For an Arabian experience of mosques, dunes and spices, look no further than Oman.
The quiet Muslim country of Oman may be modest but it certainly isn’t shy. Whether you’re visiting opulent mosques or getting interviewed by the locals, Omani culture shines. Visit forts such Nizwa, and discover how the country protected its natural resources. Or amble through the Muttrah bazaar, and shop for frankincense, rugs and all things Arabic. With stunning views of desert and mountains, Oman is the essential Arabian getaway.
Oman travel highlights
Dare to enter the city of Muscat
Oman’s modern day capital is a pleasantly comfortable city. It is still guarded by two 16th century forts, Jalali and Mirani.
Experience the life of an Omani in Wahiba
Get out to the desert and enjoy a traditional feast while sitting beneath a glittering night sky. The locals here entertain with traditional music and song.
Hear a fisherman’s tale at Seeb
Picturesque coasts make way to the fishing village of Seeb. See the fisherman haul in their catch before you explore the spectacular surrounds.
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Oman travel FAQs
- Australia: Yes – on arrival
- Belgium: Yes – on arrival
- Canada: Yes – on arrival
- Germany: Yes – on arrival
- Ireland: Yes – on arrival
- Netherlands: Yes – on arrival
- New Zealand: Yes – on arrival
- South Africa: Yes – on arrival
- Switzerland: Yes – on arrival
- United Kingdom: Yes – on arrival
- United States: Yes – on arrival
Most restaurants include a surcharge with the bill and there’s no need to tip on top of that, or for other services.
You’ll be able to access internet in major cities but not in rural and remote places.
Oman has good mobile coverage in urban centres but not outside these areas. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling.
Most toilets in Oman are squat toilets however you’ll find Western-style toilets in places like hotels, restaurants and malls in the capital. Soap and toilet paper aren’t always provided so you may like to carry some with you.
- Can of coke = USD 0.50
- Cappuccino = USD 3.50
- Meal at an inexpensive restaurant = USD 4
- Meal for two at a mid-range restaurant = USD 23
Drinking tap water is not considered safe in Oman. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a bottle or canteen with you. Ask your leader where you can access filters to refill your supply, or carry your own purification tablets with you.
You’ll be able to use your credit card in most hotels, restaurants and shopping centres, however prepare to pay cash when making local purchases.
You’ll have no trouble fining ATMs in major Omani towns and cities.
Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.
For a current list of public holidays go to: www.worldtravelguide.net/oman/public-holidays