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Address: East of Aden Gulf, Aden, Yemen

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Socotra Specialist company

Dear interested people in Socotra: I have visited Socotra Island for making research on insects and ants. The Socotra specialist group (company) that was directed by Ahmed Essa... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
antsharaf2015
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United Arab Emirates
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United Arab Emirates
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Dear interested people in Socotra: I have visited Socotra Island for making research on insects and ants. The Socotra specialist group (company) that was directed by Ahmed Essa Afrar. The redress this company and its owner is the thief of extorting tourists and take what can be taken from their money without providing any services worth the money stolen. This... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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6 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

The title is no typo – goats are at the very heart of Socotri life! There is not a square centimeter of the island they are not found, except on sheer cliffs. Like many others before me here on Tripadvisor, I concur – this island is stunningly beautiful on so many levels, you would want to come back. In fact... More 

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Visiting Socotra was the best trip I have ever made - it's an ultra beautiful island where the Indian Ocean meets the Arabian Sea. The island's microclimate means there a many different landscapes and so much unusual plant and animal life. Just some of the many highlights were: wandering among huge desert-like white sand dunes; snorkelling for hours gazing and... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Hello, I would like to share with you my experience in Socotra, Yemen. With purpose, I will write more, because before we travelled, I noticed there was limited updated information about Socotra travelling on this forum. I was there with my 2 other friends at the End of December, 2014 for 1 week. We have used the services of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

This was one Christmas I will never forget - 12 nights on the extraordinary island of Socotra. It was an adventure from start to finish and one I would highly recommend for any traveller who is looking for something different, for something truly memorable, and is prepared to forego everyday comforts. Socotra Eco-Tours looked after us from start to finish... More 

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New York, NY, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

It was amazing! We will never forget it. So pretty and unusual. We tried very hard to learn Socotri (a language only spoken on this Island). We went to some amazing beaches. There is a lot of garbage on the Island and it is really too bad it is not being cleaned and our flight was cancelled(Felix) so we spent... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Where do I start… First of all, communication with Socotra Eco-tours was great throughout. From the moment we inquired about tours, to after we got back and had some questions. These guys are informative and very trustworthy! Secondly our experience in Socotra was brilliant. We spent 12 days there (last two weeks of December 2014) and I think one needs... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The place that you have to have on your bucket list is definitely Socotra Island. Simple beautiful and innocent, distant from the modern world and technologies, with truly genuine locals this island will be unforgettable experience for any traveler. Despite from the current situation in the Yemeni mainland, I would rate Socotra as a place with the highest global peace... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Socotra is the Galapagos in the Indian Ocean. The island is extremely unique and beautiful, with only a handful of tourists visiting. I was there for 6 days and never saw another tourist. The island is quite safe (unlike mainland Yemen) and locals are very friendly towards tourists. Socotra has the nicest beach in the world (imagine kilometers of white... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

I have not used to write but when it come to Socotra, I have no hesitation to recommend people to discover this hidden paradise. We had a unique and unforgettable holidays in Socotra. It is absolutely safe and people are friendly. Everything is unique there even its people. I can not wait to go again there. As we are a... More 

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