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Socotra Beekiping
Socotra Beekiping

Socotra is famous for its delicious honey.

Honey
Noget sand land
Noget sand land

On Socotra’ south coast, its central part called as Noget, there are places worth visiting.

Noget Photos Dunes
Т-34 on Socotra
Т-34 on Socotra

In the 1980s USSR was actively supporting South Yemen’s communism movement. As a heritage of that time one can see Soviet tanks T-34 embedded in various parts of the island.

History
Skant - high-mountain ascetics
Skant - high-mountain ascetics

Skant is one of the highest places of the island. From here there is a wonderful view of the northern coast of Socotra.

Skant Photos
Homhil Plateau
Homhil Plateau

The place is heavily accessible by road that may be even dangerous in a rainy season. It is good to come here in a day of clear sky.

Homhil Photos
Fortunes of camels
Fortunes of camels

Camels seem to be ones of the happiest creatures on Socotra. They do not practically work and graze lazily on coastal plains.

Camels
Trekking route from north to south
Trekking route from north to south

The trekking route from Rush camping to Matiaf village is worth taking.

Trekking Camels Mumi Caves
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
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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