Located on the peninsula of the Arabian Sea, Oman is much more than a dry desert country. Warm waters, stunning macro life and a mecca for an entire spectrum of divers, that is the way Omani diving can be described.
The landscape of Oman is is as beautiful above the waves as it is underneath. Vast deserts, wadis, valleys and mountains hold a regal beauty.
Muscat is the capital of Oman, located on the east coast, once famed as one of the most powerful trading countries in the world, with a strong influence in the Indian Ocean.
The majority of Omani people practice Islam with the spoken language being Arabic, yet with a strong British influence English is spoken widely and well throughout Muscat in particular.
Like many countries in the Middle East, Oman is a monarchy, ruled by Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said. Due to the Sultans forbidding of religious fanaticism, Oman is a stable country with no evident sign of Islamic extremism; the local Omani people are humble and hospitable, with no animosity to foreigners.
Oman is perfect for a multi-activity holiday due to the close proximity of the dive sites to Oman’s other must see destinations. Day trips that cannot be missed include Wadi Al Shab, 86 miles (140km) from Muscat on the Qurayat – Sur Coastal Road. Here fresh water collects in tranquil turquoise pools lined with palm trees and vast canyons on either side.
To immerse yourself into the real culture of Oman, visit the Muttrah Souk, located in the heart of Muscat, this is where you feel the bustling energy, a place where street stores are overflowing with frankincense and jewellery, and around every corner you will smell a new and fragrant Omani spice. This is truly the heart of the city.
For those who love nature there is one sight in particular that is special. Ras al Jinz, located on the Sharqiya coast, where hundreds of green turtles haul themselves up the beach to lay their eggs on the beach.
Oman is more than just diving; it holds so many treasures that can be benefited by all.
Muscat can be reached directly by virtually all main international airports, however there are cheaper options when you fly via Dubai.
Once in Muscat, Oman Air flies regularly to Salalah the only other airport in the country. Buses are a safe and cheap option for those who do not hire a car or have transport organised for them. Buses travel regularly between Muscat, Salalah, Sohar, Sur and Mizwa.
By far the easiest and best way to see Oman is to hire a car, where you can cruise across the country through vast mountains, wadis, ancient villages and glistening seascapes.
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