Umluj

About Umluj

Often called the “Maldives of Saudi Arabia”, Umluj is a small coastal town and one of the governorates in Tabuk Region. Umluj boasts more than 100 islands with beautiful sandy beaches and magical views. With its white sands, deep blue waters, and hidden coral reefs; Umluj had actually been known for a long time as one of the best beaches in Saudi Arabia.

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About Umluj

About Umluj

Often called the “Maldives of Saudi Arabia”, Umluj is a small coastal town and one of the governorates in Tabuk Region. Umluj boasts more than 100 islands with beautiful sandy beaches and magical views. With its white sands, deep blue waters, and hidden coral reefs; Umluj had actually been known for a long time as one of the best beaches in Saudi Arabia.
Not only will you enjoy island-hopping, soaking up the sun and exploring the coral reefs of Saudi, Umluj also boasts plenty of laid-back restaurants, a beachside town to explore and surrounded by a sense of history and nature. Most importantly, all of these amazing things come with affordable prices that suit everyone.
Here's to mention that, as part of the Red Sea Project, large ships and ferries are prohibited from traveling in the area, all to keep Umluj such an untouched beauty. Umluj is so peaceful, quiet, and doesn't see huge crowds, but it is attracting international attention so it's better to visit it while it's still a hidden gem!

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Umluj beach

Umluj beach

Saudi Arabia's coastline is home to a number of diverse silky-sand shores and crystal clear waters that houses breathtakingly beautiful coral reefs in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. Umluj beaches are considered the most pristine, dream-like beaches in the entire peninsula. You can enjoy all beaches both publicly and at a private resort on the coast of Umluj.
This stunning shoreline is a marvelous destination for swimmers, divers, sunbathers, and water sports lovers as Umluj beaches have enough amenities to go around. Additionally, you can watch rare birds soar and dolphins leap besides enjoying vast boat tours of the virgin archipelago.

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Umluj weather

Umluj weather

Any time is a good time to visit ‘Umluj’ since it is still always quiet, peaceful and until today underexploited. However, you will feel most relaxed if you give it a visit between January and June. There is only a very little amount of rainfall in a year usually in April and late autumn.
So in an arid climate, there is lots of year-round sunshine, very little rain and the dry heat is moderated by the Red Sea. Temperatures fall at night and the evenings are generally cool.

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Places to visit in Umluj Saudi Arabia

Explore Saudi Arabia's sea life

Explore Saudi Arabia's sea life

Being a fantastic destination for diving and snorkeling, Umluj has an abundance of colorful coral reefs, green and Hawksbill sea turtles, dugongs, dolphins, over 1,200 species of fish, and more than 300 coral species. Did you know that it is four times as many as the corals in the Caribbean?

Discover more than 100 islands

Discover more than 100 islands

Enjoy Island hopping around Umluj and visit islands such as Jabal Hassan. This island, rich with fishing spots, coral reefs, and beautiful beaches, was once an ancient passageway for ships traveling between Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Egypt.

Get to know local history

Get to know local history

Despite being a small town, Umluj has a rich local history to learn about. Start with the local castle, which was fashioned in the 1500s out of limestone. Then, wander through the old market; lookout for traditional architecture that is built from stone bricks and wood.

Visit the mango farm and see the vast volcanoes

Visit the mango farm and see the vast volcanoes

Travel by boat for just an hour to the nearby mango farms where you'll find fresh local fruits. Then go a little further to Harrat Lunayyir, a black lava field of craters and 50 volcanic cones.

Have a delicious seafood meal

Have a delicious seafood meal

Don't miss treating your belly with a local seafood meal eaten typically on the ground on a Sufra, picked from some freshly-caught seafood. Umluj is home to countless unique restaurants as there’s at least one restaurant for every island.

Frequently asked questions

Is there an airport in Umluj?

There's no airport in Umluj city. Umluj is located in the middle between Yanbu and Al Wajh and each has an airport. You can take a flight to Yanbu Airport then have a two-hour car ride to Umluj.

How much time does it take to get from Jeddah to Umluj?

It takes nearly 5 hours to drive from Jeddah to Umluj. There are also 3 or 4 flights daily from Jeddah to Yanbu which is the closest major city to Umluj. Alternatively, a taxi service is available and can be shared to keep the cost low. Buses operated by the national company SAPTCO from Jeddah airport also offer city to city services and are cheap and very convenient.

What are some of the best Umluj hotels?

Umluj houses a number of hotels which all offer excellent service and guarantee you a comfortable stay. For example, the boutique Juman Hotel offers beautiful sea views and a central location for exploring, while Royal Tours Permanent Camp is home to Bedouin-style tents, set in the sandy desert on the edge of town.