Al Sawadi beach with its islands and its resort is one of the main touristic destinations between Muscat Sohar on the North Shore of Oman. The several kilometer long beach is covered with colorful shells and the area is a great spot for snorkeling, diving and kite boarding.
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Al Sawadi beach is a special places on the North Shore of Oman. The long beach is surrounded by a group of islands, which create a rocky environment great for snorkeling and diving. The main island has a fort and can be reached on foot during a low tide.
Al Sawadi is also a good departure point for the Damaniyat islands, considered one of the best diving spot in Oman.
Personnaly I decided to visit the beach, because I know it was covered with beautiful shells. Some photos in books had led me to believe it was covered with much more than what I saw, but they were still pretty.
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Arriving at Al Sawadi
As you can see in the Google earth image below, Al Sawadi is a triangle entering the sea.
This straight road takes you all the way to the parking near the beach.
The Beach of Al Sawadi
The Sawadi islands are really not far from the beach, especially during low tide. So if you don't mind the waves, it is a great spot for swimming and snorkeling.
At low tide, you can walk all the way to the main island where there is a fort.
Do you know you can wild camp anywhere in Oman, even on beaches?
Some people go by foot. Other try to go with their cars. But I have seen many of them get stuck in the wet sand...
The Shells at Al Sawadi Beach
The main reason behind my spot at Al Sawadi Beach was a photo on a book I saw in Oman. There was this beautiful shot that made it look like the beach was covered in shells rather than sand. The reality was quite different. Yes, there were plenty of beautiful and colorfull shells but as you can see in the photos below you can still see the sand...
This shot was taken at one spot where everything had rolled and crash against a wall: sand, garbage and shells. The only place really full of shells...
At low tide, small pools of water remain on the beach. Go for a stroll and watch colsely, you will spot many starfishes. I love them and how they move. Sadly the kids were taking them out of he water and putting them in cups...
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