Things to do in Oman

Things to do in Oman

Things to do in Oman

Oman is renowned for its heritage and architectural gems as well as its cultural attractions. While a brief visit will not do the country justice, if you only have a few days, concentrate on these must-see sights.

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Things to do in Oman

Things to do in Oman

Oman is renowned for its heritage and architectural gems as well as its cultural attractions. While a brief visit will not do the country justice, if you only have a few days, concentrate on these must-see sights.

When you think of Oman, you probably don't think of a vacation spot. Oman, on the other hand, is one of the most open countries in the world. Their infrastructure is excellent, the Omani people are extremely helpful and welcoming, and it is one of the safest countries to visit, whether alone or in a group. You can easily spend two to three weeks here due to the country's size. Here are the top things to do in Oman.

Things to do in Oman

Things to do in Oman

Oman is renowned for its heritage and architectural gems as well as its cultural attractions. While a brief visit will not do the country justice, if you only have a few days, concentrate on these must-see sights.

When you think of Oman, you probably don't think of a vacation spot. Oman, on the other hand, is one of the most open countries in the world. Their infrastructure is excellent, the Omani people are extremely helpful and welcoming, and it is one of the safest countries to visit, whether alone or in a group. You can easily spend two to three weeks here due to the country's size. Here are the top things to do in Oman.

Oman

Oman

Oman has been one of the most sought-after travel destinations in the Middle East over the last two decades. Despite the fact that it has remained largely unaffected by over-tourism, Oman continues to draw outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers looking to get off the beaten path.

The landscape of Oman is especially fascinating. You'll not only find rocky mountains, steep canyons, and rolling sand dunes along the coast, but you'll also have the ability to relax at the beaches or port-side marinas. Historic forts and archaeological sites are among the other things to do in Oman. This will undoubtedly be one of the most awe-inspiring countries you will ever visit.

Oman

Oman

Oman has been one of the most sought-after travel destinations in the Middle East over the last two decades. Despite the fact that it has remained largely unaffected by over-tourism, Oman continues to draw outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers looking to get off the beaten path.

The landscape of Oman is especially fascinating. You'll not only find rocky mountains, steep canyons, and rolling sand dunes along the coast, but you'll also have the ability to relax at the beaches or port-side marinas. Historic forts and archaeological sites are among the other things to do in Oman. This will undoubtedly be one of the most awe-inspiring countries you will ever visit.

Best things to do in Oman

Emerald Water at Wadi Shab

Emerald Water at Wadi Shab

Wadi Shab is the best place to visit when traveling through Oman. The wadi (gorge) is a lovely 45-minute walk with numerous emerald green water pools. Perfect for keeping you cool on your walk. After the hike, you'll arrive at the final section, where you can swim through the cave and see a waterfall. Here's where you can book a day trip. Muscat, the capital, is 1.5 hours away from Wadi Shab. It's easy to find because it's on the side of the road. To get to the start of the small hike, take a 2-minute boat ride from the parking spot. The cost of the boat ride is 1 OMR (2.5 USD). Wadi Shab will take about 3–4 hours to explore. Stop the heat of the midday hours by going for a morning stroll.

Wahiba Sands, Oman Desert

Wahiba Sands, Oman Desert

Camping or glamping in the desert (Wahiba Sands) has rapidly become a common activity around the world, including in Morocco's the Sahara Desert. The Oman desert is massive, and it's part of a region known as The Empty Quarter. It is also a member of the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia. The Wahiba Sands are just the tip of the iceberg in the desert. Driving to a camp can be accomplished in a 4x4 car; just bring enough water and deflate your tires a little before entering the desert at one of the local shops in town. Once you've arrived at the camp, take in the endless views of the sand dunes, explore the area by camel or 4x4, and enjoy a delicious locally prepared dinner. Yeah, and don't forget to look up at the night sky! The best time to visit the desert is between October and March. Temperatures can reach 50 degrees in the summer, which is intolerable.

Visit the Sultan Qaboos Mosque

Visit the Sultan Qaboos Mosque

Muscat's Sultan Qaboos Mosque was inaugurated in 2001. Oman is now the most significant spiritual center in the world. Its architectural and detail-oriented beauty attracts visitors from all over the world. It isn't particularly busy, however, as compared to other spiritual sites around the world. It's important to note that both men and women must wear long sleeve tops and ankle-length skirts. Carry a scarf to cover your hair if you're a woman. The entrance to the mosque is free, and it is open to non-muslims from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. every day except Friday.

Fairytales at Nizwa Fort

Fairytales at Nizwa Fort

Nizwa Fort is one of Oman's most magnificent and historic castles. It's a perfect place to spend an hour or two walking around. There are several signs that tell fascinating stories about the fort's history, goals, and defense system. Get a view of the lush oasis of palms from the top of the main round fort. The cost of entering the fort is 5 OMR (11 USD). There are several shaded areas inside the fort where you can relax or drink fresh fruit juice at the fort's cafe.

Local stay at Misfat Al Abriyeen

Local stay at Misfat Al Abriyeen

We suggest staying in a nearby mud village if you want to have a more authentic experience in Oman. In the Al Hamra area, Misfat Al Abriyeen is built into a mountainside. The houses have roof terraces that look out over the lovely gardens where they grow bananas and dates. Two ‘Misfahs' homestays are located in town. This is the nearest thing you can get to a homestay in Oman. They have all of the requisite amenities. A comfortable bed, air conditioning, breakfast, and dinner are all included. Since cars are not permitted in the village, you must park your car about an 8-minute walk from the accommodation. It's best to carry a small daypack into the village for the night and leave the rest of your luggage in the car.

Explore the Jabal Akhdar Mountains

Explore the Jabal Akhdar Mountains

Expect stunning mountain views and a small number of visitors. The drive through Jabal Akhdar's remote mountainous region is breathtaking. To go up, make sure you have a 44. The roads are well marked, as they are in Oman, but the slopes are very steep, so some driving experience is recommended. Plan a breathtaking hike or a thrilling rock climbing adventure. Before you go, make sure to review the weather forecast. Summers are pleasant at 25 degrees, but winters can be bitterly cold. Spend the night at Alila Jabal Akhdar if you may. A remote luxury hotel with a stunning valley view.

Swim in Bimmah Sinkhole

Swim in Bimmah Sinkhole

This large, naturally formed swimming pool is located near Wadi Shab, near the main road. Cool off with a splash in the mad blue-colored bath. According to legend, the hole was formed by a giant meteor.

Q & A

Is Oman expensive to visit?

Unfortunately, a trip to Oman is not inexpensive. The most significant costs are lodging and transportation/tours. The cheapest hotel rooms cost about 12–15 OR per night (£20–25/US$30–40), with mid-range hotels costing at least twice that, and top-end hotels costing anywhere from 75 OR (£120/$200) and upwards.

What is Oman popular for?

Oman is known for its ancient aflaj oases irrigation scheme, terraced orchards (Jebel Akhdar), adobe fortresses, numerous mosques, wadis (stream valleys), dhows (traditional Arabian sailing ships), meteorites, and the Sultan's yacht, Al Said, which is the world's third-largest yacht.

How long do you need in Oman?

We recommend allocating 10 nights for a leisurely exploration of Oman. This will give you enough time to see all of the big sights, including Muscat, the Al Hajdar mountains, the many beautiful Wadis, and the must-see Wahiba Sands desert.