Things to do
Oman's spectacular scenery begs exploration, with a wide range of activities catering to the adventurous traveller.
Four Wheel Drive Tours
Starting with Oman's stunning Hajjr mountains, four-wheel drive tours can take visitors through steep switchback passes on one of the most breathtaking journeys imaginable. The famous Wadi Bani Awf is perhaps the most well-travelled of these routes, with the journey starting only three hours out of the capital, Muscat.
There's no doubt that the region is also famous for its vast stretches of sandy desert, and Oman's Wahiba Sands is the ultimate sandy four-wheel drive playground. The dunes here rise up to 150m and provide the perfect backdrop for sunrises and sunsets in the wilderness.
There are also a range of opportunities for visitors to have some wild desert fun on quad bikes or, for a more traditional experience, guided camel rides are available.
Rock climbing, abseiling, caving, and canyoning
For those after a little more excitement, the thrill of rock-climbing and abseiling awaits. From around the globe, climbers are drawn to the sheer faces of many of the Hajjr peaks, and to the beautiful sea cliffs along the Omani coast. First-time climbers can attempt one of several Via Ferrata ('by wire' routes which keep them permanently attached to a cable via a harness for maximum safety) at Bander Khayran, Snake Canyon, and Jebel Shams.
More experienced climbers will relish the opportunity to climb virgin routes and will soon come to understand why Oman is currently considered one of the world's hottest climbing destinations - an almost infinite number of climbs are on offer in visually stunning places unknown to most travellers.
Abseiling, caving, and canyoning expeditions allow travellers more ways to experience the thrill of adventure in amongst the stunning Oman landscape, including the famous Jebel Shams free abseil at over 160m. Oman's caves also provide seasoned adventurers with an array of possibilities for underground exploration.
Marine activities & water sports
Along the coast, Oman's magnificent marine environment also beckons adventurous travellers with the opportunity to snorkel, scuba dive and kayak in beautiful turquoise waters punctuated with vibrant coral reefs. In stark contrast to its arid interior, Oman's waters are teeming with life - turtles, dolphins and whale sharks are all regularly sighted by visitors.
Oman is currently considered one of the top ten dive spots in the world, with scuba divers coming from across the globe to experience the unique combination of dramatic coastal scenery, natural coral reefs and sublime wreck-diving experiences. The Al Munnassir, an 83m long wreck, rests in only 30m of water less than an hour by boat from Muscat Harbour. It is one of over one hundred quality dive sites located within easy access of the nation's capital. Water temperatures are tropical, ranging from 20C in winter to 35C in summer, making scuba diving and snorkelling in Oman a year-round proposition.