It's a drive of a lifetime, 200 kilometers of pure ecstasy. The road from Oman's rocky and dry capital city of Muscat to Sur makes its way through many incredible must visit sites and breathtaking views.
The road starts from Al Amerat and at first offers a view of naked dry mountains on both the sides. The dry rocks are worth a sight, for they are decorated with all sorts of myriad colours. Some of the rocks are marbles.
After about 70 kilometers, we take a right turn off towards Wadi Dayqah Dam – an artificial lake formed by a hydroelectric dam. The views are awesome. The nearby wadi is full of water and vegetation, a rare sight in Arabian landscape.
We come back from the Wadi and back to the main road towards Sur. After a few kilometers we cross the small town of Quriat and from here the coastal road begins. The views are refreshing with East Hajar mountain on one side and the gulf of Oman on the other. The sea appears dark blue glorified by the intense bright Arabian sunshine.
We come across several wadis on the way – Wadi Al Arbeieen, Wadi Tiwi and Wadi Shab to name a few, all offers crystal clear spring waters and one can engage in swimming or diving.
We move ahead towards the Bimmah Sinkhole, which is believed to be formed when a meteor collided the earth. The sinkhole is about 300 meters from the sea and is connected via an underground tunnel, which is why the water tastes salty. It's an ideal place for Swimming, diving and fish therapy. The turquoise water of the sinkhole is worth taking a few snaps.
Our final destination is Sur, a coastal city full of beautiful unspoilt beaches. Sur is a popular tourist destination for bird watching and turtle watching. People come here from all over the globe to see big green turtles laying eggs on the beach. However, for turtle watching an overnight stay is required.
We need not necessarily take the same road while going back. There is another road from Sur to Muscat. This old road is longer and narrow and takes almost four hours to reach Muscat. Still you will be motivated to take this road if you wish to pay a visit to the Wahiba Sands – the only desert in the Sultanate of Oman and Wadi Bani Khalid – another great wadi worth a visit.