Note: Travel to any
destination may be adversely affected by conditions including (but not limited)
to security, entry and exit requirements, health conditions, local laws and
culture, natural disasters and climate. Regardless of your destination,
check your local travel advisory board or department for travel advice
about that location when planning your trip and again shortly before you leave.
What to Eat:
The favorite local meal is Shewa, which is rice and slow-cooked lamb. There are also numerous restaurants to choose from in the capital, where you can get everything from sushi to curries.
What to Drink:
Omanis love to relax and hang out for a coffee on the beach before the sun sets. There are local pubs so having a cold beer at the end of the day is also common. Fresh juices and soft drinks are also available all over.
Outdoor activities like trekking and camping are very common and, with an abundance of Wadis and mountains, it’s hard to choose where to go. Some of the more famous are Wadi Shab and Snake Canyon. Desert crossings in off road vehicles are also worth adding a day or two to your trip.
Customs and Culture:
Oman is a conservative society and visitors should respect local customs and dress modestly. Cover the upper arms and legs attention while in public areas. You should also respect religious customs, like those during Ramadan, when eating, drinking and smoking during daylight hours is prohibited by the Muslim culture.
Electricity and Internet:
240 Volts/50 Hertz, Type G (3 pin, BS 1363); Internet common in hotels and tourist areas.
Drink the water?
Only drink bottled water.
Arabic is the official language, but English is widely spoken.
When to go:
All year. The warmest water is in summer from June to August.
When to Get the Best Deals:
From June – September.
What to Pack:
For diving, you'll want to pack a 3/2 mm wet suit in the summer and a 5-7 mm wet suit in winter with (along with a hood and gloves). When out of the water, you'll want sunscreen, comfortable shoes that can get wet for hiking, long-sleeved lightweight shirts, long trousers and a light jacket for cool winter nights and a small medical kit if you're traveling away from tourist areas.
22-24° C/72-75° F in winter and 25-28 °C/77-82° F in summer.
20° C/68° F in winter and 45° C/113° F in summer.
Omani Rials (OMR): Credit cards are widely accepted.
Valid passport; check with local immigration office for visa requirements.
Included in your airfare.