Category Archive: Oman

Jan 04 2014

Oman: conclusion and tips

15 days; 2 visa entries; 2 cars; 2 trips to Sur; 1 pharyngitis; 1 big fail; 1 baby turtle rescued 🙂 What I liked MOST The sunny and hot weather while it is winter in Paris 🙂 Many different landscapes; Omanis, when you find them, are very kind; Men are dressed in traditional dishdasha (shirt-dress) …

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Jan 02 2014

Wahiba Sands Desert – biggest sandpit!

Before leaving Sur, we did a short stop at a small open air museum with some traditional vessels that we missed during the previous trip. The museum’s star is Fatah al Khair, a restored traditional dhow built in Sur shipyards 70 years ago. After this short visit, we were ready for the big adventure: Wahiba …

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Jan 01 2014

On the road to the South (again)

Happy New Year! The first day of the year we changed our small car for a 4WD car because we wanted to explore the south better. Our first stop on the road was the Sinkhole Park, a nice spot to take one picture or two. This sinkhole is basically a deep hole (the depth is unknown) …

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Dec 30 2013

Nizwa and the Mountains – finest forts in Oman

Already with our own car, we left Muscat to the historic towns of Nizwa and Bahla. Nizwa, also called “the pearl of Islam”, is the second tourist destination in Oman and it is famous for its XVIIth century fort. Nizwa Fort is an interesting place to visit, with many informative panels and other displays inside the …

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Dec 27 2013

Musandam (finally!)

On Thursday sea conditions were good so we could finally leave for Musandam. Musandam Peninsula, a strategic point on Strait of Hormuz, is separated by the rest of Oman by the east coast of the Emirates. From here, you can see the Iranian coast, which is only at 15km. Musandam area is known as the …

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Dec 23 2013

Sur – dhows and turtles

Sur is a nice town on the eastern coast of Oman. This is a town of craftsmen and boat builders and its famous dhows (traditional vessels) sailed the seven seas for many centuries. We arrived to Sur by taxi (the only bus going to Sur left at 6.30am) at noon and it was terribly hot so …

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Dec 22 2013

Old Mutrah

First day in Muscat. We were staying at Mutrah, the port area. My travel mate was a little bit ill, with fever. Nothing that could not be solved with a good sleep but that was not a good start! I left the hotel to buy the ferry tickets for the following day. The idea was …

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