Best Beaches to Visit in Oman

By: Ambika Verma|Last Updated: Thu, 13 Feb 2020

Lying along the tip of the Arabian Peninsula with a coastline of 3,165 km, Oman is home to many gorgeous beaches, of which most are situated in pristine, stunning and secluded areas that face the Arabian Sea with soaring sand dunes or rugged rocks, flourishing coral reefs and unique wildlife. Oman’s beaches and crystal-clear waters have long been a draw for tourists and residents alike who come to swim, snorkel, play water sports, go wildlife spotting or doze in the sun.

 

Al Qurum Beach

Muscat is one of the few capital cities in the world that can boast about having truly beautiful beaches and the Al Qurum beach can be considered to be the best in the city. It’s a stunning golden-hued beach with fantastic restaurants and multiple hotels nearby. Qurum Beach stretches for four kilometres along the Muscat coastline and offers plenty of water activities like jet skiing, parasailing, kayaking, snorkelling and scuba diving. Best of all there is not much tidal range with small waves along this stretch so bathing is relatively safe at Qurum Beach


Al Mughsayl Beach

 

This hidden gem is located in southern Oman and its long stretch of blue water sea and white sand make it one of the most famous tourist attractions in Dhofar. The sands and lovely and the beach has mountains on both sides, which makes for amazing instagrammable shots.along with being a perfect picnic point. The coconut groves, banana trees, and a laid-back, sleepy atmosphere give Al Mughsayl a distinctly Caribbean vibe and if you circle the beach you can check out the rocky cliffs. It is a great bird watching destination and the Marneef cave and blow holes located just beside the beach, often referred to as Mughsayl Blow Holes are a must-visit when at the Mughsail Beach. The blowholes are created as sea caves that grow inland and open upwards into vertical shafts so as the sea rushes towards lands fountains of water blast out of the holes.


Tiwi Beach

 

The beaches of Tiwi village, located on the eastern coast of Oman, are largely empty during weekdays. The beach has white sands with clear turquoise waters and natural rock pools. Some of the rock pools are large enough for you to swim in, so if you’re looking for a break from the sea, you can cool off in the calm waters of a pool. Tiwi beach is also a great place to snorkel, and at low tide on Tiwi you can paddle out to the coral and snorkel above grouper, rays, sea snakes and batfish. Besides its white sands, it is bordered by Wadi Tiwi and Wadi Shab, with their green plantations, crystal waters and majestic mountains. It gets more crowded during weekends and also has many popular camping spots around.

 

Musandam Beaches

Located in the north region of Oman at the tip of the Arabian peninsula separating the Arabian Gulf from the Gulf of Oman lies Musandam. There are lots of beautiful beaches here that are filled with clear white sand, crystal turquoise waters and beautiful sea creatures and birds. The Khasab beach is considered to be the crown jewel of the Musandam beaches. The fjords of Musandam are another spectacular sight where the contrast of desert-red rocks against the turquoise waters of the Musandam Peninsula that make sight truly magical.

 

Masirah Island Beaches

The largest island in Oman, Masirah Island is over 95 km and around 13 km wide with a crazzy shoreline all across. The islands lie to the east of Oman and have white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Masirah Island has many beautiful beaches, like Das Abu Zabil in the south and Sur Masirah in the west and the Surf Beach, where you can go surfing.

 

Ras al Hadd

Ras al Hadd, in eastern Oman, is best known for its green turtles but is also home to airplane runways, relics from WWII, when fighter planes landed here. Though the beach here is lovely the major draw of Ras al Hadd is the fact that it is a green turtle haven with five of the world’s seven species arriving each year to make their way up the beaches, delve into the depths of the sands to make nests where they lay their eggs. There are few moments more awe-inspiring in the natural world than witnessing the hatchlings emerging from their eggs between the period of September and November and dash towards the ocean to start the beginning of their lives.

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