My life on the island of Socotra

 

Denis Romanov

Socotra is as much beautiful as uncomfortable for living, especially for those who spends much time here.

Today Socotra is rapidly changing. It so happed that I witness and participate directly in its development. I started arranging tourist programs together with the Socotran guides who became my sincere friends for several years.  

On this page I tell about my trips to the island, new places and people, the Socotrans’ life, as well as about the changes provoked by globalization.

Socotra is a small and wild island so far. The main goal of my project is the creation of a comprehensive eco-tourism system on the island, which will help islanders to improve their standard of living and give other people a chance to see such an island like it was long before our birth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detwah Lagoon
Detwah Lagoon

New tourist signs installed on Socotra. Standard shot Laguna now looks like this.

Detwah Attractions
Dawn in Stero
Dawn in Stero

Stero dunes are especially beautiful at down. To take their glorious views we left Aoumak camping long before the rising of the sun.

Stero Dunes Photos Nature
On the further side of Dixam Plato
On the further side of Dixam Plato

Our next company was Sheikh Noah Abu Amer who lives near the forest of Dragon’s Blood Trees.

Video Dixam
Socotran knives
Socotran knives

The Socotrans prefer using self-made knives from Hadiboh.

Socotri
Petroglyphs in Eriosh
Petroglyphs in Eriosh

Not far from the turning to Dixam you can find old petroglyphs in the place called Eriosh

Eriosh History
Old buildings in Shaub
Old buildings in Shaub

If you walk from the beach inland, you can easily find the ruins of ancient buildings and an old cemetery.

Shuab
Old men in Shuab
Old men in Shuab

In Shuab you will meet very friendly and nice people living in in the beginning territories of the beach area.

Shuab Socotri
In the middle of Socotra island
In the middle of Socotra island

Just branch off the main road and you'll see quite a nice place of Socotra.

Photos Nature
Frankincense from Socotra
Frankincense from Socotra

In Rush camping and at Homhil you can buy very nice pockets with pure frankincense collected from the trees of Socotra.

frankincense
Socotra in October, 2009
Socotra in October, 2009

Same photos of Socotra made in October, 2009.

Photos Nature
Lost world
Lost world

On Socotra you can find a real lost world! There are the biggest bottle trees of the island.

Nature Trekking Photos
Fairy-tale forest
Fairy-tale forest

After overnight stop in the canyon of Wadi Dirhur you can go for a walk through the primeval forest of Dragon Trees in the morning.

Dixam Wadi Dirhur Trekking
From the roof
From the roof

My house in Hadiboh.

Hadiboh
Sunsets on Socotra Island
Sunsets on Socotra Island

On Socotra you can enjoy magnificent sunsets every day, especially in winter time.

Photos Nature
Fish Markets & Fishers
Fish Markets & Fishers

This year the fish market moved from the center of Hadiboh to its outskirts. Though sale of fish is now more civilized, fish cutting and preparation operations sometimes look appalling.

Fish Hadiboh
Lower part of Wadi Dirhur canyon
Lower part of Wadi Dirhur canyon

This season we have explored the lower part of Wadi Dirhur canyon – from Dixam camping site to the south coast of the island.

Wadi Dirhur Trekking Canyons
Socotran
Socotran "lighter"

We highly recommend you to visit Socotra’s museum where you will be able to see how locals make a fire by friction.

Museum
Socotran eels
Socotran eels

A small fresh water stream in Archer is a habitat of a big colony of eels.

Eel Archer Nature
Fairytale country
Fairytale country

Socotra’s foothill gorges harbor dozens of grottos and caves. One feels here like being in a fairytale country!

Canyons Trekking
Socotra’s roads
Socotra’s roads

A network of Socotra’s asphaltic roads continues expanding.

Development
Socotra was a refuge for pirates for centuries.
Our projects
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