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Socotra Island – The Alien Looking Tourist Attraction on Earth



Socotra is a set of 4 islands, the largest and main in those four islands is called Socotra as well. It is part of Yemen and is famous for the most amazing looking plants and animals which can’t be found anywhere else in the world hence making it a tourist attraction that you would love to visit. The island is very isolated and through the process of speciation, a third of its plant life is found nowhere else on the planet. It has been described as the most alien-looking place on Earth. The island measures 132 kilometres (82 mi) in length and 49.7 kilometres (30.9 mi) in width.

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 1,503 metres (4,931 ft).[17] The island is about 125 kilometres (78 mi) long and 45 kilometres (28 mi) north to south.

The following set of pictures are by professional photographer Michail Vorobyev.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Photo Credit: Soqotra (Yemen)

 Photo Credit: Kate b. Dixon

 Photo Credit: Soqotra (Yemen)

 

 

 

 

 

 

AbdulRehman Al-Sirhan got this amazing bird collection on his website BirdsOfKuwait which he took while on a trip there with his friends.

 

 Raven of Socotra

 

 

 

 

 

Socotra only has a handful of paved roads and they were put in just over two years ago. Most of the tourists who visit the island are French. When this amazing island was only reachable by boat it saw 140 tourists a year. With the new airport it has seen an increase to 2,500. So if you are looking for the unusual this summer and want the luxury of a pristine beach without the crowds, book a flight to the strangest place on earth – the island known as Socotra.There are dragon blood trees, its called dragon blood because their fluid or blood is red in color. Also there are many caves in Socotra Island which go real deep.

 

Socotra has become a booming tourist attraction. An airport was built in 1999; before that the island was only accessible by boat. The island has hotels as well.

(images credit: Jan Vandorpe)

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