Socotra Island, Yemen
Where is Socotra located?
Off the coast of Yemen in the Indian Ocean lies a small island, or rather an archipelago that is unlike any other place on earth. These 4 islands in the Arabian Sea make up the Socotra Island, also known as the Pirate islands.
Random Facts about Socotra Island
The Socotra islands are isolated islands, rich in both history and beauty. The island consists of the main island of Socotra, and 3 smaller islands of Abd al Kuri, Samhah and Darsa. Apart from these, there are also small rock outcrops like Ka’l Fir’awn and Sābūnīyah that are uninhabitable by humans but important for seabirds. These islands are beautiful with their coastal plains and limestone plateaus. Combined with these and the lovely Haghier mountains, the island is a visual treat. Even the plant life here is highly unique. Of the species of plants found on the island, more than a third are found nowhere else on earth, my guide says. Indeed, some of these plants are unearthly! Makes one feels like they’re on another planet! It is rightly referred to as “the most alien looking place on earth!”
The Dragon’s Blood Tree
My local guide here tells me the legend of the dragon’s blood tree, which looks like a giant mushroom. The tree has a red sap, which in ancient times was thought to be dragon’s blood, and was highly valuable. Used as a dye back then, it serves as a key ingredient for paint and varnish today. The people here believed in magic, and practiced many magical rituals back in the day, even though a majority of the population was Christian, and their magical practices were forbidden by the archbishop.
Who does Socotra Island belongs to?
The majority of people here are of Indian and Somali origin as also African American people. The friendly people here earn their livelihood through animal husbandry, fishing, and date cultivation. The island is as of now still untouched by throngs of tourists, which makes the experience even better! You can enjoy its beauty and the amazing hospitality of the islanders peacefully. The eco tours ensure that you have a great time without causing any damage to the beautiful island. I can’t wait to come back here for another visit!