In honor of Oman’s National Day, we list six off-beat things to do in the Gulf country.
Visit the Ras Al-Jinz Turtle Reserve
Each year, thousands of sea turtles from four different species migrate from nearby shores to lay an estimated 50,000 eggs on the Sultanate’s beaches. Peak season is July to October.
Go shopping in Souq Muttrah
Side-by-side stalls feature textiles, antiques, incense and bukhoor. Don’t forget to stop by the Al-Ahli coffee shop for a cup of fresh pomegranate juice on your way out.
Explore the Al-Hajar Mountains
Located four hours away from Muscat, the mountains feature a network of underground passageways that are accessible to the public.
Hike around Wadi Shab
The idyllic hike begins with a two-minute boat ride followed by a trek across the clear water until you reach a hidden cave, where you’ll find a waterfall and a turquoise pool.
Swim with whale sharks
Dive centers like SeaOman offer to take thrill-seekers out to see and swim with the filter-feeding animals, which migrate to the Gulf in search of warmer waters.
Escape to Salalah
Located in the Southern part of Oman, Salalah is most attractive during “monsoon season,” which spans from July to September.