Yiti (also spelled Yitti) is a seacoast town about 25 kms from Muscat. To get there you drive towards the Shangrila Hotel and when you see the sign in the pic above, turn right at the next roundabout. Here’s a good map to let you know where Yitti is in relation to Muscat: http://www.travelpost.com/ME/Oman/Masqat/Yiti/map/7583249
This watertank and odd sign let you know that you are approaching Yiti. Yiti is a funny sounding name to me as it sounds so much like “Yeti” which is another name for the sasquatch or “abominable snowman”. Even when searching for the meaning of “Yiti” on the internet , I kept getting links to “large hairy humanoid creature said to live in the Himalayas”!
What’s up with all the rules here? Is that supposed to be for the beach even though the beach is no where near this sign?! No dogs. No picking flowers?!? (even though I didn’t see any…). No motorcycles. No littering. No water tanks?! (what is that sign?) No cars?! Was I supposed to park my car once I saw this sign?
If and when you make it past all the confusing signs and bankrupt building projects that once made promises of turning Yiti into a tourist’s dreamland, you might make it past a small street of Omani homes, and over to Yitti Beach. This is a popular spot for camping for locals as well as expats. As you can see in the pic above, it’s also common to just leave your trash without any regard for the environment or others. (Don’t get me started…)
Yiti is nice enough but there are certainly better beaches (like Tiwi!) in Oman that are not so out of the way. There is very little to do or see in Yiti so I wouldn’t recommend driving all the way out there unless you were planning on doing some serious swimming or camping.
Yiti is about 25 kms from Muscat and also happens to be 25 kms from the tiny village of Hajir.