Socotra Journals

Socotra: Where People Are As Beautiful As The Land

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A November 2007 trip to Socotra by fallschirmhosen

Dragons Blood Tree Photo, Socotra, Yemen More Photos
Quote: A year ago, I had never even heard of Socotra. Now, it's a place I will never forget.

Getting Sick on Socotra

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Another Weird Tree on Socotra Photo, Socotra, Yemen
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If there was one theme that could summarize my stay on the island of Socotra, it would have to be getting sick. Despite having an amazing visit to Socotra, as anyone would, the three and one-half days spent there were punctuated by people getting sick, including myself. So, I am writing this to give you a glimpse as to how easy you can get sick here. It shouldn't scare you, though, as long as you use some common sense and take precautions.Upon my arrival, my guide told me that he was tired and feeling a bit ill. So, the first two days of my trip he spent quite a good amount of time resting and sleeping, hoping it would help cure him. But, by the morning of my third day, he was too ill t...Read More

Things To Do on Socotra

Detwah Lagoon - Socotra

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Detwah Lagoon - Socotra Photo, Socotra, Yemen
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Less than two hours from Hadibu, with a paved road the entire way, is the village of Qalansiyah and the nearby Detwah Lagoon. Located in the northwest coast of Socotra, the village is one of the larger ones on the island. It has a few stores and a place to eat, but is mainly just a residential coastal village with access to the sea and people spending their days fishing and grazing animals. Just north of the village, beyond large sand dunes and some cliffs, is one of the most beautiful places in the world: Detwah Lagoon.In short, Detwah Lagoon is huge and amazing. If you want a secluded beach, this is THE place. From the entrance area where cars are parked, you can walk around the lagoo...Read More

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Dicksam Plateau - Socotra

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Dragon's Blood Tree at Sunset Photo, Socotra, Yemen
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When looking at anything online about Socotra, the one image you will most often see is of a strange looking tree that looks like an inverted umbrella... This is the Dragon's Blood Tree, and it can only be found on Socotra, and only at higher elevations. The best, and most popular, place to view this tree is on the Dicksam Plateau. It is an hour or so driving on the paved road from Hadibu to reach the plateau. Once there, you will see miles and miles of these trees, as well as other amazing sites unique to the island..Villages on the plateau are few and far between. Most are very small, and the buildings are made of stone. To reach most of them you need to drive off the paved road. Al...Read More

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Dihamri Marine Protected Area - Socotra

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Looking West from Dihamri Marine Protected Area Photo, Socotra, Yemen
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If you drive approximately 45 to 60 minutes east of Hadibu, along the paved ring road, you will eventually come across the Dihamri Marine Protected Area (about 5 minutes off the main road). This is basically a protected reef on the shore of the Arabian Sea, anchored by two large red cliffs (that are easy to climb on top of and get amazing views of Socotra's northern coastline).Dihamri is not a white sand beach that sunbathers would love. Instead, the "sand" is actually composed of small shell and fossils from the sea. At quick glance they look like white, burgundy, and creamy colored rocks. But, at closer look each one is covered with fossils. It is hard to walk on these without any sho...Read More

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Where to Stay on Socotra

Taj Sheba Hotel

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Taj Sheba Hotel Photo, Sanaa, Yemen
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Since the writing of Lonely Planet's newest guidebook, a new hotel has popped up on the island of Socotra. With few options on Socotra, the Taj Sheba Hotel gives guests generally clean rooms at excellent budget rates. It's on the outskirts of Hadibu, about 15 minutes from the airport, and is an excellent option for guests who will base their stay on Socotra in Hadibu (as opposed to roughing ti elsewhere on the island).Though I was only there for one night, I actually stayed in three rooms. My first room seemed complete and in great condition when I checked-in. But, I soon noticed that it had no electricity. Once the hotel staff turned on the electricity there (no other guests were stayi...Read More

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Taj Sheba Hotel
Ali Abdolmoghni Street
Sanaa, Yemen
967-1-272372

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fallschirmhosen

fallschirmhosen
New York, New York

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Getting Sick on Socotra