One reason to join a MeetUp group like Muscat Adventures and Social Club is to go to places that one would not dare to venture alone. The hike to Tahery Cave, in the Sharqiyah region of Oman, is one of these places. Firstly, you need a decent 4×4 skills to get to the trail-head. Secondly, the navigation to the cave is tricky. We wandered off our hike on the way back, despite being accompanied by a very experienced guide that visited the place handful of times. No videos from the hike, but you can check out some photo slides below.
There is also a possibility to hike through the cave and spend a night inside. Probably the best is to join an experienced company like Husaak Adventures.
Visited in 2019
The Oman Aquarium started in 2019, it is a great place especially for kids to get close to various fishes and animals. The aquarium features a large number of local Omani fish and animals including sharks, sting rays, turtles, scorpions – as well as many non-local fauna such as penguins and crocodiles. The place is located in the Mall of Muscat. If you visit, do not forget there is an additional option to feed the fishes and turtles.
Both videos were done using the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 and were edited in Final Cut Pro X. The music was composed using Garage Band.
Pros: Wildlife, spectacular mountain landscapes, a giant stone crater called Wilpena Pound, 4WD
Cons: Very hot in the summer, flies everywhere
One of the best national parks in Australia. It’s a long drive from Adelaide, but absolutely worthy. We recommend you take a 4WD car to enjoy Barachina Gorge. Also, although very expensive, take a flight over Wilpena Pound with one of the companies – we took an early morning flight. We didn’t go up Mount St Mary peak as it was too hot, and we also heard the walk is discouraged by the indigenous people. Please also check out the official website of the park.
A must visit for anyone travelling on the coastal route between Hasik and Duqm. Khor Sanq (also known Wadi Al Nakheel) in Niyabat near Hasik is a beautiful natural oasis rich in palm trees. A narrow trail between the khor and mountains will lead you to a 300m secluded beach only accessible on foot or by boat — also an excellent place for camping.
Bula Vinaka! Fiji is well known for its beautiful white-sand beaches and gorgeous weather. We visited the Fijian islands back in 2016, but only now, thanks to the pandemic, we had a chance to edit and review our memories, photos and videos.
One of the most remarkable moments was swimming with reef sharks.
One of our life’s goals is to visit all the US National Parks. So far we are jointly at 54% and hope to catch up very soon as the list, luckily, keep on increasing.
These beautiful birds (Rainbow Lorikeet) are normally very shy, but there are always a few that are very social. Taken in Sydney, Australia.
One of our last trips in Oman was to Musandam aka Arabian Fiords. Sometimes called the ‘Norway of Arabia’ – Oman’s Musandam peninsula is known for its spectacular fjord-like sunken valleys(khors) and is one of the finest scenic attractions in the Sultanate of Oman. It is also a unique place where you can get up close to Humpback dolphins. We met several Humpback dolphins (Sousa Chinensis) on our dhow trip to Khor Ash Sham from Khasab marina.
Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park is a wildlife sanctuary located in Calga, New South Wales, Australia about 1-hour drive from Sydney. The wildlife park is home to Australian native birds, mammals and reptiles as well as some farm animals (goats, pigs, ducks, chickens…). A great way to see a kangaroo, dingo, emu or koala up close. For an additional fee, you can get up close with your favourite animals (we saw and touched a lovely koala).
The park offers research and education programs, with visitors able to spend day and night tours.
The local legend says that the mountain is haunted. I didn’t see any jinns (Arabic: جن,) other than Egyptian vultures. Strangely enough, my phone’s GPS completely malfunctioned and didn’t record adequate altitude. Nevertheless, the place is remarkable – offering incredible views of Masirah island and strange rock features. Some sources referred to this mountain as Red Mountain or Jebel Al Hamra (Jabal Humr).
This is the only hike in Oman that I didn’t see a single piece of rubbish, so please keep it clean if you venture there.
Pros: get close to Egyptian Vultures, rewarding views, plenty of solitude as most people come to Masirah to enjoy the sea and fish
Cons: hard to find a trailhead close to the mountain as there are no established trails, you will need a 4×4 to get close to the mounatin (directions below)
It’s not easy to find a place to watch traditional camel racing as usually there is a limited amount of information about where it happens and you need to befriend a local man before. It took us about a year to finally find the place.
Here are few tips:
- Probably the best opportunity to find camel racing is either around Barka, Al Wasil or Masirah Island.
- Ask every Omani person that you casually meet if he knows about camel racing – especially if his family is from places mentioned in #1.
- You will need an Omani guy to bring you to the race as they are usually in difficult to find places, even if you have coordinates.
- Races start early in the morning. Come before the race starts to enjoy the atmosphere… camels and riders coming from different directions, singing, and the morning sun.
- Please dress up modestly. Note that only Omani men attend the races.
- Enjoy the race and be careful as camels can sometimes run wild.
This live show is based on Nickelodeon’s hit animated TV series produced by Spin Master Entertainment. PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” brings all the favourite pups that my daughter can name in a heartbeat… Marshall, Zuma, Rubble, Chase, Rocky and Skye. It’s a great entrainment for kids. Check out our video.