Replete with striking panoramas and captivating history, The Sultanate of Oman presents its visitors the best of wind-sculpted deserts, unending shores, colossal forts and beguiling hill towns, among other unique experiences. From interacting with the friendly locals to sampling some of the finest dates, there are endless activities to partake in.

Here are our top picks of popular and atypical things to do when in Oman.

Visit Masirah Island
A deserted isle off the southeast coast of Oman, Masirah Island looks as though it has been lost in time. With wrecked ships, abandoned boats and a sparse population, landing up here feels as if you have reached the middle of nowhere. It’s the ideal location for a peaceful break as there is an abundance of solitude and stunning sights.

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Trek through Wadi Ghul and Jebel Akhdar
Wadi Ghul, Arabia’s answer to the Grand Canyon, and Jebel Akhdar (Arabic for ‘green mountain') are two of Oman’s most iconic natural landmarks. Making your way up the paths can be fairly challenging but the views along the way more than makes up for any difficulties.

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Spend a night at the Sharqiya Sands
A desert with a shore, the Sharqiya or Wahiba Sands is a one-of-a-kind region. Stretching all the way up to the Arabian Sea, the dunes are visited by huge populations of migratory birds and is home to a large variety of flora and fauna. Camping at this paradoxical area with the local Bedouin tribes is a truly remarkable experience.

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Explore Nizwa
Surrounded by some of Oman’s tallest mountains and home to a 17 th century fort, the historic city of Nizwa is known for its ruins and its souk. The country’s highest peak at 3075 meters, Jebel Shams, is a short distance away from the city and a trek there makes for a scenic excursion.

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Whale watching in Dhofar
Home to a number of species of whales, the waters of Oman are a treat for couples who share a love for marine life. Depending on the season, Bryde's whales, humpback, cuvier's beaked, pygmy killer whales, killer whales, melon-headed whales and even the largest of the species, the blue whale, can be spotted here.

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Dive into Bimmah Sinkhole
Arguably one of the most mesmerizing natural swimming areas in the world, the Bimmah Sinkhole is a soothing sight in the middle of Oman’s arid landscape. Take a dip in the cool turquoise waters and float away into a state of bliss.

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Wander through the ancient town of Ibra
One of Oman’s most prominent cities during the country’s colonial period, Ibra gives visitors a glimpse into its rich past through the town’s old quarters. Walking through its pathways is not only a great way to discover historic sites but also bring home some interesting curios from the colorful Ibra Souk.

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Spend a day relaxing at Wadi Bani Khalid
Wadi Bani Khalid’s spellbinding natural beauty has made it a popular tourist spot. The lush oasis is surrounded by plantations and villages. There are deep pools that welcome visitors for a swim. The Moqal Cave is a popular attraction in the region.

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Bird Watching in Yiti
Imagine listening to the sound of the waves as the cool sea breeze lulls you to sleep? Camping at the beach in the small town of Yiti comes with an added advantage for bird watchers who will see a number of exotic species making their way to the shore in the morning to greet them.

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Camping amidst the Sugar Dunes of Al Khaluf
A place of otherworldly beauty, Al Khaluf may be a desert but it is one that is very different from most others you may have laid your eyes upon. A rolling landscape of pristine white sands and arresting views, this place is perfect for off-road adventures.

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Visit the secret Bilad Sayt
Tucked away in the Hajjar Mountains, Bilad Sayt is a village filled with date palms and terraced fields. Its beauty is perfect for rendering on a picture postcard. A countryside that does not see as many tourists, this location is a truly a hidden gem.

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