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.  

Try the real taste of Socotra with "Socotra Tamam" travel & tourism agency!

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

 

Dragon Tree in Dixam Plateau
Dragon Tree in Dixam Plateau

Dixam Plateau is located in the central part of Socotra. It is famous for its Dragon Trees.

Dixam Attractions Canyons Bottle tree Dragon blood tree
Frankincense Tree in Ayaft
Frankincense Tree in Ayaft

Ayaft Gorge is the greenest place of Socotra. Its unique moisture-retaining microclimate is created by numerous springs and streams. It is the place where frankincense is harvested.

Ayaft Attractions Trekking
Sand Dunes in Archer
Sand Dunes in Archer

This place is a popular camping site between two big dunes. It is the sand coast of a fresh-water stream flowing out of a cave.

Archer Attractions Camping Beach Sea Dunes
Freediving on Socotra
Freediving on Socotra

Underwater hunting on Socotra is strictly prohibited by law. But nobody has anything against free diving and spinning.

Diving Freediving Darsa Samha Sea Fish
Kitesurfing on Socotra
Kitesurfing on Socotra

Socotra was tried only by a few kite surfers.

Wind Sea Kiting
Diving on Socotra
Diving on Socotra

The best time for diving on Socotra is the period from October to November and from March to May, when wind falls and the sea calms down.

Diving Darsa Samha Erissel Shuab Freediving Sea
There were issued special postal stamps for an expedition to Socotra in 1960
There were issued special postal stamps for an expedition to Socotra in 1960

For an Adenese-Socotran expedition, in 1960 there were issued special postage stamps.

History Culture
Socotra is famous for a great number of caves
Socotra is famous for a great number of caves

Socotra has a great number of caves some of which stretching for tens of kilometers.

Hoq Caves
Dioscorida – the Island of Harmony
Dioscorida – the Island of Harmony

The famous scientist and journalist Mukhammad Megalommatis published an article about Socotra of the “Periplus of the Erythraean Sea” (mid-1st century A.D.) epoch.

History Archeology
1604: Hamlet on Socotra
1604: Hamlet on Socotra

English scientist Brian Lougery states that it was Socotra where a Shakespeare’s play was put on for the first time in the Arab world!

Culture History
Socotra's Museum
Socotra's Museum

The most interesting thing of the museum is a set for fire-making. If you ask a museum attendant to show you how to make a fire he will easily do it in couple of minutes.

Museum Culture
To Shuab Bay by jeep
To Shuab Bay by jeep

Today Shuab Bay is one of the cleanest places on Socotra. It is only inhabited by a small fishing village. Here people lead rather isolated patriarchal life coming to Hadiboh only in case of urgent need.

Shuab
Socotrans are excellent free divers
Socotrans are excellent free divers

Socotra has been famous for pearl fishery since the earliest times. The Socotrans are excellent free divers.

Sea
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Activities on the island of Socotra
Activities on the island of Socotra

The main type of holiday on Socotra - a eco-tourism. Here you can engage in trekking, cycling, hiking, surfing, sandboarding, diving and kiting.

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Soviet military base has never been established in Socotra
Soviet military base has never been established in Socotra

Soviet military base has never been established in Socotra.

History
Sanaa & Surroundings Highlights
Sanaa & Surroundings Highlights

Photos by Denis Romanov

Yemen Photos
Yemen, Sanaa, part 2
Yemen, Sanaa, part 2

Photos by Denis Romanov

Sanaa Yemen Photos
Socotra has five wildlife reserves.
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