Ras Markaz is hands down the most gorgeous beach I’ve seen so far in Oman! This beach is one of the secret gems of Oman that very few have heard of let alone experienced. This is how you get there from Duqm:
To get to Ras Markaz, you should zero your odometer at the shell petrol station (which is, sadly, the major landmark in Duqm!) and drive in the direction of Hayma. Don’t rely on anyone to be able to help you out with directions in this middle-of-nowhere-place. None of the men I tried asking at the shell station (or the “Coral Reefs Market” next to it) seemed to understand any English. None of the hotel employees seemed to know any directions (even though their English is obviously very good). The directions we did receive from the hotel manager had us lost in the backroads of the Duqm wasteland for 2 hours! (Better if we hadn’t asked!)
After 17.5 kms, you should see this sign. (Not 1 km that we were first told, nor 5 kms that we were told later!) Head straight for al Jazar (but that is not your destination!).
Another sign you should come across that lets you know you’re on the right road. The directions we received mentioned Ras Markaz being on the “Ras Madrakah” road but the problem is that this was the first time we saw a sign mentioning “Ras Madrakah”!
At exactly 49 kms from the Duzm shell station you will find this turnoff for Ras Markaz.
It’s a pretty rough road the 14kms to Ras Markaz so a 4X4 is recommended.
At 14 kms, you can see the beach and cliffs in the distance. The road suddenly switches to sweet asphalt after an extremely bumpy 14 kms of dirtroad.
The paved road leading down to the beach – “At Ras Markaz, a newly paved blacktop cuts a serpentine path down to the beach
below, affording breathtaking views of the seafront.”
Voila! The view coming down!
Ras Markaz is said to be a “kilometre-long stretch of virgin beachfront“, but it seemed much longer than just one kilometre.
Mommy and Naomi at the beach which we had all to ourselves!
Plenty of sand so Gershom was happy! 🙂
Yours truly taking a swim at our own private little beach for the day
Another short vid:
Just before we left, Mr. Crab popped out to wave goodbye. 🙂
Have any of you been to Ras Markaz? I’m not much of a camper but this seemed to me to be the perfect site for a camping trip!