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12 Dec 2019 Posted By Alvin Thomas

Overview

Enclaves of tranquility can still be found in and around one of the capital’s most popular beaches, as Ashlee Starratt discovers.

mid-week escape sounded good on paper – having been on our to-do list longer than we cared to admit. And, with the recent Oman National Day holidays stretching out before us, what better way to spend a Wednesday?

Wanting a nearby road-trip where we could spend as much time at our destination as sitting behind the wheel to get there, we headed out mid-morning from Seeb cutting a path along with Sultan Qaboos Highway towards the mountains of Al Bustan and beyond.

Traffic was light, with many folks opting for a long weekend abroad – meaning less crowds and more space for us to explore the beauty to be found closer to home. We didn’t have a plan in mind…having already been on excursions to Bandar Al Khiran and Jebel Sifah out this way.

Having previously bypassed Yiti Beach due to its tendency towards over-crowdedness we thought what better time than now to make it our destination. The winding drive through the mountains and into the small villages you’ll pass along the way is nothing short of idyllic. And, if you crack the window an inch or to, the bracing mountain air will soon give way to salt.

With its picture-postcard slice of crescent sand, abutted by stunning rock formations, Yiti is a favourite fishing spot. It’s not uncommon on a busy weekend afternoon to rock up and see a line of 4x4s all in formation their owners casting their rods into the waves.

During Ramadan, the beach is also a popular locale to break your fast at sunset with an iftar on the beach – and still remains a hotspot for families coming out on the weekends to take a dip in its azure blue waters and barbecue some mishkak on the beach.

Though, recent crackdowns on beach barbecuing and fines for littering have been enforced by the municipality, Yiti is still a gem to go to with a picnic lunch (and bin bags to clean up with after!)

On the morning we arrived it was virtually empty – save for a couple of families out to make a morning start of the long holiday weekends. It’s one-kilometre-long stretch of beach – a sheltered bay really with the salt-swept rock outcroppings that surround it – is known for its slightly coarser sand.

It’s also known for its mesmerizing interplay of light and colour as the sun’s rays sink into the deep blue sea – making it a popular spot for sundowners and even intrepid campers who choose to overnight under a sky blanketed with stars.

But for us, here on this tranquil morning holding our cups of coffee and digging our toes into the cool sand, it’s the clouds – each as puffy as a marshmallow – that blanket a sense of tranquility around us in nature’s warm embrace.


How to get there?


From Muscat, follow the Sultan Qaboos Highway towards Ruwi and Wadi Kabir – or the Muttrah Corniche towards Al Bustan and take the turn-off up into the mountains towards Muscat Hills and Shangri-La Bar Al Jissah. Once you reach the Shangri-La roundabout turn right towards Yiti and Jebel Sifah and keep on the road for about ten kilometres following the signboards to Yiti. 

GPS Coordinates:  23.5298° N, 58.6659° E

Location

Yiti
Length:
Difficulty: Easy
Dist. from Muscat: 43kms


GPS Location

23.5298° N, 58.6659° E


Known For

Beautiful beach


TRAVEL GUIDE

From Muscat, follow the Sultan Qaboos Highway towards Ruwi and Wadi Kabir – or the Muttrah Corniche towards Al Bustan and take the turn-off up into the mountains towards Muscat Hills and Shangri-La Bar Al Jissah. Once you reach the Shangri-La roundabout turn right towards Yiti and Jebel Sifah and keep on the road for about ten kilometres following the signboards to Yiti. 


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