Yacht trips and cruises in Muscat
In two previous posts we have covered some great activities you can spend your time on when in Oman. From fishing to turtle watching, you will always be able to find something special if you decide to go to Muscat. Today though, we would like to back down a little bit, and mention some essential places of interest, that Oman in general, and Muscat in particular are famous for. Most of them can (and should be) visited by boat, but if you decide to settle for a walking excursion, we won’t judge. But enough talk, let’s go.
First things first - the best (and the coolest) time to visit Oman is during winter months. The air is not that hot, and the humidity is bearable, which makes the life of a foreigner a little bit easier - you don’t have to sprint from one air-conditioned shelter to another, and can even afford a casual 20 - 30 minute stroll along the sidewalk. For the reference, the average temperature is around 47 C during summer months, and humidity is usually around 95%. But if you are chartering a boat, you don’t really have to worry about the heat - most of the vessels are air-conditioned, so you can always dash inside the cabin if you want to. And speaking of yachts - the first thing we think you should check out is Al Jalali Fort. Built in 1587 by Portuguese, it used to be first thing sailors saw when entering Muscat, along with another neighbouring fort - Al Mirani, built in 1588. Both structures were rebuilt during the reign of Sayyid Said bin Sultan, and are a perfect reminder of ancient times. They have that majestic feeling of calm awareness to them, and witnessing both from aboard of a boat would create some truly unforgettable memories.
Next stop - pristine sandy beaches of Muscat. We covered this subject in our previous post, but it would be a shame not to mention them again, at least briefly. Beaches are a perfect place to settle down for a small picnic with small group of friends, or an intimate sundowner with your significant other. Scuba diving is, of course, another option, but requires some additional gear. So if you are in for some extreme fun, just let your service provider know, and they will prepare all the necessary equipment for you. If you want something a little bit more relaxing, you can always settle down for a fishing session - drive a little bit out of town, and you may stumble upon a couple of small fishing villages, where local fishermen would be glad to take you fishing with them for a small fee. If you have always wanted to spend a night on a beach, then a White Beach camp would be a perfect destination for you - just grab a tent and a couple of yoga mats, and you will be able to make your wish come true. And, of course, you can always go for a seashell hunting - Muscat’s shells are very famous for their immaculate beauty.
Another architectural landmark on our list is Al Alam Palace - a ceremonial residence of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said. Combining gold, blue and green colors, the building looks both magical and haunting, as if it came straight out from the pages of Arabian fairy tales. General audience is not allowed inside, so your best chance to see Al Alam Palace in all of its glory is from aboard of a luxury yacht. It looks even better with sun rays reflected in the golden facade during the time of a setting sun, so it would be great if you can catch that magical hour. By the way, remember Al Mirani and Al Jalali forts we mentioned earlier? Well, they stand pretty close to Al Alam Palace, so if you decide to see it from the yacht, you would not need to spend extra time to move between each one of them.
Bait Al Baranda Visitors’ house can be considered an authentic window into the rich history of both Muscat and Oman. Located near Mutrah Corniche, this building represents the extensive heritage of this country, that has been carefully preserved in different shapes and sizes by the local government. Today, Bait Al Baranda Visitors’ house acts both as a museum and a cultural landmark. Inside, you will find lots of different relics, that represent various pages of Oman’s heritage . One of the main purposes of the venue is to shed a light on the overall progress of local society through the years of its development, by showing you pieces of history from each period. You can also take a look at it from a slightly different side - as we have mentioned before, the building can be observed from Mutrah corniche. And if admiring the view of an old city is not enough, we have another two destinations just right around the corner - Riyam and Kalbuh parks. These two lush greeneries in the middle of Muscat are best enjoyed from water, as they might be pretty crowded sometimes, especially in the evening, due to them being one of the most popular destination for both tourists and local audience.
That’s it for now - we hope you enjoyed reading our series of articles about Oman. Remember, it’s never too early to plan your perfect vacation, so you can start doing it right now, by booking your yacht trip in Oman. Just enter the date of your trip, duration, starting time and the size of your company, and we will show you available options only, so you are able to instantly book and pay for your trip online.
Please stay tuned for our future updates and guides, as we are constantly increasing our presence in the most popular tourist spots all over the world.
Until next time!