In general, the underwater world around Socotra is amazing and just invites you to explore depths by diving or snorkeling. Here the scenarios are characterized by endemic species from the coral reef; rocks and also sends can lodge surprising colorful fishes, crustaceans, shellfishes, mollusks, and algae. Socotra island is home to more than 680 species of fish and about 230 species of hard corals (five are endemic) and 30 species of soft corals. In addition to 300 species of crustaceans (nine are endemic), 490 species of mollusks, and 230 species of algae. 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.
Snorkeling is possible everywhere apart from draught places.
The dives are mainly on sand flats, at about 60 feet, covered with coral heads. Being relatively undived the coral condition is superb with an incredible amount of fish life – nurse and white-tipped sharks, skates, rays, eels, turtles, and schools and schools of fish. Also in the Shoub site, you will visit some wrecks often just covered in blankets of fish. Drift dives no buoys. Visibility is still fine at around 50 feet.
Socotra is devoted to eco-tourism and scuba-diving is just an emerging activity, that not so many people know. Basic equipment for all diving locations can be hired on the island. A limited amount of spare equipment is available for renting (diving computer, wetsuit, BCD, gloves & booties, tank, fins, snorkel, mask, weights, regulator, fill up tank…). Some customer used their own 5 mm wetsuits.
Best locations for Diving & Snorkeling:
Di Hamri: Marine Protected Area with more than 80 kinds of corals and 150 fish species. The underwater relief is very interesting with a mountain. This is the place with deep dives up to 50 meters.
Rosh: Marine Protected Area with a reef drop off about 1 km from the coast, there is one big diving spot with dives between 10 and 15 meters.
Adho: There are 2 diving spots with dives up to 30 meters.
Erissel: There are 7 diving spots with numerous shipwrecks. The ships sank due to an underwater mountain. The shipwrecks are up to 50 years old and it is possible to enter them. Erissel has been recognized as a protected area.
Shauab: There is a single diving spot with a shipwreck. It is a steel ship, the biggest shipwreck in Socotra waters.