After a long period of planning, checking weather conditions, and two visits to MECA to obtain visit permits, finally three RAHRC paddlers started from fisherman's beach in Ar Rumays for the crossing to the Western Daymaniyat Islands.
A final discussion (in Arabic) with a local fisherman convinced us that the weather would be fine the whole day, and that our intended compass heading of 350 degrees would get us to our destination. For an hour this was all that we could see in the slight haze of the morning, but then the contours of the islands started to appear in front of us, while we had not yet lost sight of the beach. Reassuring that we were never out of sight of land!.
After two hours and ten minutes we had completed the 14 km crossing and started exploring the islands. The Northern cliffs bear the full brunt of the Northernly gales and that had resulted in magnificently carved rock formations. The south sides of the 4 islands here are more gently curved, with a beautiful sandy coral beach on the largest island, inviting for a lunch break. Snorkeling in the bay, we even got a glimpse of the beautiful underwater world which make the Daymaniyats a world-class diving destination.
The final highlight was the climbing of the jebel, granting us clear views of the Central Daymaniyat islands in the distance - our target for another day!.