Up the adventure factor for your next family vacay
Ranked the world's ninth safest tourist destination by the World Economic Forum, Oman is a peaceful and exciting country that is more than just sand and deserts. Its rugged coastline, serene beaches and action-filled adventures are tied together by a warm, inviting culture.
Here are four ways to discover fun and adventure in and around its capital city of Muscat.
Sail the seas
Spotting marine life in their natural habitat is a thrill for people of all ages. Imagine catching a yellowfin tuna or swimming with sea turtles. Dolphin sightings are common in the Gulf of Oman and your chances of getting to see these playful mammals in action are high. Whichever adventure you choose, Captain Salim at Alsansool Private Cruise is sure to deliver a memorable family experience. There's no better way to see Oman's stunning coastline than from the great blue sea.
Catch of the day
It’s not every day you get to show the kids what a fish market looks like. Shop like a local at the Muttrah Fish Market, where daily catches are delivered at sunrise and business begins at 6.30am, so you can start your stroll early through the many stalls and watch the fishmongers in action. Skilled anglers will prepare and descale your chosen fish any way you like – all you need to do is cook it. When you stay at the Millennium Executive Apartments in Muscat, your apartment comes with a well-equipped, spacious kitchen to bring out the chef in you.
Alternatively, you can catch your own dinner while spending the day deep-sea fishing off the shores of Muscat, an activity the kids are sure to love.
Go wild with a safari
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Venture inland for a wild experience that will leave you breathless. No trip to the desert would be complete without a camel safari – that much we know. Oman is also home to a variety of wildlife you may not see at home, so take a day tour to the mountains to spot tahr and ibex (goats) or head to the plains to try your luck at spotting a leopard, oryx or gazelle with Nomad Tours. After a morning of animal adventures, a swim stop is a must.
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Indulge the kids' curiosity with a visit to the PDO Planetarium. Popular with children, Oman's planetarium is the perfect place to learn about the galaxy as it offers a variety of free programmes and shows that are suitable for those over five years old. The full-dome digital system with video and laser lights will also surely impress the whole family. In addition, the Astro Art Workshop is for kids aged six to 12 who want to get a better understanding of all things astronomical through colour and craft. And if the timing is right, why not attend the monthly Star Gazing Party? Bookings for all sessions are essential as the Planetarium is always packed with fans.
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