Socotra includes a main island and three smaller islands located in the Indian Ocean near the “horn” of Somalia, an offshore territory of Yemen.
The region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a result of its remarkable biodiversity, with over a third of the local plant species found nowhere else.
The interior of the island is dominated by the beautiful and green Hagghier mountains and limestone plateau.
The marine life of Socotra is diverse and scenic, with 253 species of reef-building corals, 730 species of coastal fish and 300 species of crab, lobster and shrimp.
The Island is new to tourism and infrastructure remains basic, but has much to attract the outdoors-oriented and adventurous.
NOTE: The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to Yemen because of the high security threat level posed by ongoing conflict and terrorist activities. The level of instability and ongoing threats, including the threat of kidnapping, in Yemen is severe. In March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition initiated an air campaign in support of the exiled Yemeni government. While a nationwide cessation of hostilities has largely held since April 10, pockets of violence persist and the country remains deeply insecure. Periodic armed conflict and shelling continues in certain areas across the country. There are reports of land mines being placed in areas vacated by withdrawing forces. The military conflict has also significantly damaged infrastructure, limiting the availability of electricity, clean water, and medical care, and causing travel by internal roads to be dangerous. This instability often hampers the ability of humanitarian organizations to deliver critically needed food, medicine, and water.