Qalansiyah is the enscapsulation of every cliche of paradise that you could possibly imagine. Sand dunes of the finest white powder climb like snowy hills up from the beach, which is also sprinkled with white sand so lush it is as if you are having your feet massaged. Add into this the Detwah lagoon, filled with mantay rays and local children out spear fishing for their dinner, a host of incredible sea birds, spectacular cliffs, unforgettable sunsets, astonishing snorkelling and the bluest, clearest sea water imaginable and you have the perfect recipe for paradise. Just to top it off you will have the beach completely to yourself.
Snorkelling wise, you can snorkel directly off the beach around the headland where we saw, amongst other things, turtles, manta rays, sting rays, moray eels, hammour, groupers and an array of brightly coloured tropical fish. TOP TIP - you will need to bring your own snorkel, mask and fins so be sure to pack these before you leave for Socotra. If you are on the beach for the day then make sure to take plenty of water - the sea is cool and refreshing but it can get pretty hot. Also, there is a fantastic lookout point if you climb up the rock formation the bisects the two sides of the bay which affords a vista that you will never forget.
TOP TIP - ask your guide to make the boat trip to Shoab - and do it early in the morning when you will see huge pods of spinner and bottlenose dolphins (we saw one pod of 200 spinner dolphins). Again, if you have brought a snorkle mask with you then you can jump in the water with the dolphins, listening to their clicks and watching them swim by and stop to have a curious glance at you is a truly awe-inspiring experience. Further along on this trip, ask to snorkel and follow the headland where we saw all of the creatures mentioned above as well as puffer fish, black and white tip reef sharks, trumpet fish and beautifully coloured sea snakes.
In all probability you will be travelling on your own private tour whilst on Socotra, either via Socotra Dream or Socotra Eco Tours, and Qalansiyah will already be a part of their suggested itinerary. If it isn't, make sure that you get it included. Whilst here you will stay under barasti huts directly next to the Detwah lagoons. TOP TIP - if you want to avoid being disturbed by curious goats then either make a small shelter using your bags and equipment, using your tents as 'walls' rather than sleeping in them (it is much cooler and very pleasant to sleep in the fresh air) or take your tent and sleep ten metres in front of the barasti shelters. Your guides will provide you with mattresses and pillows but you may still look to bring a ground sheet and extra pillow for added comfort.
There are limited bathroom facilities available by the sleeping area at the Detwah lagoon.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.