Oman couldn't be further removed from its somewhat ostentatious neighbour, the UAE. Having not seen the same extreme level of development it has retained its cultural integrity and charm, while its spectacular natural landscape is the jewel in its glittering holiday crown; towering mountain ranges; cavernous canyons; sleepy coastal stretches and burnt orange sand dunes. For an authentic Arabian experience, look no further.
Oman has some excellent and - relatively - unspoilt diving along long stretches of its coastline, and there are sure to be new dive sites discovered in the coming years. From Muscat, the best diving is around the Damaniyat Islands, just to the west of the capital. The islands are uninhabited, with a bird sanctuary and sea waters surrounding the islands, they are rich in sealife ranging from dolphins to turtles.
In Musandam (to the north and cut off from the rest of the country by the UAE), the Six Senses Hideaway Zighy Bay is the perfect base for exploration of some stunning diving, with the incredibly wide biodiversity of marine creatures. Some of the diving can be a bit more technical, thanks to strong currents, but this is still an ideal place for beginners and experts alike.
Oman diving offers a genuine alternative to the often overcrowded waters of the Red Sea and is just as easily accessible. The visibility may not be as good but the fish life and the fact that there is no-one for miles around more than makes up for it. And what better way to enjoy the land and waters of this fantastic country than by joining our private, tailor-made desert and diving safari.
To land, think spa treatments, snorkelling or peaceful dhow trips along the coast, or for something a little more active there are watersports, including excellent diving, while a Dive in Style exclusive private guided safari into the desert and along the coast takes in some of the best scenery that the country has to offer.
Despite the lack of the aforementioned over-development, the capital Muscat is a decidedly modern, elegant city, managing to strike the balance perfectly between ancient charm and contemporary sophitication.