From scuba diving to ancient forts, Oman makes an excellent choice for winter sun.
Reached by a relatively short flight, (by long haul standards at least!), and offering almost guaranteed blue skies, Oman is perfect for winter sun and, in recent years, it has emerged as a hip holiday destination. This Arab state offers you so much more than just the perfect beach break. We can help you to seek out utterly beautiful mountain and desert landscapes, experience the genuine pride that the Omanis have in their country, and see an entirely different side of Arabia than you will find in the flashier neighbouring United Arab Emirates states.
There are over 500 forts, castles and towers in Oman – all very much needed in days gone by to protect the expansive coastline from invasion! Jalali and Mirani are amongst Oman’s most famous forts, standing at the entrance to Muscat Bay, whilst Rustaq Fort, dating back to the 13th Century, is the oldest and tallest. Bahla Castle, with its 7-mile long walls, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Al Hazm Castle, in the middle of a large oasis, stands out due to its magnificent shape and size.
Immerse yourself in traditional Islamic culture in Oman, a land unspoilt by time or commercialism. Ancient history and colourful traditions ensure every inch of this nation bears witness to its immortal heritage, with some incredible cultural experiences, including the Grand Mosque with its stunning Arabic architecture. There are also several UNESCO World Heritage Sites to explore, including the Bat Tombs, which date back to the third millennium BC, and the Frankincense Route, a group of locations that contributed to the flourishing frankincense trade during the Middle Ages.
For those that love to explore beneath the waves, Oman is one of the best kept secrets in the diving world! There are numerous coral reefs surrounding the Sultanate with dramatic wall drop-offs to tempt the experienced diver, and scenic coral lined fjords, ranging in depth from 6 meters to 40 meters! Kayaking is another widely available sport, and Oman is also one of the best places on earth to see dolphins, so we can highly recommend taking a boat trip off the coast of Muscat. If you’d like to keep your feet firmly on dry land then we can head to the desert for a 4×4 safari, or spot of wadi bashing!
With so much on offer in a truly beautiful and culturally rich setting, Oman makes for an excellent Arabian destination. Learn more about what you can do in this wonderful state by getting in touch with your very own Dragonfly Traveller P.A.
Immunisations needed: Confirm primary courses and boosters are up to date.
Advised: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B; Rabies; Tetanus; Typhoid.
Time difference: GMT +4 hours
Flight duration: 7 hours
Popular activities: Exploring Culture, Relaxing, Historical Sites, Kayaking
When to visit: January to April, September to December.
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