Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Cruises in Oman

Surrounded by endless deserts, astounding mountains, and beautiful coasts, the scenic revels of the Sultanate of Oman are fast becoming a must see for all world travelers. And even though there are a wide range of activities and places to see in this amazing country, a relaxing ride in a traditional Dhow is one thing you should not miss. There are a number of cruises in Oman that you can consider, depending on what part the country you plan to spend time in.
Muscat is the capital of Oman, and most of the international flights land here. You could call this city the face of Oman, as it will allow you to see what this country was a decade ago, and also where the country is going. A blend of traditional and international, Muscat showcases its natural and architectural heritage in a 21st century light. Offering many sites worth seeing and tones of activities and shopping, the place also has Dhow cruises that illustrate the spectacular coastline. These cruises are an extra special experience as the sun goes down. The serene breeze and the gorgeous scenery mutes the city sounds and transports you to another world altogether. The boat pulls in on the shore soon after the mountains disappear in the backdrop, the moon spreads its silver, and the city lights entice you to return from the dream.

Another recommended cruise is to the spectacular fjords of Musandam. The place is known for its placid waters, isolated beaches, and private traditional colonies. Taking a cruise here will let you witness the enormity of the majestic mountains around, while you navigate along the fjords. The natural beauty here is unparalleled, and enjoying it coupled with true Omani hospitality is a treat in itself.

Cruises in Oman are the best way to soak in the beauty and mystique of the grandeur that is this country, sitting under the huge white sails, and aboard an elegant Dhow that silently glides over the pristine waters that will be embedded in your memory for years to come. Plus, most cruises stop at secluded spots for some water activities like snorkeling, diving, and swimming in the blue waters. It is fairly common to spot dolphins, exotic marine life, and whales on these cruises too, so be sure to carry those binoculars and your trendy swimwear.

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