Socotra Island

Socotra

The island in the Indian Ocean is located about 350 kilometres off the mainland of Yemen , and about 30 minutes flight from Al Mukalla. It stretches in an east-westerly direction, directly in front of the Horn of Africa. The conditions in the monsoon belt make it difficult to access during some seasons. The best time to visit is from October until February at the beginning of the rain season when the island is green. The islands infrastructure is still under development. Apart from the stretch of road from the airport to the capital city, there are hardly any asphalted roads. Even the supply situation outside the capital city is insufficient. Hotels are only to be found in Hadibou, outside of Hadibou however, one is able to pitch a tent more or less anywhere. The 40,000 inhabitants of Soqotras speak their own language, Socotri, which differs greatly from Arabic. The islands most important attractions are the endemic plants for which Socotra thanks alone its status as a biosphere reservation. In addition, there are the intensively pink blossoming bottle trees with their thickened trunks, incense trees and the thousand-year-old dragonís blood trees. In connection, we would like to point out that the plant and animal world on the island stand under nature protection, and it is strictly prohibited to export seeds, seedlings, corals, or seashells! The island is dominated by the up to 1520-metre high towering Haghir Mountains , which are ideal for various trekking tours. The beaches of Qalansiya are to the north west of the island were a turtle protection area is to be provided. There are coral reefs off the coast, which invite to snorkelling and diving. There are also several large caves, which have been explored only recently, and were partially used by the islands inhabitants as caves for dwelling in.

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Rocky coast




Beach




Beach




Dracaena cinnabari




Succulent




Qalansyah beach




Dracaena cinnabari