With a coastline of 1700km, Oman offers
some of the cleanest, most stunning beaches a visitor could hope to see. Few beaches are
private, except some attached to the beach resort hotels, or those adjoining military or
official property. Weekend picnics and barbeques are popular on the beach. Many coves are
perfect for snorkelling and with fairly gentle shelves, are good for children. Some of the
beaches in the Muscat capital area include:
Aviation Beach, or Shell Beach,
is located near the Civil Aviation Club in Al Azaiba. A four-wheel drive
vehicle is necessary to get down to the water's edge. It is abundant in
starfish, crabs and exotic shells.
Qurum Beach, below the Crowne Plaza Hotel, is
well set up for visitors and has a number of picnic areas and palm shades.
When the tide is low, one can take a 4km walk towards the Embassies' area
in Shati Al Qurum. Approximately half way along this stretch of beach is
the Muscat InterContinental hotel. Around this area are many jetski
Bandar Jissah is located near Qantab, on
the way to Al Bustan. The bay is quite secluded and the rocks at the foot of the cliffs
can be good for exploring when the tide is out. Snorkelling is popular here. There is also
a children's playground and snack shop.
near Petroleum Development
Oman (PDO), is quiet during the day, but tends to get livelier in the early evenings. It
has some small coral reefs, perfect for the novice snorkeller, as one doesn't have to swim
too far out before seeing the likes of clown fish, parrot fish, sea cucumbers and
occasionally, turtles and rays. Local fishermen can be seen spearing cuttlefish.
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