at Al Sawadi
the 'seashell' beach, Al Sawadi is a panoramic sandy stretch with
its beaches peppered with all kinds of seashells. Beach lovers
will love taking a long stroll on these shores to enjoy the fresh
sea breeze and picturesque views of the sea and the nearby islands,
as well as go about shell spotting. Seashells are in abundance
here, and come in all shapes, sizes and colours.
the Al Sawadi beach, one can also take a boat ride to the nearby
Al Sawadi islands.
waters off Al Sawadi are perfect for a range of thrilling aquatic
far from the public beach is a fishing village where a visitor
can strike a deal with the local fishermen to take one to the
islands, which are bordered by tiny beaches, for a picnic. Another
alternative, however, is to check out Al Sawadi Forum Resort's
diving centre, Ocean Extreme.
the only establishment in the area, it offers a wide variety of
water sports such as jetskiing, waterskiing, banana boat rides
and turtle watching as well as snorkelling trips.
Al Sawadi Islands, however, are specially known to be ideal for
snorkelling and as an introduction to diving. It boasts of a variety
of marine life and coral colonies, which are rated among the best
in the world.
some initial assistance from Ocean Extreme's instructors, amateur
divers and snorkellers can sample the underwater treasure that
these waters hold.Furthermore, just 40 minutes from Al Sawadi
Islands are the Daymaniat Islands, which are also excellent locations
enjoy the underwater pleasures of both the Al Sawadi and
Daymaniat Islands, it is advisable to stay overnight at
the resort and set out by boat early the following morning
for the Daymaniat Islands. Guides, who double as lifeguards,
will accompany you to the islands.
besides catering to divers and snorkellers, the resort also
offers opportunities for other recreational pursuits to
those who are not very keen in exploring the seas. "I
go diving for several hours with my friend, while my wife
and daughter relax by the resort's swimming pool along with
others in our group," says a Swedish diver.
of the islands in the distance from the Al Sawadi Forum
is encouraging, therefore, that diving and snorkelling enthusiasts
can be left to pursue their "passion" for the sea, while
the non-diving family members may stay behind, enjoying the other
facilities of the resort.Another option for non-divers is to go
to the nearby islands for a picnic.
is a tiny beach on one of the islands, where one can enjoy basking
in the sun. It must be reiterated, however, that cleanliness in
the beach should be observed. This is the reason why the government
has left rubbish bins in the area so that visitors can take the
initiative of throwing their own garbage in the bin.
take off for the Daymaniat Islands from Al Sawadi's floating
on the summit of one of the islands is a watchtower. Access
to this watchtower is by means of a steep and long flight
of stairs. There are shelters on this island erected by the
municipality for the benefit of picnickers.
Sawadi Forum Resort co-sponsored the recent pleasure tour
for the disabled which was originally conceived by the Omani
Association for the Disabled (OAD) and Al-Ghadeer Tours to
promote establishments with disabled-friendly accessibility
Sawadi is one of the few establishments in the country, which
has ramps, restrooms for handicapped and other facilities that
enable the disabled to easily move around.
notable feature is the cemented path across the shore, leading
towards the floating jetty where the disabled can go right up
to the edge of the sea.Other than advocacy of the rights of the
disabled, it also supports the cleanliness and marine life preservation
campaign of the government.
resort strictly enforces the government's guidelines on swimming,
snorkelling and diving in protected waters.Further, the resort
also plans to introduce a 'beach cleaning day' as part of its
public service efforts.
every month, teams from the resort will scour these islands for
rubbish and litter left behind by picnickers. "These islands
are too beautiful to be spoiled," remarked a staffer of Ocean
Extreme. "We want to contribute in maintaining its splendour."
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