A real desert island experience, Masirah Island is located off the eastern coast of Oman within the central coastal region. Home to 12,000 residents, the rugged terrain and the rough coastline offer great opportunities for water-sports, especially with the winds attracting many kite surfers. Featuring deserted beaches and an interesting wildlife, Masirah Island is 95 kilometers long and about 14 kilometers wide. Regular passenger ferry services are available from Shanna’a on the east coast of the Oman mainland for visitors wanting to visit the Masirah Island.
The Masirah Island east coast is generally wild and windy, while the western coastline is calmer and more conducive for swimming activities. Displaying several dhow-wrecks, Masirah Island is a favorite home for four species of turtles, including the largest number of Loggerheads found anywhere in the World. Hotels and beach resorts are available at Masirah Island, where although with a few restrictions, camping is still a popular choice.