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The Sultanate of Oman is a great destination for families and friends alike and if culture and adventure are what you wish to experience on your next vacation, you should definitely plan a trip to Oman. Here's a great collection of blogs on what to do in Oman, as well as some ideas about how to make the most of your Oman visit. Find the Oman travel articles and blogs right here at the Zahara Tours Blog and make your vacation to Oman a memorable one armed with insider tips and travel ideas.

Best Water Activities to Do in Oman

Ambika Verma| Mon, 25 Jul 2022

Spread across one of the longest coastlines in the Arabian peninsula at 2092 km The Sultanate of Oman is bordered by three bio geographically distinct water bodies: the Arabian or the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman also known as the Oman Sea, and the Arabian Sea. So it is no wonder that while exploring Oman, some time dedicated to the water activities is a must. Despite all the great land activities, it is a must to discover our Omani ocean's beauty. . Dolphin watching Discover a wonderful experience of getting close to dolphins and whales in the water when you visit Muscat in Oman. The Dolphin watching tour timing can vary but most tours tend to be about two hours. Dolphins are spotted in Muscat throughout the year and so too do the dolphin tours operate throughout the year. Visitors can take upon a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the ethereal feeling of watching these creatures dance along with the waves. Along with watching the dolphins, visitors also have a chance to enjoy the scenic beauty of Muscat Coastline on these tours. There are many different types of dolphins and whales spotted in Oman. The most frequently sighted dolphin species around Muscat are spinner dolphins who are oftentimes joined by the long-nosed common dolphins,and can be spotted riding the waves in a mixed group. But on a less regular basis are Bryde’s Whales, Humpback Whales, Risso’s Dolphins, Bottlenose Dolphins, False Killer Whale and the occasional Killer Whale group, among others. Spinner dolphins are also commonly spotted in Muscat which delight the viewer because of their spinning leaps. When dolphins are in a playful, social mood they can be extremely tactile with one another and be spotted playing games. This playful time is when they are most likely to interact with humans and will often seek out boats to surf along with. These playful creatures are incredibly intelligent and curious creatures and the dolphins occasionally come over to greet visitors. Snorkelling and Diving The Sultanate of Oman contains over 530 km2 of coral reefs spread across three bodies of water making it no surprise that its waters are a divers paradise. These coral reefs around Oman support over 100 species of coral and 579 species of reef fish, as well as one of the largest fisheries economies in the region. Diving and Snorkelling in Oman should be right there on top of your to-do list, especially Snorkelling or Diving at the Daymaniyat Islands, a Nature Reserve protected by the Omani government. The area has crystal clear waters with the warm water making for amazing visibility most of the time particularly during the winter months when the temperatures are cooler and less plankton are in the water. At times during the period of October to May the visibility can be up to 30 metres. The waters can range between twenty three degrees Celsius in winter and up to thirty two degrees in the summer. The marine life all around Oman but particularly at Daymaniyat Island, is full of life and colours. There are many hard and soft corals that will stun you and the area is populated with colourful, tropical fish, Nudibranchs, reef fish, different types of turtles, Sharks including Zebra and Black Reef Shark, a variety of rays like Stingrays or Cowtail ray and much more marine life to explore. The dive sites at Ad Daymaniyat Islands are ideal for both newly certified divers as well as advanced divers, with a host of dive sites to choose from, ranging in depth up to thirty metres. Snorkelling enthusiasts leisurely explore the stunning vistas of Oman underwater beauty while watching the marine life go about their usual Sunset dhow cruise. Discover the magic of ancient Arabia when you explore the shoreline on a traditional handcrafted wooden Dhow, a one- or two-masted Arab sailing vessel, usually with lateen rigging which can have slanting, triangular sails. Hop aboard these in the evening for a Sunset Dhow cruise, where you will enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the coast of Muscat. The tours can vary in timing but are generally around two hours and include many exciting sights and experiences. Enjoy the picturesque beauty of Oman seashore over the pristine waters of Oman’s capital area with spectacular views of some landmarks. The Dhows can pass by Al Bustan Palace Hotel, the Sixteenth-century Al Mirani Fort, Jalali and Al Alam Palace amongst other sights. The most exciting part of this

List of the Best Eid Getaways Within Oman

Ambika Verma| Thu, 05 Mar 2020

These Eid holidays are an ideal time to take a break and get away from the city and enjoy spending time in the beautiful wilderness of Oman where generally the temperatures tend to be cooler. Even if the temperatures are not substantially cooler the change of scenery is a great way to kick back and relax. If you’ve explore Oman before you won’t be surprised to know how the varied terrain ensures that not all parts of the country experience the same kind of weather.

