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Alzahra.Tourism, Agency (ATA)
Sanaa Republic of Yemen
P.O.Box: 23132
Tel.: 00967 1 24 40 40
Fax : 009671 240393
E-Mail: alzahra.tours@y.net.ye
E-Mail: alzahra.tours@gmx.de
Internet : www.alzahra.de
Internet : www.al-bab.com/alzahra

 

WE OFFER YOU DIVING TOURS

Alternatives: ( A )

The Diving Center  Kamaran Island

Days

10 days Diving Red Sea

 

 Program for a minimum of 2 guests

Day 1

Flight to Sana’a, transfer hotel
Meet & Assist service at Sana'a airport, transfer to Hotel  Oldcity of Sanaa ,  overnight

Day  2

Sana'a - Manakhah - Al-Hajjarah - Port  Al-Salif
Drive  to the mountain region of Haraz/ Manakha with its famous fortress village Al-Hajjarah, after  lunch drive to Port Al-Salif, check in boat, 5  Overnights on the boat

Days 3-9

 Six  days Diving on Kamaran / Zubeir/ Nearbyislands

Day  10

Transfer to Sana'a,

Check  out boat, drive to Sana'a, afternoon is   free, evening transfer airport  Sana'a

Day  11

 Departure

Service

Full board  accommodation.  

 Dive  master two dives per day

 all Transport  and Transfers

Two  compressed air cylinders.

 Diving  authorizations and tax.

 Land-cruiser  car with driver fot thr transfer .

 Transportation  to and from the airport

 Alternatives: ( B )

The Diving Center  Arabian Sea  

10 Days Diving Arabian Sea

Days

Program for a minimum of 2 guests

Day  1

Arrival  Sana'a, transfer hotel
Meet & Assist service at Sana'a airport, transfer to old city hotel,

Day  2

Sana’a-sightseeing,

sightseeing  of old city of Sana'a and its market, in the  afternoon visit of the National Museum, in the evening flight to Al-Mukalla, transfer to 4*Hotel  Hadhramaut

Days 3-10

Diving in the Arabian Sea/ Indian Ocean
seven  days diving on different spots of the Indian  Ocean and on the house reef of the Hotel  Hadhramaut, evening flight to Sana'a, short stay at Sana'a airport

Day  11

Departure 

Service

Full  board  accommodation.  

 Dive  master two dives per day

 all Transport  and Transfers

Two  compressed air cylinders.

 Diving  authorizations and tax.

 Land-cruiser  car with driver.

 Transportation  to and from the airport

Introduction

The beauty of the Yemeni coastal areas on the Red Sea, Arab sea and around the islands is unforgettable. The richness of marine life, and the  availability of the coral reefs make the whole area ideal for  relaxing and diving. Attracting visitors from all over the  globe who are keen on the superb diving, optional snorkeling  and water skiing in the warm and clear water of the Red Sea.  As well as sailing around a unique and spectacular landscape  of volcanoes with multicolor lava flows it is one of the best spots of the Yemen islands to combine best sailing with  spectacular climbing, interesting snorkeling, swimming and unexplored emotional diving.

Yemeni islands:

With their own distinctive climatic, environmental, geographical and natural characteristics, these islands are scattered in the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea. Most of them are situated in the Red Sea parallel to the coastal  land. Kamaran is considered the major island with the highest population. It is located close to the strait of Bab al-Mandab, thus it is of strategic importance. Kamaran has few land animals. Mayoon (Perim) Island, is also located in the strait of Bab al-Mandab, and has strategic importance. The  islands in the Arabian Sea are situated more closely. Socotra is the biggest; it is famous for its unique trees which are  significant for their medical and economic values. A number of  other small islands are found close to Socotra, among them is  Abdul-Kori island, and al-Akhaween (Samha And Darsa) Island are considered the major ones.

The most important islands of Yemen:

In order of importance, these are  as follows:

1 -  Kamaran:

Correctly named as such, this is the biggest Yemeni island in the archipelago stretched within  the Red Sea. It is extending eleven miles long and 4.5 wide  with the adjacent province of Al-Saleif Port of Al-Hodeidah. It was first mentioned in the history of world ports in 525  A.D. When one king of ancient "Exxom" of Ethiopia attacked the Yemeni Coasts of the Red Sea.

