Providing a fantastic choice for adults and children alike, a holiday to Oman offers huge diversity from relaxing beaches to adventures into the mountains and desert. Here are our top ten reasons to travel to Oman.
- It’s safe
FCO advise it’s safe to travel and British nationals don’t need to get a visa before travelling to Oman. You can get a visa on arrival at any land, sea or air entry port in the country.
- Freedom to explore
Wadi Shab is a picturesque canyon of caves, waterfalls and pools just off the Muscat-Sur coastal highway. A little farther north lies the Bimmah Sinkhole, a stunning bathing spot.
- Shopping in Muscat
For the most authentic shopping experience, visit the old souk at Muttrah, just outside the town.
- World Heritage Sites
An hour or two south-west of Muscat lies Nizwa, home to the enormous 17th century Nizwa Fort – the most visited monument in Oman. A little farther west you’ll find Bahla Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back to the 13th century.
The dramatic Al Hajar range divides Muscat and Nizwa, and with peaks rising to almost 3,000 metres it is becoming more and more popular with hikers and bikers.
- Khalouf Beach
The wide sands of Khalouf are a perfect place to enjoy the warm seas of Oman’s Indian Ocean. A five hour drive south of Muscat, it is a remote part of the country with sand dunes, fishermen and their huts and a vibrant bird population which includes flamingos and eagles.
- Star gazing
Sleep out amid the vast dunes of Wahiba Sands, under a sky full of stars.
- Cruise the coastline & sail in Oman
Some of Oman’s most glorious coastline can be found around the Musandam peninsula, where you’ll find pretty inlets with great diving and snorkelling possibilities. Keep an eye out for pods of frolicking dolphins. Luxury yachts are readily available from Muscat with day trips and overnight charters growing in popularity.
- Beyond the ordinary
The Empty Quarter is the largest sand desert in the world. Options include camel treks and “dune bashing” – racing through the otherworldly landscape on quad bikes.
- World class golf
Include a round of golf during your stay in Muscat at the Almouj Golf 18 hole golf course.