Desert safaris, dhow cruises, scuba diving, old Eastern imperial culture, beaches
With its dramatic landscapes peppered with forts and oases, magnificent empty deserts, rugged mountain ranges, world-class diving and a far south that is surprisingly green (due to the monsoon that just tips the coast) Oman is emerging from its years of self-imposed isolation to reveal itself as an intriguing and beautiful destination. Its warm, friendly and un-jaded people, and its old eastern imperial culture add immensely to its appeal.
However, Oman must be carefully planned and managed, since many of the hotels are very simple and their operators unused to the level of service we expect. There are traps for the unwary: for instance, the best way to explore the stunning fjords and mountains of the remote Mussandam peninsula, is by dhow. Most operators take a small flotilla around the same route – so we have found a private dhow to get you well away from the crowds.