Ras Bintawt, Al Khaluf, Al Wusta Governorate‎, Oman 

Khaluf is a 50km stretch of sea front located about 450km south of Muscat and consist of calm protected water, white sugar dunes, rocky outcroppings, and sleepy fishing villages. Khaluf is actually three different places, maybe more. Al Khaluf is the name of the fishing village at the north end of the stretch, and the place you will stop or start your off-road adventure. Just south of the village is Khaluf Beach, where at low tide it becomes your highway carrying you south, ending at some rocky outcroppings. Further south is Hadow, and it’s powder white sand dunes that will swallow can truck alive. Finally Bantawt comes, featuring flat plains that seem to dissolve into the sea.

What makes this area special is its isolation.  Since it is so far from Muscat, the area doesn’t get many visitors. However, a over a holiday weekend you might find half of Petroleum Development Oman’s expat employees camped out here. Contributing to the isolation is the lack of paved roads through this area. The result is a nice quiet place with a fun off-road track.

Epic Oman Culture & Adventure Route © Monika Newbound

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