The Most Underrated Places to Visit in Oman

Péninsule de Musandam
Péninsule de Musandam | © Panoramas/Flickr
Gehad Medhat

Oman is a land of heritage, history and ancient culture, as well as mountains, green wadis and natural beauty. However, there’s more to Oman than the famous attractions that most people know about. For a unique full experience in Oman, here are the most underrated places that must be included in a visit.

Wakan Village

Starting at Al Hajar Mountains, but this time we will not talk about Jebel Al Akhdar or Jebel Shams, but a small unique village in the famous mountain area. The Wakan Village is a tiny mountain village located around 2,000 km (1242.7 miles) above the sea level. It is part of South Al Batinah Governorate in northern Oman. It is surrounded by beautiful terraced gardens and has marvelous views over several valleys and mountains. Through its mountains and rocky formations, the Wakan Village offers lots of great hiking tracks.

Wakan By: Juozas Salna

The Lost City of Ubar

Shisr (Ubar)

Masirah Island

Masirah Island is the largest island in Oman. It is located in the eastern coast of Oman, and consists of several villages, more importantly; Ras Al Hilf Village, which has a group of abandoned ships that are worth watching. The island is full of interesting geographical natural spots like: Jabal Madrub, which is a 256 m (0.16 miles), Ras Abu Rasas and Jabal Suwayr, which is also known as Jabal Al Hilm. All of which might not be significant in size, but they have unique rocky formations.

Masirah Island By: Marlon Cureg

Musandam Peninsula

Musandam is the northern governorate in Oman. It is kind of separated from the rest of Oman by a small part of UAE. Musandam is surrounded by two gulfs from three directions; the Arabian Gulf and Oman Gulf. Its coastline is famous for its unique khors, which means fjord-like inlets in Arabic. Musandam waters are home for dolphins and other special sea creatures.

Hiking in Musandam By: Rober Haandrikman

Bilad Sayt

Bilad Says is a rocky mountain village located in the northeastern side of Al Hajar Mountain area. Visitors have to use 4-wheel cars to enter the village, which is located near Jebel Shams, the highest peak of Oman. The village is surrounded by Wadi Al Sahtan, Wadi Bani Awf and Al Hamra. It also lies in the heart of several mountains and lots of palm trees, while a falaj runs through it carrying water around the village.

Mountain road from Nizwa to Wadi Bani Awf – Bilad Sayt By: Andries3

Ruins of Tanuf

Tanuf is a small village located almost in the middle of two famous cities in Al Dakhliya Governorate: Nizwa and Bahla. It is known to be the village where lots of the brands of Omani bottles water come from, which include; Tanuf, Salsabel and Jabal Al Akhdar. Beside its pure water, Tanuf has some historical ruins of its ancient lost city, that was abandoned during the famous wars of Jabal Al Akhdar in 1950. A walk through Tanuf is a unique walk between history, architectural beauty and nature.

Wadi Tanuf By: Francisco Anzola
landscape with balloons floating in the air


Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.

Winter Sale Offers on Our Trips

Incredible Savings

Edit article