Oman: An overview - Part 2

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Oman: An overview - Part 2

Heading out of the city, Oman has a vast coastline that stretches for over 3, 000km with a combination of tropical bays, golden sands and towering cliffs that sink into the sea.

It’s also one of the best places to experience one of the greatest wildlife phenomenon’s; that is nesting turtles.

What’s more, Oman can boast five of the planet’s seven species of sea turtles. That means you can see green, loggerhead, hawksbill, olive ridley and leatherback all very close to one another. The beaches of Ras Al Hadd and Ras Al Jinz and the islands of Masirah and Ad Daymaniyat are the best places to spot them. There are plenty of planned trips where you can watch their frantic dash to the sea under the cloak of nightfall. The country’s pristine waters are also rich in a wide variety of coral, providing one of the globe’s best-kept diving secrets. You can glide among the marine life which includes sting and eagle rays, leopard sharks, moray eels, squid, tropical fish and of course, sea turtles.

Head north to the Musandam Peninsula, cut off from mainland Oman by the eastern coast of the UAE. Its fjords have been compared to their more famous counterparts in Norway. You can also put on snorkels and swim among whale sharks and more turtles in its bays or just enjoy a relaxing dhow cruise along the coast.

Over two-thirds of Oman covered in desert, the country’s dunes are the perfect place to lose yourself, not literally, and discover another existence. You will be able to witness the daily lives of the Bedouin tribes and spend nights under the stars in their desert camps. However, this does cost extra as it needs to be arranged with a local operator. The inland spa town of Rustaq is a good base to access three of Oman’s most striking wadis. These are Bani Ghafir, al Sahtan and Bani Awf and all have a striking collection of pools, palms and caves.

The colour changing dunes which produce a mosaic of reds, oranges and gold tempt adrenaline seekers to gawp at them while clinging on to their seats inside a 4x4 if this is the type of thing you enjoy. Rising above the sands, the Al Hajar Mountains are an haven for walkers, who can clamber up the verdant plateaus of Green Mountain or the springs of Water Mountain and Jebel Shams, which is the highest peak in the Arabian Peninsula. The An Nakhr Balcony walk takes you around the rim of the latter’s yawning chasm.

Hikers won’t be alone either as wildlife is abundant. They’ll be able to spot vultures, mountain gazelles, geckos and lizards.

Oman offers authentic adventures for travellers and a sense of real Arabia.

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