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.

 

Yemen, Sanaa, part 1
Yemen, Sanaa, part 1

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2* Hotels in Hadibo
2* Hotels in Hadibo

In Hadibo, the capital of Socotra, we offer two newly constructed 2-3* hotels notable for relative cleanness and order.

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Burj al Salam 4*, Sana`a
Burj al Salam 4*, Sana`a

A remarkable modern hotel located in the heart of the Old City of Sana'a

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2-3* Hotels in Sana`a
2-3* Hotels in Sana`a

We consider hotels set in ancient buildings of the Old Town to be the most interesting and money-saving variants of accommodation in Sana'a.

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Accomodation in Yemen & Socotra
Accomodation in Yemen & Socotra

Our mission is to show you the island in such a way that you remember it as one of the most unusual travels in your life. We offer you our knowledge of the island, the services of high-skilled and responsible Socotran guides knowing European languages, reliable and comfort transport, interesting non-standard routes, specially prepared meals and a great deal of new and unexpected impressions.

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Socotra was the prototype of Prospero Island mentioned in Shakespeare's play «The Tempest»
Socotra was the prototype of Prospero Island mentioned in Shakespeare's play «The Tempest»

Some theorists of literature consider Socotra to be the prototype of Prospero Island mentioned in Shakespeare's play «The Tempest».

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Socotra was well-known in the ancient world
Socotra was well-known in the ancient world

As far back as in Alexander of Maсedon’s times Socotra supplied a great deal of not only frankincense and myrrh, but also Dragon’s blood, which was rubbed in by gladiators before combats for quick wound healing.

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Mystery of the origin of Socotra's name
Mystery of the origin of Socotra's name

The origin of Socotra's name is still wrapped in mystery. The Socotrans call their island Sacatri.

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 Basic tourist program on the island of Socotra
Basic tourist program on the island of Socotra

The offered programs shall be regarded as basic ones developed for visiting the island’s most famous places, having overnight stops at Hadiboh’s hotels or at camping sites

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Our travel programs on Socotra
Our travel programs on Socotra

Our mission is to show you the island in such a way that you will remember it as one of the most unusual trips in your life.

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How and what to see on Socotra
How and what to see on Socotra

Just imagine that you appear on another planet with strange surrealistic trees resembling turned umbrellas or walk through a Jurassic park where from time to time you meet fantastical bottle trees edging the ragged peaks of the mountains hiding beyond the clouds or the brooks leading to the oases surrounded by luxuriant vegetation, a habitat of a great variety of species of the ancient world.

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Socotra traveller Instructions
Socotra traveller Instructions

People from every corner of the world come to Socotra to enjoy an island of remarkable beauty and the astonishing plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth. Tourism here should be primarily understood as ecotourism; therefore, the guests of the Archipelago have travelling responsibilities and are obliged to observe rules of environmental behavior.

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Travel to Socotra Island
Travel to Socotra Island

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Sana`a - Capital City of Yemen
Sana`a - Capital City of Yemen

Sana'a is one of the ancient Yemeni cities dating back to the Sabaean dynasty of the 6th Century BC. The oldest written reference to its existence is found in inscriptions which date back to the 1st century AD. It is suggested that Sana'a was the capital of the Himyarite kingdom at the onset of the 6th century AD.

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Chronology of Yemen
Chronology of Yemen

Short Chronology of Yemen

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Socotra Fairy-tales
Socotra Fairy-tales

Two men loved each other - because the men were brothers. One day one of them said to the other: - Brother, do you know what will separate us? - What? - the other said. - Woman's work,- the first said. - Woman's work? It's impossible!- his brother said." Fatima Salim, who is telling me this oldest tale, doesn't stop sewing and the voice of her sewing machine accompanies the story. Fatima, who never went to school in her life, is sitting on the entrance of her family's cave. She doesn't know that a story like this one - about the two brothers and the dishonest wife of one of them - was once recorded in ancient Egypt over 3000 years ago for the Crown Prince Seti and is kept now as a great value in the Papiry collection of the British Museum.

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Culture & Folklore
Culture & Folklore

Socotran men wear skirts
Socotran men wear skirts

Like in Yemen Socotran men wear skirts.

Culture
The Socotrans greet each other by touching their noses
The Socotrans greet each other by touching their noses

The Socotrans greet each other by touching their noses.

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Guido Adler was the first one in studying Socotran folk music.
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