Thursday, May 23, 2024

Whether exploring on land or delving into the ocean’s depths, Sharjah is the top-tier choice for adventure enthusiasts. The third-largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates boasts unrivalled locations for engaging in water sports and embarking on desert safaris that are unmatched in the region. Venture eastward to the picturesque coastal haven of Khorfakkan and immerse yourself in the mysterious allure of the desert with an all-day off-road journey to Mleiha in Sharjah’s Central Region. Here’s your ideal itinerary, ensuring an unforgettable adventure-packed vacation in this emirate.

2 Days of Unforgettable Underwater adventure in the Indian Ocean
Day 1 – Khorfakkan Beach

Drive towards the Khorfakkan enclave, located 137 kilometres away from Sharjah along the picturesque Gulf of Oman. Immerse yourself in Khorfakkan’s aquatic wonderland by embarking on a full-day boat adventure to two of its most popular and easily accessible dive sites, Martini Rock and Sira Island. Both sites are celebrated for their vibrant marine life, warm waters, and exceptional underwater visibility.

Upon concluding a day of exhilarating diving experiences, return to the shore and settle into your accommodation at the Oceanic Khorfakkan Resort & Spa. Situated at the northern edge of Khorfakkan Beach, this four-star resort offers contemporary rooms, two inviting swimming pools, and a private beach.

As the evening sets in, make your way downstairs to The Ocean Wok, a pan-Asian restaurant known for its delectable wok-fried dishes, freshly prepared and served with a friendly smile, making it one of the top dining choices in the area.

Day 2 – Indian Ocean

Start your day bright and early by heading to Al Murjan for breakfast. This all-day dining restaurant, situated at the resort and boasting a view of the pool and beach, presents a lavish buffet featuring a wide array of Arabic, Indian, and Western hot and cold dishes.

Following your breakfast, complete the check-out process at the hotel, and then proceed to the dive centre located on the hotel premises for another exciting day of underwater exploration. Snorkel enthusiasts will find themselves in the company of colourful nudibranchs and playful schools of clownfish, ensuring a delightful day of underwater fun. For more experienced divers, there’s the option to embark on a boat excursion to explore the deeper waters and encounter even more aquatic wonders.

All-day 4X4 off-road excursion
Day 3

Proceed with your journey to the Mleiha Archaeological Centre, where a variety of tours and activities await. Before venturing into the desert, indulge in a meal at the Bystro Café within the center. This charming café features floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a captivating view of the stunning landscape. Their menu offers a delectable selection of salads, sandwiches, burgers, as well as all-day breakfast options and satisfying dishes like steak frites and spaghetti bolognese.

Opt for the Mleiha Adventure Package, a six-hour guided 4WD excursion that unveils the region’s most remarkable landscapes. Drive across towering sand dunes and past breathtaking rock formations, with stops along the way to explore pre-Islamic archaeological sites and savor the panoramic views from three distinct peaks.

Return to Sharjah city and make your way to Al Qasba, a canal-side complex brimming with cafés, restaurants, shops, and galleries. After your desert adventure, you’re likely to have worked up an appetite, so settle down for a delightful dinner at Shababeek, a contemporary Lebanese restaurant offering an extensive selection of mezze and grilled dishes. Conclude your idyllic vacation with a leisurely stroll along the canal, relishing the tranquil waterside ambience.

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