We left the Crown Plaza Hotel at around 10.00am, it took about 15 minutes drive into the City of Muscat. We drove through the Gates of the old city and the Muscat Gate Museum, into a very clean and orderly city, with the mountains on one side and the sea on the other side. The area around the Sultans Palace looked to have been recently renovated.
Even though we had arrived early, the hotel was happy to let us check in. We spent a relaxing afternoon on the beach. Then we set out to explore this area. The next bay along seemed to be undergoing some kind of development. A lot of houses were knocked down and it looked as if a great deal of ground work had been done. I think this is for The Salam Resort & Spa, Yiti. Disappointed with this area, we drove towards Bandar Khayran and Al Seifa. Along this rout we encountered some magnificent scenery, The Khors, or lagoons and sheltered bays fringed in places by mangroves.We even saw a tidal football pitch along this stretch of road. We went to the village of Al Shaikh and snorkeled from this beach. The only down side was the presence of a very intrusive Man, he made very rude and suggestive comments to me! This made swimming, for a 50 + woman (in a full wet Suite) near to the shore rather unpleasant, and I don't think this would be a safe place for unaccompanied women....especially younger ones. This is possibly the reason the large resorts do so well!?