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 -
18 March, 2014. For the third time, this website has exceeded its bandwidth because someone downloaded most, if not all, of the website. Because of this violation, the website was removed by my hosting company. This causes me, and those who wish to browse the website much inconvenience. If you wish to obtain ALL of the images and information on this website will you please contact me by email and I will be glad to deal with your request. Thank you for your cooperation. John Farrar, owner and webmaster