Oman - Salalah Surf Spots
Travelling to Salalah for Surfing
A surf trip to Salalah (not Salala) in the province or area of Dhofar
/ Dofar is a serious trek by car - about 1200 km from Dubai. In one
hit you could
in 15 hours which included
a 90 minute stop for sleep and a 1 hour delay while getting lost
in Al Ain - also a slow border crossing there.
There are direct flights from Dubai to Salalah with Oman Air three
times a week taking 90 minutes each way. The downside is you're restricted
as to how
much surf and camping gear
to rent a vehicle when you get there to go exploring for surf. There
are also flights going via Muscat.
The Oman National Transport Company runs a daily
bus service to Muscat and Salalah - may be summer season only for
Salalah. Website at www.ontcoman.com.
Oman office tel +968-24590046. Dubai office near DNATA building in
Deira. Direct trips daily between Dubai and Salalah via Buraimi/Al
day - only 16 hours. Fare is about 200 dhs return. Comfortable buses
with TV and toilet.
Surfing in Salalah
The months of June to August are known as the Khareef (also written
as Kharif, Karif, Kareef, Harif, Hareef) when you get heavy monsoon
swells coming up the Indian Ocean. Surf is
large and messy with strong currents. The rest of the year the surf
is usually small and barely good enough for long boarders. Great
Occasionally a good solid swell comes through. Best times for surfing
are either side of the Khareef in May/June and September.
Remember that there are no surf rescue facilities and you could
quite possibly be the only surfer in the water along that coast
between Iran and Africa (although as of 2007 there are a couple
of surfers living in Salalah - see the Surf
Oman forum). An unnerving
feeling, especially when some of the marine
to see what's
During the Kharif, the currents can be very strong and may take you
out the back a long way, very quickly. Don't underestimate them.
Surf Spots near Salalah, Oman
Surf - Salalah Report forum topic for
more information, thanks to yEAH yOU??? and mike for information.
- Corniche Salalah - look for shelter behind the Old Souk (Old
- Crowne Plaza Hotel - nice beach, good for beginners when small
and beach profile not too steep - it can change significantly.
- Dumpsters - between the Crowne Plaza Salalah and the holiday
apartments next to a large villa. Rippy during the Khareef.
- Fishing Wedge - needs big swell to work (rare), pebble reef off
jetty to the right of the fishing village.
- Hilton Hotel - similar to Crowne Plaza hotel but beach doesn't
look quite as nice.
- InBetweens - in between the Hilton and the fishing village, worth
checking during the Khareef if everywhere
else is blown out. Near the 'Danger' signs.
- Khor Rori (or Khor Rouri) - archaeological site and is rumoured
to be a meeting spot for witches and wizards. Sheltered bay
with big swell during the Khareef. Spooky.
- Maneef Cave - spelling? Break in front
of cliff onto rocks and sea urchins. Related to do Teyq
(apparently the largest cave in
world with a 250m drop into the hole)?
- Mirbat - north of Salalah, keep driving and exploring, you'll
- Mughsail / Mughsayl (sometimes written Mugsayl, Mugsail, Mugshail,
Mugshayl, or Muggies / Mugsies / Muggsies) - well-known for
the blowholes and Khor Mughsayl about 45 mins drive south of
Salalah. Long sandy
beach breaks and also a point and reef break at the southern
end. Facilities at Mughsayl include beach umbrellas and the Mughsayl
Restaurant, also some accommodation - 10 Omani Riyals (OR) for
a chalet you can all stay in (up to 15 people if you want to sleep
- Pineapple Beach - between Taqa (or Taqah) and Mirbat. Look for
large cliff and go over the top to a long beach with a boulders
in the shoredump.
- Rakhyut (or Rakyut) - a couple of hours south from Salalah, less
now that the road is sealed. Bring passport for checkpoint on
way. A spectacular scenic drive, especially during the Kharif
when you rise above the mist that hangs around in Salalah. Rakhyut
very small village, make sure you leave Salalah with a full tank
and any supplies you think you might need. Surf can be significantly
larger than in Salalah during the Khareef. Beach break, also
reef and point breaks.
- Sadah - 140 km north of Salalah, lots of exploration potential
on the way, difficult to drive north from Sadah. Sadah a resonable
sized town (as places go along the coast) with an old historic
- Transmitter Beach - the road stops here where there is a large
antenna. A pebbled point break that becomes a beach break as you
surf in towards the beach and Salalah.
- Village - at the Tourist Village, average beach break.
See these forum topics and pages for more information.
Some previous trips to Salalah, Oman
Other useful links for Oman, Salalah, and Dhofar (open in new window)
- www.aroundoman.com - Mark Evans
Kayak Trip along the Omani coast during 2005 (website defunct, is spam when checked January 2010).
- www.omantourism.gov.om - official Oman Ministry of Tourism
- www.ontcoman.com - Oman National Transport Company, bus services in Oman and from
the UAE (website offline when checked January 2010).