The breathtaking scenery of the Sultanate awaits you… If you’re looking for an adventure for your next long weekend: Oman is a must.

Masirah Island

Located near the eastern coast of Oman, Masirah Island is the ideal spot for curious travelling. If you’re a fan of snorkelling, kitesurfing, or simply relaxing by the breezy ocean tides, this is the place to be. Masirah Island is also known to be the home of four different turtle species. So make sure you catch a few hatching while you’re there. And if you’re coming from Muscat, we’d advise you to plan your commute. Thinking of taking the scenic route? Driving across the coastline is your best bet. Don’t feel like driving? No problem. Feel free to hop on a tourist bus, or take the ferry for a full coastal adventure. 

Jabal Akhdar

Part of Oman’s Hajar Mountain range, Jabal Akhdar has grown to be one of the most popular tourist spots in Oman. The greenery, the ancient castles, the historical architecture…it’s all too good to be missed. Also, if you’re into hiking and cave exploration, you would not want to miss booking a few days there. But if you’re not into that, worry not. You can still enjoy the spectacular scenery at any of the many boutique hotels, and camping sites found around the mountain range. And if you wish to experience some luxury, then you can never go wrong by booking a stay at Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar. But whether you’re going for a sporty or luxe trip to the mountains, you can’t miss the Friday Goat Market. Yes – a live auction with goats, cows, and sheep. Heads up, you have to go before 7:30 AM.

Musandam Bay

If you’re looking for a quick weekend getaway then Musandam Bay is an ideal day trip location – especially for families or a large group of friends. Snorkel through the crystal clear blue waters, and discover the spectacular marine life. Take a boat ride, do some kayaking, and swim with the dolphins. Jump off a cliff and soar for a paragliding flight. Musandam Bay is only a few hours away by car from Dubai.

And if you’d like to take a full weekend break away from the bustle of the city, enjoy some camping by the beach and spend the evening stargazing into the clear sky. You could also spend your nights on the Nara On the Sea beautiful boat. The traditionally designed dhow welcomes guests for an unparalleled private experience – scenic views, private chefs, and water sports await.

To book your trip, visit nara.ae

Nara On The Sea – Courtesy of Nara Escape

Wadi Shab

Sure, it’s a little bit more remote than most locations in Oman, but that little extra effort is worth it. The best way to enjoy the wadi is to type Wadi Stab Parking on Google Maps, leave your car there, and hop on a short boat ride to access the swimming area. You can also opt for a little hike around the area and discover the hidden waterfalls between the canyon. Our tip? Make sure you either visit during the early morning hours or the late afternoon to avoid any crowds. Last but not least, you must stop at Bimmah Sinkhole before or after your visit to Wadi Shab. The natural pool is a great spot to stop, cool down, and swim with the fish. Even if you’ve already swum in Wadi Shab, Bimmah Sinkhole remains a surreal experience.

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Rand Al-Hadethi is an art, culture, and fashion writer who approaches all her creative endeavours with a penchant for storytelling. She explores the intersection of fashion, culture, and society and sheds light on talent and cultural movements across the Middle East and the world. Rand also publishes a bi-monthly themed substack newsletter called WebWeaver™. To reach Rand, email her at rand@khamsa5.com or follow her on social media @rundoozz.
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