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great beaches, great landscapes, no big hotels
hard to get to.
In a nutshell
The paradise island
There is not much to do on Socotra in the night. Locals go to bed after the last prayer because they wake up for the morning prayer at 4 am. However there is an attractive night activity for you from end of April to September: watching turtles coming to Socotri beaches to lay eggs. The best place to spot them is Qadamah beach. Get ready for a long romantic walk on the beach and if you're lucky enough you come across a huge Loggerhead turtle crawling from the sea and looking for the best spot to lay her eggs. It's a magic experience! Even if you don't see any turtle, walking in the sand with millions of bright stars over your head is just perfect.
Dress Code: Take flip flops and take them off for walking in the sand. Bare foot walking in the sand is much less exhausting than when wearing any kind of shoes.
Updated Jun 24, 2012
Address: Qadamah beach
Not a voluntary tourist trap, but one we set for ourselves. When we arrived at the gorgeous Arher Beach, we instantly made camp and were happy to have this deserted beach all for ourselves. Then we wondered about the significance of the little sand pyramids dotted all over the beach. A faint memory of a National Geographic documentary lead to the conclusion that these might be crab dens. With sunset, we saw hundreds of hand-size crabs heading for the sea. As we couldn`t put every item we had into our tents, we were virtually under siege during the night: crabs climbing into cooking pots and making noise, crabs gnawing at backpacks, clothing and towels, and the sinister "click-click-click"-sounds of fast-moving crabs accompanied us throughout the night. Needless to say that I didn`t get much sleep then.
Updated Mar 31, 2008
Luggage and bags: large & small backpack
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: stout hiking boots
lots of longsleeved t-shirts
hat or headscarf
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: toilet paper
malaria medicine (like Malarone) - just in case
Photo Equipment: lots of charged batteries (rare possibilities to recharge)
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: waterproof/mosqito-proof tent
beachgear (preferably longer beach baggie trousers to avoid sunburn)
provisions (tuna, bread, salami etc.)
vitamin, calcium and magnesium tablets
Written Mar 30, 2008
Favorite thing: Surprisingly, Socotra was much cleaner than the rest of Yemen where wild rubbish dumps are common. As a traveller, you should try to keep it that way and take care that you do not leave your rubbish at the wonderful places where you`re staying. To bring some plastic bags for collecting your personal waste at the campgrounds would be a sensible idea.
Updated Mar 31, 2008