What to do
of Oman - Oman's
diverse terrain of mountains, deserts and seascapes, are an
outdoor enthusiast's dream come true. From diving to photography
to rock climbing to ice skating (!) Oman offers a variety
of activities to suit the taste of any traveler. For further
Diving - Oman has a varied coastline over 1600 km
long. There is a wealth of underwater flora,marine life and
diving thrills awaiting the underwater explorer. Several companies
specialising in diving services offer a complete range of
diving courses, diving equipment and activities (night dives,
wreck dives, etc.). For details click here.
and Filming - For serious and casual photographers
there are photo opportunities galore -- stark majestic mountain
ranges, serene sandy beaches, lush green jungles -- all within
a wink of a shutter. Wildlife, rustic villages, majestic forts,
colourful natives ... there is inspiration everywhere. Best
months for photography are November –April in the early
morning or late afternoon. Use of a UV and polarizing filter
While photography is permited throughout the Sultanate, and
there is beautiful scenery everywhere, photography of government
and military installations is not permited. Likewise photographers
should be very circumspect when it comes to photographing
women. It is not advisable to take pictures of women without
requesting and obtaining permission before hand. This can
be done by saying "Mumkin sura, min fadlak?" (May
i take your picture please?).
Climbing - Rugged mountains, rising to 3,000 meters,
amongst a maze of spurs and wadis, deep canyons and towering
cliffs. Getting onto the mountain in a four-wheel drive is
easy. For the rock climber, every mountain face presents an
enigmatic challenge. For specific information there is a book
available from Apex Publishing (Tel. 799388) entitled "Rock
Climbing in Oman" is available at most book stores and
- Oman is an amazing place for exploration and discovery,
especially by foot in its spectacular mountain scenery. The
country is the best kept tourism secret of the Gulf region,
if not the entire Middle East, having striking scenery, friendly
people and year-round sunshine. "Adventure Trekking in
Oman" by Anne Dale & Jerry Hadwind introduces the
uninitiated and curious to the myriad pathways and fabulous
staircases criss-crossing the country's fascinating mountains.
There, the climate is almost perfect for walking and provides
relief from the hot plains and coastal area.
Racing - Camel racing is an exciting sport where
camels and their owners congregate at racetracks around the
country. Racing camels are bred for the track and are highly
prized posessions. A good racing camel can fetch a price of
RO 30,000 (US $ 77,400). Jockeys are drafted for their size
(or lack thereof) and some make their professional debuts
around five years old. Crowd enthusiasm is high on these occasions.
However, raceday is not announced long in advance, so it is
best to know someone who has an inside track as to when a
race is scheduled.
Fighting - Bull fighting is very popular in Oman
but it is a far cry from the Spanish variety. In this instance
two Brahmin bulls of the same size are pitted against each
other. The first one to get knocked down or run away is declared
the loser.The fight lasts only for a few minutes and the bulls
suffer no injury except perhaps a wounded pride and a bad
headache. Bull fighting usually takes place on Friday afternoons
in the cooler winter months at arenas along the Batinah coast,
notably in Seeb, Barka, Sawadi, and Sohar.
Fishing - Game fishing is now becoming very popular
in Oman as would be anglers try their hand at bagging the
big one. Species such as marlin and tuna are highly sought.
The sport is affordable and Omani waters are abundant in the
bait fish that attracts larger predators. The coasts off Sur
and Masirah are especially suited for this unique sport.
Watching - The beaches of Ras Al Had ,Ras Al Junayz
and Masirah island are just some of the areas where several
species of marine turtles come to lay their eggs. Green turtles,
loggerheads, Hawksbill and leatherbacks live for over 100
years and swim the length and breadth of the Indian Ocean
only to return every year to the same sites to lay their eggs.
Many tour operators and hotels in Sur offer turtle visitation
packages. It is necessary to acquire a permit to visit the
official nesting sites as the turtles are protected as endangered
species. Once again, local tour operators will provide full
and Boating - What's your pleasure? A sporty sloop
or graceful catamaran. A convivial yacht or speedy see-doo.
How about a carefree course on a stately dhow. Game fishing.
Dolphin and Whale watching. Boogie boards and banana boats.
And diving, diving, diving. All of the above is available
if you know where to look and the best ones are right here.
Riding - When you come to Arabia, you can't miss
the allure of the Arabian riding stallion. And if you like
riding, Oman has trails and the horses to take you there.
You'll find the Royal Stables in Seeb a good spot to observe
equestrian events staged for public and private gatherings.
And if you go to the Al Kamil/Al Wafi region of the country,
you can find the best breeders and trainers the country has