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The next morning we woke up to this lovely town of Habido.

 

 

Next door we packed up our gear and had an atmospheric morning breakfast taking it all in outside:

 

 

Then we began our drive along the northeastern coast:

 

 

We then headed for Homhil National Park, famous for its Dragon’s blood trees which cannot be found anywhere else.

  

 

While the Dragon Blood trees get all the attention, many other impressive forms of unique flora can also be found here, such as the cucumber tree:

 

 

or the bottle tree:

 

 

After an hour’s walk we arrived at a crystal-clear pool with a view over the whole southern part of Socotra.

 

 

We then hiked back for lunch:

 

 

After lunch we drove 2 hours on to Arher, where giant desert sand dunes meet the sea:

 

 

Then it was free time. Some of us climbed the 300m-high sand dune just to say we did.

 

 

Although it’s much harder than you think.

 

 

The views from the top:

 

 

Afterwards we had dinner and camped out on the sand Arher. I felt like I was sleeping in a Dutch oven: once a fart goes off, the whole night is ruined. Should I open the tent and let some air in lest some bugs fly in as well? Or should I suffocate by the hand of my own flatulence? Oh the irony!

 

 

 

- At time of posting in Arher, Socotra Island, it was 29 °C - Humidity: 89% | Wind Speed: 16km/hr | Cloud Cover: cloudy