in a very unique flora and fauna that made them become a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2008.

Dragon trees, white sandy beaches, unique cultural heritage and a wide range of endemic species, Socotra is a very different destination from anywhere you’ve seen in the Middle East.

Join us on this 11-day expedition to Socotra.


November 5th to 15th, 2024


11 days

Lead by Joan Torres

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Note that we always keep the itinerary flexible, and it may be subject to change, depending on the political situation.

Day 1 – Arrival in Hadiboh

Day 2 – Dixsam Plateau

Day 3 – Amak sandy beach, Dagub Cave, Hayf and Zahaq Sand dunes

Day 4 – Dihamari Marine Protected Area

Day 5 – Wadi Kalisan and Momi Surinieteen

Day 6 – Homhil PA

Day 7 – Arher freshwater creek and beach

Day 8 – Hoq Cave/ Arher freshwater creek and beach

Day 9 – Qalansyia/ Detwah Lagoon/ The Golden Beach of Shuab

Day 10 – Ayhaft National Park

Day 11 – Departure

Day 1 – Arrival to Socotra

  • On November 5th, we will all meet at the respective check-in counter in Abu Dhabi International Airport.
  • Arrival in Hadiboh, check-in at the hotel
  • Visit Ayhaft Canyon National Park
  • Evening at Delisha beach, a pristine white sand paradise full of crabs.
  • Overnight at in Hadibo.

Day 2 – Dixsam Plateau

  • After breakfast, we will head for Dixsam Plateau; the most spectacular limestone landscape of the island
  • Dinner and overnight in Diksam

Day 3 – Amak sandy beach, Dagub Cave, Hayf and Zahaq Sand dunes

  • In the morning, head to the south of the island, stopping at Amak Beach, a crystalline water paradise.
  • For lunch, we’ll head to Dagub cave, overlooking a scattering of traditional small towns below.
  • We will also witness the colossal sand dunes of Hayf and Zahek
  • Dinner and overnight camp at Amek beach.

Day 4 – Dihamari Marine Protected Area

  • Today we’ll start with a marine protected area nearby Dihamri, where we will see one of the richest coral reefs of the archipelago.
  • There will be the possibility of doing some snorkel, with high chances to see: parrotfish, moray eel, rays, and turtles.
  • Dinner and Overnight at Dihamari PA

Day 5 – Wadi Kalisan & Momi Surinieteen

  • After breakfast, we will drive to Wadi Kalisan.
  • On the way, we’ll stop at Qaria lagoon, the largest lagoon on the island, where we can hopefully see flamingos, herons and greenshank.
  • Dinner and Overnight at Suriniteen

Day 6 – Homhil PA

  • Today’s plan is focused on Homhil protected area for a small hike, trying to spot Dragon Blood trees.
  • Dinner and overnight at Homhil outside the campsite.

Day 7 – Arher freshwater creek and beach

  • In the morning, we will drive to Arher, home to the tallest dunes in Socotra (150m).
  • Time to relax or climb a huge sand dune.
  • Dinner and Overnight camping at Arher

Day 8 – Hoq Cave/ Arher freshwater creek and beach

  • After breakfast, we will drive to Hoq Cave. It takes 2.5 hours to reach the cave.
  • Dinner and overnight at Arher.

Day 9 – Qalansyia, the Golden Beach of Shuab

  • We will start the day heading to Detwah Lagoon, a marine-protected landscape composed of white sand and turquoise waters.
  • From there, we will take a boat to Shuaab, where we’ll have the chance to spot dolphins.
  • Dinner and overnight in Detwah campsite

Day 10 – Ayhaft National Park – Hadiboh

  • Ayhaft National Park.
  • Evening at Delisha beach, with time to swim, snorkel or sunbathing.
  • Dinner and night in Adeeb eco-lodge in Hadibo

Day 11 – Departure from Socotra

  • After an early breakfast, we will drive to the Hadiboh airport.
  • End of the tour.

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Visa processing and respective fees

Transportation and driver around Socotra

English-speaking Socotri guide

International tour leader

Airport transfers

2 nights of accommodation at Adeeb eco-lodge and camping gear for the remaining nights

All meals and water

Entrance fees to all places listed in the itinerary

Not Included

International flights to Socotra from Abu Dhabi (about $950)

Single supplement. 2 nights in Hadiboh (€100).

Tips. In Socotra, the local team will expect tips.

Snorkel and diving gear. All equipment hire is extra.

Travel insurance


November 5th to 15th, 2024


11 days

Lead by Joan Torres


Which hotels do we stay at?

This is a full camping trip, except for the first and last nights, where we’ll stay in a lodge named Adeeb eco-lodge.

How does the room distribution work?

For this expedition, there is no possibility to have a single room when we stay in tents but when we stay in Hadiboh for 2 nights and want to have your own single room, you will have to pay an additional €100.

How to fly to Socotra?

You can fly in and out from Abu Dhabi with Air Arabia.

Flights can’t be booked online, however, but we will book them for you through a local agent based in Abu Dhabi.

How to get a visa?

We will arrange it for you, no worries, and all we’ll require is a copy of your passport.

Which nationalities can join this tour?

All nationalities, and that includes US citizens too.

How many people will attend this tour?

We will limit it to a maximum of 12 people.

Can I fly to Yemen after the trip?

Yes, you can. Flights from Socotra to Mukallah depart every Monday.

How does payment work?

To secure your spot on the tour, we require a deposit.

More details will be shared upon booking.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes, if you want to join any of our expeditions, you must purchase travel insurance, this is non-negotiable, and it must be with IATI

Why do we have to book it with IATI?

Against the Compass has been a partner with IATI for a very long time. We know their CEO, the marketing team and we do a lot of collaborations together so in the unlikely case something happened, we’d know what to do.

Moreover, IATI Insurance covers all the countries where the FCDO advises against all travel.

You may also benefit from a 5% discount if purchasing it from the below link.

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What about the cancellation policy?

Please refer to our Terms & Conditions.