Masirah is an Indian Ocean island off the east coast of Oman and is 95 km long and between 12 and 14 km wide. The population is estimated at 12,000. It contains an Omani air base and a fish factory, as well as a few small towns.
The island slowly started to appear on the traveller radar in the 1990s and it holds interest for anyone seeking a real desert island experience. Its deserted beaches and interesting wildlife are the main draws. There is also great potential for watersports here with the winds being especially attractive to kite surfers.
The rugged terrain of the island and surrounding rough coastline has led to the appearance of many wrecked dhows on the beaches of the island, most of them well preserved by the salt water and intense heat.
Camping is probably still the most common way of experiencing Masirah but there are also a handful of small, new hotels.
Regular vehicle ferries run from Shanna'a on the east coast of the mainland and take about 1½ hours. Ferries run from morning until evening but only at high tide (the waters are very shallow). Cost is 15 OR each way. The ferries are old converted tank landing craft.
The Hotel is no longer operated by Swiss-Bel Hotels. It is now known and signposted as the Masirah Island Resort, operated by Oman Government.
Camping is popular on the Masirah and there are few restrictions about where. Beaches are naturally the most popular choices.
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Mansoor Tourist guide . Masirah Island [email protected] 0096892555338