Five reasons to visit Oman

  • Omani natural sites, from the desert to the mountains and from the coastline to the picturesque wadis, seem like the perfect places for fully relaxing, forgetting the world and charging the batteries for upcoming long months of working. Nature lovers, both those who prefer hiking and adventures and those who prefer to spend their time peacefully surrounded by wonderful landscapes, will always enjoy a holiday in Oman.
  • Even though Oman is usually associated with the desert, its southern part is actually benefiting from the monsoon climate in the best way possible. Every year between late June and late September, the whole region transforms into a vibrant green paradise. To celebrate this wonderful season, the city of Salalah organises a joyful Khareef Summer Festival (khareef meaning monsoon in Arabic). Totally worth checking out!
  • Are you easily seduced by pleasant smells? Then Oman will take you straight to heaven with its frankincense. It is a common belief that in the past, thanks to its purifying powers, frankincense healed some dangerous diseases. In addition to all that, this magnificent scent also makes a precious gift – sultans of Oman used to send it in the beautifully decorated boxes to the other royals all around the globe. How about an aromatic souvenir from the tropical holiday?
  • Not many people can say that they have seen a whale in its natural habitat. After taking a cruise along the Omani coast, you will be one of them! It’s astonishing how many different species of these majestic animals can be observed in the proximity of Oman: tropical whales, blue whales, killer whales, melon-headed whales… And many, many others – they all wait to be spotted, usually in A’Sharqiyah, Alwasta and Dhofar governorates. Whale watching from a luxurious yacht? Even if we wanted, we couldn’t think of a better way to spend a holiday!
  • Ever heard anything about Omani cuisine? Probably not – but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve your full attention. On the contrary: traditional Omani food is, without a doubt, one of the most precious hidden gems still waiting for being discovered. Be a pioneer and try this unique mix of Indian and Middle Eastern culinary traditions that you can only experience in Oman. The most emblematic dish of the country is shuwa – marinated lamb (or goat) slow cooked in an underground sand oven, served along with the spiced rice.

Oman's landscape astonishes the tourists by its majestic mountain ranges

The magnificent country of Oman is located in a pretty unique spot on the south-eastern coast of Arabian Peninsula, right at the mouth of the Persian Gulf. It lies between the latitudes 16° and 28°N, and longitudes 52° and 60° E. Its neighbouring countries are United Arab Emirates to the northwest, Saudi Arabia to the west and Yemen to the southwest. Oman also shares marine borders with Iran and Pakistan.

The first word that probably comes to mind when one thinks about Oman is possibly „a desert” – which is quite understandable. Indeed, a gravel desert plain happens to cover most of the central part of the country. Since during the past epochs the territory of Oman was covered by the ocean, it is possible to bump into the fossilized shells far away from the modern coastline… Additionally, it so happens that the central part of Omani desert is an important source of meteorites for scientific research – the night sky looks amazing from here.

Furthermore, that’s not everything this beautiful country has to offer. Oman’s landscape astonishes the tourists by its majestic mountain ranges situated along the north coast (Al Hajar Mountains) and south coast (Qara Mountains, sometimes called also Dofar). Most of the country’s economy, as well as its vibrant culture and constantly growing tourism, concentrates on the coast where the main cities are situated: Muscat, Sohar and Sur in the north and Salalah in the south. That’s one of the reasons – besides the possibility of observing the large variety of whales on the way! – why it is strongly recommended to discover Oman during the cruise on the Arabian Sea.

What’s more, Oman is one of a few countries in the world that possesses exclaves – so the parts of its territory are separated from the main part by surrounding alien territories of another state, in this case: United Arab Emirates. One of them is the Musandem Peninsula located on the Strait of Hormuz and full of picturesque fishing villages that are easily accessible by sea. Another Omani exclave, Madha, is located halfway between the mainland and the Musandem Peninsula.

Islands

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Islands:
  • Damaniyat Islands
  • Sawadi Islands
  • Fahal Islands

One of the hottest climates in the world!

If you enjoy high temperatures and sunny weather, this is definitely a good place for you to visit. Generally speaking, Oman – as well as the other countries situated in the proximity of Persian Gulf – has one of the hottest climates in the world. The average summer temperatures of its capital, Muscat, and the northern part of the country fluctuate between 30 and 40 degrees. The southern regions are slightly colder – in the city of Salalah the summer temperatures average between 20 and 30 degrees.

