Socotra

Overview

Introduction

Unless you're willing to put up with some very basic surroundings, you probably won't want to visit Socotra, the Arabian Sea's largest island (1,400 sq mi/3,625 sq km). Even though there is a weekly flight, there are almost no tourist facilities. The island (pop. 30,000) has been inhabited since at least the 6th century BC. The main city, Tamrida, is near the center of the island's northern coast. There's really very little to do except lie on the sandy beaches, snorkel and observe a culture that has been barely touched by the outside world. If you fly to Socotra, you have to spend a week (because of schedules), so it's best seen as a layover on a ship or yacht. 620 mi/1,000 km east of Aden.

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