You Can’t Go to Oman Without Doing This

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I spent 9 days exploring the Sultanate of Oman courtesy of Oman Tourism.

desert nights camp

Desert Nights Camp in Oman – A luxury camp worth splurging on.

Oman is an interesting country, and what’s really interesting is how little the normal person actually knows about it.

  • A unique mix of Middle Eastern, Indian and African cultures. Check.
  • Delicious food and amazing hospitality. Check.
  • A wide range of landscapes including beaches, mountains and desert. Check.

Everyone asks me about my trip to Oman, and I can’t help but feel like a paid advertisement while gushing forth this and that because… it was just that good. Honestly, I’d send my non-travel-y family members to Oman and not think twice about it. Yes, mom, you should go! Not only was it beautiful, peaceful and culturally interesting, it also possessed a feeling of being rather safe. You can leave your passport behind in a hotel (someone on our trip did this) and not fear for its return because, as locals told us: If you lose something in Oman, it comes back to you.

Not a person in our media group left Oman without being wowed by the wonders of the country that so few set off to explore.

Did you know that Omani capital city, Muscat, is just a 45 minute plane ride from Dubai? Yep.

So get over there!

And when you arrive, make sure that you don’t leave without doing this.

Dune Bashing

Dune bashing and going down steep hills.

Dune bashing also involved going down some crazy steep slopes.

Dune bashing, Oman. Trying to video and photo a very bumpy ride!

Trying to video and photo a very bumpy ride!

Dune bashing, Oman.

Having a blast in the backseat!

Dune bashing, Oman.

Spotting the other car off in the distance.

Dune bashing, Oman - so much fun!

Dune bashing, Oman – so much fun!

Quad Biking

Quad biking, Oman

I’m such a badass.

Quad Biking, Oman

Don’t ask, because I don’t know.

Quad biking Oman

One of the funnest things EVER.

Quad biking Oman

Ben living in the moment.

quad biking oman

You MUST go to the desert and go quad biking. Fun guaranteed.

Camel Riding

Camel riding in Oman desert

Picture perfect camels at Desert Nights Camp.

Camel riding in Oman desert.

On the back of some fluffy camels.

camel riding in oman

Camel at the Desert Nights Camp.

camel riding in oman desert

Cute camel crossing sign. I guess that’s what that means?

Taking in the View in the Dunes

Oman desert

Desert sun.

Oman desert

Breath-taking.

Oman desert footsteps

Oman desert footsteps

oman desert views

Sands blowing in the breeze.

oman desert footprints

Amy in the dunes.

Desert footprints and sunset.

Watching the sunset on top of the sand dunes.

In other words, you can’t go to Oman without visiting the desert!

Seriously, your mind, body, and soul will thank you for the magical experience of being in the sandy dunes.

As long as you’re not there in the middle of summer.

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If you’d like to learn more about Oman, check out the site on why it is the Side trip of a Lifetime.

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About Brooke

Brooke is a passionate traveler who has a love for any country that ends in -stan, languages she'll never be able to speak, and cannoli. She is the creator of Aroamas travel perfume sticks and the female travel focused Her Packing List website. Follow on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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12 Responses to You Can’t Go to Oman Without Doing This

  1. Michelle May 1, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    This looks like so much fun!

    • Brooke May 1, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

      An absolute BLAST. It wouldn’t have been the same in the middle of summer though ;) Gets up to like 50C + around then…

  2. Tracy May 1, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

    wow looks like you had an amazing time in Oman

    • Brooke May 1, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

      Seriously good time! Is Oman on your travel list at all?

  3. Rika | Cubicle Throwdown May 1, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    Not gonna lie, I had to go look Oman up on a map. But it looks AMAZING! Did you stay in those luxury tents? I would love to see the inside of one!

  4. Emma @ GottaKeepMovin May 10, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    This looks like an amazing experience! i was just wondering yesterday what Oman was like to visit (no, seriously, I’m not just saying that, I really was!) so this post has fallen into my lap like a little piece of fate. The dunes look awesome and the luxury camp looks just stunning. Thanks for sharing, now I’m desperate to go!

  5. Marysia @ My Travel Affairs May 14, 2013 at 7:54 am #

    Great pictures! I would add diving to your list! You can’t go to Oman and miss that! I had amazing time in Oman, would recommend to everyone!

  6. Digital Nomads May 22, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    Breathtaking photos, very impressive.

  7. Jade - we travel and blog July 2, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

    I’ve been curious about Oman since seeing an Amazing Race episode where they went there. It’s good to know it’s a nice place to visit.

  8. Ross August 27, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    The photos are class. Oman was one of those countries I didn’t know much about but like you ended up being brilliant. Although it looks like you had so much fun in the desert, Oman has so much more than that. Jebel Shamms has some amazing hikes (1000mtr, 3000ft cliffs), down the south you can see turtles being laid and born on the beach and then on the sea there is amazing coral reefs which recently have been well protected. Musandam, a separate part to the north, is completely different and more like fjords but with the sun.

  9. Andy October 13, 2013 at 7:51 am #

    That looks like a blast! I have met a few people from Oman and they are wonderful people. I think that it would be a really great country to visit.

  10. Veronica October 19, 2013 at 5:59 am #

    Ohh, it’s very seldom I can see that anybody writes about traveling to Oman. I’m impressed with your stories and your pictures.

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