When you first think of the Arabian Peninsula, you might be forgiven for thinking that this region is mostly characterised by hot desert sands. However, a visit to Oman’s natural beauty spots leaves visitors marvelling at the scenery this country has to offer. White beaches hug the coastline while the craggy rocks of the East Hajar mountains provide sweeping views over the land, and the inland desert sand & jade-green oases await exploration. Although smaller than its neighbouring countries of Yemen and Saudi Arabia, Oman boasts a variety of contrasting landscapes. With its valleys, mountains, desert and ocean, Oman leaves its visitors admiring the scenic spots it has to offer.
Here are our top five recommendations for exploring Oman’s natural beauty spots:
1. Daymaniyat Islands: paradise-like waters
2. Bimmah Sinkhole – a natural wonder by the coast
3. Wadi Shab – an oasis in the desert
4. Wadi Tiwi – a hidden utopia
5. Turtle watching at Ras al Hadd beach
At over 10km long, Ras al Hadd beach makes the ideal spot for a long and peaceful walk by the sea. Although we didn’t have time to stop by here, Ras al Hadd is rumoured to be less touristic than the popular Ras al Jinz turtle beach, and is another important nesting ground for green turtles in the Indian Ocean. The turtles’ natural environment is protected by a prohibition on tourists entering the eastern section of the beach. Arrive at sunrise to enjoy the beach at its most peaceful, and if you’re lucky you may witness some turtles coming to lay their eggs.
Perhaps one of the best things about Oman is that whilst it possesses such a vast array of natural attractions, the landscape of the country is truly mesmerising. With stunning coastal roads where you can stop at any point and see huge turtles, to the mountains that hover over the roads, visiting Oman is an experience not to be missed.
About the authors
Humaid and Nafeesa are a young and recently married couple who set up their Instagram page @halaltravelblog___ as a way to document their journeys around the world, with the hopes that they would be able to advise, excite and inspire others with their experiences. They post regular reviews of places they have travelled to, exploring flights, accommodations, excursions, food, halal friendly facilities and much more.
From the beginning, their aim has been to be completely transparent; from the important aspects like how much the holidays actually cost, to the unfiltered pictures & handy tips that only someone who has travelled there can provide.