Oman – Our 7 Day Road Trip

Our time in the Middle East was not over, as we hesitantly entered the country of Oman. After researching for weeks and finding very little traveller photos online, my thoughts were naturally, “are we wasting our time & money on exploring this part of the world with a possible outcome of not creating new and exciting content”. Boy was I so wrong!

It would not have been the trip it was without my fav people in the world Elliot & Jaxon. Took a little convincing, but the boys were finally on board and we had a crazy unforgettable week lying ahead of all of us. Just missing one piece of the Neverland puzzle, and that was Zac. If you don’t already follow these boys, you should! And right away!

Our one week route around Oman. You can click on the link below to find out more.

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One thing we discovered after weeks of research, was that the best way to explore Oman was in a 4X4 & to free camp every night. With that plan in mind, we very questionably signed off for a almost too perfect FWD in the Airport carpark, and set out to the beaches south of Muscat. Finding a spot to camp is surprisingly super easy along the coast line there, where we spent our first two nights right on the beach! From there we explored the Bimmah Sinkhole, Wadi Shab, and the local hospital. Yep, thats right, the hospital haha! After Jacko (and Elliot) charged it off the top of the Sinkhole and popped his shoulder out, we had to scout out the nearest hospital. 2 hours, and 3 hospitals later we found a doctor who could help put his shoulder back into place, and all was new and good again!

The Bimmah Sinkhole is an extraordinary natural phenomenon that you must not miss on your road trip through Oman. It is super easy to find and a great place to stop and take a dip in the extreme heat. And when I say extreme, I mean extreme! Quite possibly the hottest place I’ve ever been. One second out of the comfort of your air-conditioned car and you’ll be sweating in places you never have before haha!

After we got Jackos arm back into shape, we spent the rest of the afternoon exploring Wadi Shab, which is a short drive from Bimmah Sinkhole. With sweat in our eyes, and fear for Jackos arm popping out again, we set foot into what looked like Jurassic Park. Quick tip, try not visit on a Friday or Saturday because locals seem to flock here – and if you are a woman there is a high possibility you will get vigorously stared at, even unexpected photos taken of if you when your not looking. My only negative experience in Oman was this day! Apart from that, I absolutely LOVED the landscape and the aesthetic of it all! An incredible tropical oasis lined with palm trees and turquoise water. Make sure to follow the canyon the whole way down to the hidden cave and waterfall. Incredible!

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Grand Mosque in Muscat

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Don’t be afraid of the tiny biting fishies! They are natures living exfoliant. Once you get used to the feeling you’ll enjoy it πŸ™‚

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This is the moment right before Jacko (right) Popped his shoulder out! We didn’t get any photos from below unfortunately we had to take dear care of the poor boy. Was in a bit of pain πŸ™

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Our little boat ride upon arrival. Everyone has to take on to get to the starting point πŸ™‚

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@tygerlyons !! Also the men you see in the corner are the ones that were taking photos of me πŸ™

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I wanted to jump but decided not to get into my bikinis

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When there was no one around and we took a tip in this little oasis

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Local men cooking up a storm! They invited us to join but most of us are veggies or vegan hehe

After spending the night on the coast again, we took off early in search for the next Wadi! A few hours inland, and we reached another amazing Wadi called Wadi Bani Khalid. We visited on a Sunday, which seemed much quieter than a Friday or Saturday, and for that reason I enjoyed my time here a little more here. This gem possesses some seriously blue water holes! I just remember giggling so hard as I let all the little exfoliating fishies gently nibble away at my tootsies. I think there must have been a hundred on me at once! So much fun!

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En Route to Wadi Bani Kahlid we stopped so many times to get snaps! haha

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Sending it for the boysss

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A huge thank you to the boys for helping Kyle and I get some incredible shots together!

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Tough life

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“quick Elliot can you get a couple shot of us”

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A photo that got a lot of attention on my Instagram! Funny how two of my most liked images have been taken by a go pro haha! This was taken at the same spot as the above photo, just a different perspective.

