Travel to Socotra (Soqotra). The Pearl of the Indian Ocean.

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.  

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Our camping program includes the most interesting and beautiful places of the island of Socotra.

 

Detwah – the most beautiful beach of Socotra
Detwah – the most beautiful beach of Socotra

Detwah lagoon located not far from Qalansiya, the second big settlement on Socotra, is rightfully considered one of the most beautiful beaches of Socotra.

Detwah Camping
Delisha Beach is just for relaxing
Delisha Beach is just for relaxing

Delisha Beach fully justifies its name. It is good to come here in the evening for one-two hours just for walking along the beach.

Delisha Sea
Dixam - Skant
Dixam - Skant

The canyon part from Dixam to Skant is one of the most interesting places for trekking.

Dixam Skant Trekking Canyons
Central canyon
Central canyon

Despite its rather small size Socotra has many places rarely visited by tourists.

Trekking Canyons
Continue exploring the canyon
Continue exploring the canyon

Mounting another side of Wadi Dirhur canyon we appeared in a small valley inhabited by locals.

Canyons
Wadi Dirhur Canyon

From Dixam Plateau we went down to Wadi Dirhur Canyon, where it is good to stay in tents overnight and to swim in natural pools before going on.

Wadi Dirhur Dixam Canyons
Dragon’s blood on Dixam Plateau
Dragon’s blood on Dixam Plateau

Dixam mountain plateau is located in the very center of Socotra. It is a habitat of Dragon Trees that have been famous since remote antiquity.

Dixam Dragon blood tree
Ayaft Gorge - a habitat of frankincense trees
Ayaft Gorge - a habitat of frankincense trees

Frankincense trees grow on mountain slopes of Ayaft Gorge that differs greatly from other Socotra’s places.

Ayaft frankincense
Sand dunes of Archer
Sand dunes of Archer

High snow-white sand dunes in the northeast of the island make one of the most beautiful places on Socotra.

Archer Wind
Socotra’s Seaport
Socotra’s Seaport

The desolated pier located in a small bay on the northern coast of Socotra, which is constantly disrupted by storms, can hardly be regarded as the seaport. However, it serves as a berth for the ships supplying all the things needed for life to Socotra.

Sea Development
Socotra of the East China Sea
Socotra of the East China Sea

In the central part of the East China Sea there is also Socotra Island. It is interesting to note that both Socotra islands are indirectly related to each other.

Sea History
UNCF finances modernization of 68 schools on the Socotra Archipelago.
UNCF finances modernization of 68 schools on the Socotra Archipelago.

The United Nations Children's Fund continued financing development of formal education on the Yemeni Socotra Archipelago, which was initiated in 2007. At the end of 2008 68 Socotra’s schools were equipped with school and office furniture and schoolchildren were given schoolbags with a full set of writing implements.

Culture Development
Sensational archaeological evidences on Socotra
Sensational archaeological evidences on Socotra

On Socotra, Yemen’s remote island, there were discovered the stone implements moving the history of the island almost one million years away. Previously, most researchers reckoned that this big island located near the Horn of Africa had been settled not so long ago.

Culture Archeology
Darsa Settlement Plan
Darsa Settlement Plan

The Socotra Archipelago, a part of the Republic of Yemen, consists of the biggest Socotra Island and a few small ones, of which Abd-el-Kuri, the closest island to the Horn of Africa, and Samha Island, one of Al-Ikhvan islands (Samha and Darsa), are settled by people. Darsa Island is peopleless. The smaller islands and rocks are uninhabitable.

Sea Darsa Samha Abd el Kuri Development
Soviet military base on Socotra – the myth and reality
Soviet military base on Socotra – the myth and reality

In the Soviet Union times the island was well-known primarily to our military men. The name of the island was often mentioned in the Western media when there was raised an uproar over “Soviet Union’s military presence” in the Red Sea and Horn of Africa Regions. Today also many people, both in Russia and abroad, believe that Socotra was a place where an important Soviet military base was developed like it was in Berbera, on the northern coast of Somali.

Socotra visitor's pictures
Socotra visitor's pictures

Our guests shared their photos of Socotra.

Photos
Wadi Dirhur Canyon
Wadi Dirhur Canyon

Passing by Dixam Plateau you can go down a steep earth-road to Wadi Dirhur Canyon, where you can have a swim in a small fresh water pool.

Wadi Dirhur Attractions Canyons Camping
The Socotrans greet each other by touching their noses.
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