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Socotra island

Ultimate guide (June 2019)
Socotra - island in the Indian Ocean. Featured by "moon" landscapes. The tourist infrastructure is very poorly developed, that on the other hand contributes to the conservation of nature in a pristine wild. Island has few good beaches. Shore and seabed: sand, stones. [edit]

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This island ranks #174 of the "Best islands in the World"
Rating: 7.8 - 1209 votes [vote]
Coordinates: 12.495577, 53.933043
See also: Best beaches in Socotra

Hotels [edit]

There are few hotels on the island. In addition, many tourists spend the night in tents (in campsites or alone) when traveling to remote wild places. Night at the camp site usually costs $10 per person.

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How to get there [edit]

Fly to Socotra Airport (SCT). Right in the airport find car driver with a car and rent him for the entire duration of your stay on the island. Estimated price - $400 per week. For this money, the driver will get you to any place you ask. If you want to sleep in a tent in some wild place, the driver will leave you at night and take off in the morning.

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When to go [edit]

Any time of year. Keep in mind that the strongest wind is from June to September.

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[2017-08-23] Kristian

Try Rotana Jet. It was an announcement about flights from Abu Dhabi to Socotra. AED 3000 for the return. This is about 800$.

You may also ask local Socotra agencies. They should have detailed information about current situation.

P.S.: Good news. In Socotra, it's quite possible to get visa on arrival for 100$ (while official fare is 50$).

[2017-08-23] Mitchell

It seems, that there's no flight now between Socotra and the mainland due to the civil war in Yemen. I know that it's quite Ok on the island. So how is it possible to get there? I suspect, that locals use ferry transportation. But what about international visitors?

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