Travel To Socotra And Discover A Biodiversity Hotspot
Did you know that Socotra is often known as the ‘Galapagos of the Indian Ocean’?
This is due to its incredible biodiversity and the many unique species found there. Around a third of the plants and animals in Socotra are endemic, including the Dragon’s Blood Tree, known for its umbrella-shaped crown and red resin.
Back in 2008, Socotra was unsurprisingly designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its biodiversity and cultural significance. The site includes the main island of Socotra, the three smaller islands of Abd al Kuri, Samhah, and Darsa, along with associated islets and rocks.
Despite this, Socotra faces various challenges, from overgrazing and habitat destruction to the introduction of invasive species. Conservation efforts are ongoing to preserve the unique ecological balance of the archipelago.
Located east of the Horn of Africa, Socotra is relatively isolated, which has contributed towards its unique flora and fauna.
The ocean around it is also intriguing. The surrounding waters of Socotra have one of the deepest points in the Indian Ocean, known as the Socotra Passage, reaching depths of over 9,800 feet.
It also has many fascinating archaeological sites that provide evidence of human habitation dating back thousands of years. These include ancient tombs, inscriptions and remnants of various civilisations.
Rocky Road Travel can introduce you to this incredible part of the world in 2024. We also take travellers to a range of more unusual destinations.
During our group or private tours between September to May, you can discover the stunning natural world of Socotra.
The population of Socotra is diverse, with influences from Arabian, Somali, and South Asian cultures. Since they have their own unique language and cultural traditions, it can open up a whole new world.