Expedition to the island of Dragon's Blood trees

SOCOTRA


October 4 - 11, 2021
October 11 - 18, 2021
Tour Socotra Island, Yemen

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Socotra is an island of an extraordinary oddity, with its bizarre trees and rare animals, traditional nomadic life of local pastoralists and fishermen, and unearthly mountainous landscapes, merging with sand dunes and sliding right into turquoise ocean waters.

Socotra is considered to be the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean. Located off the coast of Yemen in the Indian Ocean, the island of Socotra contains some of the world's most astonishing and unique plant forms. More than a third of some 800 can be found nowhere else on our planet.

Probably unlike anywhere on Earth, Socotra has to be seen to be believed.

Socotra is an island of an extraordinary oddity, with its bizarre trees and rare animals, traditional nomadic life of local pastoralists and fishermen, and unearthly mountainous landscapes, merging with sand dunes and sliding right into turquoise ocean waters.
Socotra is considered to be the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean. Located off the coast of Yemen in the Indian Ocean, the island of Socotra contains some of the world's most astonishing and unique plant forms. More than a third of some 800 can be found nowhere else on our planet.
Probably unlike anywhere on Earth, Socotra has to be seen to be believed.

SCHEDULE & COST:

Dates:
October 4 – 11
October 11 – 18, 2021

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Number of participants: 5 – 12

THE TEAM IS RECRUITED
WE'RE RECRUITING THE TEAM ON NOVEMBER 8 - 15, 2021 HERE





TRAVEL PROGRAM: TOUR TO SOCOTRA
Day 1. October 4/11, 2021 (Monday). DUBAI (UAE) – ABU DHABI – HADIBU (SOCOTRA, YEMEN) – DIHAMRI MARINE PROTECTED AREA

Arrival in Dubai (UAE) at least 16 hours before our flight to Socotra. Mandatory free PCR test in the airport of Dubai. Stay in the airport or in the city of Dubai (up to you), waiting for the result of the PCR test up to 12 hours. Getting result printed out and driving DIRECTLY to Abu Dhabi airport (takes 1.5 – 2 hours) to catch our flight to Socotra. Printed out certificate with negative result of PCR COVID test taken in Dubai is a must for crossing to Abu Dhabi and boarding the flight in Adu Dhabi airport.
Morning 2 hours direct flight from Abu Dhabi (UAE) with governmental charter flight to Hadibu. Departure at 10:00 am.

Arrival in Socotra airport, Yemen, at 11:30 am. We will be greeted by our local Socotri guide who will accompany us for the whole trip.
We jump into a 4x4 vehicles and head directly to the wild! Drive to Dihamri marine protected area – the best place for snorkeling and scuba diving on Socotra. We will provide you with masks, tubes and fins for snorkeling (or you are welcome to bring your own favorite ones). Scuba diving is available at extra cost and needs to be pre-arranged.
We explore the undersea world at Dihamri marine protected area, which is home to one of the richest coral reefs of the archipelago. The area features many marine animals that can be seen while swimming, snorkeling and/or diving. As rich in life as the area is, you are likely to see a combination of parrotfish, moray eel, rays, turtles amongst a variety of many other fish.
We can also join the local fishermen for a sea trip, if we have chance to meet fishermen here at this very time. In this case we will bring back our catch of the day for dinner in Dihamri.
Tonight we make deep dive into Socotra local cuisine during our dinner, tasting something special of rich sea food can be caught in these waters.
Overnight in tents (each person has his/her own tent, unless you are a couple!) in Dihamri protected area.

* Recommended flight from Moscow to Dubai (UAE):
- direct flight SU-0520 with Aeroflot on October 3, departure from Moscow at 8:15 am, arriving in Dubai (UAE) at 14:30 pm on October 3,
- direct flight EK-132 with Emirates on October 2, departure from Moscow at 23:50 pm, arriving in Dubai (UAE) at 6:00 am on October 3,
- or via Istanbul flights TK-416 and TK-762 with Turkish Airlines on October 2, departure from Moscow at 20:20 pm on October 2, arriving in Istanbul at 23:25 pm on October 2, departure from Istanbul at 00:40 am on October 3, arriving in Dubai at 5:55 am on October 3,
- or any other flight arriving in Dubai (UAE) not later than 18:00 pm on October 3.

