This post is part of a series on our trip to Oman in October 2012, during the celebration of Eid Al Adha holidays. The temps have finally simmered down, perfect for the outdoors, yay!
After about 12 hours of restful, uninterrupted sleep, we’re up for our Day 2!
And as we travelled far south yesterday to marvel at the surreal beauty of Wadi Bani Khalid & Muqal Cave, our route for the day will be “nearby.”
That is, in and around Muscat.
We got on the road and yet again, pass by the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque with its striking golden dome. Too bad we didn’t had a chance to visit inside, next time therefore. 🙂
Our hotel map / guide indicated that it’s located near to both the Beach and the Grand Mosque. True, but not “across the street near.” More like a kilometer near, Muscat is soooo huge lah! 🙂
We drive further and pass through buildings, malls, et al. Made a mental note to pass by MGM later for grocery & some other stuff.
We went through the highways pass Ruwi and headed to Muttrah, also called the “Old Muscat“.
We were first greeted by views of the Sultan Qaboos Port and the Corniche on one side, and Muttrah Souk and Riyam Park on the other side.
Riyam Park has this curious-looking view deck that Sir Roger calls “spaceship.” He said we’d go up there later. 🙂
We drive further inside the “gates” going to Al Alam Palace.
We were almost lost, lumampas na pala kami, so we looked for a U-turn and went back, 🙂
The net says two forts are visible from the Palace which are Forts Mirani and Jalani. However, I think I saw more than two along the way and when we arrived at the Palace, which left me a bit confused. = p
A few more clicks and the group decided to move on. Our next destination, Qantab Beach.
The highways were like rollercoaster tracks! LOL. We had fun along the way though we were a bit lost looking for Qantab, hehehe.
The views along the way were simply amazing. Although we were still lost. = p
We drove thru Barr Al Jissah Resort hoping there was a way from here to reach the beach and boating station. Nah. Balik, balik, balik. = p
After a few more detours, we finally found Qantab Beach, yay!
We had merienda first (thoughtfully prepared by Sir Roger’s co-teachers, Salamat po!) before hopping to our boat, which had no roof! Thank God for sunscreen lotions, 🙂
And without further ado, let’s starting our boating tour! 🙂
And yes, we passed through this “arko.” This part was quite shallow, you can see the rocks from the surface. The waves were also a bit strong, which shooked our little boat. Scared ang hindi marunong lumangoy, which is me, hehehe.
Realization: Ahhhh, so we can see and reach Barr Al Jissah from the boating station, but not the other way around. There were no boats in front of the resort like what we boarded. Maybe there were jetskis, sailboats rented for guests but definitely with hefty price tags. Ako na ang kuripot, hehe.
From this point our boatman upped the speed and I just clicked away while enjoying the view. Inhale, exhale nature’s glorious beauty… 🙂
Finally we turned back to the shore, and it was already past noon. Tostado con todo! = p
We got back on the road to Muscat sentro.
We headed to the newly opened branch of Palayok, a Filipino restaurant, for lunch.
It was a roomy resto, with outdoor dining option as well. And had TFC showing Showtime. 🙂
Buboy ordered Bulalo, Sir Roger chose Afritada while I picked Sweet and Sour Chicken. And two large orders of rice. Galit galit muna. = p
After lunch we immediately felt sleepy, op kors. LOL. We asked Sir Roger to drop us at the hotel so all of us can rest a bit and meet later for our afternoon/evening tour.
However, upon arriving at the hotel, Buboy was able to make contact with his Oman-based cousin Andy and agreed to meet over coffee. In no time, Andy arrived and we went to nearby Qurum.
We got our coffees and sat outdoors, Buboy and Andy chatted and chatted, 🙂
By the way, this is the view while I was sipping my coffee, literally just a few meters away… 🙂
After coffee, Andy dropped us at the hotel and told us to be in touch to possibly get together again before we return to Bahrain.
Time check: almost 5 pm. No more time for siesta. = p
We now have to prep as Sir Roger will be coming in a few minutes for our Muscat Evening Tour: Muttrah Souk treasures, walk along the Corniche, up in Riyam Park, MGM