Traveling in Oman with kids

There is no ‘are we nearly there yet?’ in Oman. These dramatic desert landscapes just feel as if they go on forever.
You will want some seriously good music to accompany you when traveling in Oman with kids. Big, Blonde and Beautiful would be good for starters because this sums up what Oman is all about. Big landscapes, blonde sands and just sheer wild beauty everywhere. Then there is Live Forever by Oasis, because Oman’s landscapes, whether you are wadi wading or dune boarding, make you feel alive. And, well, they are called Oasis. And for parents of a certain generation, you have to put a copy of U2’s The Joshua Tree on the MP3 for that ‘let rip in the wilderness’ feeling – in a land where the streets have no name.

Activities for families in Oman

Turtle watching

Ras Al Jinz is a fishing village in the Ras AI Hadd Turtle Reserve where endangered green sea turtles return every year to lay their eggs. Visit June to Oct to see nature’s answer to real beach beauties. Masirah Island, the shores of Dhofar, and the Daymaniyat Islands are also chosen turtle spots. Visit with an expert ranger and remember not to touch and to be very quiet.

Dolphins & dhows

One of the best things to do in Oman with kids is to explore the little known Musandam Peninsula by dhow, a traditional Omani fishing boat. Discover these Arabian fjordlands, sleep under the stars at night, snorkel by day and visit traditional fisherman's villages, accessible only by boat. Keep an eye out for dolphins; they are never far.

Water fun

It’s like a child’s dream, jumping into a wadi full of water. Clamber on boulders, swim through caves and seek out secret waterfalls. Both Wadi Arbaeen and Wadi Shab are lined with aquatic surprises. Or check out Bimah sinkhole which, according to legend, was made by a bit of the moon falling off. You’d certainly be a lunatic not to test its beautiful waters.

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Tips for families in Oman

Liz Pepperell, Managing Director of our supplier Odyssey World, has lived in Oman with her children. She shares her advice on traveling in Oman with kids: “It is great traveling in Oman with kids. But to see Oman properly you want to do it with a driver and 4x4, so that you can go to places you wouldn’t otherwise find, such as small villages off the beaten track. We have six-seater luxury Land Cruiser vehicles now which is just perfect for families, as an ordinary 4x4 is not really big enough, especially with everyone bumping around in the back when you go wadi bashing. And then you can end the day at a wadi pool somewhere if scenery and forts are not so interesting for children. If families are very adventurous we can organise a couple of nights’ wild camping and a camel trek for them in the desert, too.”
Nigel Fisher, Director at our supplier Wild Frontiers, discusses visiting Oman with kids:
“Be prepared for long drives and, of course, the heat. Also, don’t do too much, and just focus on the north. Maybe do an eight-day circuit with a couple of days on the beach in Muscat at the end.”
Written by Catherine Mack
Photo credits: [Page banner: Marc Veraart] [Top box – Wahiba Sands: Juozas Salna] [Turtle watching: Oman Ministry of Tourism] [Liz Pepperell quote: Fabio Achilli]