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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 5:25 pm    Post subject: Bandar al Jissah Beach closed Reply with quote

Take note that the guidebook for Bandar al Jissah hosted on this website is now out of date. The beach at Bandar Jissah is closed as they are building a big private resort there. As of writing this, it's a big construction zone.

In order to access the climbs featured in the Bandar Jissah Deep Water Solo Mini guide hosted on this form, go to the village of Qantab, which is next door to the now-closed beach. Proceed along the main road through town toward the coast line, at which you will fine a beach filled with small fishing boats. Ask around at the beach: You should be able to hire a fishing boat to take you to the climbs featured in the climbing guide from there. We paid 25 riyal for 2 hours. He originally asked for 30. We didn't bargain hard, and I have no clue what the standard rate is, but it was a great experience, very much worth the money. My guess is that you could fit approximately 6 to 7 people on the boat at once.

If you're going by taxi, note that we had to insist to two separate drivers that it is possible to climb from Qantab. Both initially tried taking us to the big resort hotel down the road (Shangri La?) and only after some stubbornness did we get a ride to Qantab. My impression is that most locals are aware that the old beach has been closed, but are unaware of the new alternative from Qantab. But rest assured that you can still have a great day climbing the DWS routes at Bandar al Jissah.

Hope that this information helps.
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