Whether you’re jet-setting off to India, planning to scuba-diving in the Maldives, going on a safari in Tanzania, or heading home after a holiday of activity, the only stop-over you should consider making is to the Middle Eastern dream region of Oman.
With everything from canyons and caves to beaches, valleys and water springs, Oman has a variety of natural wonders to keep you enthralled. Why not spend a few days enjoying a place where the deserts, mountains, ocean and city blend into an artful tapestry of life you’ll remember for years to come?
Known for its beautiful beaches and myriad of water activities, Oman has much to delight the weary traveller. If all you’ve seen for days is tall grass waving in the breeze or dusty museums, then soothe your tired eyes with hues of blue as you watch pods of dolphins darting about in the waves, go on a leisurely cruise to one of the nearby islands, or see turtles breeding in season near Ras Al Hadd. Oman is also known as a kite surfing mecca due to the constant sea breezes year round as well as maintaining ideal conditions during monsoon season.
2. Culture & Heritage
The culture and heritage of Oman is something to marvel at, and it’s a photographers dream to wander between the museums, ancient forts and lush jungles, taking in sparkling beaches and ornate mosque exteriors, and capture the genuine smiles on the faces of local traders. The bustling, colourful markets, desert excursions, and more make this a worthwhile experience for seasoned pros and fledgling photographers alike, while visitors will enjoy immersing themselves in the friendly atmosphere and abundant beauty.
3. Hot Water Spring
When you’re travelling further inland away from the seaside you can soothe any tight or tired muscles by taking a trip to Alkasfah, a legendary hot spring in Wilayt ArRustaq which is open year-round, and renowned for its mineral-rich waters. If that’s a tad too far for you to travel, then pamper yourself in other ways by visiting a local spa and have a massage in a secluded location outdoors to take advantage of the balmy weather – a treat you’re certain to remember.
4. The Great Outdoors
Outdoor fitness fundi’s can enjoy going on trekking excursions into the mountains while animal lovers should consider going on a camel adventure in the desert. Amateur cavers will enjoy exploring the Muqal Cave in Wadi Bani Khalid, while caves such as Al-Hoota, found at the foot of Jebel Shams, requires experienced guides and caving equipment, as it this one of the largest cave systems in the world.
5. Souq (markets)
Lastly, what better way to make memories to see you through the coming 9 – 5 work day than by going to traditional souq (markets), eating perfectly spiced meals, and wandering through cultural villages in this region, seeing a glimpse of life as it was in ancient times?
To simply sum it up, Oman is the perfect stop over destination when you’re travelling around the world from north to south, and east to west. Scuba dive, rock climb, dolphin and whale watch, and visit cultural and heritage sites in Oman – as this area is the perfect place to unwind before, or after, your next holiday.
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