Attractions and sights of Oman
Today, let’s talk about some destinations in Muscat, that you should definitely check out. And while we will be eventually talking about some land attractions of Oman in general (and Muscat in particular), right now, we would like to touch upon some essential water routes and destinations, that we really think you should go to. After all, now it has never been easier to arrange a boat cruise wherever CharterClick is available, so we see no obstacles that would prevent you from going on a couple of yacht trips in Muscat. Below, you will find a list of destinations in Oman, that can easily be made into different tours. These are just our favourites, so don’t get frustrated if you don’t find your landmarks here - Muscat is a truly remarkable place that just keeps on giving, so keep on exploring.
First of all, let’s talk about scuba diving. Today, the number of people who are interested in this extreme water activity is growing day by day. And those of you who have done their research are probably very well aware, that Muscat is considered to be among the most beautiful diving destinations in the whole world. The reason is simple - lots and lots of diving spots are located near the coral reef covered seabed, which makes each spot unique and different. If you have seen some pictures, you know what we are talking about. For all the experienced (or even rookie) scuba divers, Oman has a very special place - Daymaniyat Islands. This is a set of 9 small islands, that acts as a sanctuary for local migrating birds and turtles. Here, you can find a numerous amount of different sea creatures, including some exotic ones - if you are lucky enough, you may even have a glimpse at a whale or leopard shark. During all the trips, you will be guided by the professional divers, that would help you to get to the most beautiful spots in the area. There are, of course, other popular diving destinations in Muscat, such as Fahal Island, Al Munassir and Bandar Khayran, but we would certainly recommend you to start from the Daymaniyat area - trust us, you will not be disappointed.
We covered fishing in our previous article about Oman, so we will not be talking much about it here - just keep in mind, that fishing is also very popular in the region, and nothing stops you from renting a yacht for half a day, and setting sail into Gulf for your next fishing adventure. There is, however, another thing you might want to do before you move on, and that would be turtle watching. Believe it or not, this is just another popular activity among both local and foreign audience, and even though you might not get the thrill of it while reading this, you should just go with your gut and try it - you can’e even imagine how exciting turtle watching might be. But first of all, you should get a special permit for visiting the specific nesting beach. Don’t worry though - service providers often do all the heavy lifting themselves, and acquire all the necessary documents for the trip. There are around five different species of turtles that can be found laying their eggs in the area, and to witness them all, you would have to spend a couple of hours just dashing from one beach area to the other. We, however, would suggest you go straight to the Masirah Island’s beach, where you will be able to find Green, Loggerhead and Olive Ridley turtles slowly crawling towards their first contact with water. And yes, we know that it may not sound that exciting, but once you see it, you will definitely change your mind. Oh, and one more thing - if you find yourself scuba diving in the Daymaniyat area, like we suggested in the previous paragraph, you may also spot some Hawksbill newborn turtles as well. Just saying.
Muscat is famous for its pristine beaches, that’s a fact. But instead of spending a day lying and doing nothing, we urge you to book one of the yacht cruises in Muscat, and go see those famous sandy destinations from water - this way, you will be able to incorporate some water activities with some beautiful sightseeing experiences. We definitely recommend to visit at least three local beaches in the Governorate Of Muscat. First of all, you should go to Al Bustan beach. Part of the Al Bustan Palace Hotel, this private beach conjoints with a mountain set, which makes it a part of one of the most sophisticated vistas in Muscat. Besides, if you go here by yacht, you would not have to actually book a room in the hotel. Next, we think you should move to Mutrah Corniche, that is located in the very heart of the city. Right next to it, you will find Port Sultan Qaboos - the most important fort in the whole country. The views here are remarkable - we suggest you drop an anchor, and have a relaxing lunch, while Muscat just hangs there as a backdrop. The last beach we would recommend to set sail to is Al Qurm beach. The shoreline here is covered with luxury hotels and trade centers, so when the sun sets and the lights go on, you can witness a truly remarkable view - just imagine all those colourful lights being smoothly reflected in the nearby water.
Finally, we have just one more recommendation for you. Your visit to Oman would not be complete without a trip to Bandar Khayran Reserve, and we can tell you why. First of all, the trip itself takes around 45 minutes from the biggest marina in town - Bandar Al Rawdha marina. During your journey, you might spot some dolphins along the way, who are very attracted to moving vessels. You will pass a couple of luxury hotels and majestic mountains, so keep your cameras close and don’t miss a shot. Once you reach your destination, you will be surprised by how quiet and simple the place is. Or not, really - this is another popular spot among the local scuba diving scene, so there’s a big chance you will not end up alone in there. But nothing prevents you from joining the fun - just grab your diving equipment (or let the captain know that you are in for some diving before the trip starts) dive in.
As you can see, there’s plenty to do in Muscat - the choice is absolutely yours. Besides, now you can easily book your yacht (even) a couple of months in advance - 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. Easy as it sounds, yes.
Stay tuned for our final article about essential activities in Oman!