A perfect spot for those in search of good fish

MAHOUT: Mahout Island, about 25 km south of the centre of the Wilayat of Mahout, is located off the coast of the Arabian Sea. It is accessible by small boats used by islanders, tourists and visitors wishing to visit the island.
The beautiful island of Mahout is full of natural tourist attractions, including bays, lagoons and soft beaches surrounded by the mangrove trees from three regions, locally called “Qurum”. It is intended for many types of domestic and migratory birds, such as Flamingo, Seagull, Socotra Cormorant and many other birds. The island has 6 kilometres long beach, nearby the beach are the islands of “Rak” and “Ab”.
The island is famous for the abundance of shrimps and many different kinds of fish. The islanders keep the old nature of the island, where there are no buildings of fixed materials, but only houses of palm fronds and the boughs of the mangrove trees, which are used by the islanders to build their homes.
Mahout Island is witnessing an active tourist movement, especially during official holidays. Many families and visitors spend their vacation fishing squids with islanders and fishermen using traditional methods and diving for ostracod shells that are rich in meat and taste.
Women and children in Mahout Island collect different types of shells, locally called “Ja’afour,” which they boil in water to extract meat from it, dry it, then use it with rice.
With these natural and unique features, Mahout Island is the focus of many visitors during the holidays. Visitors come from various governorates of the Sultanate and the Arab countries to see these landscapes and the cold atmosphere to take pictures and videos.
“Mahout Island has a long history of trade between Oman and other countries.
The island was the starting point of some Omani ships to Yemen, Africa and many other countries. Salt is also transported from Mahout to Sur and the eastern parts of the Sultanate, in addition to dates from the governorates on the camels’ back, and then by ships, including “Al Badan” and “A’Sunbook” to Africa,” said Mohammed bin Hamad al Hakmani, a resident in Mahout Island.
With the beginning of the Blessed Renaissance and the provision of government services, including education, health and others, most of the island’s inhabitants have moved to cities for education and jobs. The island is still rich with many natural potentials, in addition being a tourist attraction. — ONA