Freediving on Socotra

Underwater hunting on Socotra is strictly prohibited by law. But nobody has anything against free diving and spinning.

For free diving we would recommend the whole northern coast of Socotra where it is quite easy to enter the sea. Here, the sea floor is made of volcanic rocks covered with coral features. The visibility is average. Sea currents are also possible, which may be very strong in some places.     

When travelling by boat from Qalansiya to Shuab Bay you can make a stop at one of numerous coves formed by the rocks falling in the sea.    

We would recommend those who like snorkeling to take a diving mask and a snorkel to Socotra. It is only possible to rent snorkeling equipment in DiHamri Camping, however, the underwater world of this place is not to be much to explore.  

For free divers we arrange trips to Darsa, Samha and Abd al Kuri islands, were you can meet big schools of mantas. Here is one of the fishiest places of the Archipelago. Except the underwater world these islands are also famous for their unique flora and fauna. Such trips are possible early October and in the period from the end of February to April.

If you want to take part in such an expedition or just to dive on Socotra you can write us and discuss all the details.




Special Socotra Tour for free divers guided by Yulia Petrik from 7 to 17 March, 2011

Юлия ПетрикJulia Petrik - the first Russian freediving champion, international freediving medalist, the founder of the Russian branch of the international association for development of freediving (AIDA), Master Instructor and Judge with AIDA and a yoga instructor.  Mastermind of new directions "Yoga + Freediving", "Ice Freediving", "Cave Freediving", "Freediving for Children", "Underwater Modelling School" and "Underwater Theatre".

Participant of numerous television and video projects.


Read more about freediving and Julia Petrik on  her site HOMODELPHINUS





Tour Program:


Tuesday, 8 March
Сана, Старый город, Йемен

Arrival to Sanaa*

Meeting at the airport and receipt of a visa, transfer to Borj al Salam 4* Hotel.

Guided sightseeing tour around Sanaa: vising Military and Historic Museums, walking through the Old City and an abandoned Jewish village, seeing the new President’s Mosque in Sanaa.


Wednesday, 9 March

Северо-восток Сокотры

Flight to Socotra.

Transfer to the north-eastern part of the island. 

Staying at Rush camping.

After dinner – diving from a boat.

Spending the night at Rush camping.


Tuesday, 10 March

Бухта Shuab, Socotra

In the morning– diving from a boat.

After dinner – seeing Archer sand dunes and the Cape of Ras Erissel, transfer to Qalansiyah fishing village from where we will go by boat to Shuab Bay, the best beach of the island.

On the way – fishing and diving.

Having fish for supper and spending the night in tents on the beach.


Friday, 11 March

Дайвинг на Сокотре

Diving to the “Sunrise” wrack lying on a sandy-bottom at a depth of 25-30 m in Shuab bay.

Watching a great variety of big fish, skates.

Having lobsters for supper and spending the night in tents on the beach.

Saturday, 12 March

Пляжи Net, Socotra

From Shuab Bay we will go by boat along wild and deserted Net beaches.

On the way – watching dolphins, fishing and diving.

Staying with local community for the night in Di Sebro.


Sunday, 13 March

остров Дарса, Сокотра

From Di Sebro we will go to Darsa Island for the whole day. It is famous for its dazzling white sand and schools of mantas that can be often seen near the island at this time-of-year.

Coming back to Di Sebro for supper prepared by local community.

Here you will be given a very delicious bread flavoured with honey which is considered to have a healing power. 


Monday, 14 March

остров Дарса, архипелаг Сокотра

Spending another day with mantas on Darsa Island and continue enjoying local community’s hospitality in Di Sebro where we will stay for another night on the shore of the Indian ocean.

Except Darsa we will also see Berber waterfalls and the Cape of Qatanhan. 


Tuesday, 15 March

Сокотра, плато Dixam

Visiting the central part of the island – Dixam Plateau.

Here, at the edge of a deep canyon, you will find yourself in a habitat of Dragoon trees producing a red resin famous for its medicinal properties. We will go down to the canyon, have dinner and swim in a fresh water pool.

Transfer to Hadiboh, the capital of the island. Spending the night at a hotel.


Wednesday, 16 March

Сана, Йемен

Flight to Sanaa by Felix airline.

Guided tour to Wadi Dahr (the palace of Imam's family), shopping and having supper in Sanaa, having a rest at the hotel.

Transfer to the airport.


The tour price per a person is 2350$

It includes:

  • Transfers in comfortable 4x4 Land Cruisers;
  • Local guides’ services
  • Freediving Training
  • Cost of Sanaa –Socotra, Socotra-Sanaa flights;
  • Camping equipment, rental fee of boats, entrance tickets and etc.;
  • Specially arranged meals on Socotra;
  • Water and beverages during day trips.

The tour price does not include:

  • Cost of international flights;
  • Meals in Sanaa,
  • Yemen Visa


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