On our last full day on the island, we woke up early to hop on a fisherman’s boat from Qalansiyah to head to the western shores and Shoab Beach.
Right off the bat, a pod of dolphins entertained us with jumps and flips. While this couldn’t compare to the magnitude of our dolphin sighting in the Galapagos, it did show I’m consistently unable to get a good photo of such events. So again, take our word that it was pretty sweet.
The boat ride itself was quite scenic alongside steep cliffs adorned with sea birds like cormorants and boobies. At full speed, the ride was also incredibly bumpy. Lillie and I had to hold on with all our might to avoid falling out—meanwhile you’ll see in a photo below how casual our awesome captain was while steering the ship.
I posted the below video of Shoab earlier, but it’s pleasant enough that I’ll post it again. There were about five other people on this beach, so pretty crowded compared to what we were used to! We left just in time to avoid the multiple boats of Chinese tourists we shared the plane ride in with.
One of the things I loved about this island was that the insane tipping culture is completely unknown. I actually wanted to hit our fisherman off with a big stack of Rials, but as soon as we disembarked he was happily on his way back out to sea.
This little side excursion is easily a must do on the island…