I’m half way through writing this post, and I’m getting all emotional thinking of how much fun we actually had! An unexplainable amount of laughs and mishaps along the way. All making it that much more memorable!

After our skin had turned white and wrinkly from swimming for too long, we packed up and headed straight for the desert for a night. Away from all civilisation; just us, and the milky way (oh and the full moon that decided to rise as we were taking long exposure shots! haha way to ruin the shot moon!). Wahiba Sands is small desert a couple hours south from the Wadi where you can adventure into on your own (in a 4WD of course) and set up for the night anywhere you dam well pleased. As I said before, a few mishaps along the way, including getting seriously bogged in the middle of desert with NOBODY around!! After spending faaaar too long playing with some stray camels we passed along the way, we got a little too excited and went guns blazing into the dunes. Im guessing you can picture what happened next right? HAHAHA still makes me lol to this day! Our wheels were almost completely buried in the sand, and we spent the next hour or so trying to dig our way out of it! With almost completely missing sunset, Jacko did the unimaginable and got us FREEEE from the extremely dangerous situation we had stupidly got ourselves into. After that we all made a fire, cooked dinner, told ghost stories and fell asleep under the stars.

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They were all so calm and happy to have us around

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Camel tamer himself @tygerlyons

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Mid desert run

 

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Rock bottom

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Race ya!

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The most AMAZING sunrise!

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Haven’t Β taken a long exposure in a LONG time haha! Need to get my skills a little better

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One of my FAV photos from the trip! Taken by @tygerlyons

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Our next stop off on the map was Nizwa to check out some of the fairytale castles and forts. We spent a couple of hours within the castle walls of Nizwa Fort, which is apparently one of the biggest tourist attractions in Oman. This really took me by surprise as we were literally the only ones in there! Just goes to show how little tourists actually visit Oman, which is beyond bizarre at it is so beautiful. In saying this, I hope that my images have inspired you all to add it to your bucket list of travel destinations. Which so many of you have messaged me saying you already have! YAY.

That night we planned to take a scenic sunset drive up in the mountains eventually setting up camp in an epic spot. BUT somehow we managed to kook it again by driving ourselves an hour in the wrong direction haha! By this stage we were exhausted, hadn’t taken a proper shower in a few days & were running out of options on where to stay for the night. Kyle and I called it quits on our dream of free camping every night, and booked a stay at a hotel. Not to worry though as Elliot and Jacko kept the dream alive by setting up camp in a pretty epic location! Check out our sunrise photos we shot below..

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Felt like an actual princess running around her castle

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Just outside the fort lays a little pottery store. It was so cute!

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Ma boyssss

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Jabal Akdhar is the name of the mountain range πŸ™‚

When I thought this country could in no way surprise me anymore, we spent our last day island hopping in what felt like Greece, or the Maldives. Certainly not 30 mins off shore to a hot desert land! These little clusters of paradise are called the Dayminiyat Islands, and are just off the coast of Muscat. Here you can explore tiny white sand beaches, swim in some of the seas most crystallised blue waters, and snorkel alongside some impeccable sea life. We were lucky enough to see a few sea turtles and stingrays. Apparently some days you can even swim with whale sharks! I know right! My mind was blown when a lady on our boat told us she had swam with a pod of 30 only a week beforehand!

If you are only doing a short trip in Oman, I recommend you do not miss this day trip off your list, especially when its so accessible from the capital city. You can book trips throughΒ http://www.daymaniat-shells.comΒ for a very reasonable price. We paid $70 for a half day snorkelling trip; which included all your snorkel gear, fruit and drinks.

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Could sit here for a lifetime

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I can not believe we questioned our decision to explore this incredible country! I am dying to go back and visit the south in Salalah and even the far far North where there are Fjords! Who, after reading this, has now added it to one of their bucket list destinations? Let me know in the comments! For anyone who comments I am giving you guys a little surprise.. For those who have read all the way to here!

