South Yemen is a region in the southwestern corner of the Arabian Peninsula. It is bordered by the Red Sea to the west, the Gulf of Aden to the south, and Oman to the east. The region is known for its unique and diverse flora and fauna, as well as its stunning natural beauty.

The region is home to a number of important biodiversity hotspots, including the Socotra archipelago and the Hadramaut Mountains. The Socotra archipelago is home to over 800 plant species, many of which are endemic to the region. These include the dragon blood tree, which is a strange and twisted tree that produces a resin that is used in traditional medicine. The Hadramaut Mountains are home to a variety of endemic animals, including the Arabian tahr, a mountain goat that is found nowhere else in the world.

The region is also home to a number of important archaeological sites, including the city of Shabwa, which was once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Hadramaut. Shabwa is known for its impressive ruins, including a number of temples and palaces.

The region is currently facing a number of challenges, including climate change, overfishing, and development. However, South Yemen remains a unique and fascinating place to visit. If you are looking for an off-the-beaten-path destination with stunning natural beauty and a rich history, South Yemen is the place for you.

Boat Excursions

For an adventure of a lifetime, Socotra Travel Center offers a number of tours on local boat excursions with a 40 horsepower engine for fishing. You can take one of our organized tours and be taken to incomparable destinations.

The trip to Shouab Beach is a half-day tour to discover the beauty of this remarkable destination. With the clear water and white sands you can snorkel and relax. While driving the boat, dolphins can be seen swimming right next to the boat.

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Camping

For those with a love for both adventure and untouched nature, Socotra Island is the right adventure waiting for you along a coast of endless and empty sand beaches, mountain views, and unique wild-life; you will be all the more enticed when you know you will have them all to yourself.

Socotra Travel Center can carry all the camping equipment and cooking gear or you can opt for any one of the several campsites like Dihamri and Homhil. This camps offer accommodations, catering and quality facilities and services.

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Climbing Sand Dunes & Desert

Hiking the dunes on Socotra is unique as there is no trail. Everyone blazes their own.  Forever shifting and changing in the wind but always staying in the same place. Rising almost 800 feet the dunes are easily accessed. Prepare for seasonal conditions with proper clothing, sun protection, and water. If hiking barefoot during the summer months, pack sandals or shoes for the decent.  Aim at the highest dune and start walking. Each step is forgiving as the soft sand falls away and creates an impression. One step forward, half step back. Every few minutes, stop and look around. In a hurry? Don’t be. Enjoy the pace and the views as you hike, for there is no way to turn an ankle! Feel the valley breezes kissing the skin. Reach the top and photo opp.

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Hiking & Trekking

Hiking-trekking is for those fascinated by the unexplored regions, Socotra Island offers breathtaking, enthralling trekking trails. As you approach Socotra by air or sea, you may look at the mountainous terrain and conclude that walking the island is perhaps only for the fitness, young, and adventurous!!! We tell you that this is not so! You really haven’t seen Socotra Island if you haven’t experienced the island’s wondrous and thrilling landscapes. And they are all so accessible and often effortless to trek.  In the vast range of mountains of “Higher” and Dicksam plateau there are limitless possibilities for trekking. Within the alluring arena, the Scant, Dicksam, and Firmihin regions, occupy the center of the Island, with some points of interest for the trekkers. The Scant, Tinnera, Firmihin, and Dersmotin regions, are the most popular destinations for trekkers. However, Ayhaft Canyon, Momi, and some places in the west and west-south also have some very interesting trekking routes as well. Spectacular views apart, the Higher foothills are just ideal for trekking, offering energetic outdoor people a different and exciting option for a holiday.

Trekking/hiking as a sports activity does not require prior training practice or physical condition, there are certain DOS & DON’TS that should be adhered to. Trails should be carefully chosen as some treks may be more difficult, or may involve high-altitude trekking, it is generally advisable to be accompanied by a local guide. And ensure that the pace of the trek is not too rapid, since this could result in exhaustion, and would in any case not be enjoyable.

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Photography

Discover some of the most breathtaking and dramatic landscapes in the Islands of Socotra. These islands boast some of the most majestic nature, photograph the natural wonders of the land of  majestic landscapes.  From massive Dragon’s Blood Tree, impressive beaches, and epic valleys and waterfalls, turquoise lakes, this region is one of the best natural wonders in the continent.

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Sunrises & Sunsets

No matter whether you arrive by car or any other means of transfer, a certain sense at adventure will strike you once you see the sunrise over the endless vast planes. And experience some of the most beautiful sunsets you can hope to see; enjoy a leisurely swim and an appetizer while you wait for your sunset experience.

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This tour is a great way to experience the natural beauty and cultural diversity of South Yemen. This tour is designed to give you a...
$1,355
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Whale and Dolphin Spotting

Because of its unique location in the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea the Island of Socotra is blessed with a very special event: the presence of visiting whales and dolphins, which has only recently been recognized as another asset to this beautiful holiday destination.

Just about five kilometers off the shore of Qalansiya, you can take an excursion to the marvelous Shouab beach, where hundreds of dolphins with the crystal water of Shouab can be observed.  On most days, these ocean creatures are swimming right by your boat. And if you’re luck, you might be rewarded by swimming with the very rare ocean dolphins which is common to see in the water of Socotra.

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