Inspired? From mountain plateaus to sprawling deserts, these are the top spots to camp across the country:
1. For island life: Masirah island
Stunning and secluded, Masirah island, off the east coast, is a good option for the summer months, when temperatures rocket on the mainland. Sur Masirah is a haven of coral reefs, white sands, bird and turtle watching. Cool breezes have also spawned a kite surfing subculture.
2. For great hiking: Jebel Shams
This is the highest point in the mountains (and one of the most dramatic), with a view down a sheer canyon that plummets down over 3000m. There’s fantastic hiking all around this area, too.
This mountain plateau is easy to reach with a 2WD but has one of the best views over the whole Jebel Akhdar range. A wide flat plateau makes a good camping spot.
4. For towering sand dunes: Wahiba Sands
Use the Bidiya desert camp to orientate yourself, but strike off to the dunes to set up camp. It's recommended that you don't go into the desert alone – Nomad Tours leads expeditions here.
An hour’s drive from Muscat, this golden sand beach is ideal for an overnight trip from the capital. A short drive further along the coast is the picturesque fishing village Qurayyat.
6. For a far-flung adventure: Al Khalaf
Picture-perfect beaches, dunes and a fishing village await those who persevere to this far-flung point south of Muhut. The powdery sands have earned it the nickname sugar dunes, while the nearby beach is a glittering jewel. The only drawback is that you need a 4WD to take it on – but it will be the most rewarding camping spot should you do so.
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