Day at the Sawadi Islands
We decided to visit the famed beach
at Sawadi, but were a little put off by the $50+ charge to get into one
of the fancy resorts. We opted for the free beach down the road, and soon
found ourselves in the midst of a throng of partying Omanis (well, as much
as people in Oman party, I mean). We negotiated with one of the (hundreds
of) boat drivers along the shore for a ride out to some of the really close
islands with some time at each. Once everything was decided, we hopped
in and zoomed out!
We wanted to go where there was some
snorkeling, and the closest island beckoned us. There was a camp set up,
and lots of people climbing around on shore, but the water was clear and
there were fish to watch, so we enjoyed ourselves in the water.
As the afternoon wore on, however,
we noticed the tide lowering dramatically. By the time we were to leave,
people were actually walking across the mud flats to the island we were
on! As we were coming back, our boat actually got stuck - everyone had
to hop out and Dave help push the boat closer to shore!
There was a dhow beached off the shore,
and we never really figured out why it was there. It was picturesque, and
didn't look picked over or looted. Maybe just a place to play?
Our second island was much more deserted,
and we had the stretch of beach we were on to ourselves. We spent the afternoon
swimming, collecting shells, and relaxing in the sun. We'd brought food
and drink, so we were all set for the day.
Breck wasn't about to wait, though
- he took off running and splashing everything in sight. When we got back
to shore, we spent some time collecting a bottle full of mini pink shells
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