List of the Top Places to Visit Near Salalah

Ambika Verma| Sun, 01 Mar 2020

Salalah has much to see and explore around it. Here we bring you a list of the top excursions to plan for near Salalah.

Best Beaches to Visit in Oman

Ambika Verma| Thu, 13 Feb 2020

Lying along the tip of the Arabian Peninsula with a coastline of 3,165 km, Oman is home to many gorgeous beaches, of which most are situated in pristine, stunning and secluded areas that face the Arabian Sea with soaring sand dunes or rugged rocks, flourishing coral reefs and unique wildlife. Oman’s beaches and crystal-clear waters have long been a draw for tourists and residents alike who come to swim, snorkel, play water sports, go wildlife spotting or doze in the sun.

List of Top 5 Star Hotels for a Luxury Stay in Muscat

Ambika Verma| Fri, 31 Jan 2020

When you’re searching for a list of the top 5 star hotels in Muscat many names will crop up, however today we are bringing you the ultimate list of all the best luxury hotels and resorts in Muscat. Al Bustan Palace Currently being managed by the Ritz-Carlton group, this hotel is set in an erstwhile palace, and located on the most beautiful stretch of beach in and around Muscat. Tucked away between the rugged Al Hajar mountain range and the Sea of Oman, Al Bustan Palace’s arab and art deco influences infuse it with an elegant ambiance, the most notable of which is its majestic 38 metres high domed atrium lobby. Each of the hotel’s 250 guest rooms and suites’ private balconies, offer magnificent mountain, sea or garden views. A phenomenal Six Senses Spa was added to the hotel and built into the surrounding landscape of towering stone and rock cliffs and the resort provides excellent facilities for children like the outdoor playground and daily activities so you needn't feel guilty while indulging yourself at the spa. The three onsite restaurants and two bars supply guests with plenty of delicious dining options. Afterwards you can stroll through the over 200 acres of exquisite gardens with immaculately manicured lawns and palm trees, which has plenty of places to just sit back and relax with the numerous sun lounges, hammocks and cabanas that are scattered through the gardens, and along the edge of the beach. If you are looking for a holiday in a unique setting along one of Oman’s most beautiful beaches, then Al Bustan Palace is your best choice. Read More About Al Bustan Palace The Chedi Muscat Noted to be among the most elegant and stylish resort in the greater Muscat area, the resort has 3 magnificent pools, some of the best fine dining venues of all resorts in Oman. The Chedi Muscat enjoys a beachfront location in the heart of Muscat, and its minimalist design and timeless decor remain where contemporary, white modernism contrasts tastefully with the omnipresent dark tile floors and traditional Arabian architecture makes for a lovely getaway. This is further enhanced by the 21 acres grounds that surround where white exterior pavilions blend into the lush date palm gardens, and the maze of reflecting pools, falaj-inspired waterway, gorgeous fountains, and Moorish-style courtyards delight you at every turn with the gardens being lit up with candles and rope-lights at night.This muscat resort features one of the largest spa facilities in Muscat, and also boasts of 3 separate pool areas. One located in the gardens, one along the beach, with a view of the often spectacular waves, and the 103-metre dramatically dark tiles Long Pool, which is located in front of the spa. The latter two are adult only areas making for an enjoyable stay for couples without children. The multiple poolside cabanas, the fine dining restaurant, a beach restaurant and a romantic beachfront patio, all offering a variety of excellent options in international cuisines combines with the resort esthetics make this beach resort in Muscat a must visit.

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