Top ChoiceMarine Reserve in Bandar Jissah

Bandar Khayran

Beyond Mutrah, the headland close to Muscat shatters into a series of khors (inlets) and bandars (natural harbours), the most extensive of which is Bandar Khayran. It’s possible to reach the bandar from the...

Top ChoiceDam in Mazara

Wadi Dayqah Dam

Looming over the village of Mazara and holding back a permanent body of water, the enormous Wadi Dayqah dam is the largest in Oman. A road winds up to the reservoir, the edges of which have been pleasantly...

Top ChoiceWaterfront in Seeb

Seeb Corniche

This 2km corniche, to the west of Seeb, has a landscaped area for walking, enjoying sea views, sniffing drying sardines and watching the fishermen mending nets while footballers compete for a pitch on the sand....

Top ChoiceMarket in Seeb

Old Souq

Between the main road and the sea, this traditional souq is housed under some makeshift awnings in a sandy-coloured complex of buildings just off the corniche, and is a fun place to explore. Selling camel ropes...

Beach in Jebel Seifa

Bank Beach Club

Occupying a breezy spot on the edge of the Jebel Seifa complex, independent of the neighbouring hotel, this stylish beach club boasts a palm-shaded infinity pool (open 9am to 8pm) and access to a sandy beach. At...

Market in Seeb

Seeb Souq

One place to get a feel for local Omani culture is on the main one-way road that runs in an ellipse through the heart of Seeb. Wadi Bahayis St is flanked by the gold souq, with its windows of bangles and bridal...

Bay in Bandar Jissah

Yiti

Yiti boasts a beautiful, sandy beach surrounded by craggy mountain scenery that makes an attractive spot for a swim or picnic. The beach is at the end of a large, muddy inlet that is regularly picked over by...

Natural Feature in Bandar Jissah

Wadi Mayh

For a taste of a typical Omani wadi within an afternoon’s drive of Muscat, look no further than Wadi Mayh. With towering limestone cliffs forming a canyon, sand-coloured villages, back-garden date plantations,...

Natural Feature in Mazara

Wadi Arbeieen

High above the coast, in the wrinkled folds of the Eastern Hajar Mountains, a combination of spring and rain water collects in deep pools along the length of Wadi Arbeieen. The area is accessible (from Hwy 17) by...

Natural Feature in Bandar Jissah

Sea Arch

Created by rough seas working against the sandstone, this sea arch at the end of the Bandar Jissah headland is a famous landmark of this coast. Fishermen in speedboats from Qantab village make it a point to...

Park in Qurayat

Al Khobaar Lake Resort

'Resort' is a misnomer for Al Khobaar as there's no hotel or any other facility here warranting that description. For some this may mean it's of limited interest, but for others, it makes it heaven. There's the...

Beach in Jebel Seifa

Seifa Beach

A beautiful bay east of the Jebel Seifa complex stretches into the distance. In the cooler months it's a lovely place for an easy stroll or a picnic, and it's often possible to spot shoals of sardines out to sea....

Viewpoint in Bandar Jissah

Bandar Jissah Viewpoint

This viewpoint (yet to be properly developed) on the road between Al Bustan and Bandar Jissah offers a fine panoramic vista of the chocolate-coloured mountains that distinguish the area. Comprised of ophiolite,...

Fort in Qurayat

Fort

This stout building, beside Qurayat's main vegetable and meat souq, looms unexpectedly into view alongside the narrow main road through town. Recently restored, this 19th-century fort is typical of Oman's coastal...

Ruins in Mazara

Mazara Fort

There's not much left of the fortified ruins that crest the knoll in the middle of Mazara, but this doesn't spoil their appeal as the subject of a striking scene. With the wadi in the foreground and the...

Park in Qurayat

Qurayat Lake Park

This large and attractive park on the edge of Qurayat, with an island in the middle of a small lake, makes a pleasant place to stroll and watch local garden birds flit about for insects. Egrets, bitterns and...

Tower in Qurayat

Watchtower

This unique triangular watchtower, built in the 19th century and overlooking the corniche, is accessed by a causeway at low tide. The sandy beach to the east of the tower extends for many kilometres, interspersed...