Time for another Wanderlust Wednesday post! Let’s discover some of the lesser known areas in Saudi Arabia.
Who knew Saudi Arabia has such beautiful beaches? This beach and shipwreck is located 55km south from Haql city in Saudi Arabia’s Tabuk Province. The place is in natural state, meaning there are no hotels, restaurants or facilities nearby. Just a half-sunken ship and a beach all to yourself!
What a stunning backdrop and contrast the majestic mountains provide in the background of this beach scene. The mysterious sunken ship makes the landscape at this beach look almost other-worldly. On the other side of the Gulf of Aqaba you can see the mountains of Sinai in the distance.
The site is called is Al Bakhera site or ‘Al Mashee Well’ according to the Saudi Tourism authority signpost there. The shipwreck is a Greek vessel that sank there two decades ago. We stopped by this pristine beach with the most crystal clear deep turquoise water for a quick swim on our road trip to Jordan from Riyadh. The water was warm and we could have spent the whole day there relaxing if we had time. I would recommend to bring your own sun shade though!
To reach this beach by road from Riyadh one would have to drive approximately 1500km one way. We made overnight stops along the way though, there’s no way the drive is doable in one go with two small kids. You will find more images from our road trip with the hashtag #saudiroadtrip on my Instagram and Facebook.
This shipwreck is located on a large half-moon shaped bay and only accessible via the road from Haql direction. The entire area around Haql is pretty much endless wild beach coastline, there’s not much development going on outside the city. There’s a few hotels and holiday rentals called “isteraha” by the beach inside Haql city.
The area around the shipwreck would make a really nice camping site. Maybe on our next trip there we’ll spend more time just relaxing on the beach. Spending the night there under the stars would be an unforgettable experience for my little explorers!
For more lesser known travel destinations inside KSA, check out the previous Wanderlust Wednesday post– also from Saudi Arabia’s Tabuk Province: Ancient Haddaj Well in Tayma
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