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!
Bicycle allows you to enjoy other Socotra that you will not see from a car. Hiking paths and country roads lead you sometimes to the very beautiful places. We are starting to make cycling itineraries on Socotra.
Sailors, who came to Socotra at the end of the southwest monsoon, could see what was happening on Socotra in the summer. The weather is very different from the usual. In the mountains is cool and cloudy. On the north shore of Socotra blowing very strong wind.
60-foot catamaran with a Russian-Ukrainian crew came to Socotra. They were the first who visited Socotra in the season the south-east monsoon, which still strong now.
Southwest monsoon wind becomes very strong on the northern coast of Socotra in the summer months. At same time there is rainy and cold weather in the mountain part of Socotra.
Two more sailing boats have visited Socotra on their way to the Red Sea. German catamaran and Irish yacht spent on Socotra for about a week. It was a pleasure to meet interesting people, some of them live aboard for more than 10 years.
Sailors is lucky people. Now they are the only ones who can come to Socotra and see our beautiful island. The rest are waiting until direct flight from Dubai starts.
Morten takes unusual photos in the ultraviolet range. In February 2015 we organized for him a special tour around Socotra.
Photos from the fourth trip to Socotra in January-February 2015. Anton likes to get into tricky areas to make an unusual pictures.
Good news! November 27 will start a new direct flight from Dubai to Socotra.
Socotra was hit again by the storm. A lot of destroyed houses all over the island. There are several dead. Half of our restaurant was destroyed. The ship carrying humanitarian aid ran aground during a storm.
Strong cyclone passed near Socotra. We had heavy rain, strong wind and big waves. Several photos taken before and after the storm.
We made a small sailing trimaran with junk rig sail for coastal trips around Socotra.
Now misinformation came from the Iranians who reported that "Saudi Arabia Building-Up Naval Base on Occupied Yemeni Island Socotra"
We have launched a new project on Socotra - a seafood restaurant. Almost all we have built with our own hands. Now we are working on the menu and train the staff. At the beginning of the tourist season we will provide you a tasty and well-cooked food.
"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.