Socotra (Soqotra) (Arabic: سقطرى Suquṭra) IS one of the most special places on earth. It is a group of islands in the Indian Ocean (Asia) that is part of Yemen. There are also almost no tourists so it gives you the chance to immerse yourself in peace and quiet of the white beaches and Arabian ocean.
Socotra is best known for its flora and fauna. The islands look like a lunar landscape and a large part of the plants, flowers and animals are found nowhere else in the world. As a result, 70% of Socotra has been declared as National Park. The most famous trees that grow are the so-called dragon trees. This tree is one of the types of trees that only can be found on Socotra. Like many other species, the tree has a foreign, strange appearance. It looks like an umbrella and from the dragon tree comes 'dragon's blood'. This red resin has been used for a long time for various purposes.
Socotra separated from the Middle East or from Africa a few million years ago and started to live its own life. There are 305 endemic plant and tree species, species that only occur on the island The population (mainly based on the main island) lives mainly from livestock farming and fishing.
When you enter Socotra through the air you immediately see the high mountains. Making this the perfect region for walking. Not only the trained people, but also the inexperienced hiker can enjoy themselves. It is recommended to go with a guide, because he or she knows which paths to take. From the mountains you have a beautiful view of the special surroundings of Socotra.
Around the islands you will find the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean. With its coral reefs and pleasant temperature it is the perfect place for diving or snorkeling.
When to visit
The climate is a tropical desert climate. There is not much rain, most of it falls in November and December. In the monsoon the wind is very strong and the seas are high. The best time to visit is from mid-October to mid-May. Outside this time the strong winds prevent flights from going to the island. Click here for more average weather details.