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Oman – 5 Best Natural Attractions to Visit

Oman – 5 Best Natural Attractions to Visit
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The Sultanate of Oman allows you to travel through mountains, deserts and exotic towns. Immerse yourself in a world of splendour, in the Land of the Thousand and One Nights! Not only are there wonderful landscapes to explore, there are lots of shopping opportunities at the souks too.

Oman eVisa

Before you pack your luggage and create your itinerary, check if you are a citizen of one of the countries that need a visa in order to enter Oman. Since 2018, it is possible to apply for a visa to Oman online. Nationals of many countries can do it following just 3 simple steps of online application. The holders of eVisa can travel to Oman if their trip has either business or tourist character.

There are 3 different Oman eVisa types that you can apply for:

  • Single-entry eVisa: allows to stay up to 10 days; 69 EUR
  • Single-entry eVisa: allows to stay up to 30 days; 99 EUR
  • Multiple-entry eVisa: allows to stay up to 30 days; 149 EUR

Important note: All citizens of the US are eligible for multiple-entry eVisas. They are issued with 10 years validity. Allowing a 6 month stay for every single entry. Apply for eVisa to Oman at least 72 hours prior to your departure and enjoy trouble-free application in the comfort of your home.

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Top natural attractions in Oman

You may find the ranking staggering for a small Arabian country inhabited by 2.5 million people. Oman is wedged between Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen in the west and Iran in the north. At the beginning of January, Oman was ranked amongst the best destinations to discover in 2017. It is certainly one of the places to add to the bucket list. 

Here are 5 best natural attractions in Oman:

Wahiba Sands

Exploring the Wahiba Sands in a 4×4, in the middle of the immense desert dunes, is an experience you will remember forever. Moreover, even more than the magnificent landscapes and the sensations offered by the descent of the dunes, the desert of Wahiba Sands allows a total immersion in Bedouin land, in the middle of the goats and camels that inhabit the region. 

During your visit, we can only advise you to stay at 1000 Nights Camp, a traditional and comfortable desert camp right in the middle of the dunes.

Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve

The Raz Al Jinz nature reserve is home to a superb beach where dozens of green turtles lay eggs. This excursion allows you to learn more about these fantastic creatures. Watch as they arrive on the beach, prepare the nest, lay eggs and then return to the sea. The turtles can measure over one meter. They weigh up to 300 kilos and are protected by the reserve. This reserve is a great example of eco-tourism.

Not only are there wonderful landscapes to explore, but the souks also offer an array of shopping opportunities, from hookah accessories to traditional crafts.

Jebel Akhdar Mountains

From your first scouting trip, Oman will surprise you with the variety of its landscapes. Discover Jebel Akhdar, the highest mountain range in the Sultanate. Contrary to popular belief, Oman is mainly made up of mountains. Go hiking or take 4×4 rides and climb to more than 2,900 meters in altitude. The Green Mountain, as it is nicknamed, offers fabulous views over the entire region.

Muscat Oman at Night

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Muscat Souks

Not only are there wonderful landscapes to explore, but the souks also offer an array of shopping opportunities, from hookah accessories to traditional crafts. The souk is one of Oman’s must-see sites, walking the traditional souk is the best way to truly immerse yourself in local culture. Discover the crafts, meet the locals and people watch. We particularly recommend a visit to the Muttrah souk. Right in the historic center of Muscat, it two centuries-old and the oldest souk in the Sultanate of Oman. Browse locally made frankinscense, textiles, oriental spices and endless perfumes.

Musandam Fjords

A dream setting that you will simply be astonished when you see it. The Musandam fjords are a true natural wonder. Spread over some twenty kilometres, surrounded by high peaks. They are at an altitude 2,000 meters. Known as the Arabian fjords you can take rides on small traditional boats. When you think of fjords, Norway comes to mind. Fjords and mountains don´t seem so obvious in the Middle East. Take advantage of this memorable visit to discover the small fishing villages and snorkel in the heart of the peninsula.

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Sultanate of Oman

You have to stay in the Sultanate of Oman for at least seven full days to experience the beauties of the country, the archaeological sites, the Riviera coves, and the Omani lifestyle. Much more if you go deeper into the desert, to old towns like Nizwa, the ancient capital, and the Jebel. 

This article covers just five highlights for your must-see list. Yet, Oman has much more to offer. When planning your Omani trip, don’t forget to obtain your eVisa online 3 days ahead of the trip and do your research on the region to find more about this unique destination.