Sights of Socotra island, the most bizarre place I've ever visited. Socotra 4 and a half years ago, just before the start of the war in Yemen. An oasis where timelessness reigned and people still have good eyes and hearts. Everyone has heard of the unique nature, the endemic dragon tree symbol of the island.
But there are also beautiful canyons and beaches with high dunes, corals and colorful fish, even mountains. The food is delicious, the water clean and full of life. Through villages and lagoons, through rocky terrain, through the markets for farm animals and many conversations with the locals, I experienced an adventure that once again showed me how important cordiality, warm smiles and unexpected meetings are. I was, I saw, I survived.
People are the real treasure of Socotra !!! Socotra is full of Egyptian vultures, foraging for food, almost as impudent as sparrows. They are endangered and are a protected species in Yemen. There are two major cities, the capital Hadibu and Qalansia. They are located in the northern part of the island.
With houses like matchboxes pressed on the sand and colorful boats in the emerald sea. There were also people who loved to take pictures, with curious eyes and terribly busy pulling ropes and unloading things. I got on one of those boats and a nice captain took me to a secret place where hundreds of dolphins gather. They jumped, did somersaults and competed with us.
When the boat stopped, they disappeared instantly below the surface of the water. Everything was splashing and boiling somewhere below us, down there the game was in full swing. When we left - they jumped out for seconds and playfully invited me. Zahek Dunes, an alien place on the island of Socotra. DiHamri is the best place for snorkeling and diving with preserved corals and lots of fish.
Even our shelter was made of corals thrown out of the sea. Mumi plateau with flowering bottle trees at sunrise and our camp at the bottom right. Well, car, tents ... there wasn't even a campsite. All the time I was worried if we would get there, because the place is detached and not part of the tourist routes. The reason for his unwillingness to take us to the Mumi is clear - a difficult road, even for his Toyota, the lack of elementary shade under the scorching sun, which shone for the last time since 7 am.
Yes, and there was no animal market around. I have ... I met the hermit Saalef, who has lived in a small hole in the rocks for decades ... I climbed large, round and smooth river stones to reach the Kalysan canyon with emerald green water. But this 360-degree panorama of the little hill, I'm still dreaming of. Dunes Archer, Socotra. The highest dunes on the island. Climbing them was not difficult and hop the view from above was not an easy task. Step up, and three down and so on. And the big hole in the middle of the picture is a cave that an Italian was exploring at night. Below, the light from his flashlight could be seen crawling on the dark rock. He had settled in a tent and spent almost a month researching.
I still didn't know what exactly. And lastly, let me write you the exact route we followed on the island of Socotra. Detwah lagoon, Shuab beach, Qalansia, Dixam plateau, Skand, Wadi Dirhur, Firmhin, dunes Stero and Zahek, Di Hamri, Mumi plateau, Wadi Kalysan, Homhill, dunes Arher, Hadibu.