Socotra Island, Yemen
Coordinates: 12.586565, 54.354313
- Homhil Plateau 8.41 Km W (259°)
- Dihamri Marine Reserve 11.36 Km NW (296°)
- Arher Beach 12.18 Km E (109°)
This 3 kilometers long Cave is one of the most ancient metropolitan cave sites of the Middle East. The archaeological remains are impressive. It’s is a sort of semi-wild show cave. It became famous among cavers, scientists, and tourists. The Cave is rather easy to enter. It stretches for about 3-4 km along the cliff. It is rather cold inside. The Cave’s ground is water-free; there are only terraced plots filled with water at the end of it.
The limestone formations in the Cave are breathtaking, and recent archaeological findings suggest that the Cave played a crucial role in the island’s history. The main tunnel is very long and quite high in the beginning.
It usually takes forty minutes to reach the end of the Cave. If you have a tripod and a good torch, you can try to take a beautiful photo.
Before going to Hoq Cave, it is highly recommendable to take a local guide from the village located at the slope’s foot. The route is not challenging, but tiresome as the ascent takes approximately 2 hours. Hoq cave is relatively easily accessible. Tourists usually follow it in the full blaze of the sun. So, do not forget to take a couple of bottles with water. It will take you about an hour to explore the Cave.
There are no lights, footpaths, or handrails inside the Cave. It is dark and cold inside because the Cave is still untouched by the human hand. So it is necessary to bring your own light. The exploration of Hog is another fantastic experience, and the Cave is definitely worth a visit.
By Gerry & Bonni – Arher dunes and Hoq cave, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38582219
By Rod Waddington from Kergunyah, Australia – Cave, Socotra Island, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29765937
By Rod Waddington from Kergunyah, Australia – Cave Flight, Socotra Island, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29765651
By Rod Waddington from Kergunyah, Australia – View From a Cave, Socotra Is, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33167956
By Rod Waddington from Kergunyah, Australia – Cave System, Socotra Island, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33167665