Oman has one of the few well hidden and undisturbed oceans in the world.
Bandar Al Jassa provides 5 great dive sites, with corals and plenty of different types of sea creatures such as cuttlefish and spiny lobster.
The water is shallow (15 mtrs), it is suitable for beginners and nite divers.
Equipment: There is a dive shop in the diving center in case you forget anything- but for specifics send them an email (below)
The sea front promonade along Al Bahri Road is a great place to run during the afternoon/sunset when it is not too hot. You can actually run all the way from the fish souq in Mutrah to Old Muscat. But it takes too long time, and it gets too dark so you miss all the sights on the way. I ran from Mutrah Souq to the enlightened water fountain, halfway to Old Muscat. And took a taxi back.
The Oman Dive Center is half an hour away from Muscat.
Diving in Oman is the relaxing way to dive. Here is no strong current. The visibility is sometimes very bad (less than 5m), normally it is 10m-20m.
Equipment: Nitrox is available, but not for free.
We spent our honeymoon staying at the Shangri la Muscat ......... Fantastic. One of the highlights of our holiday was going out with Mike from Gulf leisure. We booked the trip before we left the U.K. We were collected from our hotel, spent a fabulous morning dolphin watching, Mike taught me to snorkel, great fun. Highly recommended. www.gulfleisure.com
Equipment: hat, towel & sun cream is all you need
I was lucky enough to be staying with a friend who had her own speedboat which meant we could take off and find our own secluded beaches and Snorkel.
Just down the road from the Yacht club was a dive school and whilst I haven't got my PADI, I have scuba dived before and loved it.
If I had of had the time, I would have loved to have done it here - the water was lovely and warm and crystal clear and from the fish and sealife I saw whilst snorkelling, I think it would be fantastic - maybe next time!
Equipment: Head for the Yacht clubs just out of Muscat heading South - the dive school I saw was in that direction
If you go to the Shatti Qurum beach, near Jawharat Al Shatti (near intercontinental hotel) you can rent a jet ski for around RO 10 per hour, you can always bargain the price down.
Rentals are also available from most hotels, including hyatt & intercon.
Equipment: Swimwear, beach shoes, sunglasses
Ok, so chances are you will only be able to ride a camel for a quick snapshop- but camel racing is taken seriously in the Arabian Peninsula
Formal racers are normally little kids (who weigh less and hence the camel can move faster) trained to be professionals.
Well bred Camel's are commonly sold for up to millions of dollars to new proud owners.
Equipment: Take a camera with you for pics. Wear a turban in the pics on camels for fun
If you can't get to one..your next best bet is the Barka Friday Souq(market), where if you go early enough (and we're talking 6 am here), or afternoon (4'sh) , you can catch some rooster or bull fighting activities
These fights are not fun to watch...mainly two roosters or bulls are set against each other...the one who pushes the other furthest wins..lasts two split seconds.
Unique to Oman- Wadi Bashing can be described as going crazy with a 4x4 in Wadi's or Rockily dry riverbeds in valleys.
The nature (normally secluded areas), animals (suicidal goats, camels and donkeys), and plenty of other 4x4's packed with fun friends make a good mix.
Try it out on your way back from Camping in Rimal Bani Wahiba!:-)
Strong Rope thingy (in case you need to pull car)
First Aid Kit
Munchies (hey, you'll need the energy!)
Extra gas for the car
As a matter of fact; try it online first (safer, but not as fun i bet):