Oman Surfing and Surf Spots
- Al Ashkharah and Aseela are
the closest points for surf in Oman from Dubai with reasonable wave potential
for surfing. Poor facilities - you need to
Mostly beach breaks.
- Masirah Island, just off the coast of Oman is further and you need to
catch a ferry but bigger waves and a few reef breaks make Masirah a better
surf destination. Worth considering for a surf trip on a long weekend
on 10-12 hrs travel each way (about 5 hours south of Muscat to ferry spot). Some
basic grocery shops and gas station in the town on Masira Island but you
still need to be mostly self-sufficient. Masirah is also a well known spot
for windsurfing - mainly
June - September when the Harif wind blows through with galeforce winds day
and night kicking up the sand and keeping the windsurfers happy. See the
Masirah Island surf page
for a couple of windsurf videos. Other pages on this site:
- Salalah in southern Oman
- a daunting drive from Dubai - about 12-15 hours depending on border delays,
sleep and rest stops but further south so more swell potential, and
more consistent swell. Beginners or small people will be able to surf most
days somewhere in or near Salalah. Cooler climate and lush vegetation. It's
a decent sized town so has good facilities including Salalah
flights to Dubai 3 times a week as of Aug 2006, or flights via Muscat).
- other places - Oman has a long coastline facing the Indian Ocean so there's
plenty of unexplored territory for surf expeditions. Some places where people
have surfed include Kuria
Muria or Haliniyat
Dalqut area, Rakyut (south of Salalah). Generally you get warmer water and
air in winter, cooler in summer (need a wetsuit sometimes), great scenery,
beaches, good waves if it's on.
Worth a trip - check the forecast.
- Check forum
travel section for most recent information and news of surf trips
being organised by other surfers wanting to go from Dubai to Oman for
surfing. Or even better, start your own!
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