6 must-visit hidden beaches in Oman
The Sultanate rests majestically on the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea and is home to some of the most stunning and secluded beaches the Arabian Peninsula has to offer.
Oman is blessed with breathtaking beaches that are both environmentally and geologically diverse, and one can find rocky, sandy beaches as well as fjords, islands, and beach-lakes that are home to gorgeous aquatic flora and fauna.
One can enjoy a walk on the soft sands, go fishing, have a picnic, or watch the sunrise or sunset at Oman’s beautiful beaches. Here is a list of six of Oman’s most beautiful hidden beaches:
1) Ras Madrakah Beach
Ras Al Madrakah, near Duqm is a breezy, misty, beach with a weather that is a lot cooler than the northern coast of Oman courtesy the presence of monsoon clouds in summer months. The scenery here is stunningly attractive, and the beach is a good fishing spot too, where one can enjoy the beautiful soft sand and waves on a weekend camping day out.
2) Al Lakbi Beach
Located in Al Wusta Governorate, Al Lakbi beach is an interesting mixture of soft sand areas and shallow rock pools. The beach’s shore-line receives the benefit of the summer monsoon climate that makes it a natural habitat for a rich variety of birds.
3) Hal Beach
Located a few kilometers away from Husn Bakha (Bakha fortress), one can see the expansive Hal beach that overlooks the Arabian Gulf in the Musandam Governorate. You can take a delightful break when driving between Bukha and Khasab, and take a stroll in the evening to watch the beautiful sunset. In summers, large flocks of Socotra Cormorant birds congregate along this coast before migration.
4) Daba Beach
Facing the warm waters of the Gulf of Oman and overlooked by a mountainous skyline, the soft sand beach of Daba stretches south of the north of the Musandam Governorate. Having a fishing harbor half-way across its shore-line, the beach is usually laden with several fishing dhows and numerous small in-shore fishing boats.
5) White Beach
Overlooked by the towering escarpment of Al Hajar Ash Sharqi mountain range is the beautiful bay of the ‘White Beach’, near Fins village in Muscat Governorate, on the coastal road between Sur and Quriyat. Sand formed from ancient coral reefs are lapped by the clear turquoise water of the Gulf of Oman here, thus creating one of the area’s most relaxing locations.
6) Yanket Beach
The deep fjord-like creek at Yanket extends about 2 kms inland, from the Gulf of Oman creating a unique inlet. Yenket’s beach is home to a football pitch which periodically disappears under the advancing tide that adjacent boats use to escape into sea. The best way to visit this beach-creek is by boat, and the 25 minutes journey from Marina Bandar Rowdah will reward you with a close view of grey herons and other birds upon arrival.