** Recommended flight from Abu Dhabi (UAE) to Hadibu (Socotra, Yemen):
- direct governmental charter flight with Air Arabia, departure from Abu Dhabi at 10:00 am on October 4, arrival in Hadibu at 11:30 am on October 4.

Accommodation included: tents
Meals
included: lunch, dinner


Day 2. October 5/12, 2021 (Tuesday). DIHAMRI PROTECTED AREA – KELESEHAN CANYON – ARHER GIANT SAND DUNES

After morning swimming in the clear waters of Dihamri and breakfast, we drive to Momi plateau in order to visit one of the amazing sites famous for its natural fresh water swimming pools and cascades – Kelesehan canyon, one of the most unique places on the island. Ideal for swimming, jumping and… for your drone!
Lunch will be prepared at the site by our local team.

Then continue drive to the giant sand dunes of Arher where the huge 200-meters white dune is located right in between the turquoise ocean and the black mountains. This is the point where freshwater and saltwater meet creating a natural phenomenon. We can climb atop the highest sand dunes in all of Socotra.
Bathing in the ocean, photos at sunset and dinner. Overnight in tents at the Arher beach.

Accommodation included: tents
Meals
included: breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 3. October 6/13, 2021 (Wednesday). ARHER SAND DUNES – HOQ CAVE – RAS ERISAL – ARHER BEACH

The area we spent overnight is surrounded by giant dunes and it is the best place for watching fabulous sunrise. We climb atop the dune again for best photos.
After waking up breakfast time. Having finished breakfast, we will then drive to Hoq cave, where we trek from the base of the cave. The cave is 2.5 kilometers long and inside is a wealth of natural beauty, including stalactites, stalagmites and rim pool as well as ancient writing. We hike to Hoq cave (4 hours both ways). Hoq is the most beautiful cave of the island. Better to bring along your tripods, flash lights and for sure the head torch, as it is dark inside.

We will then trek down to the cars having lunch before driving back to Arher beach. This time we visit Ras Erisal – the meeting point of the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean and a traditional fishermen village, where we have a chance to communicate with locals.
Dinner and overnight at Arher beach.

Accommodation included: tents
Meals
included: breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 4. October 7/14, 2021 (Thursday). ARHER BEACH – HOMHIL NATIONAL PARK – ALALMAH – QALANSYIA – DETWAH LAGOON

After breakfast we will head to Homhil national park – natural botanical garden with an amazing natural swimming pool. The park is famous for its supply of the endemic Dragon's blood trees and Frankincense trees. Dragon's blood trees can only be only found on Socotra. The bottle trees and cucumber trees can also be found here.
After walking for an hour or so, we will reach an incredible crystal clear pool of fresh water with views over the whole Northern part of the island and on emerald infinity of the ocean. That's probably why this place is also called Infinity Pool. Definitely one of the best spots on Socotra! Homhil has a unique charm of a landscape from a prehistoric movie. Dramatic slopes with dragon blood trees will amaze you together with pools filled with water after the monsoon you have the opportunity to swim in the fresh water pool. Here you can buy dragon blood beads on a string or dragon blood fragments in woven boxes from local children.
Lunch at Homhil. Continue driving to Qalansyia, the second largest town on the island. On our way to Qalaynsia in Alalmah village we have a stop to take photo of the Russian military tanks surrealistically located next to the cost.

