from € 2500

Diving on Socotra island

Tour features
On request
1 pers
10 days

Tour description

In recent years the archipelago of Socotra became known not only among fans of the phototours, but also professional divers. This is not surprising, given that waters of the archipelago is home to over 600 species of fish, 200 species of coral and algae, whiter than 300 species of crustaceans, as well as about 500 species of mollusks. This natural diversity, a relatively mild climate and high transparency of coastal waters, as well as the presence of sunken and submerged ships are creating almost ideal conditions for diving.

Undoubtedly, the most visited by divers object in this region is wreck "Sunrise", sunk in the Shuab bay. Around the remains of the ship can be seen almost all the inhabitants of the local waters. However, this place is quite dangerous because of the large rays with poisonous spines and hazards to be entangled in old fishing nets, which are very much on the fragments of the skeleton of the ship.

Besides the wreck Sunrise also are interesting  waters of the northern coast of Sokotra, as well as the most eastern point of the island - Cape Ras Erissel. Here are a few square miles under water extending the sharp rocks, which crashed more than one ship. Many of them have become popular subjects for researches of divers.

Other neighboring islands to Socotra, such as Samha and Darcy are also very interesting for diving as flocks of mantas live here.

We offer a special diving trip, designed for a small group (6-8 people). The price of the program is approximate and is calculated individually depending on the number of participants, the time of year and the level of tourist service. Number of participants is limited due to the number of cylinders which are on the island). English-speaking guide accompanies the group. Long-distance movement on jeeps, also provided small trekking.

Keep in mind that diving on Socotra  island is serving only by one experienced dive master who has experience in the sector in the SCDP protection and study of the marine environment of the archipelago.

The minimum level of certification for diving on Socotra island - AOWD (PADI) or equivalent.

It should be noted that prices for diving on Socotra are quite high (the cost of a single dive more than 100$). At the same time dives are being made from conventional fishing boats.

Possible dates for tour organization in the coming season 2014 -2015 period.: October, November, March, April and May.

Route Description

Arrival in Sana'a

Arriving in Sana'a. Transfer from the airport. Accommodation in hotel of selected category.

Breakfast, next visiting History Museum, tour of Old City. Overnight at the hotel.

Sana'a - Socotra island - Hadiboh - Gorge Ayaft

The flight from the capital of Yemen, Sana'a, on the Socotra island. Transfer to the city of Hadiboh. Accommodation at the hotel. After that you will enjoy excursion to the Gorge Ayaft, where frankincense trees grow.

Return to Hadiboh, preparation of diving equipment. Dinner at a local tavern. Overnight at the hotel. (3*, "Summerland").

Qalansiya - Shuab Bay - Detwah Lagoon

Today we move to village Qalansiya. Here we have planned 2 dives in the Shuab Bay to the place of wreck ship "Sunrise".

Investigated by us ship lies at a depth of about 25 meters on a sandy bottom. Apparently, during the monsoon wreck was trying to get into the Shuab Bay but snagged on underwater rocks and sank. The ship is split into two parts. Many years ago, divers who come to Socotra on unknown vessel removed almost all of equipment from the wreck, and the ship is now an artificial reef. Since the sandy bottom of the bay and depth does not exceed 30 m., this wreck is a very popular place of pilgrimage for divers. It's pretty rich water world, but you need to beware of large stingrays, sometimes reaching a diameter of 3 meters.

In the evening you return to Qalansiya. Overnight will be organized on the banks of a beautiful lagoon of Socotra - Detwah. In the evening you will find a delicious seafood dinner. Overnight in camp.

Shuab Bay - Hadiboh

After breakfast, it will be possible to make another 2 dives on the wreck "Sunrise". Those who is thirsty for diving, waits for lunch and vacation on the beautiful beach coves of Shuab.

After rest and a swim in the azure waters of the bay you go back to Hadiboh. There will be organized supper in the tavern. Overnight in hotel "Summerland 3*.

Hadiboh - Rush Camping

After breakfast you go to the north-east of the island, where you will stay in Rush camp. Here you will make 2 dives. Rest on the beach, dinner and overnight at the camp.

Cape Ras Erissel - Dunes of Archer

After breakfast will be arranged two dives from a boat on a small sunken wreck in the area of ​​Cape Ras Erissel. After that you go to see the white dunes of Archer.

For dinner and overnight stay you will stay at the Rush camp.

Reserve Di Hamri - Hadiboh

After breakfast at the camp will be organized 2 dives from a boat near the village Adho in the region of Reserve Di Hamri. After diving and relaxing return on jeeps to Hadiboh. Overnight in a hotel "Summerland" 3*.

Dixam Plateau - Canyon - Hadiboh

After breakfast excursion to the central part of the island to the Dixam Plateau, where the famous mushrooms like dragon trees spread their powerful branches.

Up next is a descent into the Canyon of the same name, where you can swim in the freshwater natural pool. Return on jeep to Hadiboh. Overnight at the hotel.

Socotra island - Sana'a

Transfer to the airport. Flight from Socotra to Sana'a. After that you will go on a tour to the Residence of Imam. Following rest in a hotel.

Flight back home

This is the final day of your stay in Yemen. After check-out from hotel transfer to the airport of Sana'a and flight back home.

The price includes:
  • domestic flights Sana'a-Socotra, Socotra-Sana'a;
  • accommodation in hotels in Sana'a (only breakfasts included);
  • accommodation in a hotel on Socotra island;
  • 3 meals a day while staying in a ecocamping;
  • transfers and ride on off-road vehicles;
  • support of the Russian-speaking guide in Sana'a and on Socotra island;
  • local guides;
  • water and drinks throughout the day of trips;
  • dive package of 10 dives, dive guide services, boat payment.
Additional charges:
  • international flights;
  • rental of diving equipment;
  • medical insurance;
  • tipping to guides and drivers.
from € 2500 Tour price