Socotra: Boat Cruising Along the West Coast

The western side of the Socotra doesn’t have roads and the craggy mountains come down all the way to the sea – so the only way to explore this side is by boat from the town of Qalansiyah. The sandstone mountains are bright yellow and orange and all the colors in between, contrasting with turquoise of the translucent ocean waters. The boat ride to the remote Shwb Beach is about an hour long and you get to see hundreds of spinner dolphins along the way (next post).