My sister and I are traveling to Oman for the first time, staying at the Shangri La Resort outside of Muscat. We are wondering if anyone has stayed there and has any suggestions for a 4 day trip. We are both certified PADI Open Water Divers, and definitely want to take advantage of that. We are pretty adventurous and open to (almost) anything. Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks fellow travelers!
- Oman Dive Center ResortP.O. Box 199 | Postal Code 115, Medinat Sultan Qaboos, Governorate of Muscat, Omanrecommended Oman Dive Center ResortA chill place to while away a Friday afternoon in the capital city - beer, sheesha, diving and a nice little sheltered bay for the kiddies. There's also beach bungalows for a reasonable price on site. ... read more
- Muscat HillsOpposite the Airportrecommended Muscat HillsIf you happen to find yourself in the Sultanate of Oman and fancy a round of golf, Muscat Hills will hook you up with 18 holes and golf cart for 50 Omani Rials (you've gotta rent your clubs too if you ... read moreforgot them at home). Despite the fact that it looks like worker's quarters, the clubhouse is well appointed with a fully stocked bar open till 2am, a friendly staff, a full menu with good variety and fun theme nights. A good place to pre-party on a night out in Muscat.
- Marjan BeachRas Al Hamra (next to PDO)recommended Marjan BeachMarjan Beach is Muscat's best kept secret. There's a coral reef just off shore that teems with school of fish, turtles and cuttlefish - very popular with illegal spear fishers. The coast here is ... read morerocky, the water clear and the sand like sugar - none of that powdery stuff you find on most of the other beaches around Muscat. There's also a couple of places for cliff divers (only two meters high or so but still, they're there). To the right of the main beach is another little cove with it's own beach which is more popular with the bikini set. The rules are lax at Marjan Beach so cooking up some coals for a discrete barbecue or for an afternoon sheesha are no prob. Bring your snorkel gear and your paddle board or kayak if you're more interested in being active than working on your tan. Oh, and it's free unlike most of the other beaches in town popular with the expat set.
recommended MuscatOman's capital city has got lots to offer the intrepid traveller - miles of pristine coast line, coral reefs, dolphin spotting, scuba diving, dune bashing, sandboarding and world class rock climbing - ... read moreall within the city limits. If you're tastes run more along historical/cultural lines, score some tickets to the Royal Opera House and while you're waiting, absorb the long, illustrious (yet relatively unknown) history of the Sultanate at Bait Al Zubeir or Bait Al Muzna after haggling for frankincense and pashmina till your throat's sore in Mutrah's stunning seaside souq. A sundowner of sheesha and fresh squeezed lemon juice with mint at the Oman Dive Center is a perfect way to top off a day in this little undiscovered corner of the Arabian Peninsula.
- Musandam GovernorateMusandam Governorate, Omanrecommended Musandam GovernorateA trip to the Musandam Peninsula is a popular outing from the Emirates. Technically this little point of land is part of Oman, though it's surrounded on all sides by the UAE. It's a rugged desert ... read morecoastline, fringed with little inlets, and the standard trip is a dhow ride around for the afternoon. The view itself is lovely, and the water is clear--we stopped for swimming and snorkeling in a couple of spots. But the real thrill was seeing dolphins--lots of them! They played with our boat quite a bit. It was also striking to see the difference between Oman and the UAE, just by going over the border. A very good day out.Zora O'Neill
I think you'll have time for this--it's really a lovely area. I unfortunately didn't have time to go to Oman proper (I was in the UAE), so I don't know how it compares with other natural attractions in the country. But I enjoyed this a lot.