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Top 5 outdoor adventures in Oman – Outdoor activities that will leave you wanting more!

Granted, it's not as glamorous as its neighbours, but Oman has quite something to offer its visitors, for one, adventures. If you are a person who loves outdoor activities, Oman is the perfect destination for you!


Enjoy the waters and the marine life

Wadi Bani Khalid is one of the most significant wadis in Oman. The lake is surrounded by boulders and villages that make up the lovely mountain scenery. Take a dip in the water while taking in the beautiful surroundings and come out refreshed and ready for the next adventure! Experience incredible marine life which includes green turtles, whale sharks and manta rays, visit coral gardens off the Muscat coastline. In addition to whale sharks and manta rays, this gives you the opportunity to dive among sea horses, leopard sharks and many other forms of marine life.


Dune Bashing

This is one of the exhilarating activities you can do in the Middle East, going for an off-road drive among the rolling dunes is as adventurous as it can possibly get. On your first day, take good rest at a Hotel Sur Oman – preferably a hotel like Sur Plaza Hotel- and head over to the Omani desert for some dune bashing. Get into a land cruiser in the late afternoon and surge through the yellow dunes.


Go camping

With the sand dunes of Masirah Island encompassing you and the sea breeze that blows all over, you can set up a camp on this island which is not known to many. There are camels wandering among the sand dunes, and the beach is dotted with green turtles – on the other hand, the Wahiba Sands may look a little harsh with all the heat, but as the night emerges, there are some Bedu communities who would welcome you into their nomadic lives. You can set up a safari-style camp made of palm trees and goat hair. You can spend the day wandering around the desert sand and in the evening, you can gaze at the sky filled with stars and enjoy a traditional Bedouin meal.


Head over to the beach to see turtles

If you go to the beach at night time when the moonlight is cast all over the place, you can see flocks of nesting green turtles making their way from the waves over to the beach. The female turtles always return where they were born making it an excellent runaway show by moonlight. An important point to notice is that you can only visit the beach accompanied by a guide, so make your reservations early!


Grand Canyon

The Western Hajar mountain – the edge of Jebel Shams – is shot into the sky a hundred meters. Bearing the nickname Grand Canyon, Oman's highest mountain is a picture-perfect piece of nature. To get to the canyon, you need to hop into a 4*4 vehicle, and the rest is going to be lovely memories. Also, the Empty Quarter that stretches up to Yemen is bigger than France, Netherlands and Belgium put together – the vast stretch of sand makes the setting for 4WD tours and camel trips!

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