Socotra Island, Yemen - Step Into Another World
Discover Socotra, the remote island off Yemen's coast that boasts otherworldly landscapes and a rich biodiversity unlike anywhere else.
Socotra island is a place most have never heard of.
It holds a strange sense of peace and quiet, 400 kilometers off the coast of the Yemeni mainland closer to Somalia. While an extremely tragic civil war has been happening on mainland Yemen since 2014 Socotra has remained safe and largely insulated from the conflict - yet also mostly cut off from rest of the world.
Its isolation, both historically and currently, are somewhat of a gift.
For nature lovers it is one of the most unique and still untouched destinations in the world. Socotra has been called "the Galapagos of Arabia”. In 2008 it was recognized as a UNESCO Heritage site because of its biodiversity with rich and distinct flora and fauna: 37% of Socotra’s 825 plant species, 90% of its reptile species found nowhere else on Earth.
We had the chance to visit for one week on a tour with 'Welcome to Socotra' where we camped all around the island. Our intention with this film was to capture the beauty of the natural landscapes - the alien looking Dragon trees, emerald colored fresh water canyons, and snow like sand dunes - and the way those landscapes evoke a kind of otherworldly magic so unlike what most people think of when they see the word Yemen.
It’s my favorite trip I’ve been on in a very long time. Everything is the way the nature, the winds, the water have created it.
Take a walk with us.
A Film by Pierson X and Chelsea Kauai.
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