Jazan Tourism: Farasan Islands
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Activities in Jazan

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  • Dawn at a beach in Jazan

    Breathtaking Beaches

    From Al Muwasem Beach in the south to Al Shuqaiq Beach in the north, Jazan’s gently curving shoreline is ideal for family holidays. Highlights include walking barefoot along the sand, basking in picture-perfect waters, or relaxing and unwinding. Nearby resorts offer an array of watersports, boat rides and fishing trips, or you can snack, sip and snap an Instagram-worthy sunset from a spot at the town’s seaside restaurants and cafés. Check out more Instagram-worthy sunsets on visitsaudi.com.

  • Diver in blue sea with coarals and orange fish

    Underwater World

    Plan a private trip with one of Jazan’s expert local dive centers, your gateway to an exotic underwater wonderland. Take the plunge into year-round warm waters rich with colorful fish life and bright coral formations, and scattered with uninhabited islands. Divers might glimpse sea turtles, dugongs or manta rays, or explore mysterious shipwrecks. (For more shipwrecks to see in the Red Sea, read more on visitsaudi.com.) For those happier on the surface, there’s still plenty to marvel over while snorkeling in these clear waters.

  • Seagulls flying off a sandy beach

    Farasan Islands

    The jewels in Jazan’s crown are the idyllic Farasan Islands, which are a source of endless adventures. Only three of the 84 islands are permanently inhabited, with the remainder largely a protected marine sanctuary. This is a land of white-sand beaches, lush mangroves, low inland cliffs and wide blue skies. It’s also home to an array of birds and wildlife, including the idmi gazelle, pink-backed pelican and flocks of flamingos. In winter, migratory birds from Europe also make the islands their home. Explore the islands on foot or by snorkeling in the shallows, and then end the day with an evening campfire under a serene and starlit sky.

Travel tips

  • Where to stay
    Choose the Novotel Jazan for sweeping sea views; the Radisson Blu Resort Jizan for beachside elegance; or the Courtyard by Marriott for its close proximity to downtown and shopping areas like Al Rashid Mall.
  • Where to eat
    Enjoy freshly caught fish and seafood at local favorite AlDiyafah, or dine alfresco on the terrace of the aptly named Happy Times restaurant. For Arabic dishes, head to Qamdan Palace, or snap up a burger and loaded fries at South West on the northern corniche.
  • Where to have fun
    Enjoy cliff-top hiking trails in the Faifa Mountains or east of the city at Jabal Qahar, or explore the plunging ravines and striking peaks of Wadi Lajab. Among the Farasan Islands, don’t miss the Al Qandal mangrove forest or the evocative streets of Al Qassar Village, a snapshot of Jazan’s storied past. Plus, in 2021, the winter festival will come back to cities across Saudi, including Jazan. Keep an eye out for event activities like beach trips, barbecues and camping.
  • Rent a car
    Car rental companies like Budget, Theeb and Hussain can be found near the airport, along Prince Faisal roads and further inland.
  • Learn more

    Masarat’s Farasan Island tours include visits to Al Qassar Village and Al Najdi Mosque.

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