Diving and Snorkeling on Socotra

Socotra Island's worm tropical waters are legendary amongst divers for their dramatically sheer walls rising from the depths to within inches of the surface and capped with thriving coral reefs. Scuba diving in Socotra has gained more importance among visitors to the island during the last years. Socotra Island is home to more than 680 Species of fishes and about 230 species of hard corals (five are endemic) and 30 species of soft corals. In addition to 300 species of crustacean (nine are endemic), 490 species of molluscs, and 230 species of algae. A mild climate all year round except the monsoon, water temperatures of 27 to 36°C, depending on the season, crystal clear waters and the likelihood of viewing species like barracudas, monkfish, dolphins, rays and even mantas are the main reasons why lovers of this sport consider the island of Socotra more and more for their diving holidays. From current swept plateaus to sheltered coral gardens, Socotra offers wander full rang of diving for of every level of interests and skill. Socotra also offers avid wreck dives of some old shipwrecks. The majority of diving on the Island is drift diving along the walls, coral gardens of the outer reefs, with the dive boat following along from the surface to meet you upon ascent. With unparallel biodiversity and beauty, Socotra Island dive sites make naturally exciting snorkelling as well. Watch multitudes of colorful reef fish glide among dense coral formations sprinkled with giant clams, as well as turtles, sharks, barracudas can be seen whilst enjoying soothing tranquillity of this fascinating paradise.