a) Comfortable, unformal, light cloths
(remember this is a muslim country);
b) Sun glasses, sun lotion and head
c) Comfortable walking shoes or trekking sandals
(sharp stones are common also on some beaches);
d) You might prefer your own personal equipment for
snorkelling and a spare T-shirt to avoid sunburns on your back while swimming
e) Jumper, wind-cheater and thick socks if you camp
overnight on the mountains
f) Thin sleeping bag for overnights on the coast: modern tents, mattresses, blankets and pillows are provided at different
g) Repellent for mosquitoes on the sunset.
wipes or similar tissues for personal hygiene when water will not be available.
i) A torch will be very handy on overnight camping and when visiting caves
l) Take necessary precautions for passport and valuables.
m) You need cash since there are not AMT on the island and credit cards are not accepted
VERY IMPORTANT: eco-tourism tips
A basic consideration in visiting Socotra island
is respecting environment and local
traditions: nature is assuring Socotra of many beautiful sceneries which need to
be preserved. You are invited to share with us this remarkable resource:
wherever you go, only take pictures and scenes, feel free to leave your foot
prints on send but allow the nature to recapture the island! Here are some tips
in accordance with local eco-tourism agencies: treat Socotra with respect!
1) Follow advice of local guides at all times.
Don’t import any biological specie from other countries.
Don’t export any biological material from the island.
Do not leave or throw any litter.
Don’t drop your cigarette buts anywhere–dispose of them properly.
Don’t swim in sea or rivers unless your guide recommends it.
Don’t make erratic movements as this will frighten or aggravate the wildlife.
Don’t drive off the roads in game reserves and national parks.
Don’t raise your voice or speak loudly inside cave… whisper!
Don’t feed fishes (this creates dependency).
Don’t touch or damage corals.
Use only dead wood to set up a fire.
Ask permission before taking photographs of locals specially women.
Wear well covered dresses while you are in the town or in the villages or where are
local people surrounding you because this offending the locals.
Don’t take shells and pieces of corals.
Support local business and community initiatives by buying local items rather than
imported good. imported good.