Socotra Island has been variously described as ‘The Galapagos of the Middle East’ and ‘The Jewel of Arabia.’ This Yemeni UNESCO World Heritage Site is the largest of four islands in the Socotra Archipelago, situated east of the Horn of Africa in the Arabian Sea. The unspoiled, alien-like landscape of the island has intrigued travelers and scientists alike for decades.
Centuries-old umbrella-shaped dragon’s blood trees line the rugged peaks of Yemen’s Socotra — a flagship symbol of the Indian Ocean archipelago’s extraordinary biodiversity, but also a bleak warning of environmental crisis.
Yemenis accuse the UAE of illegitimate control over access to the island and allowing foreigners in without government approval…
How guidebook writer Hilary Bradt fell in love with the remote island of Socotra; Hilary Bradt; iNews
Socotra is a Unesco-protected naturalist’s paradise that won over travel guide founder Hilary Bradt the instant she touched down.
Remote and isolated, the Socotra archipelago is often described as the “most alien-looking place on Earth.” The islands, part of Yemen, are scattered in the Arabian Sea, with Socotra, the largest island, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But while once a discerning destination for hardcore adventure tourists, visitor numbers have dwindled since the outbreak of the Yemeni civil war in 2015. Browse this gallery and get an idea of what this unworldly island looks like.
Our planet is full of surprises. Here’s one more. Socotra Island in the Indian Ocean is one of a kind.…
Socotra: The Deep Indic Roots Of One Of The Remotest Places On Earth; Kamalpreet Singh Gill; Swarajya Magazine
Socotra island was once home to a thriving culture of Indic people.
The Hidden Land offers a revealing look at the island’s stunning landscapes and its people, whose ancient beliefs and lifestyles are under threat as they embrace modern practices and technology.
A third of the plant species found on the island in the Indian Ocean are endemic and cannot be seen anywhere else on Earth.
A photographer has captured amazing images of Socotra, an island off Yemen with wildlife so diverse it has been called the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean.