Is Socotra island safe to visit?

Being part of Yemen, Socotra has suffered the collateral damage of being part of a country that has been at war for over five years now. But, Socotra itself has never been at war and it is very safe. Having said that, the island is politically unstable, which makes traveling to Socotra a bit harder – though still safe.

How much does it cost to visit Socotra?

The cheapest trip would cost you about $1300 per person, excluding flights and visas. Before you say ‘this is ridiculous to pay so much for camping experience’, think about it for a second. Socotra is a very remote place. Apart from fish locals can catch, everything else has to be imported to the island.

Is Yemen Safe 2021?

Yemen is currently a very dangerous destination for potential travelers. Governments in several countries have even issued warnings against traveling to this country, for reasons such as terrorism, kidnappings and other types of violent crime. Visiting Yemen can end in you getting seriously hurt or killed.

When should I go to Socotra?

October into mid or even sometimes late November is generally a good time to visit Socotra, especially for hiking and mountain activities, as the wadis fill with clean, freshwater and the landscape is lush. However, ocean activities like snorkelling or diving are not great during the fall monsoon.

Can Americans travel to Socotra?

U.S. citizens should not travel to Socotra or any other part of Yemen.

What is so special about Socotra Island?

The islands are full of native plants and animals unlike any others on the planet. Over one-third of Socotra’s 825 plant species can’t be found anywhere else. Most of the reptiles and land snails that live there are also special to the islands. Socotra is also home to many species of birds and marine life.

Who owns Socotra island?

Socotra is owned by Yemen. Mainland Yemen being located in Asia and Socotra in Africa, the island makes Yemen a transcontinental country. With Egypt, they are the only two transcontinental countries of the Arabian peninsula and between Africa and Asia.

Do you need a visa for Yemen?

All visitors to Yemen are required to obtain a visa prior to travel to Yemen. U.S. citizens typically are issued visas that are valid for 30 days. The Embassy of Yemen in Washington, D.C. is not issuing tourist visas at the present time. Visit the Yemeni Embassy website for the latest visa information.

Who owns Socotra Island?

Why are so many people not going to Socotra?

Unfortunately, due to the war in Yemen and other power struggles with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia that are affecting the island politically, Socotra has been neglected by tourists who have stopped visiting the island due to misinformation or fear. There are a few abandoned tanks all over Socotra.

Is it safe to travel to the island of Socotra?

Having said that, the island is politically unstable, which makes traveling to Socotra a bit harder – though still safe.

Is there a way to get to Socotra by car?

Yes, it is. Not only to cover the logistics mentioned above but also to travel the island. Socotra has zero public transportation and no proper tourism infrastructure. So, renting a car, finding hotels throughout the island, random restaurants, and getting one day tours here and there are not a thing.

What to do in Socotra in 10 days?

The first departure will include visits to the highlights of Socotra plus a camel trekking trip through the Haggier Mountains. The second departure will take us to explore the outlying islands of the Socotra Archipelago of Abd al Kuri, Samha, and Darsa, as well as a trek across the Haggiers and Noged Plateau back on the main island of Socotra.