Marvellous ancient structures, its own grand canyon and even a 3100km coastline – Oman is surely one of the world’s most underrated destinations. But other than breathtaking landscapes, how much do we really know about the society’s traditions and values? When visiting the Middle East, knowing about the dress code is an important part of …
I can confidently say that Oman blew my mind. I was asked to lead a tour there and beyond Muscat I hadn’t been anywhere else before, so I figured why not! It’s not a destination that had been particularly high on my bucket list.
Maybe because I didn’t really know what to expect, I found everything about Oman amazing. The dramatic desert landscapes were simply unlike anything else I had ever seen.
We only spent 7 days in Oman, but we saw so many stunning places and did so many cool things that it felt like much longer. We hiked along the edge of Oman’s Grand Canyon, we swam in the emerald water of Wadi Shab and the Bimmah Sinkhole, we saw turtles laying their eggs on the beach, we spent a night in the desert and one in Oman’s Mud Village.
Our time in Oman was action packed and awesome. Here you will find all my top Oman travel tips.
Quick travel facts about Oman
Where is Oman? Oman is a country in the Middle East, on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula.
How to get there: You can find the cheapest flights to Oman via SkyScanner.
Currency: Omani Rial (OMR) – see the latest exchange rate here.
Electrical plugs in Oman: Type G (the ones you get in the UK) – I recommend an international adapter so you can use it on multiple trips.
Capital city: Muscat
Best time to visit: The best time to visit Oman is between October and March. During the winter months the weather is dry and warm, in a pleasant way. I was in Oman in May and while it was mostly fine, on some occasions it was almost too hot.
During the summer months the weather is almost unbearably hot, with peaks of 40°C. One thing to take into account is that Oman is a Muslim country. As such you can expect restaurants and shops to be closed if you’re travelling during Ramadan.
That said we were there during Ramadan, and didn’t find it to be an issue, if anything we got to enjoy the beauties of Oman all to ourselves. Throughout the whole week we only saw two other groups of tourists!
How to travel around Oman: The best way to get around Oman is to rent a car and drive yourself. There are public buses that can take you between cities but they’re infrequent and quite slow.
Having your own car will give you maximum freedom and allow you to go off the beaten track to explore epic canyons and wadis. Make sure to get a 4×4 as some of the roads may not be paved.
Visa requirements: Most passport holders have to apply for a visa before travelling to Oman. There are different types of visas depending on how long you plan to be in Oman. You can apply for a Omani visa here.
My Oman travel guides
Located deep in the heart of Oman you can find Misfat Al Abriyeen, nestled up in the higher ranges of the Jebel Sham mountain range. It was built more than 300 years ago by nomadic tribes travelling throughout the region. They used large boulders as the base of their homes, as well as hardened mud …
The natural beauty of Oman genuinely amazed me. We spent one week in Oman and went from one stunning natural wonder to the next, exploring the varied desert landscapes. Jebel Shams and Wadi Ghul left me completely awestruck. Also known as Oman’s Grand Canyon, Wadi Ghul is a 500m deep canyon located alongside Jebel Shams, …
Wadi Shab is one of the most incredible places in Oman, and a must-see in any Oman itinerary. This desert oasis is characterised by a clear emerald river and steep rocky cliffs on both sides, a truly unique landscape! It was one of my favourite places we visited in Oman, which is why I wanted …
During my trip to Oman we visited Wadi Bani Khalid, and quickly fell in love. I absolutely loved the stunning natural beauty of Oman, and Wadi Bani Khalid is one of those places that will leave you amazed. Wadi Bani Khalid is an oasis in the desert of Oman, where you can spend the day …
Oman is one of those places that tends to be overlooked by many travellers, but they don’t know what they’re missing out on! Oman is one of the most beautiful and underrated holiday destinations. With its turquoise seas, copper-coloured cliffs and golden-red sand dunes, Oman is a country with remarkable natural beauty. Unlike the flashier …
Officially named the Sultanate of Oman, it’s a beautiful country that lies on the Southeastern coast of Western Asia. A visit to Oman gives travellers the opportunity to see the Arab world in a very authentic way. I did a one week road trip in Oman in May and I was blown away by the …