Masirah Island is something not all people know about: a jewel-like piece of land set in the turquoise waters of the Arabian Sea, just off the coast of Oman. This is a place definitely worth visiting for those in the country, though, especially those seeking water adventures and encounters with local fauna and marine species. The island is host to more than a few endangered species in the area as well as surrounded by waters that, due to the variations in current and tide as you go around the island’s coast, are suitable for a multiplicity of activities.
To get to the island, one may take either an aeroplane from nearby cities on the coast or even take the regular ferry services bringing autos and people over to Masirah and back. It is fairly easy to achieve either, but the ferry is undoubtedly the cheaper option. There are also some places to stay in once you get to the island, including the Masirah Island Resort, but many people simply opt to head to the island for their fun, then go back to stay in an establishment in the mainland.
Most people do not actually come to the island to visit the interior or inland locations. There is not all that much to see although development is taking place, with more hotels and accommodations being opened. Aside from those, the most one could do is head over to the northern tip of the island and sneak a peek at the old airfield that the British used to occupy, although one cannot really get close because the area is now held by the national air force (RAFO or Royal Air Force of Oman) and is closed to the public.
Most of the island’s attractions are in its waters. There are humpback whales as well as bottlenose dolphins frequently seen around it, as well as some 300 bird species flying all about the place at different times of the year. The endangered leatherback turtle comes to the waters around Masirah Island too, but does not nest in its beaches. What does nest in its beaches is the loggerhead turtle (another endangered species that you can witness here around May to August) and the Olive Ridley turtle (which nests in no other place in this particular region). The island also has an endemic and highly endangered gazelle, simply referred to as the Masirah gazelle.
As for water activities, Masirah Island offers a great many of them too, with people coming to swim in its beaches and jetski around them. Surfers come here as well: the best surfing is said to be had to the south, because the island’s coasts become more exposed at this point and lead to bigger, more challenging waves for the surfers. Kite flying is seen here as well, among other things. Obviously, there is a great deal that one may enjoy in this place, which is probably why it is currently being promoted by the Omani government as one of the mainstays of the average Oman tourist trip.