I have read through the forum, thanks for all the info, plenty of good guidance here. As far as I can see, the most important things to see in Oman are Muscat, the coast from Muscat to around Sur, Wadi Bani Khalid, Jebel Akhdar, Rustaq and Jebel Shams. And of course turtle watching and beaches. Does this look like a shortlist of the most important things to see, or have I missed out a "must-see"? I have around 4 or 5 days available to visit Oman, and I know this won't really be enough to do justice to the whole country, but I want to at least see the most unique things in Oman.
Any comments or suggestions?
When you say you have read through the 'forum' do you mean the VT Oman travel guide?
If not, have a look at it. You'll find plenty of info on what are 'must-sees' in the opinion of VT-ers. If you look at the right of the main Oman TG page you'll see lots of individual locations in Oman listed. Each has its own travelguide, with tips and info written by locals and visitors:
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The area around Salalah is cool, but with so few days, it's a little out of range.
I quite liked Nizwa which is in range. Have a look to see if it interests you
Thanks Fluffy Bunny
Yes, I looked into Salalah which gets excellent reports here (and Musandam Peninsula does too) but I decided these 2 locations were out of range if I wanted to have a sensible holiday within my 4 or 5 days. Nizwa is a good idea, and I think I can combine it with Wadi Bani Khalid, Jebel Akhdar, etc, it is in the same vicinity, more or less.
Unfortunately, you will not have time to visit the Musandam Peninsula, which is southernmost point of Oman
Having visited the other places that you mention, I believe that Musandam is THE most beautiful part of Oman
You would need to fly there (about an hour flight to Khasab)
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This is (part of) the tour we made: Muscat to Nizwa (via Nakhl Fort and Wadi Bani Awf = spectacular!), stayed in Nizwa 3 nights with daytrips to Jebel Shams & Jebel Akhdar and some smaller villages (Misfat Al Jabreen, Birkan Al Mauz, ...), drove to Wahiba Sands and spent a night in the desert, 140 kms desert crossing the next day, then to Raz Al Jinz (via Sur) for turtle watching at night, next day back to Muscat via Wadi Tiwi, Wadi Shab and Bimah Sinkhole. Then flight to Salalah.
Musandam is the northermost point of Oman!! Salalah is the southernmost point.
While the Musandam Peninsula was beautiful, it was not the most beautiful part of Oman for me.
It's all very personal.
Thanks everyone, for the excellent feedback. I will research the areas mentioned and work out a plan
Hi, Yes you must not miss the ‘Dhow’ building (wooden ship building) factory, a thrilling Dhow cruise, Fins Beach and fishing in the traditional city of Sur. You could easily cover these while staying at Sur Plaza Hotel located conveniently on the Muscat-Sur highway. I think they arrange these excursions upon request.