Paragliding Over Socotra


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On Socotra, an island 250 miles off the coast of Yemen, the roads are so bad that 90 minutes of tailbone-bruising driving equates to five miles of travel. The roads would be one reason to paraglide over the island. Another reason would be the scenery. Sugar-white sand dunes spill into turquoise surf. Pink cliffs rise abruptly from the beach. Dragon's blood trees, plants that look like giant umbrellas and can live for more than 300 years, pop up suddenly from rocky scrub.

Adi Geissiger made a 37-minute-long documentary about flying over Socotra, called Forgotten Island. I've posted the trailer above. If you want more, the movie is available for purchase on If you're interested in exploring a place that has been called the “Galapagos of the Indian Ocean” for its 700 endemic species, read “The Wonder Land of Socotra, Yemen,” in The New York Times.

—Joe Spring