Although it was not the best season for clouds, I was treated by Oman with beautiful sunrises and sunsets: on beaches, in the sand dunes of Wahiba Sands and in the mountains of Jebel Al Akhdar and Jebel Shams. Just looking at those photos makes me want to go back.
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Sunset in Muscat - Al Qurum beach
Al Qurum beach is a long sandy beach on the northern coast of Muscat. It is a very popular spot. On my first day, as I was staying nearby, I ended my day walking along on the sand.
The atmosphere was great. It was the national day and a long weekend for all the Omanis so everyone was out. The beach was filled with walker, swimmer, football players, families on picnics...
Sadly a big cloud appeared just where the sun was disappearing so no crazy colors.
Off the coast of Muscat
On my second day, I did a boat tour in the morning and decided to also book a tour in the afternoon to watch the sunset from the sea.
The breeze on my skin, the silence out there in the water and the sun slowly going down and disappearing behind the mountains along the coast... what a great moment!
On Day 3 I did some wild camping on a beach. That would had been enough for me, but on top of that, the sky decided to offer me a beautiful show of pink colors.
And beach sunrise
The next morning I explored one end of the beach with rocks and water splashing against it. No clouds but some nice soft colors.
OK, not much of a sunrise here, you can see the big band of clouds. But still, I was observing turtles leave the hole they digged to lay eggs and slide back to water as the sun was rising. Learn more about this amazing experience at the Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve.
Sand dunes sunset
In the desert of Wahiba sands, I was luck again to do some wild camping. So for sunset and sunrise I was not stuck with a group from the camp, I was able to explore on my own, enjoy the silence, the peace and the soft sand.
And sand dunes sunrise
I woke up early to be sure to not miss the sunrise. I have always perfered sunrise to sunset. The promise of a new day full of discoveries and the nature which awakens (even though, I know many things are nocturnal...)
Jebel Akhdar sunset
In Jebel Akdhar, the hotel was perfectly located to watch sunset. So after enjoying the view from the jaccuzzi, I put on some layers (it is cold in the mountains) and admire the sun setting over the agricultural terraces.
Jebel Shams sunset
In Jebel Shams, you cannnot get anything interesting with the canyon itself. It is too deep. So I wandered around and found this great flat area with trees and rocks, and a great alignement with the sun.
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