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Swiss-belhotel Resort Masirah Island POOL

Swiss-belhotel Resort Masirah Island POOL

Not really too much to do here, as it's an island off the coast of Oman.  Many rocks and camels, but some pretty nice beaches. This depends on what you are looking for. It is a windsurfing, geologist, and  Landrover Paradise.

It is a very nice place for camping and coast fishing and diving. you can play any sea sport and the weather is very good compared to other gulf costs. the most important thing don't rely on shops for sports equipment.  Most everyday requisites are avaliable. 

To get to Masirah Island. You do need a four wheel drive to explore the deep sandy isalnd.  With new tarmac roads now alsmost circumnavigating the island, even that is not needed anymore. You can camp anywhere, but there is one inexpensive hotel in town and a big 4 star beach resort Swiss-belhotel Resort Masirah Island one soft opened June 1st 2009. The resort is 13 min. out of town and if arriving at night get clear directions. Resort has 20 elegant spacious rooms,multi cuisine restaurant,state of the art gym,outdoor jaccuzi and swimming pool,kids play area,tennis court,business centre with high speed internet,meeting/banquet hall.Istayed for two nights here & impressed by the service standards.

Ferry

The Ferry is wonderful and regular. Dependent on tides? Perhaps, but more so on the weather and traffic. A ferry leaves either when it is full or the one from the other side arrives.

If you miss the ferry and you don't want to sit around waiting for the tide. Be prepared to either pay 2 OMR per person to get over to the Island by speedboat, while your 4whd or car sits waiting 5-6 hours for the tide to come in. You will leave your keys in the ignition. And pick it up at the other end. 

The one way journey is about 10 OMR for a vehicle (April 2006).

There are good restuarants on the island. Don't count on eating in the hotels..better to eat out. Ask for the new Egyptian restuarant..yum. You can eat and sit and watch a movie size screen on TV, usually football..LOL.

Supplies of ice can be obtained at the ICE FACTORY and the Petrol station is the place for for juice, milk, cans of tuna, maybe fruit. There are a few food shops in town, but the selection of  items available seemed limited at the time of writing this.

Fuel up. Once you leave  the centre, there are no petrol stations. But hard to imagine running out of fuel on this small island.

Huge massive waves great for surfing ...4 -5 footers...min.  Big fish like \barcuda and sharks jump through the waves while you body surf. Be careful. This is the single strongest riptide and surf I have ever experienced. Weak swimmers do not venture out far, or alone ever. This kind of riptide can pull off your swimming costume leaving you naked !

The people...perfect. All Bedouin- All the Time.  Really kind, and helpful.

If the police stop by your camp site offer them a soft drink or juice, or if you are eating ALWAYS offer to share your food.  This is the custom. And if you don't it will look bad on you.

Simple place but that is what is so special about it. Plus the BEDOUINS. They make it the good place it is. Enjoy and respect all spieces.

Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: personal experience

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January 31, 2006 change by giorgio

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