“It is not down in any map, True places never are” – Herman Melville
This is completely applicable to Socotra Island, one of the most fascinating destinations I have ever traveled to as a professional travel blogger. To say, that it is incredible, is like downplaying its beauty and the island is truly one of the last rarely discovered places on earth. Intriguingly isolated at nearly 220 miles from the mainland Yemen, the country to which it belongs, Socotra is home to legends, history, strange plants and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Any mention of this hot, harsh windswept island without fail draws two reactions and they are invariably either “Where is this?” or “Wow”. These reactions are well deserved for Socotra and the island is in the middle of nowhere. An UNESCO World Heritage Site, Socotra is Yemen’s largest island a very difficult to access destination.
Famous for its extraordinary and endemic flora and fauna, legends claim that Socotra had once been a habitat of dragons and the Phoenix. Titled as the ‘Galapagos of the Indian Ocean’, Socotra’s mushroom shaped blood dragon trees have put this tiny obscure island on the map of adventurers across the world and time had truly stopped there. It is a kind of a place, where many residents still live in caves, you can call endless stretches of pristine beaches as your own and strong winds shut out the island from the world for many months. The island which is home to approximately 50,000 inhabitants has more goats than people and hitch-hiking is the most common mode of transportation. Crime is unheard of at Socotra and its capital, Hadibo is the size of a small dinner plate. Only a few hotels exist at Socotra and the island got its brand new airport a few years back.
This has increased Socotra’s tourism footfall to approximately 1,000 a year and the gorgeous island is definitely the most incredible place I have ever visited. In this photo series, I will reveal Socotra Island’s beauty as I had experienced it on a day to day basis and include travel tips, costs and other extras. Until then, let us allow Socotra’s time forgotten simplicity and unbelievable natural beauty to escape commercial tourism and hope that the marvelous one of a kind natural heritage destination is admired and protected by locals and tourists alike.
RESPONSIBLE TRAVELING-BECAUSE I CARE