We drove onto Masirah Island in total darkness after a ferry trip and arrived into the hotel in time for dinner. The next morning the 60kilometer length of the island would be ours. Rock pools at low tide revealed frightened fish, while the sands occasionally showed elegant Cowrie shells and beyond the sands of the aptly named White Beach provide a place to swim off.
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 alongside you; the old flat bottomed ferries chug over and really feel like an adventure all be it in slow motion; and the new catamarans are a cocoon-like experience, 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.
– well away from my swimming beach but getting closer
It looks as if its not only cruise ships that are coming into Oman from a long way away. Yesterday Pirates are off Oman about 150kms from Sur & Masirah Island – the last such indecent was over a year ago – better not swim a long way from the shore
In an extraordinarily close finish in the last leg of the last race on the last day (just as they won the Gulf Cup in Football – nail biting) Oman Sail’s Masirah has won the “iShares Cup Champions 2009” in Almeria, Spain.
Whats even more extraordinary is that this was their first season – hopefully more to come.
What a shame the America’s Cup isnt in Oman’s waters.
I enjoy watching turtles on the Beaches of Oman so much that, last year, decided to ‘adopt’ one. The Turtle chosen ‘Havda’ was tracked as she swam up up to the Straights of Hormuz. Unfortunately the transmitter has stopped its signal – so we will miss her future travels