Then, other non-Yemeni rulers kept control of the island because of its strategic importance. These include "Loran shah" in the year 1228, the Portuguese  invaders for two months in 1531, Al-Mamaleek of Egypt in 1515,  the Egyptian-Turks under the rule of Mohammed Ali Basha and his successors from 1819 to 1840, the Ottoman turks from 1849  to 1915, and finally the British Colonists from 1850 to 1967.  As from Aden's independence, the sovereignty of the island  returned to its inhabitants.

Towards the western direction  of  Issa Harbour of Al-Hodeidah province, and within the  territory of Al-Saleef's Semi-island, lie "Al-Reesha", "Ras mugamala", and "Zeyadi" Islands. The last has its furthest limit reaching the land-area of Mokka Port. As from the  northern direction of Zoqar Island, a group of islands are also found. These had originally been named in English forms of terminology e.g. the "high island", the "close-by island",  the "shark island", the "extending tongue island", and the  "low-bed island".

2 -  Al-Zubair group of islands:

It is situated about 27 marine knots away from the province Al-Hodeidah. The height of its  biggest island is 224 meters from the surface level. On it a light-house is fixed for the guidance of the ships. Towards  the north-western direction of "Al-Zubair" lie the islands  "Hayousbook", "Doudge", "Ta Beli Peak", "The Lowlanded", and  "Sheba". To the south-western corner, the "Center Peak" island  is there with two light-houses fixed on its top level.

3 - Abu Ali  and Al-Thair islands:

They are the important two groups  of islands located at the navigation route of Bab-Al-Mandab.  The first known as Abu Ali and Abu Thair have volcanic topography. As for the second, they are named in the marine maps "Queen Elizabeth" or the "Angle" group of islands.  Britain has built two light-houses on these islands since the end of 1962 as it had administered them, on behalf of some coastal region, till 1989 when sovereignty returned to Yemen.

4 - Zaqar  and Hunish islands:

The area of "Zaqar" is 130 sq  km and its level from the north elevates to 124 feet, while from the southern direction it is 827 feet above sea level. From this group, we also have the "Small Hunaish" with a height of 627 feet above sea level, followed by "Heikok" group of islands, "Al-Qum", "Mushaigara", and the "low-bed"  towards the east with a light-house on its top-level. These are followed by "Big Hunaish" which is the biggest of all the  groups of islands. Its height is at 1335 feet of sea-level, while its width is about 100 feet. In north-eastern direction  the three islands "Al-Mashagera", "Dar-Eil" and "Haysouk" are  located, while east of the Big Hunish Islands there are two viz, "Queen " and the "Round-Shape". In southern direction,  there are many other islands extending to the extreme south. These mainly include "Duwaili Peak", "Center-Peak", "Hunaish suyoul", "The Rock-islands", and the three islands of "Haysoun".

5 -  Mayoun:

Within the extreme limits of the Red Sea, there are also several islands, among which Mayoun is the most important. It divides the strait of Bab-Al-Mandab into two passages - one small and the other wide enough for  international navigation. Mayoun's astronomical location is on  the bisection of longitude 43,3 degrees of the Eqyator, and 13,39 degrees of the north. It covers an area of 13 sq km, and  has a rocky surface that is completely volcanic. The weather  is quite dry and hot. To the south of the island, the highest  elevation of its hilly rocks reaches 65 meters above  sea-level, while its northern part is full of sands. Within  the whole island, the highest peak elevates at about 245 feet above sea-level.

Mayoun was mentioned by many foreign authors and travelers such as the Greek Seaman who wrote a book entitled "Touring Around the Eriterian Sea". Some Europeans also colonialized Mayoun for short periods. These were the Portuguese in 1511, and the British in the years 1799 and 1857. The last colonization lasted till 27/7/1967 when Britain issued a declaration of independence for Aden Colony and Haraz, Mayoun and Korea Mouria Islands. The ex-ruler of  southern Yemen seized the control of the first two islands only as from 30/11/1967.