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05 Best Desert Activities to do in Oman – Exotic Middle Eastern Fun

There are plenty of desert activities in beautiful Oman. Explore Wahiba Desert, set sail to isolated islands and enjoy the beautiful desert nights in a true Bedouin style camp. Read on for more.

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Enjoy the Sands of Wahiba by Foot

Enjoy the Sands of Wahiba by Foot

The Wahiba Sands is a desert well worth trekking; it is hot, dry and inundated with mound after mound of sand dunes. The dunes run north to south and this is the path many desert walkers follow; you may want to choose a time when the moon is full for some extra light during your desert nights. There are a few valleys between the enormous sand dunes and there you will come across little settlements or villages as well as tourist camps. Between the valleys are jeep tracks; these are used by the Bedouins, locals and tourists. Make sure to plan out your trek well, take along enough water and food to last the number of days you plan on spending there. On the flip side if you would like to experience the desert minus the hassle of walking across it you could always book accommodation at a fine Oman desert hotel. Offering luxury on the rolling sand dunes and an authentic desert campsite feel these hotels such as Desert Nights Camp are well worth considering.

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Masirah Island

Masirah Island

Masirah is a deserted island offering you 90 miles of pristine beach. Masirah Island faces the Indian Ocean and apart for the occasional fisherman or tourist exploring the place in a 4X4 you are on your own. There is a path that circles the entire width of the island and is an excellent trek to follow; especially if you decide to cycle the 90 miles around Masirah. If you love being one with nature this is one expedition that guarantees the best experience.

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Explore Snake Gorge

Explore Snake Gorge

Snake Gorge is a canyon located off Wadi Bani Awf; it is only accessible by foot and wholly rewarding for its breathtaking beauty. You will find yourself sliding down natural flumes, jumping off the sides of cliffs and diving into natural plunge pools. Quite the desert experience this is a must do trek for all adventure hunters and lovers of nature. It is advisable to hire the services of an experienced guide when doing this trek.

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Trek from Wadi Tiwi to Bani Khalid

Trek from Wadi Tiwi to Bani Khalid

Wadi means river valley and the two hour trek will take you from the river valley of Tiwi to that of Bani Khalid. You can trek the distance by road but make sure to take along enough water. Wadi Bani Khalid is tipped to be one of Oman's most beautiful waterparks and is well worth the effort getting there.

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Check out Wadi Shab and Bimmah Sinkhole

Check out Wadi Shab and Bimmah Sinkhole

You will need to take a boat along the narrow entrance of Wadi Shab – the most popular of all wadis' in Oman. You can then follow a one hour trail into a cave, from there you swim through a small gap in the rock until you reach the top of the waterfall; a good place to dive into the pool below. Bimmah sinkhole will prove to be a dare too hard to resist; the pool below is quite welcoming and no adrenaline junky can resist the desire to jump in.