What to do around Muscat, Oman

What to do in Muscat: Oman, officially the Sultanate of Oman, is an Arab country on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It is located in Western Asia. His capital, Muscat, is a coastal city surrounded by mountains and deserts.

Ideas if you do not know what to do in Muscat

Since Muscat is surrounded by mountains and deserts, it’s a good choice to not only visit the city. The city itself is wonderful and does deserve a full day of visiting. However, Oman has more to offer. The Wahiba Sands are a good first step outside of the city.

sand dunes in the desert in oman
The Wahiba Sands. Picture from Breathe With us on their Instagram

Travel to the Wahiba Sands

The Wahiba Sands are one of the must-sees of Oman. However, getting here is not the easiest thing to do. You have to choices. Either travel to Bidiyah or take 32 Road and travel on your own. The best landscapes are a bit South of Bidiyah but you will still be able to see great landscapes over there.

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The beautiful Wahiba Sands, close to Bidiyah. Picture from @experienceoman on their Instagram

To get here, you will have to drive for two hours. Check the itinerary from Google Maps down below to see how to get to Bidiyah.

google maps itinerary from muscat to bidiyah
Itinerary from Muscat to Bidiyah

Oman is a great destination for those that enjoy a bit of 4×4 driving“, says Hugo from Breathe With Us as the description of an Instagram picture showing an Oman’s road. Check the picture down below to understand what he experienced during his trip to Oman.

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An Oman road in Jaylah, Masqat, Oman. Picture from Breathe With Us on their Instagram.

This is the kind of road you will encounter. If you decide to rent a car, you should probably rent a solid one to avoid mechanical issues. Having one would be a shame considering the fact that it can get very warm in those places. Being isolated in the middle of nowhere is not something I would like to experience when I visit Oman.

Travel to the fishing villages

Let’s now take a bowl of fresh air by traveling to some seaside villages. If you visited Muscat on the first day and the Wahiba Sands on the second day, this should be your third day here.

It’s time to head to the East Coast and visit Fins and Tiwi. Those are two lovely fishing towns. You will be able to enjoy the cool air of the sea and the kindness of the people.

You can also head to Quriyat, which is a little closer to Muscat. It’s 83 km southeast of the capital and a popular stopping point on the way to Sur. Sur is a little far away from Muscat, but if you have time, it’s an interesting town to learn about Oman’s history.

What to do in Muscat…. and also in Oman!

If you plan a bigger trip around the country, there are some other towns you should visit. Salalah is particularly impressive. Located in the South of the country, it will take 10 hours to drive from Muscat to Salalah. It’s the capital city of southern Oman’s Dhofar province. It’s known for its banana plantations and its incredible sea life.

google maps itinerary from muscat to salalah
Itinerary from Muscat to Salalah

More information about Oman

Now that you are ready, it’s time to travel. If you want to read more information about Oman, we encourage you to check both the Instagram and the website of Breathe With us. If you want to travel guides of other destinations, I recommend that you read the travel guide in the Death Valley National Park.

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