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Kuwait Fund will finance construction of Socotra’s new port
Kuwait Fund will finance construction of Socotra’s new port

The government of the Republic of Yemen and the Kuwait Fund of Arabic economic development have signed an agreement on provision of Yemen with a loan in support of the Socotra’s new port construction project for value of 11,8 million Kuwaiti dinar (about 41 million USA dollars).

Sea Port Development
New Sea Port
New Sea Port

The north-western part of Socotra is planned for construction of a new sea port. The field research works are about to be completed.

Port Sea
Socotra as a refuge for pirates
Socotra as a refuge for pirates

Socotra was a refuge for pirates for centuries.

Pirates Sea
Weather & Seasonality of Socotra
Weather & Seasonality of Socotra

Though Socotra’s climate is rather equable, it is also characterized by seasonal variability, which is recommended to be taken into account when planning a trip to the island.

Weather Sea Wind
Di Hamri Marine Conservation Area
Di Hamri Marine Conservation Area

The desert Cape Di Hamri was one of the first Socotra’s places used for encamping.

Di Hamri Attractions Sea
Indian Ocean in Aomak
Indian Ocean in Aomak

The south coast of the Indian Ocean is one of the places worth staying for overnight. You can do that in the Aomak camping.

Aomak Attractions Beach Camping Sea
Delisha Beach
Delisha Beach

It takes only half an hour to get to Delisha beach from Hadiboh. Tourists usually come here directly from the airport to have a swim and to walk along a big sand-dune.

Delisha Attractions Beach Sea
Detwah Lagoon -  the main beach of Socotra
Detwah Lagoon - the main beach of Socotra

Detwah Lagoon is definitely one of the most impressive places on the island coast. There is a camping site where you can stay for the night.

Detwah Attractions Camping Sea
Old log canoes
Old log canoes

Many Socotra’s old canoes made of African species of wood are in a quite a good state.

Sea History
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
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
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
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
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
Windsurfing on Socotra
Windsurfing on Socotra

Socotra can be too dangerous for wave-riding, but it is an excellent place for measuring speed during a monsoon season...

Windsurfing Sea Summer Denis Romanov
The most beautiful postal stamps issued for the Mahra Sultanate of Qishn and Socotra were the stamps devoted to Arab culture and folklore.
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