A summer holiday remains incomplete without a day at the beach. The pristine coastline of Oman stretches out for a distance of approx 3165 kms, including beaches overlooking the Sea of Oman, the Arabian Sea and the Straits of Hormuz in the North. The varied nature of this coastal strip includes sandy beaches, the rocky coasts, bays, islands and lagoons with their diverse geographical composition, making them ideal for fishing and marine excursions.So, for your next beach getaway, consider stopping at one of these unbelievably alluring beaches in the Sultanate of Oman. To name a few:
1) Qurum beach:
Lying in the heart of Muscat, this is an extremely tourist friendly beach with numerous marked picnic areas where barbequing is allowed & palm shadesfor those who wish to stay out of the sun. Walking enthusiasts can enjoy the boardwalk along the beach. This beach is also a hop, skip & jump away from large hotel chains and numerous shopping centers & restaurants.
2) Bandar Jissah:
This beach is a rocky lagoon where the azure water meets the golden sand along with rocky hills along the coast. This is probably the best place to go on a thrilling ride into the sea on a fisherman’s boat popularly known as the sea taxi. You also have the option of stopping at inner remote solitary beaches for a while. The boat also takes you through the arch shaped rock which makes the ride more exhilarating. With breath taking marine life, you have a chance to gear up and head for scuba diving and snorkeling.You can also explore rock pools when the tide is out.
3) Marjan beach:
This is located near the Petroleum Development Oman (PDO).The beach has some small coral reefs, perfect for the novice snorkeler, as one doesn’t have to swim too far out before seeing the array of exquisite likes of clown fish, parrot fish, sea cucumbers and occasionally, turtles and rays. The beach is located 4 miles west of the cruise port, in the Ras Al Hamra district, and can be accessed by road. If you want to relax then this is a good place to unwind yourself.
Also known as the white beach, it is one of the most prominent beaches in the rocky outcrop of coast beyond Quriyat. With its white sand and translucent aquamarine sea, this spot is very popular for overnight camping on the shore and is excellent for snorkeling.
5) Fins beach:
A hidden slice of paradise, fins is also known as the pebble beach. Lined with natural pebbles, you wouldn’t want to miss one of the perfect spots for a night camp out.
6) Al sawadi beach:
Known as the sea shell beach, this picturesque beach is adorned by natural sea shells of all shapes, sizes and colours. Perfect for strolling along and enjoying the soft breeze, a glimpse of the nearby islands (called the Sawadi and Daymaniyat Islands) can also be seen. If you want to explore them from proximity, then all you have to do is hire a boat and get sailing. The island beaches are a perfect place for picnic and lend a touch of harmony to the location. They are an important spot for both migratory and indigenous birds. Al Sawadi is renowned for its marine life and corals and is rated one of the best in the world. Al Sawadi was where snorkeling and diving in Oman was initiated. So if you are the adventurous kind, this is just perfect to dive in and experience the magical world underwater.
7) Mughsail beach: One of the most popular beaches in Salalah, Mughsail Beach, has great waves and has an incredible blowhole that erupts and blow water up to 100 feet when there is a strong flux of waves. It also has a great rock shelf which enables walking along the beach and listening to the everlasting crashing of the waves quite mesmerizing. The desert encircles you here and there are some really stunning views of the white sandy beaches and rugged cliffs and mountains. The beach here is near deserted and stretches for 8 kilometers, offering few amenities outside of water sports and one restaurant. A home to many kinds of migratory birds, Mughsail Beach is perfect for bird watching and there are often many camels here early in the morning.
8) Ras al hadd beach: About 60 kilometres from Sur City,this beach beckons to the historian in you as it has been home to human activity since the third millennium BC and serves as a safe haven for ships from storms. Fighter planes took shelter in it in during World War II and the marks of the runways still exist today. It also has been proclaimed a turtle reserve. Turtles come here, especially to Ras Al Jinz beach in Wilayt Ras AlHadd, to lay an estimated number of from 6,000 to 13,000 eggs. The beach is distinguished by its spectacular bays and rock formations which are havens for large numbers of birds.
9) Duqm beach: Also known as Ras markaz, this gorgeous stretch is one of the secret gems of Oman that few have explored.The breathtaking ridge overlooks a splendid swathe of sandy beach and the turquoise expanse of the Arabian Sea. Previously unreachable, a newly paved blacktop cuts a serpentine path down to the beach below, affording breathtaking views of the seafront. The pristine setting, is ideal for an array of water sports including swimming, water-skiing, snorkeling and so on, which can be enjoyed round the year.
10) Musandam beach: Juxtaposed between the sea and mountains, Musandam is one of the exclusive beaches of Oman. Excursions in boats and traditional ships called dhows give the visitor unforgettable pleasure, while diving fans can plunge to their hearts’ content at the beautiful coral reefs. Closer to the tip, the mountains rise 2000m along its spine, sweeping dramatically down to sea with a series of fjords that have earned the peninsular the title of ‘Norway of the Middle East’. The networks of fjords provide a beautiful multitude of beaches to explore.
Such is the beauty of Oman and we are proud to be the national airline of such a glorious country.