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Haql Shipwreck Beach Is One of Saudi Arabia's Hidden Gems

If you’re on the lookout for new adventures in the Kingdom, Haql beach with the sunken shipwreck should be on your list.

Posted on

9 February 2017

Last updated on 20 July 2017
Haql Shipwreck Beach Is One of Saudi Arabia's Hidden Gems

Saudi Arabia has some truly beautiful beaches, especially if you venture out a little bit from the well-known parts. If you’re up for a bit of a trip, Haql beach is definitely worth the visit.

The beach is located in Saudi’s Tabuk Province, about 55km south from Haql city. Aside from the stunning beach, you’ll find a half-sunken ship right in front of you! The place will likely be all to yourself as it remains untouched, with no hotels, restaurants or any stores around.

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It’s truly a scene out of a movie. You’ll have a scenic backdrop of mountains, crystal blue waters and this mysterious sunken ship in the middle of it. The mountains of Sinai can also be seen from a distance. The ship is a Greek vessel that apparently hit a reef and it sank about two decades ago.   

Haql Shipwreck beach
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The area is said to hold the names Al Bakhera and Al Mashee Well, but there’s very little information on it. It’s possible to reach it from Riyadh by road but it would be rather long, around a 1500km drive, so you might need to stop somewhere along the way. The beach site is only accessible through the road from the Haql direction.

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While there are no hotels there, there are some inside Haql city. You could also camp there instead. You should prepare well beforehand and make sure to bring umbrellas, food and water with you.

It’s a bit off the beaten path but how often do you really see a shipwreck with majestic scenery? The beach is definitely Instagram-worthy!