Yemen, The Socotra Archipelago
The Socotra Islands are the jewels of Yemen and the whole Arabian region. It is indeed a place of botanical and zoological treasures nurtured by many generations of the islanders, the keepers of the unique cultural traditions of Yemen. For centuries, the Socotra Islands have been out of early explorers’ and naturalists’ attention. But by the end of 90-s they became a center of attraction never seen before especially from those who are interested in their economic development and natural environment preservation.
Dating back to prehistoric times the unique nature of Socotra attracts not only scientists and specialists, but also enthusiasts of eco-tourism.
Socotra island is one of few places in the world where people live in harmony with nature, so rarely found in our modernized world.
Tourism on Socotra is still developing. We arrange tours on Socotra Archipelago in cooperation with the local socotrian guides having many years' experience with tourists from various countries. They are highly professional and can show you the most attractive places of the island, tell about its nature, language and culture, as well as organize diving, trekking or other special programs.
Try the real taste of Socotra with "Socotra Tamam" travel & tourism agency!
"Our mission is to document the presence of rock art located in the depths of Dahaisi cave using the latest photographic techniques. We are hoping they will help us uncover and study the animal and human figures, crosses, and strange array of geometric patterns that adorn the walls of the final chamber."
Socotra started to receive cruisers. Our agency "Socotra Tamam" started working as an agent for sailors coming to Socotra island. We help sailors with all documents, buy food, water and fuel. And of course we showed our guests the island of Socotra.
During February-March 2015 several sailing boats made a stop on Socotra.
A few photos and animated GIF showing where and how you can jump into the water in the canyons on Socotra.
Yemenia Airlines has announced that they will begin direct flights by the mid of Feb, between Dubai and Socotra. Flight to Socotra on Sundays. Return flight - on Wednesdays.
During our trekking tour we visited the most secluded places of Socotra, which are not included in the standard tour program.
We visited the other islands of the archipelago of Socotra. These very beautiful places are not spoiled by civilization. White sand, beautiful reefs full of fish and nice people who live in uneasy conditions.
Photos of our guest Tatiana Egorova, visited Socotra in January 2014. Our camping program "The Best of Socotra".
A series of underwater photos taken during our diving expedition to the islands Darca, Samha and Abd el Kuri, a part of the archipelago of Socotra.
Sambuka - fiberglass analogue of classical Arabic fishing boat Dhow. Usually it is 'floating refrigerators' that buy fish from local fishermen on Socotra.
A group of Russian linguists under the direction of a correspondent of RAS, Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies Vitaly Naumkin developed a writing system for the archaic language of the Yemeni island of Socotra. The indigenous population of Socotra speaks a dialect of the local Socotra unwritten language, related to the modern Semitic Modern South Arabian languages, as well as in Arabic.
Three weeks ago I set out to film an exploratory fly fishing trip to the Socotra archipelago with Edward Truter who was representing Tourette Fishing. There was a huge amount of excitement among us fly fishing bums as Socotra has proved to be an incredible destination for jigging and popping for GT’s and other species with proof coming from the trips Wild Sea Expedition has done there. The average size and number of GT’s is simply astounding and it is certainly a prime spot for this kind of fishing. Owing to the structure and location of the islands the average size and quality of fish species is incredible.
We will arrange a diving expedition to the islands of Socotra archipelago from 15 to 25 October 2014. Guaranteed dive with manta rays. Group of 4-5 persons. Two places are available.
Introducing our new partner - "Wild sea expedition" is a company that organize fishing trip on Socotra archipelago since 2010, they are the first to discover this place for sportfishing and explore it.
Now bottle trees on Socotra covered with leaves. Some photos of bottle trees made during the last trip to the plateau Mumi on the east of the island of Socotra.
For all our guests we offer sandboarding - new attraction on Socotra. We have special boards and checked routes for safe skiing.
Monsoon wind, passing through Socotra, become stronger on the north coast. The strongest wind is blowing in the north-east of the island.
Photos of our guest Tatiana Drujinina, visited Socotra in 2013. "Thanks for a great tour! Much time has passed, but the impressions is so bright, it seems that it was just yesterday." Our camping program "The Best of Socotra".
Monsoon winds are changing the face of Socotra. A selection of photos of Socotra, made last month.
"On our way back from a circumnavigation, in March 2014 we started from Maldives, headed to visit the Socotra island in Yemen and become the first sailing yacht to come there in recent years... In our opinion, navigation from India, Sri-Lanka or the Maldives to Bab-el-Mandeb with a stopover on Socotra is a good alternative to navigation with stops in Oman and continental Yemen." Andrey Nevzorov, Captain of sailing yacht Delta