1) Ras al Hadd – also known as Turtle Beach.
Located on the eastern tip of Oman and nearby the port town of Sur lays the Ras Al Hadd Turtle Reserve which covers 120 sq km of beaches, coastal lands, seabed and two khawrs. It is estimated that the protected area hosts 6,000 to 13,000 green turtles annually. They arrive from the Arabian Gulf, remote areas of the Red Sea and the Somali coast. Of the endangered green turtles the female turtles return to their birth place to lay eggs on the beach. During the months of June through to November is their peak laying season. Watching turtles lay their eggs or hatchlings waddle their way to the water’s edge is an amazing experience not to be missed, carefully controlled visitors are able to see the turtles on most days of the year.
A great place recommended to stay at Ras Al Hadd in Oman is in one of the beach houses on the beach, they are owned by a local Omani guy. There are very comfortable places to stay bedu-style with rugs and cushions inside, inexpensive, barbecue of fish in the evening, fishing and snorkelling during the day with beautiful fish to be seen on the rocky parts of the coast.
2) Mughsayl Beach
Surrounded by caves and mountains this beach is hidden in Salalah, southern Oman along the coastline towards the Yemeni border, it boasts partially collapsed caves that have created wonderful blowholes. In the preferred conditions, great fountains of seawater explode up into the air out of blowholes. There are coconut groves and banana plantations that grow right up to the water’s edge during the summer months. Mughsayl Beach could rival those of the Caribbean based on the warm blue waters and gold sandy beaches. Not all that far past Mughsayl is the steep mountain ranges and cliff edges that tower and hide something known as the “Furious Road”, actually it is a strip of tarmac twisting repeatedly back in on itself in an effort to conquer the great peaks and make its way into Yemen.
3) Tiwi Beach
Beauty, history and nature all in one, Tiwi Beach is quite literally unspoilt with white sands, crystal clear mountain water, rays, crabs, sea snakes and mini rock pools. Snorkelling is a must here in one of Oman’s tranquil “off the beaten track” beauty spots, walk between the banana trees, lush, green villages, natural plantations with towering mountains are in the backdrop. Don’t forget to take in the picturesque view over the village pointing out towards the sea. This location is quite unknown to tourists, yet welcomed by the pleasant villagers.
4) Al Haffa Beach Salalah
Salalah is blessed with kilometre after kilometre of soft white sand, hidden beaches, dramatic mountainous backdrops washed by the Arabian sea. Ancient travellers such as Ibn Battuta and Marco Polo knew the trading towns of Salalah. Activities include game fishing, attractive mountain walks in hidden valleys, scuba diving, horse and camel riding or just simply relaxing on the beach.
5) Bandar Jissah Beach
Cliffs, caves, mountains and sweeping coastal roads surround the beaches in Bandar Jissah. Take a catamaran out for sail or hire a kayak, the blue green crystal waters will entice you in. Soft sands, warm sea, sophisticated hotels can be found here, 4, 5 or 6* there is accommodation for every palette. Home to Oman’s high end real estate industry with spacious hilltop villas, stylish townhouses and luxury apartments all in spectacular site.
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