Masirah Island

Why Visit

Much undeveloped with a simple infrastructure, Masirah Island offers opportunities to surf, bird watch (with over 328 species recorded) and see four species of sea turtle come ashore to lay their eggs, including the largest number of Loggerheads anywhere in the world. With the Omani Government considering flights from Muscat and developing the infrastructure on the island, Masirah Island is worth visiting now before everyone catches on!

About Masirah Island

Found off the south-east coast of Oman, Masirah Island is reached by a one and a half hour ferry journey from the Muscat coast. Very few visitors to Oman have so far made it to Masirah, most venturing beyond the capital Muscat to take in the jaw-dropping Musandam fjords in the north and even the desert landscapes of the Empty Quarter in the south.  

Masirah feels like a true 'desert island'. Empty, golden beaches with turquoise water meet barren hills and eerie landscapes. Goats and camels forage in parched scrub and low acacia bushes. The island's tiny town, Hilf, has a few shops and a handful of cafes and restaurants. There are some reasonable hotels and guest houses and camping on the beach is possible. 

Watersports are a key attraction, particularly kite surfing as there is always wind here, the lagoon is very shallow and the water is warm. Wildlife is the other draw with four species of turtle nesting and the island is number one in the world for loggerheads. Uniquely, there's a school of non migrating humpback whales. The island is also frequented by 300 species of bird, many of them rare.


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