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Socotra Travel Guide: 68 reviews and 273 photos

Socotra is a very interesting place for VTers who are into geology. Socotra island is considered to be the most isolated chunks of a continent in the world, it is not a volcanic island or a mid ocean ridge it is part of Africa (on the loss) Socotra was created as part of the rifting that made the great rift Valley of Africa. Socotrais also a place to go if you are into diving in remote, unspoiled places without a lot of tourist Socotra is your cup of tea than. It also has great hiking with mountains of 1500 meters and limestone caves.

Socotra slide show with Yemen national anthem as background

This is also a special place for people who are looking for exotic plants about 800 species of plants are found nowhere else in the world are here in Socotra.

But that is not all -- the coolest thing is the culture and language you see in Socotra they speak a very old Semitic language, Soqotri, which is related to language of the kingdom of Sheba and to Mehri.

Socotra is from the standpoint of geology and biological point of view really one of the most interesting and isolated places on the face of the earth.

Not many people know that the original VTer Marco Polo in the 12hundreds visited Socotra and my favorite Portuguese explorer Tristão da Cunha put ashore after discovering another one of my favorite remote Island Tristan da cunha in the early 16th century and "conquered" Socotra for Portugal.

Most Socotris still live a very basic life without power, and other modern amenities.

Places to see
Detwah lagoon
Shouab beach
Ayhaft Canyon
Hoq Cave
Dagoub Cave
Higgihir Mountains and Scant
Dicksam plateau
Aomak beach
Momi plateau
Arher beach
Wadi Daerhu

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  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Feb 26, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    What a fairy-tale island! Love those bottle- and umbrella-like trees! Have only recently discovered Socotra and would like to go there as soon as the situation in Yemen stabilizes. Glad I found your page, thanks for the info and the contacts!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Mar 27, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    Thanks for your narration, Paul! It's always fun to read your travel pages!

  • kiwi's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    What an amazing place. I remember looking at that Mosey link, but recently read about the island and came back here to this wonderful page. Thanks Paul! Love the Eco Tourism, and the trees are amazing too.

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:27 AM

    this is a really fascinating place, one i havent heard of, but now know of! thanks for sharing your travels with us.

  • MichaelFalk1969's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2008 at 12:15 AM

    Thanks Paul for the visit - Socotra was even better than expected, as you said. We are seriously considering another trip within the next two years.

  • travelinxs's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2007 at 1:50 AM

    This looks fascinating. In Sanaa at moment - can you tell me cost of travelling around island & maybe overall daily budget (Im on a tight budget). Thanks.

  • jorgejuansanchez's Profile Photo
    Aug 11, 2007 at 3:12 AM

    You are always ahead of my travel plans! You did it again! On seventh november I will fly to Socotra to celebrate the 70th birthday of a great traveler, the french Andre Brugiroux. Au revoir!

  • Cristian_Uluru's Profile Photo
    Jul 20, 2007 at 1:51 AM

    Wonderful place and page!! It is amazing!!!

  • JPGEE's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2007 at 12:08 PM

    This is excellent, very informative. Your photographs, your description of the Island and your tips have given me a lot of thought...looking forward to going there all the more

  • grets's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2007 at 9:24 AM

    Just checking out what I will be missing. :-( It does indeed look absolutely amazing.


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