The Island of Soqotra, as part of the Soqotran Archipelago, lies in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Somalia, about 500 miles southeast of Aden.
For much of the year Soqotra is battered by strong winds and is therefore inaccessible at those times. Consequently little is known of the Island, its people and the environment in which they exist. Why my interest ?
My name is John Farrar and I was fortunate to be a member of a Royal Air Force/Army expedition to the Island in 1964/1965.
The memories of the two months the expedition was on the Island had remained with me throughout the years and I always had a desire to return there.
In 1998 I began to plan my return and in January 2002 those plans were realised. See the Diary of Events
There are three main aspects to this website.
One being the Island as it was during my first visit in 1964/65 and the others as seen through the lens of my camera following two visits in January 2002 and January 2003.
There are also some articles written by those with a keen interest in the Island. Please see the menu links at the top of the pages. If you have an appropriate article I would be pleased to add it to the site.
Website updated -
Dear friends, colleagues, conservationists and all Socotra lovers,
As you might read in newspaper/watched in TVs what is happening currently in Yemen, the current ongoing fight in mainland Yemen has negatively impacted Socotran inhabitants and soon will surely devastate Socotran’s biodiversity if no actions are taken from the international community towards providing the needs of Socotra.
“Storm Packets” has imposed no-
Therefore, we seek your urgent help and intervention in providing fuel – particularly gas, medicine and food from Oman which is the nearest point that can supply us with our need.
PS: kindly disseminate this call in media or anywhere else you see appropriate.
the impacts will be as a following:
And finally these will effect on other issues such as
With my sincere greetings to you
Ahmed Saeed Suliman
Chairman of EPA Socotra
If you would like to offer your help please contact Ahmed Saeed Suliman at this email address
Thank you. John Farrar
|My Soqotra Photos|
|Capt. Boxhall's Photos|
|Moser's Early Photos|
|Aden in 1964|
|World WarII Base|
|Wadi Erher & cave|
|Tale of two sons|
|Fairy Tale 1|
|Fairy Tale 2|
|Fairy Tale 3|
|Book by Cheung|
|Weather for Hayle|
|Soqotra in WWII|
|Photos from WWII|