Oman is a hidden gem on the Arabian Peninsula where guests can discover a vibrant culture, rugged mountain ranges, vast sands and sweeping golden beaches overlooking the Arabian Ocean. Our Middle East Travel Consultants have put their heads together to give you their top 5 experiences to be found in this diverse country.
Private Sailing Experiences
Muscat is home to a number of different sail operators who can organize experiences from an evening sunset cruise, dolphin watching or longer trips consisting of a number of days at sea on a private yacht. Time on vacation can be precious so most Scott Dunn guests favour a day or afternoon on a private speedboat with its own skipper. Moor on a deserted beach for a private BBQ lunch or watch the sun set on the ancient city of Muscat – best seen from the Gulf of Oman.
As the intense afternoon sun slowly softens and gives way to a softer orange glow and a gentle breeze, explore the rolling dunes of Wahiba Sands on a private camel experience. Complete the evening with a sundowner as the sun finally dips below an endless sea of sand and the evening draws in on the desert.
Turtles – Big and Small
Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve is around a 2.5 hour drive from Muscat and an hour or so from Wahiba Sands. It is particularly popular with families, and the study center offers evening tours of the beach and hatchery areas with specialist guides, where you can observe the behaviour of turtles big and small. There is a visitor center, museum and even spacious eco tents that can comfortably accommodate a family of four. Our guests tell us their experience comes to life once on the beach, where you’ll often see giant green back turtles laying their eggs before slowly shuffling back into the sea.
Almost every trip to Oman that Scott Dunn organizes will include the suggestion of private picnic lunch in a Wadi, a gorge often with water and surrounded by lush vegetation. Your guide will pick a shady spot, often under a giant date palm, and layout a large rug scattered with a freshly prepared, traditional lunch complete with dates and freshly brewed Omani coffee.
Misfat Al Abreyeen village walk, 6kms from Al Hamra. This quick walk is only 15 minutes and is gentle so suitable for all. Leave the village center through a traditional alley, heading down steps passing abandoned houses and a large pool fed by an ancient irrigation system, follow the path past banana, lime, mango and date trees before you walk up steps leading to an elevated ledge, perfect for a photo of the village, plantations and surrounding countryside. Follow the path uphill back to the village center where your driver will be waiting to take you on to your hotel or next stop.
For more information on our customized vacations to Oman, give us a call on 020 603 3555 or visit our website www.scottdunn.com.