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05 Fun Activities to have in Sur Oman - Five Engaging Activities in Sur Oman

Renowned as a popular coastal getaway hub Sur is a seaside hamlet brimming with touristic possibilities. From beach days to touring historic sites the area's best activities are as follows.

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Visit Sinsilah Castle and Sur's Forts at Sunrise

Tipped to be one of the most rewarding and exhilarating activities one can engage in on a holiday in Sur a tour of the city's iconic forts and castle is a must-have experience for all. Especially captivating during sunrise the Sinsilah Castle is open to visitors on all weekdays and is considered one of the best spots in Sur to catch a spectacular sunrise from the venue's vaulted height. As one of the city's most recognizable landmarks the Sinsilah Castle is not the only ancient structure in the area as Sur is also home to two mammoth forts named Al Ayja and Bilad respectively. With each tower and edifice marked with placards visitors will have no issues exploring the breathtaking confines of these ancient structures.

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Tour the Cornice Fish Market and Dine Like a Local

Often described as a hotbed of activity all day long the Cornice Fish market is abuzz with fishing communities and Sur's best seafood fresh off the boast. As a cultural institution as well as vibrant thoroughfare a visit to the Cornice Fish Market offers visitors a glimpse of local life and the array of seafood items available in the seaside holiday hub. After a tour of the market visitors can head up to the area's best restaurants to dig in to scrumptious dishes prepared using the fresh seafood secured at the market. Highlights include Spicy Village which serves Chinese and Indian cuisine inspired dishes while Zaki's and the Bawadi Al Ayga are other well-known eateries in the area.

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Tour the Ras Al Jinz Scientific Centre and Green Sea Turtle Sanctuary

Established by Royal Decree nearly two decades ago the Ras Al Jinz Scientific Centre serves as the primary institution in Sur for the preservation of the green sea turtle and conservation efforts aimed at protecting its habitats. As a thriving breeding ground for the endangered species this conservation hub is not just reserved for nature lovers as marine life enthusiasts and tourists of all walks of life can take part in turtle viewing expeditions at the venue. Turtle viewing excursions set our at dawn and then in the veil of night to witness green sea turtles nesting or laying eggs on the beach when it is breeding season. The daily guided tours offer visitors a wealth of information on the endangered turtle species that has roamed the earth's waters since the age of the dinosaurs. A visit to the newly opened Turtle's Visitor Center also provides in-depth knowledge eon the life cycle of the creature as well as other archeologically significant aspects of Ras Al Jinz.

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Explore the Wadi Shahab Shipyard and Discover the Sur Maritime Museum

As a coastal village synonymous with the construction of traditional dhows or fishing vessels a visit to the Wadi Shahab Shipyard is a must-have experience for first time visitors as the area is known to have served as the home of Sinbad the Sailor no less. Set against the backdrop of the ocean the countless dhows docked on the shipyard serve as a reminder of Sur's illustrious past as a builder of traditional oceanic vessels. Those with an interest in maritime affairs can also stop by at the Sur Maritime Museum. Having opened its doors to the public in 1987 the museum is home to a model of an iconic Ghanjah ship, one of the most difficulty vessels to construct in the sphere of shipbuilding. Other intriguing models, showcases, photographs and manuscripts document the area's prowess at building traditional sailing shops including optical gear used in the vessels for seafaring at night.

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Spend a Day at Fins Beach in Al Ayja village

As a beach lover's haven no trip to Sur would be complete without spending a day at its most popular beach. Frequented by locals and visitors alike Fins Beach is a white, powdery sanded paradise located in Al Ayja village. Visitors based at convenient located Sur Oman accommodation providers such as the Sur Plaza Hotel will enjoy easy access to Fins Beach.