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Old October 10th, 2006, 11:40 AM   #1
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#YEMEN: Socotra Island - amzaing scenery :)

Photos By Michele Falzone



The waters east of Socotra









Sweeping views towards the coast






Tree dotted Diksamu Plateu and the Socotran Mountain Range




Hadiboh, Capital City (est population 43,000 in 2004).












Dihamri Reserve a snorkelling heaven


Canyon on the Diksam plateau




Dragonblood trees on Diksam Plateau




A lush wadi












The huge Qalansiya Lagoon






The Qalansiya Mountains
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Old October 10th, 2006, 11:46 AM   #2
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Socotra is a small archipelago of four islands and islets in the Indian Ocean off the coast Somalia some 350 km south of the Arabian peninsula. It is a part of the Republic of Yemen.

The archipelago consists of the main island of Socotra (3625 km² or 1400mi²), three smaller islands known collectively as "the Brothers" — Abd Al Kuri, Samha, Darsa — and other uninhabitable rock outcrops.

The main island has three geographical terrains: the narrow coastal plains, a limestone plateau permeated with karstic caves, and the Haghier Mountains. The mountains rise to 5000 feet (1525 meters).

The long geological isolation of the Socotra archipelago and its fierce heat and drought have combined to create a unique and spectacular endemic flora. Surveys have revealed that more than a third of the 800 or so plant species of Socotra are found nowhere else. Botanists rank the flora of Socotra among the ten most endangered island flora in the world. The archipelago is a site of global importance for biodiversity conservation and a possible center for ecotourism.

One of the most striking of Socotra's plants is the dragon's blood tree a a strange-looking, umbrella-shaped tree. Its red sap was the dragon's blood of the ancients, sought after as a medicine and a dye.

As with many isolated island systems, bats are the only mammals native to Socotra. In contrast, the marine biodiversity around Socotra is rich.

Almost all inhabitants of Socotra live on the main island. The principal city is Hadiboh (estimated population 43,000 in 2004). Abd Al Kuri and Samha have a population of a few hundred people between them; Darsa is uninhabited.

Traditionally, the archipelago has been inaccessible from June to September due to monsoon weather. However, in July 1999 a new airport opened Socotra to the outside year round. Most Socotris still live without electricity, running water or a paved road.

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Old October 10th, 2006, 10:49 PM   #3
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Stunning, amezing, beautiful.... thanks for the photos, wish i could go to this place!
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OMG i cant believe this is yemen
one ticket to go there please

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Old October 11th, 2006, 12:28 AM   #5
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AMAZING! :O
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Old October 11th, 2006, 01:32 AM   #6
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wow how nice is that!.. i cant believe how clear the water is. Really beautiful piece of nature
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Amazing!
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Old October 11th, 2006, 04:50 PM   #8
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Seeing this i just can't keep myself from thinking how beautiful the somali coast must be....
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Old October 11th, 2006, 07:59 PM   #9
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shayan you're right !! somali coast is the best shiekh sabah had 5 kilos of beach front property in somalia before all the problems there, its sad alot of countries have a lot of potential to be a tourist destination but there is no stability, no plans and no money !!
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Old October 11th, 2006, 10:41 PM   #10
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Old October 12th, 2006, 03:49 AM   #11
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socotra is the best part of yemen
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Old October 12th, 2006, 05:15 AM   #12
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Absolutely stunning
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Old October 13th, 2006, 03:59 AM   #13
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isnt that 12th picture a picture of sanaa?
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Old October 13th, 2006, 11:32 PM   #14
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amazing place
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Old October 14th, 2006, 03:17 AM   #15
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arab lands are the most beautiful and charming.
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Old October 14th, 2006, 09:55 PM   #16
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WOOOOOOOOOOOW ,Amazing place
i like that weird tree soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much .
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Old October 14th, 2006, 10:08 PM   #17
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WOWWW charming nature and architecture, Yemen traditional buildings are so gorgeos
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Old October 15th, 2006, 05:27 PM   #18
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Omg! subhanallah.. that is amazing. I didn't even know this Island existed.

Thanks of sharing!

And those mushroom shaped trees look nice.
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Old October 16th, 2006, 03:07 PM   #19
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Amazing pictures...
Just imagine the tourist possibilities...
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Old April 26th, 2009, 09:59 AM   #20
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Beautiful islands of Socotra!
thanks for the photos!
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