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Socotra Archipelago

Travel Guide Middle East Yemen Socotra Archipelago

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Introduction

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Our boat, our beach

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The Yemenite Socotra Archipelago is a group of four islands in the Indian Ocean, several hundred kilometres south of the Arabian Peninsula.

Socotra is the largest of the four islands, with Abd al Kuri, Samhah and Darsa making up the three smaller islands. The archipelago is a territory of Yemen and is well-known for its remarkable biodiversity. Over 90 percent of the archipelago's reptile species and snail species are found nowhere else, and about 37 percent of its plant species are unique to the islands. Much of the islands' land area is occupied by national parks and nature sanctuaries, while it also harbours an abundant and diverse marine life, with hundreds of species of reef-building corals, fish and crab, lobster and shrimp.

The Socotra Archipelago was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in July 2008.

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Sights and Activities

Our boat, our beach

Our boat, our beach

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Weather

Socotra's weather generally is dry and sunny with high temperatures year round. Most of the rain falls during the June to August period. The monsoon during this time also brings strong winds and high seas. Inland regions and higher areas receive more rain, but are still relatively dry.

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Getting There

By Plane

Socotra Airport on the main island has flights to and from Aden, Sana'a and Riyan Mukalla.

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