Oman is a unique and beautiful land that often surprises its visitors by how much it has to offer. Are you wondering if Oman is a good fit for your next adventure? Check out the recommendations below.
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Bird watchers are attracted to Oman because of it’s unique location. During migration season, species from Asia, Africa, and Europe can be found here, featuring an impressive bird list topping 500 species. And with 350+ being recorded in Dhofar alone, we offer a week-long tour of this special region just to search out and appreciate the beauty of these feathered inhabitants.
History buffs will appreciate Oman’s museums from The Land of Frankincense Museum in Dhofar to the National Museum, and Beit Al Zubair in Muscat. For those who don’t mind climbing stairs, many giant forts dot Oman’s landscape. Built before 1750, these forts offer glimpses into a life so ancient it’s hard to imagine. Some of the most popular sites to visit are Sohar Fort, Nizwa Fort, Bahla Fort, Nakhal Fort, Al Fiqayn Fort, and Mutrah Fort. Not to be missed are the beehive tombs, Lost City of Ubar, and tours of the ancient (and still functioning) Falaaj aqueducts.
Animal lovers should definitely take a trip to Turtle Beach in Ras Al Hadd for a rare glimpse of sea turtles laying their eggs. Oman receives five of the world’s seven kinds of sea turtles each year during breeding season. There will be countless opportunities to take pictures of camels, as these interesting creatures are herded in most parts of the country. The Arabian leopard, one of the rarest animals on earth, lives in the Dhofar mountains of southern Oman, but don’t expect to catch a glimpse of one of them! The scientists who study these critically endangered animals have only recorded a handful of sightings themselves.
Adrenaline junkies will feel their hearts pumping as they explore the caves around Majlis al Jinn, the world’s second-largest cave chamber. Though Majlis al Jinn was closed in 2008 after uncontrolled use by base jumpers led to government concern, it is likely to reopen in the future. Jet skiing is a popular pastime off the coast of Muscat, the capital city. Or, for the real hardcore adventurers, dune bashing in Oman’s Wahiba Sands, and the vast Empty Quarter is sure to give you a thrill. Not to be missed: Cliff jumping throughout Oman’s wadis and sinkholes, and scuba diving with whale sharks.
Beach bums will be in paradise as they explore Oman’s 3,165 kilometers (1,967 miles) of shoreline. Oman’s beaches touch the Sea of Oman, the Arabian Sea, and the Straits of Hormuz. Some must-see spots include Ras Al Hadd to spot sea turtles, Duqm Beach for laying in the soft sand, Mughsayl Beach to watch blowholes spray water like geysers, and Tiwi Beach for world-class scuba diving. Oman is home to many species of marine life as well. Take a trip out to sea to watch dolphins, humpback whales, sperm whales, and killer whales in their natural habitat.
Families will love Oman’s child-friendly sights. What kid won’t love an entire country where you can eat with your hands?! Beach days of swimming, playing in the sand, and exploring tide pools should be on the agenda. The Children’s Museum in Muscat has a variety of interactive displays that your kids will love to test for themselves. The Dhofar Mountains in southern Oman are a child’s wonderland. Don’t leave before your child has the unforgettable chance to ride a camel and maybe drink some fresh camel’s milk!
Outdoor enthusiasts won’t want to leave Oman after they’ve discovered its natural and unspoiled allure. Trekking is a wonderful way to slow down and really take in Oman’s beauty. Some popular trekking trails weave their way around and up Jebel Shams, Oman’s highest peak at 3,009 meters (9,872 feet). Camping is possible in the desert, mountains, or beaches. There are caves to explore throughout Oman, as well as the amazing sand dunes in Wahiba Sands. The Dhofar region is famous for its lush, green, misty monsoon season in July and August. Visit during this time to see a landscape that looks more like Ireland than the Arabian Peninsula!
By Shanae Eddy
Shanae is a freelance writer from the USA. She has lived in Salalah, Oman since 2015. When not writing content for Experience It Oman, Shanae enjoys learning Arabic from local friends, exploring the Dhofar mountains during Khareef (monsoon season), and drinking tea.