In the afternoon we arrive at Detwah lagoon – definitely one of the most beautiful beaches on the planet! We can walk around the huge lagoon which is famous for its sandy beach, spectacular landscapes, sea crates, turtle, massive octopuses, balloon fish, sting rays, sea shells, fish, calamari etc. Time for swimming in the sea, as usual in Socotra! Sting rays can be seen in the lagoon, so take care when swimming.
As the lagoon is in the western part of Socotra it is the best site to watch the sunset.
Dinner and overnight in Detwah lagoon.

Accommodation included: tents
Meals
included: breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 5. October 8/15, 2021 (Friday). DETWAH LAGOON – SHOUB BEACH – DETWAH LAGOON

Early morning we will take a boat trip to Shoub beach with a local fisherman. Along the way be sure to look out for spinner dolphins while observing the sea birds playfully flying alongside the boat. Fot a time, a large cliff alongside the boat provides an excellent opportunity for watching seabirds nesting amongst the ledges. For its endemic wildlife and vegetation, Socotra is considered to be the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean. Line fishing also possible from the boat.
Arriving at pristine beach, mangrove trees can be found in the beach. Relax at the most beautiful beach on the island. Picnic lunch on the beach.

Then sail back to Qalansyia for return back to Detwah lagoon. As the afternoon moves into evening, make sure you find a place to watch one of the spectacular Socotra sunsets.
Dinner and overnight in Detwah lagoon.

Accommodation included: tents
Meals
included: breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 6. October 9/16, 2021 (Saturday). DETWAH LAGOON – DIKSAM PLATEAU – FERMAHIN FOREST – LOCAL VILLAGE

After breakfast drive to Diksam plateau. The area is best known for the native Dragon's blood trees and is home to the Bedouin nomadic people. Stop for photos at Shebhan viewpoint.
Lunch in the village of Diksam. Here we will meet the head of the village who will tell us more about the people living on Socotra island, meet pastoralists.

Stop at Wadi Dehur canyon, known for its beautiful palm oasis. We take a bath in the natural reservoir and move to the Dragon's Blood tree forest. Hike through the beginning of Fermahin forest of Dragon's blood trees. Farmhin forest of dragon's blood trees is the largest on Socotra. Absolutely prehistorical views! Located off the coast of Yemen in the Indian Ocean, the island of Socotra contains some of the world's most astonishing and unique plant forms. More than a third of the 800 or so can be found nowhere else on earth.

Tonight we will learn about Bedouin traditional lifestyle and mingle with locals for dinner and tea at the village. Dinner and overnight at home stay.

Accommodation included: home stay (or tents)
Meals
included: breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 7. October 10/17, 2021 (Sunday). DIKSAM – NUGED – HAYF AND ZAHAK SAND DUNES – OMAQ SANDY BEACH – HADIBU

After breakfast drive towards the South coast at Nuged. Head to Hayf and Zahak big sand dunes, where we can scramble up and play among the sand dunes. Then drive to explore Omaq sandy beach, where you can walk along the beach and swim in the clear waters of the Indian Ocean.
Lunch will be prepared in Omaq by our team. After lunch we have tea and then drive back to Hadibo for the PCR COVID test in Shiekh Khalifa hospital, which is required for the flight back to Abu Dhabi (PCR test is at extra cost of 7 USD. The cost may change).

In the afternoon, we attend the folklore evening pre-arranged local traditional dancing of Socotri people in Hadibu. It will happen well before dark, so photos with good light are possible.
Tonight is our last night in paradise, so it's one last feast. Dinner and overnight in the local hotel in Hadibu.

Accommodation included: hotel
Meals
included: breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 8. October 11/18, 2021 (Monday). HADIBU – ABU DHABI – DUBAI – RETURN FLIGHT

Today we have one last nice Socotra breakfast before we have to head all the way back home.
We take short walk to the fish market or for buy some souvenirs.
Transfer to the airport of Hadibu. Check-in for the flight to Abu Dhabi. 2 hours direct flight with governmental charter airplane. Departure at 13:00 pm. Arrival in Abu Dhabi at 16:00 pm (can be delayed).