Thank you for the constant love and support. I could not be traveling to places like these without my amazing followers <3

 

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70 Comments

  1. Emma

    December 5, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Your pictures are just as amazing as usual ! LOVE IT !

    1. haylsaway

      December 5, 2017 at 10:55 am

      Thanks girl!! what is your email address so I can send you a little gift for commenting xx

  2. Jenny

    December 5, 2017 at 10:27 am

    I’ve been to Salalah last year and it was amazing!! I really want to go to Muscat next year! Your pictures are so wonderful, that I want to go there right now πŸ™‚
    You really have to go to Salalah too, such a beautiful place on earth! Couldn’t believe why I hesitated to go there – the people are so lovely, nature is amazing, … We slept in the desert too! Such an amazing experience!
    Thank you for sharing your story!

    1. haylsaway

      December 5, 2017 at 10:46 am

      It is sooo beautiful !! t hank you for the comment πŸ™‚ Please let me know your email address and ill send you a little surprise gift πŸ™‚

  3. Julie

    December 5, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Oman has been on my list since a while now and as you write it, it’s not really easy to find traveller’s experiences online.
    So, THANK YOU for going to places not everybody has been to, it’s really refreshing πŸ™‚

  4. jsiml

    December 5, 2017 at 11:46 am

    I REALLY need to add this on my buckett list β™₯β™₯ Love all of your pics but this travel diary is extremely inspiring – need to check flights from Munich soon πŸ˜‰ what time of the year you would recommend to go there? Love, Julia

    ps – my e-mail is: jsiml@httgroup.eu
    my insta: coupleoflife

    All the best from Munich πŸ˜‰

  5. Kim

    December 5, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Amazing post.
    So it’s definitely a safe place to travel around?
    X

  6. Sydney

    December 5, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Wow this is amazing!! I’m headed to Oman in December and this post is so helpful to me. Looks like you had a great time πŸ™‚

    1. haylsaway

      December 6, 2017 at 5:39 am

      Yay enjoy lovely! What is your email so I can send you a little gift for commenting πŸ™‚

  7. Magali Rode

    December 5, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Amazing article, and crazy pictures. I’m going to oman with friends on May, and your article is so helpful to organise the trip. I’ve just added the boat trip close to muscat thanks to you. And as always, your pictures are so beautiful and inspiring. Thanks again !

    1. haylsaway

      December 6, 2017 at 5:37 am

      Yay!! hope you enjoy it πŸ™‚

    2. haylsaway

      December 6, 2017 at 5:38 am

      What is your email? I have a little gift for anyone who commented on this post yesterday πŸ™‚

      1. Franziska

        December 6, 2017 at 7:39 am

        franziskaheeg@gmx.de

        Thank you! πŸ’•

      2. Magali Rode

        December 6, 2017 at 7:42 am

        magali.rode@outlook.com Can’t wait !! 😍😍

  8. Franziska

    December 5, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    I was for 2 week’s in oman. First in muscat and then in salalah. In muscat we was in the bimmah sinkhole and wadi shab too! so awesome there! after one week we was flying from muscat to salalah and I can only recommend when you was not in salalah! We rented a car and drove to al mughsail it’s a province in dohfar. The beaches there are awesome and so white! Like the bahamas πŸ˜„! And when you are in salalah city, go to the souk! They have the best frankincense! Finally, I would like to say that I never thought that the oman is so beautiful! I think he is much nicer than Dubai or Abu Dhabi. Oh and I love love love your photos from your trip!

    1. haylsaway

      December 6, 2017 at 5:37 am

      Oh I can’t wait to visit Salalah! Thank you for reading πŸ™‚ what is your email address so I can send you a little gift?

  9. Stef

    December 5, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Really helpful blog thanks, we are off to Oman for a road trip and camping on Saturday. Keen to know what you ate, cooked or purchased to eat during your camping evenings?

