Socotra Island 🌳🌳🌳 The island of Socotra is part of an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. It is so isolated that a third of its plant life is found nowhere else on the planet. Notable are the dragon’s blood trees that look like flying saucers perched on trunks. Adenium socotranum are trees that look like elephants’ legs with pink flowers on top. Birds such as the Socotra starling, Socotra sunbird, and Socotra grosbeak are found nowhere else on Earth. Bats are the island’s only native mammal. —words by Atlas Obscura #PalaverPlaces#SocotraIsland#DragonBloodTree#Botanical#NaturesBeauty
By far the most beguiling place I've visited in the world would have to be #Socotra . In early 2014 I had the opportunity to visit and I gladly took it after staring at beautiful photos of the mysterious island online for over a decade.
One of the questions I am asked most frequently by readers and the Instagram world is regarding travel to Socotra, and commonly: Is it still possible? I wish it was a cut-and-dry yes or no, but it just isn't. Socotra is a territory of #Yemen , and mainland Yemen has been the stage for a giant proxy war that has crippled the country. I can't really say that you can't visit Socotra right now, because 'if there's a will, there's a way', but let me just tell you right now that 'way' is damn near impossible.
I've just released a post about the problems with trying to get out here- from unkept promises of flights, to UAE based tour operators selling tours that will never actually go and a little about what's happening to the island. Last month I released a post about my 10-day visit to the paradiscal island back in 2014. Click the link in my bio if you care to read it.
PS: The biggest regret I have in all my travels was not staying in Socotra longer.
Nicole Smoot, 2014
Yemeni's are suffering due to war caused by Iranian Houtui Milita and other groups terrorisng #Yemen .
This has left the country and its people helpless victims of this wars. The #UAE is assisting them by providing humantarian and social aids to especially to those in #Socotra#UAE have provided world class helath facilities, food aids for people in #SocotraIsland
Discover The Mysterious Socotra Island: One of the most alien looking places on earth
Socotra Dragon Tree
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The UNESCO protected 'Jewel of Arabia'
The lost world of Socotra, a remote island with plants up to 20 million years
According to Bill’s Corner, the island’s trees and plants, some of which are as old as 20 million years, have evolved to suit its harsh climate.
The Mysterious Socotra Island (Indian Ocean) Welcome to the Alien lands of Socotra, with strange trees like the Dragon Blood Tree! ... A Dragon’s Blood Tree (Dracaena cinnabari) seen in front of the Skund mountains on the land of Socotra, Yemen.
Socotra is part of Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula, but it is separated from the mainland by 220 miles – which is why the plants there look so different to those which evolved elsewhere.
Alone in the sea, the archipelago is known as the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean because its incredible biodiversity rivals the famous islands in the Pacific where Darwin developed his theory of evolution.
The main island of the network, also called Socotra, is famous for its incredible plants, and botanists say its flora is among the ten most endangered in the world.
Socotra (Arabic: سُقُطْرَى Suquṭra), also called Soqotra, located between the Guardafui Channel and the Arabian Sea, is the largest of four islands of the Socotra archipelago. The territory is located near major shipping routes and is officially part of Yemen, and had long been a subdivision of the Aden Governorate. In 2004, it became attached to the Hadhramaut Governorate, which is much closer to the island than Aden (although the nearest governorate was the Al Mahrah Governorate). In 2013, the archipelago became its own governorate, the Socotra Governorate. There is a dispute between Yemen and Somalia's government over the island's sovereignty.
There was initially an Oldowan lithic culture in Socotra. Oldowan stone tools were found in the area around Hadibo by V.A. Zhukov, a member of the Russian Complex Expedition in 2008.