Oman has plenty to keep you busy, but perhaps the most surprising is the wealth of creatures to be found on land and in the surrounding waters. Nature reserves are home to leopards, oryxes, gazelles, ibexes, desert foxes, and wild cats. And thanks to its location at the hub of Africa, Middle East, and Asia, Oman attracts more than 400 birds throughout the year, including eagles from September to November. Whales, dolphins, turtles, and colourful tropical fish make Oman's warm waters their home.
Bird watchers flock to these wetlands, known as the eagle capital of the world, to see over 280 different species. Barr Al-Hickman, one of Oman’s 16 national nature reserves, is the best place to see flamingos, spoonbills, and wading birds.
Whale and Dolphin Watching
With 22 species off the coast of Oman, whale and dolphin watching is a regular activity year round. Keep an eye out for orcas, blue, humpback, sperm, tropical, melon-headed, beaked, and pygmy killer whales.
Five of the seven species of sea turtle make the treacherous journey to lay their eggs on Oman’s shores. They hatch 55 days later, when it is possible to watch the tiny turtles clamber to the sea. Breeding reserves include Ras al-Jinz and the Dimaaniyat Islands. July to October is the peak time for turtle watching.