As you may know Socotra island is all about nature and there is nothing more bracing than basking in the splendour of nature. Although there are hotels in Socotra, it is recommended that you let your adventurous side run free and instead sleep under the stars in one of Socotra’s long list of remote, yet beaming camping sites.
As long as you have your own equipment for tents, bring along your sheets for sleeping, some food and water, then you can camp anywhere in the island. However, one needs to be aware that there are some camp sites in Socotra located in protected areas and some camp sites offering a superb retreat accompanied with food and bathrooms.
Let’s take a look at some of the most popular camping grounds in Socotra and feel free to let your imagination run wild as you instinctively plan your next trip.
Dihamri Protected Area (see the map)
Dihamri camp site is one of the few places in Socotra with a beach side at your “door step” with a fully developed community of coral, fish and shellfish. You won’t need to swim further than just a few meters from the shore to see various kinds of soft and hard corals and a great parade of coral fish. Even lobsters, turtles and occasional small sharks can be spotted. There is a camp site located close to the beach on the edge of the Marine Protected Area where visitors can stay overnight and get simple food. You can discover the marine life by snorkelling and diving to several great diving spots in the vicinity of Dihamri. Snorkeling gear can be rented from the beach guard but you would, however, need to bring your own diving gear as the diving instructor leads the way.
Aomak Protected Area (see the map)
Aomak is the only protected area with tourist facilities on the Southern coast of Socotra. It is located in the centre of the Nujid Plain mostly covered with sand dunes. Herds of camels wander there among paled date tree plantations. The choppy Indian Ocean and long white sandy beaches create a stunning panorama which you can especially enjoy when arriving through the inland Plateau. The camp site has been established just on the edge of the sandy beach of Aomak. The place is a real paradise with a tranquillity of white sands, palm trees and relaxing sounds of the sea waves. Basic meals including fresh fish, bathrooms and camping gear are provided. Snorkeling equipment can be also hired.
Detwah Lagoon (see the map)
Detwah lagoon and camp site are located on the most beautiful beach of Socotra, Qalancyia. It is a superb spot to enjoy a full day of swimming. The camp site provides tents and sheets plus food and bathrooms. Detwah Lagoon is known for its spectacular landscape and crystal clear water and it is one of the most beautiful places in the world.