An Afternoon at the Quiet Beach of Qantab

“You must drive to Qantab and see the beach there,” suggests an Omani we met at a small, road-side cafeteria where we briefly stop for some fresh fruit juice and directions. It is a cool afternoon and we plan on seeing one more place in Muscat before we finally drive home to Dubai.

He struggles to explain the directions in English and then drives away in his new Honda Accord, the beat of a Hindi song from his CD player trailing behind him. And thanks to him, we find ourselves in this beautiful corner of Muscat…

Qantab is a small, quiet village a few kilometers from Old Muscat. I think it takes us 30 minutes to get there, and the drive is made extra special with the spectacular scenery that surrounds us. Immediately upon arriving we see several goats, walking about casuallyΒ  (more about them in another post; they do deserve their own post), a couple of young women keenly observing us, and a group of young boys playing football…

We don’t know how it is here during some other time or day, but today it is very quiet and peaceful in Qantab. It’s the sort place where I’d love to spend a few hours with my favorite book. We don’t have this opportunity in our beaches back home in the U.A.E.

There are a few Omanis sitting at the other end of the beach, close to their boats. I suppose they can take us for a ride if we asked, instead we choose to walk bare feet on the soft sand, breathe in the crisp air, and take photographs. Those who want some fun can go boating, fishing, snorkeling, and diving off one of the several high cliffs.

I am content with playing with the sand and my Nikon…

There are also a couple of forts, or rather ruins of what once were forts, close to the beach. It is sad to note, however, the horrible graffiti on the walls, the plastic bags scattered about, and cans of cola carelessly tossed in a corner. The beach is clean, but the fort is abused.

Please also note that the boys who would offer you a ride on their boats do so without having any safety equipment on board, like the basic life jackets, and these boats are not designed to ferry passengers.Β  These boysβ€”ages between 12-16 yearsβ€”who had grown up swimming and fishing have a lot of confidence on their maneuvering skills, racing along the sea and making sharp turns at great speeds. Do not ride these boats with your family.


    1. Aww, thank you so much! You are too generous.

      The bird picture is also a favorite of mine, Pervisha, although I must say that it looks rather snobbish πŸ˜‰

  1. I like all your shots Nadia! They look very bright and clean. It is a very nice beach indeed. I especially like the huge stones in pictures 2 and 3.

    1. Thanks, Tien! That’s the good thing about digital SRL cameras; one can control the amount of light passing through the lens. I didn’t have to edit much. All I did was add a border and watermark.

  2. Really, this post has a peaceful vibe. πŸ™‚ I especially like the third pic…we never get enclosed areas of beach here, it’s all open spaces [not that I’m complaining!]. When you were in Oman, did you visit Salalah? I had never heard of this city until very recently…’we’ might make a move there so was wondering whether it was a good place. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Alisha! We drove to Muscat from Dubai, and Salalah was on the farthest end so we couldn’t make it. We plan on visiting Salalah in the future, inshaAllah, but we’ll have to go by air.

      Where exactly are you planning to move to, Salalah?

      1. I really have no idea Nadia… his company has a branch there and had offered him a transfer and all we got from them was it’s in Salalah. πŸ™‚

        1. Alisha, all I know about Salalah (from my sister who went there once) is that it’s a very beautiful and green place. Make istakharah, sis. Moving is a big decision.

  3. I loved visiting Oman and especially the Muscat as a kid, and also the part north of Dibba in Fujeirah. Now, with the new visa regulations for us Canadians, it’s not possible to pop in for a visit and then go out to Oman for a day…. πŸ™

    1. Yeah, and I thought they’d change the visa law after sometime, reverting it back to how it used to be. But looks like it’s here to stay πŸ™

  4. Wonderful photos, it gives me a taste of being there and just makes me hungry for the full experience. I would have also been tempted to take a dangerous boat ride with one of those 12 year olds just to have a bit of extra adventure and to get a better look at those great rock formations sticking out of the water.

    1. Hello Posky!

      The rock formations at Qantab are interesting enough for one to risk the dangerous boat ride ONLY if one is a good swimmer. I later learned that there are licensed boat operators too to ferry tourists around, but when you’re there you can hardly tell which ones are licensed and which ones aren’t.

    1. Yes, for the first time this place looks like it’s owned by a female. I am still looking for my own, customized template though, so look out for that πŸ™‚

  5. hello po.

    it’s been a while. two weeks pong erratic ang conection in the phils – wordpress, yahoo and even google and couldn’t activate my subscription to your new site. pasensya na po.

    i miss coming over here. i like this post, it’s very tranquil or serene. i hope that one day i could travel as frequently as you do.

    keep posting, ms. nadia. best regards,

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