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Masirah Island

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Country rank: 8 out of 9 Places To Visit In Oman

Sub-Region: Middle East


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Ideal duration: 2-3 days

Best time: November to April (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Hilf, Oman (Check Flights)

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Masirah Island Tourism

Being the largest island in Oman as well as the most relaxing destination for a weekend getaway, the Masirah Island is the ideal location for some peace and quiet!

With stunning beaches and exciting water sports, the Masirah Island has a population of about 12,000 people and was only recently opened up for tourism. This island is known as a "paradise for kitesurfers" as it is always windy, with cool breezes from the Arabian Sea. There are four different species of turtles on the Masirah beaches, including around 30,000 nesting female turtles! Full of natural attractions and magnificent wildlife, it is definitely a must see for anyone who visits Oman!

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There is no nightlife in the island. It's a very religious place and no alcohol is served except for at the 4 star hotel.

At Masirah island, shops are extremely limited and there are no supermarkets. There are no places to buy souveniers. If you wish to go camping, it is best to bring snacks and other necessary items from Muscat.

In Masirah, you can pay with credit cards and/or debit cards, such as Mastercard, VISA etc. However, no other currency apart from the Omani currency is accepted.

There are ATMs in Masirah It is best to exchange currency at the Oman UAE Exchange which is located at the Muscat International Airport. You will also find many ATMs and exhange centers as you drive from Muscat to Shannah.

Ideally, a tourist would spend around OMR 400-600 a day in Masirah Island.

Islam is practiced in the Masirah Island, much like the rest of Oman. The locals are dressed in traditional clothes: Men wear the dishdasha while the women wear abayas and hijabs. During Ramadan, the locals fast and restaurants aren't open during the day time. Eid is a huge celebration in the island.

It is not common for alcohol to be consumed in public, due to the majority of Muslims in the island. If you wish to consume alcohol, it is best to do it in a private or remote place. As a tourist, it is not expected from the locals that you cover your shoulders and legs, but if you are not at a beach, it is best to dress conservatively. Tipping is not common at the island, so it is not necessary. If you feel the need to do so, you could just round up to the next rial.

The main language spoken in Oman is Arabic. It isn't necessary to speak Arabic at Masirah as most locals will understand English. However some common phrases and words are: Marhaban (hello), Sabah Alkhyr (Good morning), Shukran (Thank you) and Laylah saida (Good night)

The island was first used as a British military base in the 1930s. It expanded until the 1970s as it helped the British and Omani forces fight during The Dhofar Rebellion. It was also used during the Gulf Wars in the 1990s.

The Masira Island Resort has a variety of continental and intercontinental food. There are also four other smaller hotels that serve food in the island too. There is also a Turkish restaurant in Hilf.


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How to Reach Masirah Island

The island does not have its own airport, so you will need to arrive at Shannah first, and take a ferry to the island. (Read More)

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