December 27-28, 2013 – Visiting Masirah Island is one of our top camping destination for 2013. This small island is located southwest of Oman and is known to be the nesting ground of giant sea turtles.
During our winter break, we travel for 5 hours from Muscat to Sanaa Seaport and take an hour ferry ride to get to the island.
The life in Masirah is very simple wherein most villagers earn a living as fishermen, livestock raisers, or merchants.
There are no big structures or buildings can be found in the island nor high mountains but there’s an observatory installed on a hilltop in the town proper.
Some of the structures in the island of Masirah
On our first night, we camp in the northern part near Swiss-Belthotel International.
It’s pretty windy and very cold especially in the early morning with temperature drops to 16 degrees Celsius and vary from 18 – 22 degrees C in the mid morning until mid afternoon.
The next day, we explore the whole island looking for spots where turtles are suspected to lay their eggs but there are no good signs or traces of these turtles.
Instead, we simply swim on its freezing cold crystal clear water and clean white sand beaches and witness the seagulls and herons feeding among small fishes and crabs on beach sides and in between the sea rocks.
After 3 days and 2 nights, we all had appreciated the real beauty of the island where the people are warm and accommodating, where nature is untouched and preserved, and where life is so simple and very peaceful.
It’s one of Oman’s rare treasure that can be truly proud of.