The Five Best Beaches in Oman

by Travelbag on 22 April 2015, 14:04PM

Known for being rich in culture and filled with hypnotising landscapes, Oman might not be as well known as its fellow United Arab Emirates but it does have plenty to boast about. Holidays here are often steeped in luxury and, thanks to the incredible climate of these emirates; you can enjoy the soft sandy beaches and shallow waters in glee each day of your holiday. 

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Oman, the ‘Jewel of the Middle East’, has more than 1,500 kilometres of coastline, and the majority are scattered with palm trees and come with pristine white sands for everyone to love. With more than 500 castles, forts and towers and an UNESCO World Heritage Site to boot, there is something different about immersing yourself here. However, the main attraction is, undoubtedly, the incredible beaches. Here we take you through the top five best beaches across Oman.

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Qurum Beach

Complete with picnic areas and spots of shade, this is a breath-taking beach that is a popular day spot for families. A very clean area, it has plenty of restaurants and coffee shops within walking distance and is a stunning place to watch the sunset. This is the beach that many of the top hotels use as it is a short walk from beachside accommodation. Be sure to take advantage of the low tide and walk out to Shati Al Qurum.

Marjan Beach

Ideal for families, this spot is great for snorkelling as it has small coral reefs that are teeming with schools of fish to see for anyone looking to enjoy colourful marine life. A large, golden swathe, the sand isn’t powdery like the rest of the Emirate but more like soft sugar. Try your hand at cliff diving whilst you are here too with a couple of two metre high places on offer. Great for trying local, fresh seafood, you can see fishermen at work as they head out to spear cuttlefish.

Masirah Island

Just off the south coast of Oman, this desert island offers a change in pace to the wonderful capital of Muscat. It is a lot cooler than the baking mainland thanks to the wind from the Arabian Sea, and this makes it the perfect area to enjoy water sports in the city. It attracts numerous kitesurfers thanks to the shallow, warm waters but other options are available while you can see loggerhead turtles come ashore in the evening. Beautiful golden sand in hot conditions but cooler than the rest of the country, paradise.

Bandar Jissah

If you are looking for a secluded bay just outside of Muscat, then the rocky Bandar Jissah is perfect. During low tide it is great family fun to explore the rocky shore or take a “fisherman’s taxi” and get a thrilling ride into the sea. There is also the chance to sunbathe, see the rock formations or keep children entertained in the playground.

Mughsayl Beach

Found in Salalah, in southern Oman, this is an untouched sandy beach that has its own unique charm. During the dry season, it is popular for sunbathing and beach season on the backdrop of a rocky shoreline and steep cliffs that heads towards the Yemeni border. The main event comes in the wet season when the large waves hit the rocks and explode through the blowholes of the partially collapsed caves that litter the coastline.

These are five of the best beach options when you head out on a holiday to Oman. The Emirate has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to coastline, and other top beaches include the turtle reserve of Ras Al Hadd, the rich coral at Al Sawadi and Al Bustan beach complete with a stunning mountainous backdrop.

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