Travelling to Socotra is an alien experience indeed. There’s nowhere else on Earth that looks quite like this. This is a strange land that always leaves visitors feeling far from home. Located in the shimmering Arabian Sea, the island is remote in the extreme. But the thing that makes Socotra most feel like a land from a distant galaxy is the exotic and unusual plant life for which this place is so renowned.
Cut off from the rest of the world for so long, Socotra boasts innumerable ancient species that cannot be found anywhere else on Earth. The iconic Dragon Blood Tree is the one most renowned — with its distinctive umbrella shape and long finger-like branches. Slash the bark and the tree ‘bleeds’ crimson, hence the name. It’s a strange sight — and one that looks as though it doesn’t belong Earth. This is a trip to make if you like stepping out of your comfort zone.