A Unique Island Paradise – Socotra Island Small Ship Cruise

A Unique Island Paradise – Socotra Island Small Ship Cruise

From AUD $9,281


From Jeddah, sail to Socotra, a nature lover’s paradise untouched by time. Hike across deserts, mountains and plateaus to discover dragon’s blood trees, endemic birds like the Socotra warbler and chameleons. Marvel at ethereal sand dunes, pristine beaches, craggy rock formations, wadis, canyons and deep cave systems. With its diversity of landscapes and wildlife, Socotra offers adventure and natural beauty before ending in Mahe, Seychelles.

Trip Name
A Unique Island Paradise - Socotra Island Small Ship Cruise
Vessel Type: Expedition Ship Length: 125 meters Passenger Capacity: 192 Built: 2022-2023 Arriving in early 2023, SH Diana will be the largest ship in our fleet, providing elegant and spacious 5-star accommodation for 192 guests in 96 spacious staterooms and suites, the vast majority with large balconies. Operated by an onboard team of 140 she will provide the highest levels of personal service and take Swan Hellenic back to its roots when she launches, exploring the Mediterranean and its famous sites of antiquity. Now sit back, relax and take a moment to get to know this amazing new ship, purpose-designed for our unique cultural expedition cruises. Named after the Ancient Roman goddess of light, the moon, hunting and the wilderness, SH Diana been specially designed for worldwide cruising to explore the most inspiring and inaccessible places on earth. Building on the outstanding amenities of her sister ships, she adds a dedicated Multifunctional Room next to the Observation Lounge, a Private Dining Room for special occasions, and two tenders which bring guests a comfortable alternative to Zodiacs for expedition landings. A Polar Class 6 ice-strengthened hull combines with extra-large stabilisers to make your journey as comfortable as possible. SH Diana has been designed for immersive experiences, with extensive outside deck areas, multiple observation points and bright, open and relaxing public spaces with unobstructed views. The pleasure and safety of our guests is paramount at all times, cared for by our attentive crew and seasoned expedition leaders. Cutting edge hygiene technology protects the health of all on board to the highest standards and includes air conditioning with UV sanitisation systems. SH Diana’s 96 staterooms , including 11 suites, are each a superbly comfortable home from home and all feature panoramic sea views, a flame-effect fireplace, original works of art, plush couches, premium pocket sprung mattresses, en-suite bathrooms with glass-enclosed rain showers, and Egyptian cotton towels, bathrobes and sheets. A pillow menu offers customised head and neck comfort during rest, while a large flat screen TV, espresso machine with Illy premium coffee, tea making facilities with the finest Kusmi teas, and a minibar with refreshments enhance relaxation at any time. In-room dining is of course available at all hours.


Day 2 - DAY 1 JEDDAH
 Jeddah is a beguiling mix of old and new, from the floating Al Rahma Mosque built directly on the azure waters to the New Jeddah Corniche, a 30-km waterfront boardwalk, bustling with restaurants, cafes and sculptures. Al Balad, Jeddah’s UNESCO listed old town, dates back to the 7th century with beautiful buildings and an ancient souk. The mighty Jeddah Tower will be the world’s first kilometre-high building once it’s completed.
Day 3 - DAY 2-3 DAY AT SEA
 Sea days are rarely dull. Take the time to sit back and let the world go by. The ship’s observation decks provide stunning views of the passing ocean. A day at sea gives you the opportunity to mingle with other passengers and share your experiences of this incredible trip or head to our library which is stocked full of reference books. Get an expert’s view in one of our on-board lectures or perhaps perfect your photography skills with invaluable advice from our onboard professional photographers.
 The vibrant and strategically located port city of Djibouti City serves as the capital of Djibouti, a country nestled on the horn of Africa between the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. Djibouti is renowned for its fantastical landscapes and dramatic coastlines. Exploring some of Djibouti's geographical wonders includes visits to the ethereal Lake Assal, situated at the lowest point on the African continent, and the mighty Ardoukoba volcano.
Day 5 - DAY 5-6 DAY AT SEA
 Days at sea are the perfect chance to relax, unwind and do whatever takes your fancy. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, trying to spot a whale from the deck, reading a chapter or two, or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to the green days spent exploring on land.
 Often referred to as ‘the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean’, Socotra's dramatic landscapes include other-worldly dragon blood trees, alien-like succulents, and pristine beaches with crystal-clear waters. With over 300 endemic species of flora and fauna, the island has remained relatively isolated, which has allowed for the evolution of numerous endemic species found nowhere else on Earth.
Day 7 - DAY 9-11 DAY AT SEA
 Today as you sail, you’ll bask in the endless comforts of your ship. From the deck, marvel at the dramatic sea views. Relax with a nurturing facial treatment or massage in the spa or delve into the ship’s learning resources. Or, simply take refuge in your cabin and enjoy the opportunity to rest.
 Victoria, the capital of Seychelles, is a vibrant city on Mahé Island's northeastern side, blending diverse cultures and traditions. Attractions include the bustling stalls of Victoria Market, the Hindu shrine of Arul Mihu Navasakthi Vinayagar Temple and the colourful "Jivan Imports" store. The Victoria Botanical Garden features Aldabra giant tortoises and 200 plant species, including unique trees like the coco-de-mer.
Day 9 - Please note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
07-10-202519-10-2025AUD $9,281Oceanview D4
07-10-202519-10-2025AUD $9,681Oceanview M4
07-10-202519-10-2025AUD $12,081Balcony D5
07-10-202519-10-2025AUD $12,680Balcony M5
07-10-202519-10-2025AUD $13,281Balcony D6
07-10-202519-10-2025AUD $16,880Junior Suite
07-10-202519-10-2025AUD $17,680Suite
07-10-202519-10-2025AUD $19,481Premium Suite


    • Jeddah Exploration: Discover the captivating blend of old and new in Jeddah, from the floating Al Rahma Mosque to the historic Al Balad district with its ancient souk and UNESCO-listed buildings.
    • Djibouti's Natural Wonders: Experience the surreal landscapes of Djibouti, including the mesmerizing Lake Assal and the imposing Ardoukoba volcano, showcasing the diverse geography of the region.
    • Socotra Island Adventure: Explore the unique flora and fauna of Socotra Island, often likened to the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean, featuring alien-like succulents and pristine beaches with crystal-clear waters, offering a once-in-a-lifetime natural spectacle.