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Masira, the island with the most spectacular beaches in Oman

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Masira or Masirah is one of those destinations that nobody or almost nobody has ever heard of. For us it was a point of Oman, like any other, that was on our list of possible options on our itinerary for the Sultanate. Every trip we make always has surprises and Masira was one of them. We expected a desert island, almost without roads, with beaches to do snorkel, but little else, since when we were looking for images on the Internet the variety was scarce and not very attractive, so Masira became a bet against an unknown destination.

Don't forget to watch the video above! You will see the beaches of Masira and a description of the island.

Masira, the largest island in Oman

A desert in the Arabian Sea

With an area similar to the island of Menorca, Masira is the largest island in the Sultanate of Oman. Masira is an island unknown to many, with little to offer, with little information about it and where the economy persists thanks to the fishing and the local tourism. Masira is bordered by long beaches and the interior is sculpted by the desert and through small and steep mountains. An unusual island and ready to be "discovered."


Oman and Masirah

Until recently it could only be traveled in 4 × 4 but today there is a paved road It borders the entire island, a road where you feel alone in the world when the heat less squeezes, which is in low season, when the average temperature is around 25 or 26 degrees. Whereas in summer, when it is high season, the temperature far exceeds 40 degrees and the beaches attract more people, but never enough due to the scarce tourist infrastructure, something that keeps it almost intact.

Experience in Masira Island

Betting on Masira

Two nights were the ones we were in Masira Island, few if you are a beach lover but enough to enjoy the main charms of the island.


Masira
Masira

The night before we arrived in Masira, we read the Lonely Planet, where I barely mentioned or spoke interesting things about the island. We search the Internet for things to do in Masira and practically the same thing happened with the guide. Few interesting things, most disappointing, so we thought that the island was going to make water on our route through Oman. But we take a chance and that's good!

Arriving by ferry to Masira

On the way to Masira, 2km before reaching the port, we stop at a beautiful salar where white and red were dyed with the reflections of the sun on water that lacked movement. A prelude to what we would see in Masira ?. Prelude or not, the salar at certain times of the day, especially at the time we arrived (3 in the afternoon),it was simply awesome.


Salar near the ferry
Shannah Harbor

Leaving the salar shortly after we arrived at Shannah Harbor, where the little we knew was that we had to be very careful with the ferry, especially in the high season, since the movement between the continent and the island was massive, especially by local people. Luckily it was January and we didn't wait for queues or had problems crossing it. Still we learned several things:

  1. In high season you have to book tickets online
  2. There are two types of boats. The oldest, where you wait in line and only leave when they are full (cheaper) and the officers
  3. The official ferry ticket amounts to 32 OMR round trip two people with car included.

Shannah Harbor
Shannah Harbor

Touring the island on the circular road

Once established in Masira we decided to travel by car through the circular road of the island, paved and in very good condition. We start with the East Coast First thing in the morning, the best option, since it is when the tide is high and the beaches look better. Our trip was to do a mini roadtrip for a day stopping where we liked it the most.


Masira
Masira

As soon as we leave the hotel, in the east direction we soon arrive at the beach. There was the main hotel of the island, the Masira Island Resort, with swimming pool and all kinds of amenities. In front of him a long beach where in high season it is possible to see spawning turtles. We walked there for a while, although this beach disappointed us a bit, since there were many plastic bags from the ocean.

Leaving the beach of the resort behind we go south, where little by little the mountains of the interior appeared and on the left beaches and more beaches. Many of them golden sand but always lonely. At no time did we see people, beyond a fisherman.


Masira Beaches
Masira Beaches

One of them returned to sunset, since it was not far from the hotel. Its solitude and its imposing size were enough to build an ideal setting to watch the sunset.

Paradise beaches, Wow!

In the middle of the island, after the call Shell beach and one inner lagoon We begin to dazzle the best beaches on the island. He Turquoise Color merging with white sand. Coral funds for snorkeling, what more can you ask for. Well ... a beach bar with some beers and some tapas… but no, alcohol is not allowed in Oman and the beach bars on a beach in Masira look like something for the somewhat distant future….


Masira
Masira Beaches

In this area there were kilometers and kilometers of postcard beaches and the funny thing was that we didn't know which one to stay with ... We were alone and yet, we didn't know which one to decide on. The world upside down… . But yes, these things happen :).

The west coast of Masira

No doubt the best beaches were on the east coast, but still when we reached the west, especially in the southern part, we discovered the best places to do snorkel. Apart, in the call Rounders bay we walk on one of those beaches that when the tide is high you reach the ankle and you can walk about 500m inland ...


Masira beaches of the west coast
Masira beaches of the west coast

As an anecdote, and as advice, don't do much goat with the car in the sand. You can get caught. Unless you are an expert driver or try. We had to help 3 boys dressed in white, like everyone else, and out of the desert in their Land Cruiser as if it were Team A. What in 2 hours we couldn't in 10 minutes they got. Were the wizards from the east? Wizards do not know, but majos a while ... Go for them this article !.

Masira is also an ideal destination for lovers of Kitesurf, especially on the west coast, where there is a hotel / camp dedicated to this sport

Practical data

How to get to Masira?

To leave Masira, you must take a ferry from the port of Shannah, taking into account the following:

  1. In high season you have to book tickets online
  2. There are two types of boats. The oldest, where you wait in line and only leave when they are full (cheaper) and the officers
  3. The official ferry ticket amounts to 32 OMR round trip two people with car included.

It can also be reached by plane from Muscate with Oman Air.

Where to sleep in Masira?

There are few hotels in Masira, the large part located in the north or in the capital, these are the ones we could take a look:

  • Maan Hotel Apartment. Newly created hotel in the city center. It was where we stayed. From OMR 25 per night in apartment
  • Masira Island Resort. It is the best hotel on the island, next to one of the eastern beaches. From 70 OMR per night
  • Danat Hotel. With the Maan, one of the hotels with the best quality price. From 22 OMR

In Booking in the Masira section you can surely find more hotels.

Rent a car in Oman

If your budget is very limited we recommend that you rent a car that don't have the traction on all four wheels The main places in the country are accessible by paved road, and those that you cannot access by walking no more than 2 kilometers. Of course, if you want to make 4 × 4 routes to the least visited places you will need a Toyota Land Cruiser or similar, the quintessential car of Oman.

In Oman there are local rental companies and almost all international ones. The former do not differ much from the usual, so I recommend that you bet on the classics. Besides, make sure they give unlimited mileage, since the locals do not usually offer it. You can compare prices with Rentalcars, since it usually offers the best discounts.

We leave the budgets they gave us for a Toyota Land Cruiser for 9 days.

  • Nomadic Desert Camp. 420 OMR with limited mileage
  • Speedyoman 400 OMR with limited mileage
  • Arabiacars 320 OMR with limited kilometer
  • Oman budget. 295 OMR with unlimited mileage. Our choice!.

Tips for driving in dunes or sand

  • Deflate the wheels at least 20%. The wheels cannot carry much pressure
  • Take the car in manual mode and with short gears
  • Make sure you have active 4 × 4 mode, not 4 × 2.

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