History and culture suffuse Oman, but don't let that put you off as a family destination. Visit temples that glisten in the sun and glorious mosques that offer a sanctuary from the heat of the desert. Roam dimly-lit souqs in Muscat, packed floor-to-ceiling with colourful traditional dress and ancient treasures, and find a whole new level to your taste buds when you try local cuisine. A fascinating glimpse of traditional Arabia is part of the deal during an Oman family holiday - children will never realise how much they’re learning. A land of dramatic deserts complete with silky-sand-dunes, spectacular
craggy mountains and palm-lined beaches all begging to be explored. This is the place for amazing adventures - try camel trekking, dolphin spotting, mountain biking and wild camping. The beaches on the shores of the Gulf of Oman will surround you in natural beauty and offer the chance to watch sea turtles and dolphins without the crowds. Head inland to Wahiba Sands, spend the night in a Bedouin camp and learn about nomadic culture while you stargaze to your heart’s content.
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What are the best options for an Oman family holiday?
Oman is a truly fantastic family holiday destination. While, it may not be the first place to spring to mind when thinking about family travel, it certainly deserves to be. Starting off with the beach part of Oman, enjoy dolphin and whale-watching trips, water sports galore or simply make the most of the long stretches of sandy beaches.
After a few days by the sea, get a change of scene on the family holiday by going on a privately guided 4x4 safari into the interior, taking in beautiful mountain panoramas, oasis villages and fantastic medieval forts that look just how forts should. Driving on to the desert known as the Wahiba Sands, your family can ride camels across the dunes and spend the night at a Bedouin tented camp.
After a sleep-out under the stars, head back towards the coast of Oman via wadis where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in natural freshwater pools. Heading back to the coast, you can take a boat trip on a traditional dhow, go snorkelling off deserted beaches and, at certain times of year, watch turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs or new hatchlings making their way down to the surf by moonlight.
Not bad, Sinbad. An Oman family holiday ticks all the boxes.
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