    Thanks

    1. haylsaway

      December 6, 2017 at 3:14 am

      Hey Stef! Thanks for reading. Oh how exciting you will love Oman! We went a CarreFour in Muscat and bought things like, pasta, tinned tomatoes, pita bread, tinned hummus (best!), fruit etc. We bought a little gas cooker but make sure you buy a couple gas bottles cause ours ran out the first night. Thats if you don’t want to cook on a fire!
      We mainly cooked pasta dishes, or curries. Anything you can mostly cook up without cold condiments. Hope this helps and enjoy your trip!

      Also what is your email address cause I’m giving a little gift to anyone who commented on my post πŸ™‚

  10. Georgie

    December 5, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Seriously jack and I are going here, this sounds ridiculously amazing!! Thanks for the inspo ❀️

    1. haylsaway

      December 6, 2017 at 3:08 am

      Yes girl!! What is your email address πŸ™‚ <3

  11. Les Petits Pas de Juls

    December 5, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    Sensational!
    Will be reapeating what everyone already said but your pics always are absolutely enticing! Thans for the tour and showing us a little piece of paradise that remains off the radar..

    Will add it to my own wish list too!
    Happy travels to unexpected places!

    Jul’
    (julieusafr@gmail.com)

    1. haylsaway

      December 7, 2017 at 12:35 am

      Thanks lovely ! Will send you an email today sometime xx

      1. Les Petits Pas de Juls

        December 7, 2017 at 2:34 pm

        πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜† Enjoy the road! Xoxo

  12. Ritva

    December 6, 2017 at 5:25 am

    Thanks for this post. We’re right now in beautiful Oman. Lovely pics!

    1. haylsaway

      December 6, 2017 at 5:37 am

      Amazing! enjoy guys! Also because you commented on my post what is your email so I can send you a little gift πŸ™‚

  13. Freyja

    December 6, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Your pictures are incredible!! Definitely adding Oman to the list 😍

    1. haylsaway

      December 7, 2017 at 12:28 am

      Yay go girl!!

    2. haylsaway

      December 7, 2017 at 1:32 am

      what is your email lovely?

  14. SBakkali

    December 6, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Your photos are amazing! Currently im at my office job and your photos are inspiring me to travel again! Keep rocking. looking forward to see more of your photos and blogs!!

    1. haylsaway

      December 7, 2017 at 12:29 am

      Thank you!!! x

    2. haylsaway

      December 7, 2017 at 12:31 am

      Aww that makes me so happy! Glad I can bring you inspiration xxx

    3. haylsaway

      December 7, 2017 at 1:32 am

      what is your email? xx

      1. Sbakkali@live.nl

        December 7, 2017 at 8:44 am

        sbakkali@live.nl

        Yeah! Keep making that magic!

  15. Jennifer Pfister

    December 6, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    I waited for this post so looong, because we are currently planning our trip to oman and I think after this post I am ready to book a flight to Oman end of December. I can’t wait to explore this country. Thank you for the great information. aaand your photos are just perfect!!!

    1. haylsaway

      December 7, 2017 at 12:32 am

      Yay so glad you are going!!

      1. haylsaway

        December 7, 2017 at 1:31 am

        what is your email lovely?

      2. Jenny

        December 7, 2017 at 8:56 am

        Yeees, canβ€˜t wait!!!
        My email is:
        jenny_pfister@hotmail.com

  16. samfiftysomething

    December 6, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Amazing post and photos. Not somewhere I would’ve thought of going, but sounds and looks just beautiful!!

