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This is a place that I would highly recommend visiting for any nature lover living in Oman. You will spend at least 5 hours driving there from Muscat, so plan your escape well.

In the land of fir, beech and tarpan you can explore the natural beauty of Roztocze. Lots of hiking, cycling and kayaking opportunities.

About 1 hour away from Salalah there is a beautiful cliff and beach (Efftalqut). A short, but requiring 4×4, drive from the beach you can spot an abandoned ship. Quite a surreal view.

Dimaniyat Islands, Oman – Camping, snorkeling… turtles and sea life

Pros: the whitest sand in the world, beautiful beaches worth visiting anytime of the year, Hyams Beach, Booderee National Park, Honeymoon Bay, Point Perpendicular, and few other interesting places to visit nearby including Pigeon Mountain in Morton National Park Cons: busy during public holidays

While far away from everything else (about 500 km from Sydney), Warrumbungle National Park in New South Wales, Australia has more to offer than many other parks, including great hiking, fantastic landscapes, and lots of stargazing opportunities.

About 3 hours away from the capital of Oman, Muscat, there is a beautiful stretch of sand that borders the Arabian Sea called Wahiba Sands.

Pros: gigantic trees – the most massive individual trees in the world and the oldest living organisms on Earth , King’s Canyon around the corner Cons: hard to reflect these grandiose trees on a photo

Pros: great wildlife outside the caves, an interesting cave formation called ‘box-work‘, one of the longest caves nearby in Jewel Cave National Monument Cons: not much hiking in the park, but Black Hills National Forest is nearby – including Crazy Horse Memorial

Pros: amazing and diverse ecosystems ranging from misty forests, snowed peaks, to majestic Pacific Ocean coastline; limitless photography opportunities Cons: need lots of time to properly explore, dress up as it could be chilly