Yemen At A Glance

It’s not every day you get the chance to visit Yemen, and while I didn’t get to visit the mainland (yet), Socotra Island was enough to leave a lasting impression.

Known as the “Galapagos of the Indian Ocean”, this remote island boasts unique and diverse plant and animal life, stunning landscapes, and a rich cultural heritage.

Located about 240 miles off the coast of Yemen, it is one of the most isolated islands in the world. This has allowed for the evolution of many endemic species found nowhere else on earth.

From giant dragon’s blood trees to bizarre-looking bottle trees, every plant seemed like it came from another planet. The island is also home to some interesting animal species.

Socotra: white sandy beach




Yemeni Rial (although you can also use USD in places)

Best Time to Visit:

The best time to visit Yemen is between the months of October and April. If visiting Socotra, there are no tourist flights to or from the island during the summer months, due to it being monsoon season.

Famous Landmarks:

 Al Sha’ab Mosque
 Dragon Blood Tree Forest
 The Great Mosque of Sana
 Shoab Beach
 Arher Sand Dunes