Information about Socotra

Socotra is an attractive place for trekking lovers. Thanks to pleasant weather almost everyone can take a light hike. Experienced tourists might set off on more demanding hiking trails. Water lovers will discover the underwater world whose amazing diversity of species provides an extraordinary spectacle. You can watch or even swim with dolphins, see turtles, rays and many other beautiful colored fish living on coral reefs. Enjoy the uniqueness of virgin nature every day on a different beach.

Enjoy a great time of picnicking, evenings smelling of shisha waterpipe and watching the night sky filled with thousands of stars.


There is only one tarmac road around the island. Other roads are only strengthened, clay and stone paths along the indigenous settlements are passable, depending on the season.

Socotra Archipelago is located in the Indian Ocean about 350 km southeast of the Arabian Peninsula, but is geographically closer to the eastern coast of the African continent.

It is a part of the Republic of Yemen. Hadibo is an administrative centre and at the same time the largest city.



A remarkable biological diversity and unique endemic untouched nature enabled the island to be added on the list of UNESCO World Heritage. Thanks to its isolation the island’s evolution went in a completely different direction than on the mainland. Here, people still live in a concord and harmony with nature and in some areas even a unique prehistoric way of life is still preserved.

The surface of the island is diverse. The central part consists of a large part of the plateau furrowed by deep riverbeds. The highest mountain range Haggier rises to a height of 1600 m above sea level. Northeast consists of gigantic limestone walls that hide a lot of unexplored caves. West of the island is lined with beautiful sandy beaches and a lagoon with azure blue water.

The symbol of the island is a remarkable tree " dragon´s blood" ( dragon blood tree ) whose red colored sap - resin , pigment and oil are highly prized treasure since ancient times. Other typical trees are "Desert Rose" - myrrh , frankincense and pomegranate . The island is an important nesting site for many species of rare birds. Among the most frequent are carrion vultures, cormorants and many other migratory birds.

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