    1. haylsaway

      December 7, 2017 at 12:42 am

      Thank you πŸ™‚ Please send through your email so I can send a little gift your way for commenting

  17. kate

    December 10, 2017 at 3:29 am

    Really enjoy your blogs and photos! Very inspiring! I will add Oman on my bucket list because of you so thanks πŸ™‚

    1. haylsaway

      December 10, 2017 at 7:46 pm

      Yay! Thanks for reading πŸ˜πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

  18. Cass Ellis

    December 10, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Oh my gosh Hayley, this is so incredible I’d never heard much about Oman and I am definitely adding it to my bucket list xx

    1. haylsaway

      December 10, 2017 at 7:46 pm

      Yay amazing girl! Thanks for reading. X

  19. Kayla dunjey

    December 18, 2017 at 3:08 am

    You’ve seriously got the best photos hey! So envious. Keep up the awesome work πŸ™‚

    1. haylsaway

      December 20, 2017 at 2:59 am

      Thanks girl!! X

  20. Kristin A

    December 25, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Definitely inspired to go here! Thank you for sharing! Amazing!

    1. haylsaway

      December 25, 2017 at 10:34 pm

      Thanks lovely!!

  21. Lauren

    December 29, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    So pumped I came across your post! I follow you on insta and had bookmarked one of your Oman pics. I am traveling here just for a few days and already wishing I could extend my time!!

    1. haylsaway

      January 3, 2018 at 6:57 am

      amazing! where did you visit?

  22. Chelsea

    January 26, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    Insane! We’re just planning Oman now and are in love with free camping. Did you bring your own gear or get it there?

    1. haylsaway

      January 29, 2018 at 2:47 am

      We bought it all there πŸ™‚

  23. Kristen

    March 4, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Love love love this! Oman is my top destination this year and so helpful reading this bc I don’t know anyone who has been!

    1. haylsaway

      March 4, 2018 at 12:39 pm

      So glad I can help!!

  24. Carlos

    March 4, 2018 at 9:38 am

    WOW! I am going to Oman in a week and still haven’t decided my road trip but now I think the islands will be on my list! I wish I could follow your itinerary but travelling solo, a 4WD is out of my budget so I think I will rent the cheapest sedan. Anyway great post and thanks for sharing.

    1. haylsaway

      March 4, 2018 at 9:54 am

      Yay how exciting!! You will have the best time !! Good luck πŸ’™πŸ’™

  25. Ayat

    March 4, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    I live in Oman right now and there’s still wayyy more to see. Hope that you’ll come back soon πŸ™‚

    1. haylsaway

      March 4, 2018 at 12:39 pm

      Yes I want to visit the south so bad 😍

  26. Kaarin

    March 5, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Wasn’t somewhere I had looked into at all but it’s just hit the top of my list! Thanks! Any thoughts on solo female there? Only setback could be finding someone to come along!

    1. haylsaway

      March 26, 2018 at 1:18 am

      oh solo female travels there could be a little daunting! I would go with someone πŸ™‚

  27. Kate

    March 10, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    I went to Oman back in 2010 when I was 21 years old and it is still the most incredible place I have ever been! This has inspired me to go back

    1. haylsaway

      March 26, 2018 at 1:18 am

      Yay thank you !

  28. Dreamer Achiever

    March 13, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Oh wow! Your photos are stunning. This really looks like a wonderful trip. I love those turquoise waters, smiles and beautiful colors of the desert. ❀️

  29. Polly W

    March 14, 2018 at 11:24 am

    It was great to see and read about a lesser known part of the world, and your photos are gorgeous! I would
    Love to go to Oman. Did you find you had to bring modest clothing for any time you were in public (aka not in the deserted areas)? I would imagine that’s something to consider. Did you interact much with locals?

    1. haylsaway

      March 26, 2018 at 1:17 am

      Thanks for reading! when we were in the desert areas it wasn’t so strict! Well when there is no one around haha! But if you are around people you need to cover up πŸ™‚ we did talk to loads of locals! They are super nice πŸ™‚

  30. The Peruvian Traveller

    April 7, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    I loove a lot to see how you travel and adventure to new and different places where you wont see hundreds of tourists. Its so inspiring to see you exploring deeper into a country!! ❀❀

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