Wanderlisted: Socotra Island, Yemen

Socotra Island. Gulf of Aden coastline, 2010 © Peter Franc

Socotra Island. Gulf of Aden coastline, 2010 © Peter Franc

Socotra is a small archipelago of 4 islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The largest of the islands, also known as Socotra makes up around 95% of the entire landmass. A third of all the plant life on the island is found no where else in the world.  How magical is that?

The island is considered the jewel of biodiversity in the Arabian Sea.  In the '90's United Nations biologists conducted a survey of the archipelago's flora and fauna and counted nearly 700 endemic species - only Hawaii, New Caledonia and the Galapagos Islands have more. 

It has been described as one of the most alien looking places on the planet.  What do you think?

Socotra Island. Dragonsblood Trees, 2010 © Peter Franc

Socotra Island. Dragonsblood Trees, 2010 © Peter Franc

Socotra Island. Desert Rose, 2010 © Peter Franc

Socotra Island. Desert Rose, 2010 © Peter Franc

Dragonsblood Tree, 2010 © Peter Franc

Dragonsblood Tree, 2010 © Peter Franc

Socotra Island. Qalansiyah, 2010 © Peter Franc

Socotra Island. Qalansiyah, 2010 © Peter Franc

Socotra Island. Northern Coastline, 2010  © Peter Franc

Socotra Island. Northern Coastline, 2010  © Peter Franc

Socotra Island, Southern coastline, 2010, © Peter Franc

Socotra Island, Southern coastline, 2010, © Peter Franc

Socotra Island. View south from Diksam Plateau, 2010 © Peter Franc

Socotra Island. View south from Diksam Plateau, 2010 © Peter Franc

Socotra Island. Fallen Dragonsblood Tree, 2010 © Peter Franc

Socotra Island. Fallen Dragonsblood Tree, 2010 © Peter Franc