THE ALLURE OF OMAN’S SPECTACULAR SCENERY
Oman’s spectacular scenery simply begs to be explored, with a wide range of thrilling activities catering to the adventurous traveller, from 4WD adventures into the mountains and desert, wild swimming, canyoning, caving, climbing, dolphin watching, kiteboarding or mountain biking.
MARINE ACTIVITIES & WATER SPORTS
All along the coast, Oman’s magnificent marine environment draws adventurous travellers with the opportunity to snorkel, scuba dive and kayak in sparkling turquoise waters that support 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 divers coming from across the globe to experience the unique combination of dramatic coastal scenery, natural coral reefs and sublime wreck-diving. 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 more than 100 quality dive sites located within easy access of the nation’s capital. Water temperatures are tropical making scuba diving and snorkelling in Oman a brilliant year-round proposition.
FOUR WHEEL DRIVE TOURS
Exploring Oman’s stunning Hajar mountains by four-wheel drive is a truly unforgettable experience. In seemingly no time at all, you can leave the wonders of Muscat behind you, and roar through steep switchback passes on one of the most breathtaking journeys imaginable. The famous road that clings to the canyon walls of Wadi Bani Awf is perhaps the most legendary of these routes. It simply has to be seen to be believed.
There’s no doubt that the region is also famous for its vast stretches of sandy desert, and Oman’s Sharqiya Sands offer the ultimate four-wheel drive playground. The dunes here rise up to 150m and, curling away as far as the eye can see, provide the perfect backdrop for sunrises and sunsets in this silent wilderness. There are also a range of opportunities for visitors to have some desert fun on quad bikes or, for a more traditional experience, guided camel rides are available.
ROCK CLIMBING, ABSEILING, CAVING, AND CANYONING
For those who like their adventure a bit more extreme, the thrill of rock-climbing and abseiling awaits. Climbers from around the globe are drawn to the high peaks of the Hajar mountains, 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 – with an almost infinite number of climbs on offer in stunning, rarely explored places.
Abseiling, caving, and canyoning expeditions allow travellers more ways to experience the thrill of exploring Oman’s dramatic landscapes, including the famous Jebel Shams free abseil of more than 160 vertical metres. Oman’s caves also provide seasoned adventurers with an array of possibilities for underground exploration.