Masirah’s new Ferry

and lots of Gulls

Taking a trip over to Masirah Island can now be done on three different boat types. The small fishing boats are super fast, but uncomfortable especially if there is fishing equipment along side; the old flat bottomed ferries which chug over and really feel like an adventure; and the new catamarans with air conditioned passenger areas. We booked the new ferry from their Muscat office and arrived a couple of hours early in Shennah to make certain we caught it.

Sooty Gulls and Sardines
Sooty Gulls and Sardines

Tickets having been issued we had an hour to while away, so watched the fishermen unloading their catch of Sardines and the Sooty Gulls enjoying a free meal.

Ferry to Masirah
Ferry to Masirah

Driving onto and parking inside the ferry turned out to be a bit of an obstacle course with the columns supporting the overhead passenger deck requiring a convoluted U-Turn to get parked. Then we had safety regulations given to us, after which it was possible to watch the horizon glow after the sun set as we crossed to the island.

Author: Tony Walsh

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