Socotra Island-The alien looking place on Earth

Sita Dahal

Socotra has been described as "the most alien place on Earth" and with good reason. It may seem very remote and distant, and in fact, it is part of Yemen. Socotra is an out-of-this-world island located in the Socotra archipelago of four islands in the Arabian Sea. This is a remote island in Yemen, located at a distance of 340 km from the mainland, and when you see this island, you will have the feeling that you have entered the world of science fiction films.

Socotra, also known as Socotra, is a beautiful island as well as an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. Socotra is one of the most isolated landforms on Earth of continental origin (for example, the Yemeni island of Socotra) is one of the most isolated islands on earth and the most isolated of continental origin. The biodiversity of Socotra Island is so unique due to its isolation that most of its flora and fauna are not native species elsewhere on Earth.

As with many isolated island systems, bats are the only mammals found on Socotra. Birds such as the Socotra starling, Socotra sunbird, and Socotra grosbeak are found nowhere else on Earth. Socotra is home to 750 plant species, 270 of which are endemic to the island and found nowhere else on Earth. There are ten rare and endangered plant species on the island, such as the one blood tree, olibanum, desert rose, and myrrh tree.

The island group also has a rich fauna that includes several endemic bird species such as the Socotra starling (Onychognathus frater), the Socotra sunbird (Nectarinia Balfour), the Socotra bunting, the cisticola Socotra (Cisticola hesitates), the Socotra sparrow, Socotra's golden-winged grosbeak and one species in the monotypic genus, the Socotra warbler. Socotra is home to a large number of unique species, about a third of which are endemic and found nowhere else on the planet. Recognized as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, Socotra Island is home to nearly 700 endemic species of flora and fauna, some of which are found nowhere else on earth. Almost all the inhabitants of Socotra, about 50,000, live on the main island of the archipelago.

Getting to Socotra Island, however, is proving difficult, as the only direct commercial access is through conflict-affected Yemen. Upon reaching Sanaa, you will get several national carriers such as Yemenia and Felix through which you can reach Socotra. There are tourist information centers in Yemen from where you can collect reliable data about the island, which is important for you as a traveler to know. Although it would be difficult to live on someone else's money, getting there and back is not easy.

Many things are completely unknown to people who have not yet been lucky enough to visit this place. A trip to Socotra guarantees one thing: Socotra is blessed with so many beaches that it will make your head spin, and most of them are much more beautiful than the monotonous lists you find on the Internet than what experts consider to be the best beaches in the world. Socotra and Tajikistan are two of my favorite places I have visited. I don't want Socotra to become a giant tourist island with ugly buildings maintaining beautiful and pristine coastlines that remain a place where you have to be prepared to camp without toilets.

The hope is that the extraordinary alien trees that have inhabited the island for thousands of years will never be cut down to make way for highways or mountain resorts. To add beauty to this island, the limestone caves play a royal role. One of the most beautiful places on earth, the Faroe Islands ensemble is so serene and dramatic that it seems out of this world, but part of Asgard. Entering this distant land immediately evokes an extraterrestrial atmosphere, dusty and rocky terrain, and oddly shaped trees.

Perhaps the two most iconic images on the island are the Dragonblood Tree, which only enhances the otherworldly aspect by being shaped like flying saucers, and the Bottleneck Tree, an extremely disproportionate tree with a huge trunk and small branches with few flowers and leaves. One of Socotra's most striking plants is the dragon's blood tree, which is an odd-looking, umbrella-shaped tree. The unique tree, with its crimson resin and dense canopy of prehistoric leaves, is a beloved symbol of Socotra Island in the Arabian Sea and its metropolis of Yemen. Submerged in the blue waters of the Indian Ocean lies Socotra, a small island off the coast of Yemen.

Located 220 miles from the mainland, this isolated environment is home to much unique flora and fauna, with 30% growing elsewhere. Located on the island of Vagar, there is a small outlet that flows into the sea like the Bosdarafosul waterfall, also known as Leitisvatn. The archipelago consists of the main island Socotra (3,665 square kilometers or 1,415 square miles), three smaller islands Abd al-Kuri, Samkhya, and Darsa, and small rocky outcrops such as Kal Firaun and Sabunia, which are uninhabited, but for seabirds. The second tour will take us to explore the outer islands of Socotra, Abd al Quri, Samha, and Darsa, and trek through the Hagyer and Noged plateaus to the main island of Socotra.

In 2004, it was annexed to the province of Hadhramawt, which is much closer to the island of Aden (although the closest province was the province of El Mahra).

In an interview with the Al-Siyasa newspaper in December 2008, he noted that the remains were about a million years old. In 2010, a group of Russian archaeologists discovered the ruins of a 2nd-century city on Socotra.

In December 2013, I contacted Socotra Eco Tours to start organizing a tour of the island (at that time, the only way to get a tourist visa was to book a tour on the spot). But with great effort and agreement, I am pleased to offer two small group trips to Socotra Island in March 2021 with Inertia Network.

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Socotra appears as Dioskuridou, meaning "Isle of the Dioscuri," in the Periplus of the Erythraean Sea, a Greek navigational aid of the 1st century AD.

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