A group of islands are adjacent to Oman. Also, a number of smaller islands trail Barr Al Hikman Peninsula and Musandam Peninsula, especially in the Strait of Hrmiz. The most famous islands in Oman are:
Barr Al Hikman (Al Hikman Peninsula)Barr Al Hikman is located in the centre of Oman's east coast inAlWasta Governorate (the central region), 500 kilometres south of Muscat. This island is considered one of the most important bird migration stations both in Oman and Southeast Asia. Many birds congregate here, especially water birds coming from as far as Siberia's northern shores. In addition to being a sanctuary for birds and fish of all kinds, the existence of coral reefs off its shores make it a favourite destination for divers.
Al-Dimaniyat Islands Nature Reserve
Dimaniyat Islands Nature Reserve is located in Wilayat AlSeeb in the Governorate of Muscat and Wilayat Barka in Al Batinah, and lies about 18 kilometres off the coast of Barka (70 kilometres west of Muscat, the capital). Its total area is 100 hectares (247 acres) and is composed of nine islands. The reserve features pristine beaches on which the white sands are caressed by the sea's crystal blue waters. This reserve has a rich natural heritage and is replete with several kinds of coral reefs, including some examples that are quite rare. The island is home to a large number of sea turtles that lay their eggs and nest there, as well as a magnet for migratory and indigenous birds. In 1984, the reserve was recognised internationally because it is located within the project of the Great Barrier Reef, considered an international nature reserve and one of the most beautiful diving locations in the Sea of Oman. Locally, the islands go by the following names: Kharabah, Huyoot, Al Jabal Al Kabeer (Um As Sakan). The latter is divided into two islands: Um Al Liwahah (Minaret) and Al Jawn that includes three islands. These islands contain more than 22 known diving sites, in addition to being perfect for snorkelling. Also, some people like to camp in the islands, especially in the period from October to February.
Isole Al Hillaniyat
These are five islands. They are in order from west to east: AsSawda Island, Bird Island, Al Hasikiyah, Al Qibliyah, and Al Hallaniyah, which is the largest island, 50 kilometres from the coast of Hasik and 220 kilometres from Salalah, the capital of Dhofar Governorate. The island contains some ancient sites. These islands are characterised by an enormous range in elevation, embracing deserts, highlands and islands, springs, bays and headlands. They are home to large groups of turtles and birds.
Masirah IslandThe island is located in south east Oman, and is within the administration of A'Sharqiyah South Governorate. It is surrounded by several other islands, Marsis, Cha'nazi and Kalban. Marsis is the largest island in Oman and is a landmark in the middle of the sea. To the viewer, it looks like a jewel amid the azure waters.
The visitor is enchanted by the island's beautiful and diverse natural environment, clearly seen in its abundant marine life. The island has expansive agricultural fields. Because of the fertility of its soil, plants quickly spring up after rainfall. The island also has a number of mountains on Ras Halif, Rasia, Al Ija and other places, and enjoys temperate weather year round. As a visitor to Masirah Island, you'll feel here the harmony of nature, the pervasive calmness of the sea waves, and the cool breeze which envelopes you, giving you a profound sense of serenity as you breathe the pure air. The beaches provide an unparalleled opportunity to see clusters of rare sea turtles lay their eggs. You can reach the island by a large ferry, known locally as Alyasoora. This is a large carrier that carries cars, goods and people to and from the island. The island can also be accessed by air.