Oman's incredible 1,700 kilometres of golden coastline means barely-touched beaches are almost too easy to find. So make the sand your sanctuary, relax and enjoy the gentle warm waters. The snorkelling and scuba diving is exquisite too; you won't have to go far to find coral teeming with clown and parrot fish, squirting sea cucumbers, and sometimes turtles and rays.
With awesome sand dunes rising to nearly 200 metres, Oman's vast deserts still include unexplored terrain. They make a truly iconic backdrop for camel treks and Arabian nights under the stars or enjoying a barbecue meal in a traditional Bedouin tent. Less relaxing but totally thrilling, dune bashing and quad bike safaris are guaranteed fun for adrenaline junkies.
Watched over by mountains and old forts, Oman's capital is a fascinating slice of Arabia's old and new. Explore the treasure trove of Muttrah Souq, its alleyways crammed with jewel-coloured lanterns and intricate jewellery. Gaze at the Sultan's Palace, picnic on Qurum Beach, and stroll along the waterfront on the crescent-shaped Muttrah Corniche, passing mosque domes and dhow boats in the harbour.
Oman's quiet villages can feel like places where time has stood still. This is where you will find the traditional, historic ways of Omani life, and see how people have adapted to the rugged mountains and arid deserts around them. Discover mud buildings, stone houses barely decipherable in the cliffs, mountain-slope agriculture, and remote villages only reachable by boat.
Oman is a desert country with sunny, warm weather conditions year round. From May to August, coastal areas are very hot and humid, while the interior remains hot and dry. The summer months can see temperatures soar to over 40ºC.
Oman is hot with guaranteed sunshine all year round, but our favourite times to visit are in spring and autumn, avoiding the soaring temperatures of the summer months and the higher risk of rain in January and February.
There are a number of carriers offering flights to Oman from the UK.
Direct Carriers: Oman Air offers a direct service to Muscat from London Heathrow.
Indirect Carriers: Emirates, British Airways, Etihad Airways, Gulf Air and Qatar Airways all offer indirect services with a stop over in the Middle East.
Departure Tax: An international departure tax of OMR3 must be paid when departing Oman.
Tipping tends not to be expected but it is becoming more common. Add 10 percent to your bill in restaurants with licensed bars, but there's no need in more casual eateries.
No specific vaccinations required
British nationals don’t need to get a visa before travelling to Oman. You can get a visa on arrival at any land, sea or air entry port in the country.
A one-month tourist visa costs Omani Rials (OMR) 20. You can extend this by 30 days for a further OMR20.
If you’re staying in Oman for less than 10 days you can get a tourist visa on entry for OMR5. This visa can be extended by 10 days for an additional OMR10 at the airport
The official currency is the Omani Rial. You can buy them in the UK and there are no restrictions on the amount you can take in and out of Oman. If you need to get cash when you get there, UK pounds are easily exchanged in banks, currency exchanges and large hotels.
All major credit cards are accepted in Oman. Cash machines are widely available and traveller's cheques are easily exchanged in the major towns and cities.