Apparently, some tourists get lost on their way to Jebel Sifah and this turn off about 15 kms before the destination is a critical spot that one shouldn’t turn at to reach Sifah. Sifawy Boutique Hotel staff mentioned this very spot and they are planning on putting a sign up in the near future (to inform travelers to keep going straight). But, this is a great place to visit for swimming, snorkeling or a family picnic! It’s a somewhat dangerous road with many steep spots and sharp turns but after less than 2kms, you will arrive at this scene:
One thing that we love about this spot is that you can see colorful, tropical fish just a couple of steps from the shore! Here is a short video to give you a better idea of what it’s like.
For anyone who knows Oman well, this beach is like a “mini Bandar Beach”. It’s about a quarter of the size of the more popular picnic spot which is made even more famous with the sea-arch and 5 rials boat rides from local boatmen. At this spot, young men will offer to take you out in their boat but be ready to haggle as they started the offer at 20 rials! I told the young guy, “I’m not planning on buying your boat!” He said, “This is not Bandar Beach with many tourists”! He said he would be willing to take us out for a 15 minute boat ride for 10 rials.
The tourists seen here (from Hungary) had the right idea. This spot is perfect for snorkeling! This weekend when we come here I’m also bringing along my underwater camera because the tourists in this picture were telling us how gorgeous it is underwater.
If you manage to make out this far to this quaint little beach, you might as well drive another 10-15 kms to Sifah Beach near the Jebel Sifah project. There is a lovely beachside restaurant called As Sammak Seafood Restaurant. The beach there is much longer and offers some nice views of the surrounding Hajar mountains as well. Here is a short amateurish video I took while there last weekend.