The small villages on the mountains consit of a classic bedouin cluster of stone huts on elevated ground overlooking a frankincense wood and a broad grassy plain, housing a small pastoral community of about few people, together with their cattle, sheep, and goats.
Hadibo: visiting the market and Socotra Women Association
Look around while you are at Hadibo and you will come across some shops in the main market (sooq) where a variety of good as well as clothes are sold. Yemeni and Socotri styles are showcased with nice mixtures of colors. Local honey, potteries, Myra, and Dragon Blood stikbrush can be found there as well.
Not far from the hotels there is the Socotra Women Development Association which is a conventional shop selling souvenir handy crafts, imitative carpets, incense burners, pots, and deferent shapes of potteries colored by the resin of the dragon blood tree, by the local women of the island.
In addition, there are some other products for sale, like T-shirts, old Socotra traditional clothes, baskets, and the resin of the famous Dragon Blood Tree and Frankincense Tree.
For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, visiting women can have their hands painted by Socotran women with beautiful Henna ink.
Ragla village: plant nursery and Socotra heritage museum
Ragla village is placed on the easter part ot the island (north coast).
The plant nursery of Adeeb Abdullah Hodib contains 120 species of the island’s plants. The plants are distributed freely for those who want to plant them at home or in the island’s sanctuaries. Adib also established a tourist camp on the sea shore, near the nursery. This camp provides good shelter and food for visitors at reasonable rates.
The establishment of the Socotra heritage museum was jointly funded by researchers Ahmed Bin Saad Khamis and Dr. Miranda Morris, who has become fond of the island since her first visit in 1988. She learned the Socotri language and wrote a book in English with Mr. Tony Miller about the island’s plants, birds and insects. Morris is a British national; however, she spends a long time on the island writing studies about it. Environmental activity was started on the island in 1997 by the ecological plant, birds and animals survey.