Here are the top 5 beaches in Oman you have to visit. Oman has stunning beaches, golden sand, clear waters, hot weather and sunshine all year round. The beaches of Oman make the perfect holiday for beach lovers and sun seekers.
1) Ras al Hadd – also known as Turtle Beach.
Ras Al Hadd beach is located on the eastern tip of Oman, below Muscat and nearby the port town of Sur lays. The beach is home to Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve which covers 120 sq km, 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 their eggs on this beach. During the months of June through to November is their peak laying season so it’s a good time to watch from afar as not to disturb them. 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.
Seeing the turtles in various stages of the process: leaving the water, digging their holes, laying eggs and then covering them (which is quite lengthy), and then trekking back into the ocean is a memorable experience and not to be missed which is why Ras al Hadd is in the top 5 beaches in Oman.
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 nearby the rocky parts of the coast.
Note: Be advised to use registered tours, they help maintain visitor numbers to respect the turtles laying their eggs, please see the following official Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve, for tours see: Nomad Tours.
2) Mughsayl Beach
Surrounded by caves and mountains this beach is hidden in Salalah Dhofar Region on 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 which makes this beach in the list of top 5 beaches in Oman.
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. You will also spot wild camels roaming the beach grazing on sea grapes.
Not far past Mughsayl beach is the steep mountain range and cliff edges that tower above and conceal something known in Oman as the “Furious Road”, the strip of tarmac is twisting repeatedly back and forth in an effort to climb the great peaks and make its course 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 spot.
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 making one of the longest beaches in Oman. With 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. This location is a paradise for adventure junkies due to the range of activities available which is why it makes it onto the top 5 beaches in Oman.
Did you know Salalah is the only geographical region in the Middle East to naturally turn from a desert into a lush green oasis, this is owing to the monsoon season during July to September where the mountains trap the moisture and increase rainfall in the region.
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 which makes it to number 5 on the list of top 5 beaches in Oman.
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