The Most Underrated Places to Visit in Oman

Péninsule de Musandam
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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
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