Oman is usually associated with a rich Arabian legacy, which finds reflection through majestic forts and museums. However, the destination also makes for an impressive place to satisfy your appetite for adventure. Take your pick from an array of thrilling activities such as mountain climbing, paragliding, camping, scuba diving and desert safaris. Each activity promises a different experience. We have picked a few of the most popular places for trying out adventurous activities.

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Tiwi Beach

Located at a distance of around 80kms from the capital city of Muscat, Tiwi Beach is more popular for its adventurous pursuits than its pristine settings. Clear azure waters make this beach an impressive spot to enjoy snorkelling in Oman. Don your snorkelling gear and dive into the waters to admire rays, groupers, batfish and sea snakes. Natural rock pools here allure swimmers in hordes. Besides snorkelling and swimming, camping is another activity to enjoy at Tiwi. For a peaceful camping experience, consider visiting the beach on weekdays to avoid the weekend crowds.

Six Senses Zighy Bay

This is one of the most unique hotels in Oman. Its uniqueness does not lie in its rooms or structure but in its check-in procedure. You have an option to check-in here by paragliding. Before admiring the spectacular scenery of the bay from your room, you get an opportunity to capture a fascinating view from the top. Apart from paragliding, the hotel also features activities like snorkelling as well as diving. This 5-star hotel is located at the northernmost tip of Arabia in Musandam Peninsula.

Musandam Peninsula

Musandam Peninsula is one of the most rugged regions in Oman. It is best explored on a 4×4 vehicle and most adventure seekers would love to add such an experience to their travel diaries. Take your pick from amongst half-day and full day tours to explore its rocky regions, mountain ledges and abandoned stone-house villages. These tours start from Khasab, a city near Mount Harim – the highest point in Musandam. The tranquil waters of the ravines and gorgeous beaches strike a stunningly beautiful contrast. There are several spots in this peninsula where you can take a closer look at the colourful marine life.

Wadi Shab

Oman is home to many wadis but Wadi Shab is perhaps the most popular one. This is one of those places in the Sultanate that portray an impressive blend of nature and adventure. On a road trip from Muscat to Wadi Shab, many take a halt at Bimah Sinkhole. The cobalt blue waters of this beguiling limestone sinkhole are sure to allure swimming aficionados. Another popular pit stop on this route is the fishing village of Quriyat. Wadi Shab offers a chance to hikers and trekkers to test their skills by climbing cliffs and boulders. Natural pools amidst the cliffs and stupendous waterfalls add a tinge of calmness to this adventure tour.

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