THE INERTIA GUIDE TO SOCOTRA
Welcome to Socotra, one of the world’s most remote and difficult to access inhabited islands located between the Arabian Peninsula and Somalia. In a region plagued with conflict, little Socotra stands on its own. Peaceful, traditional Socotri fishing villages dot the coast line, dragons’ blood trees populate the rugged mountain sides, and bright beaches and coral reefs hug the shorelines. Socotra is also one of the most ecologically distinct islands on the planet, with thirty percent of its flora and fauna endemic to the island; there’s little wonder why it’s sometimes referred to as the Galapagos of Arabia. After Yemen fell into war in 2015, Socotra was essentially cut off from tourism, as the Saudi and UAE governments took control over Yemen’s airspace. Starting in late 2018, Socotra has once again become accessible and we’re one of the first organizations re-engaging this spectacular island. Join us.
This two-week itinerary slowly takes in the entire island. Nature, wildlife watching, opportunities for diving, homestays, cultural exploration, beach time, fishing, hikes and nature walks abound as you take it easy throughout.
With flora and fauna unique to just the islands, rich cultural heritage, and some of the most otherworldly scenery, Socotra’s isolation has allowed it to avoid the turbulence of Yemen’s war. This one-week itinerary takes you around the island to live with locals, explore nature, dive and meander through the island’s unusual environment.
With over thirty percent of its plant life endemic to the archipelago, Socotra is the Galapagos of Arabia. This two week trip explores the entire island and includes a week-long trek by foot and camel to traditional villages, across deep canyons, and through fertile valleys.
Socotra is located in the Indian Ocean, and is closer to Somalia than to Mainland Yemen, having broken off from the Arabian Peninsula some 80 million years ago. This isolation allowed Socotra to develop some of the most unique plant life on the planet; over thirty percent of the island’s plant species are endemic and found nowhere else on Earth.
One of Socotra’s best features is how little infrastructure exists on this remarkable island. You should be prepared for camping, hiking, and swimming all largely off-grid. We’ve developed the ultimate packing and preparation list to get you ready for a journey to Socotra.
Yemenia’s once weekly flight 607 / 606 from Cairo to Socotra and back is the only reliable way onto the island. Here’s how to reserve your tickets and a description of what the flight is like.
Socotra is incredible for nature lovers, hikers, adventure seekers and off the beaten path explorers. This being said, Socotra is part of Yemen, a country that’s been in a state of war since 2015. So is Socotra safe to visit? And if one were even thinking about visiting, how on earth would you get there safely?
Located off the coasts of Somalia and Yemen, Socotra is commonly referred to as the “Galapagos of Arabia” due to the large numbers of endemic flora and fauna. Over one third of Socotra’s plant species are unique to the island. Here are 20 inspiring photos from our 2019 expedition.
Yes, you read that right, Socotra is once again accessible for visitors, and we’ll show you how to get there. Yemen’s 2015 war essentially cut the island off to the outside world, but one new weekly flight is changing that.