As for the rainfall, it varies depending on the region, but most of the territory of Oman doesn’t receive much of it – the annual rainfall in Muscat oscillates around 100 mm and it is usually observed in January. This doesn’t apply to the northern mountain areas, such as Jabal Akhdar: on its higher parts the estimated annual rainfall is around 400 mm on average. Every few years the tops of the mountains are even covered with snow!

The situation is a little bit different when it comes to the southern part of the country. In the Dhofar Mountains, not far from the city of Salalah, the climate is described as tropical. Between late June and late September, the area receives a seasonal rainfall as a result of monsoon winds from the Indian Ocean. The summer air is at that time saturated with fog and cool moisture. Meanwhile, the island of Masirah and its surroundings often receives no rain at all for a few years straight (and the temperatures during the day often reach 50 degrees).

Amazing diversity, isn’t it?

Some practical info you need to know

Our base

We are based right in the vibrant capital of Oman, Muscat, in the proximity of outstanding touristic sites, commerce centres, bars and restaurants. You are picked up at the airport and in no time you are welcomed aboard. Our crew will brief you personally.

Airport

The modern Muscat International Airport (MCT) is situated 32 km from the city centre of Muscat. It has 2 terminals (Terminal 1 or the New Terminal for international flights and Terminal 2 or the Old Terminal for the domestic flights) and many facilities to make your travel easier, including  shops (also duty-free shops), restaurants and bars as well as banks, exchange offices and car rentals.

International passport

All international visitors of Oman must hold a passport valid for at least 6 month beyond the arrival date. However, the visa policy of the country varies towards the visitors from different countries:

  • Citizens of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates do not require a visa to enter the territory of Oman.
  • Citizens of the following 71 countries: all EU countries, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Hongkong, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Moldova, Monaco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Paraguay, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City, Venezuela – can easily obtain the Oman eVisa valid for 30 days online.
  • Citizens of the other countries must apply for the visa in advance in the Omani diplomatic missions.
  • Citizens of Israel are refused admission to Oman.

There are also some visa exemptions for holders of a visa for Qatar and the Emirate of Dubai which should be consulted with the competent authorities.

Credit cards

Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in most of the places in the country. Other cards, such as Diners Club or American Express, may be refused in many shops or charged an additional fee. Additionally, it is recommended to hold some money in cash to pay for taxis or in the local markets.

Local currency (currency fluctuations are possible)

Omani rial (OMR, OR, often also RO). 1 OMR = 2,30 euro. 1 rial is divided into 1000 baisa (or baiza=bz). As for the denominations, there are 50, 20, 10, 5, 1, 0.5 rial as well as 200 and 100 baisa notes and coins of 50, 25, 10 and 5 baisa. It is advisable to exchange dollars to rials by moneychangers – they usually offer a slightly more competitive rate than the banks.

Customs

Non-Muslim travellers entering the territory of Oman by the air transport are allowed to bring in two bottles of wine or spirits. It is illegal, however, to cross the border through a land checkpoint between Oman and United Arab Emirates carrying any amount of alcohol. As for cigars, tobacco and cigarettes, it is stated in the law that a „reasonable quantity” of them can be imported to Oman. It’s worth remembering that drug or weaponry possession in Oman is strictly forbidden and the penalties are very severe.

Electricity

240 volt AC , 50 Hz

Mobile/Internet

There are two telecommunication providers in Oman: Omantel and Ooredoo, both offering competitive digital data packs. The network functions very well on the shoreline and in the main cities in towns; going further from these areas, however, you may find some troubles with connection.

Language

Arabic, Urdu, Persian (English relatively widely spoken)

Telephone

The country code is +968

Time

The time zone in Oman is UTC/GMT +4, also known as Gulf Standard Time (GST). The country do not use Daylight Saving Time (DST), therefore the time doesn’t change to summer or winter time.

Tips

Tipping in Oman is not really widespread, comparing to the other countries of the region. In bigger restaurants and hotels 10% is expected as a tip, unless the service fee has already been included in the bill. A tip of 1 OR is a standard for baggage handling and room service. Tipping in taxis is discretionary.

Programs in Oman

Many faces of Oman

Oman is a beautiful, exotic country which will surprise you with abundance of landscapes, great cuisine and hospitality of the citizens. Three geographic characteristics distinguishing Oman are rocky terrains, extensive deserts and gorgeous long beaches. Owing to this diverse landscape it is a wonderful place, perfect for sailing and experiencing the adventure of a lifetime.

Our suggestion is 5 days Oman sailing + 5 days Oman land tour.

Our Fleet in Oman

Model: Lagoon 39

Passangers: 6

Cabins: 4

Model: Orana

Passangers: 6

Cabins: 4

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