Drive DIRECTLY to the Dubai International Airport to catch international flight back home. Check-in for international flight back home from Dubai (UAE).

* Recommended flight from Hadibu (Socotra, Yemen) to Abu Dhabi (UAE):
- direct governmental charter flight with Air Arabia, departure from Hadibu at 13:00 pm on October 11, arrival in Abu Dhabi at 16:00 pm on October 11

** Recommended flight from Dubai (UAE) to Moscow:
- direct flight SU-0521 with Aeroflot on October 12 (NEXT DAY), departure from Dubai (UAE) at 16:05 pm, arriving in Moscow at 20:50 pm on October 12,
- direct flight EK-131 with Emirates on October 12 (NEXT DAY), departure from Dubai (UAE) at 16:15 pm, arriving in Moscow at 20:30 pm on October 12,
- flights TK-761 and TK-417 with Turkish Airlines on October 12, departure from Dubai at 2:05 am on October 12, arriving in Istanbul at 5:35 am on October 12, departure from Istanbul at 12:10 pm on October 12, arriving in Moscow at 14:50 pm on October 12,
- or any other flight departing from Dubai (UAE) not earlier than 1:00 am on October 12.

Accommodation included: no
Meals
included: breakfast, lunch

Cost includes:

• Accommodation in hotel in Hadibu (in TWIN rooms)
• Accommodation in local house in Diksam (home stay)
• Accommodation in tents along the itinerary (SINGLE accommodation in tents)
• Full board: three times a day meals throughout entire itinerary
• Drinking bottled water throughout the whole trip
• All transfers according to the itinerary by 4WD cars (Toyota Land Cruiser or similar, max 4 clients in each car), all with air-conditioning, driven by local experienced drivers
• Airport transfers
• Tents, mattresses, cushions and sheets and camping gears
• All sightseeing as outlined in itinerary
• Boat trip to Shoub
• Sokotra traditional dance (some 15 dancers, 3-4 hrs long, at 200 USD extra)
• All permits for visiting protected areas, National parks
• Yemen visa full support: documents, visa fees and processing (USD 100 cost included)
• English-speaking local guide throughout all trip and special Hoq cave guide
• Russian- and English speaking team leader throughout all itinerary.



Cost excludes (to be additionally paid) :

• International flight ticket Abu Dhabi (UAE) - Hadibu (Socotra) - Abu Dhabi
• International flight ticket from your city to Dubai (UAE) roundtrip, taxi transfers between Dubai and Abu Dhabi airports
• International medical insurance
• PCR COVID test before departure from Socotra (7 USD per pax, may be changed)
• Tips for local team
• Personal expenses
• Single accommodation in Hadibu




To take with:

• long sleeve wear set, wear set for hot weather
• very light jacket for cool nights
• comfortable trekking footwear, light footwear (sneakers or slippers)
• swimwear
• cap/hat
• raincoat
• forehead torch
• big backpack/bag for luggage (not more than 80 liters capacity)
• small backpack for radial walks for personal stuff and photo-, video cameras (20-25 l)
• sleeping bag for +15/+20 degrees weather
• anti mosquito repellents
• PCR COVID test negative result certificate. Rules for crossing to Socotra (Yemen): printed medical certificate (in English) with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival. Rules for crossing to Abu Dhabi (UAE): negative COVID-19 PCR test which was taken EXACTLY IN DUBAI AIRPORT no more than 48 hours before crossing to Abu Dhabi. Rules for crossing to Dubai (UAE): negative COVID-19 PCR test which was taken no more than 72 hours before departure from your country (crossing rules are to be checked here https://www.etihad.com/ru-ru/travel-updates/all-destinations-travel-guides)
• sunblock cream
• sunglasses
• personal hygiene items (towel, soap, wet tissues)
• personal medical kit (analgesics, antiseptic, antibiotic, antiviral, intestinal, multivitamins, rehydrone, court plaster, your personal medications)
• photo and video camera / drone,
• tripod and flash light
• more spare batteries and power banks

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