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Journey east through desert plains to the coastal enclave of Khorfakkan for a weekend of snorkeling and scuba diving.
Leave the city behind and drive to Khorfakkan, less than two hours’ away and overlooking the Gulf of Oman. Check into the Oceanic Khorfakkan Resort & Spa and splash out on a sea-facing suite or plush villa.
First stop: lunch. Overlooking the ocean, Al Murjan offers an international buffet and à la carte options, including pizza, pasta, Arabic favourites and Mediterranean dishes. Be sure to try the refreshing mocktails, too.
An afternoon of sun, sea and sand awaits. Pull up a sun-lounger on the white-sand beach or under the shade of a palm tree by the pool. Treat yourself to a massage in the 360 Health Club & Spa – the rooftop spa boasts amazing views of Khorfakkan – or just relax in the sauna and steam rooms.
Pre-book a table at Bab Al Bahar seafood restaurant. The menu includes classic dishes such as lobster thermidor and grilled catch of the day, alongside mouthwatering meats baked in the clay oven and Indian curries. After dinner, enjoy a moonlit stroll along the promenade.
With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the ocean, the views at Al Murjan are as inviting as the breakfast buffet. The impressive spread includes fresh pastries, waffles and fruit, along with eggs cooked to order and hot dishes from around the globe.
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Journey east through desert plains to the coastal enclave of Khorfakkan for a weekend of snorkelling and scuba diving.
Pack your bags and drive east to the enclave of Khorfakkan, located 137kms from Sharjah on the Gulf of Oman. Head straight to 7 Seas Dive Centre (www.7seasdivers.com) on Khorfakkan Beach, which offers guided snorkel and scuba trips, as well as a variety of PADI courses.
Discover Khorfakkan’s watery wonderland during a full-day boat trip to two of its most popular and accessible dive sites, Martini Rock and Shark Island. Both are renowned for their colourful aquatic life, warm waters and excellent visibility.
After a day’s diving, return to shore and check into the Oceanic Khorfakkan Resort & Spa. Located at the northern end of Khorfakkan Beach, the four-star resort features modern rooms, two pools and a private beach.
For dinner, head downstairs to The Ocean Wok pan-Asian restaurant. The chefs dish some of the best wok-fried fare in town, all freshly prepared and served with a smile.
Rise early and make your way to Al Murjan for breakfast. Overlooking the pool and beach, the resort’s all-day dining restaurant offers an extensive buffet with hot and cold Arabic, Indian and Western dishes. Check out of the hotel and head to the on-site dive centre for another day of underwater adventure.
A 15-minute drive north brings you to Al Aqah in neighbouring Fujairah. Located around 100m offshore, Snoopy Island is the only shore dive on the east coast. Snorkellers can happily spend the day here with colourful nudibranchs and schools of clown fish for company, while experienced divers can venture out on boat trip to the Inchcape wreck.
As the sun sets on another fantastic day, slowly make your way back to Sharjah city taking plenty of memories with you.
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Check-out after breakfast and then hit the beach. Spend a lazy couple of hours wriggling your toes in the soft sand, soaking up the sunshine and swimming in the brilliant blue waters of the Gulf of Oman.
Ready for lunch? Stop by The Ocean Wok for freshly cooked pan-Asian dishes that make the most of the local bounty. Choose from salads, soups and stir-fries with flavours from Thailand, China and Vietnam.
The weekend is not over yet. Spend a chilled-out afternoon by the outdoor pool, under cloudless blue skies and cooled by the ocean breeze. Swim some laps, work on your tan or sip fresh juices at the swim-up bar.
Feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, pack your beach bag away and head back to Sharjah city.
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