Bandar al Khiran is a sleepy town 40 minutes out of Muscat city but it is better known, certainly amongst young Expats, for the waters surrounding it.
The coral filled waters are home to an array of exotic marine life including turtles, seahorses and clown fish. This attracts divers, snorkelers and dozens of weekend boaters.
My inspiration for this visit came from an article in this weeks ‘Y Magazine’.
Driving from the main road down the hill was treacherous and a lot bumpier and steeper than it looks in the photo. I’m a pretty good driver but not in steep conditions like this, Once you start the descent there is no going back. This is not a drive for a saloon car!
Some of the wiser people parked at the top of the hill and gingerly walked down but that’s a hell of a steep hike back up with all your picnic gear. Weigh that one up.
When we arrived the tide was almost fully out making the bay shallow. We were then able to wade across the small straight of water onto a neighbouring island.
Our own little private beach!
(To check the tide forecast I always use this website)
Deliberately arriving in the morning we were able to enjoy the nature and beauty of the area before the roar of the jet skiis arrived and the thumping music from the party boats – this will go on until sun down.
Don’t get me wrong, I do LOVE a party boat but this trip was purely for chilling out in the sun and visiting somewhere new. But… if you do have a party boat then feel free to send me an invite 😉
After a lovely couple of hours we had to head back to the city. One small problem… There is only one way in and one way out of this bay with a car and I was terrified to drive back up that crazy road.
Fearing a serious accident I hopped into the passenger side and let my friend, Erin, drive us back up the hill and through the monstrous pot holes. With lots of loose gravel and dirt it can be hard to keep traction.
Thankfully she drove us expertly and we were up in no time – PHEW!! Next time I’m parking at the top of the hill..
Do you have any more recommendations of places to visit?