Oman family vacation, private departure

“Tailor made 14 day family vacation with a private driver guide, staying in an eclectic eastern mix of accommodation. With promises of adventure throughout.”


Muscat | Grand Mosque | Bait Al Zubair Museum | Nakhl | Rustaq fort | Wakan Village | Wadi Abyadh | Wadi Bani Auf | Jebel Al Akhdar mountains | Wahiba Sands | Night in Bedouin desert camp | Masirah Island | Ras al Jinz | Sur | Finís beach | Bimah Sinkhole | Wadi Arbayeen

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
It is tailor made, but donít pack too much in. Enjoy the sunsets and sunrises, and stay put for a day or two.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Family villa, 5* hotel and one night in desert camp.
Price for family of four includes transfers, accommodation, driver guide.
Some meals included. Basic lunch in local restaurant £5. Top notch from £30.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Oman family vacation, private departure


This tour takes you to Masirah Island off the southeast coast of Oman with miles of isolated sandy beaches and known for its wildlife. The resort hosts the Masirah Wildlife Museum which is also home to all four of Omanís nesting species of Turtles and is world famous as the home of the largest population of Loggerhead Turtles as well as over 328 species of birds and a vast collection of exotic sea shells.
You will also stay at The Turtle Island Resort near Ras Al Jinz beach which is one of the largest nesting areas for green turtles in the Indian Ocean. An average of 30,000 turtles nest at this beach. The Ras Al-Jinz Turtle and Nature Reserve was established in 1996 to better protect Omanís Sea turtles and their natural environment. Clients are encouraged to donate to the research centre.

The total protected area is 120km with a 45km of coastline, extending for 1km into the sea. The Ras Al-Jinz scientific visitorís centre offers a unique Eco-tourism experience, an unparalleled encounter with sea turtles, and promotes social responsibility. It houses a research library and research facilities for marine biology and archaeology promoting social responsibility and sound environmental practices.

Access to the beach is controlled by the authorities to protect the turtles.


Your guide for the tour is a local Omani National and will be with you for the duration of your time out on your 4WD adventure, able to share with you their local knowledge of their history, culture, customs and lifestyle. Often the guides have strong links with the local Bedouin people, with whom they interact on a regular basis or have associations with the local tribes.

The aim of this being to offer you a genuine contact and experience of the destination to feel the essence of the culture and history, so you come back with enjoyable memories and appreciation that you and your kids will treasure. It also benefits the local people to get a better cross cultural understanding between the local culture and visitor so that tourism can impact in a positive way.

This tour will give you and your family an exciting encounter with the lives of the mountain village people, the Bedouin tribes of the desert and the fishing people of Sur and experience of traditional Omani activities.

This trip visits several local communities in the Wahiba Sands Desert allowing clients to purchase handicrafts made by the locals. Any money from the sale of the handicrafts helps the local Bedouins to support their families. Local Bedouin guides are hired to explain their way of life to clients on parts of this tour. This enables them to earn a regular living from the visiting tourists.

The Wahiba desert camp, 1000 Nights Camp, is locally owned and employs local people to help run the camp, provide local food and traditional entertainment supporting the local community. There is no electricity at the camp with no light pollution or sound pollution as the camp uses natural resources to blend in with the environment. All waste from the campsites is taken away and recycled. There is no evidence left of any travelers staying in the desert.

Reviews of Oman family vacation, private departure

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 07 Nov 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

There were many memorable bits. Watching the turtles return to sea while the sun was rising, sledging down the dunes with my children, swimming in the Wadi's. Not sure I can choose only one.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Don't try and squeeze too much into it. There are some lovely hotels and locations but we often found ourselves arriving just at or after sunset and leaving early the next morning.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We were aware of the conservation side of things but not really of supporting local people. Maybe more could be done to educate us.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Fantastic. We all enjoyed it from age 8 - 52. Lots to do. The driving was not too much and there was great variety. Food was generally good too.

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