Oman
Dhofar

Here you’ll find travel reports about Dhofar. Discover travel destinations in Oman of travelers writing a travel blog on FindPenguins.

15 travelers at this place:

  • Day200

    A green stripe of verdurous plantations separates the city from the sea and creates a peaceful atmosphere at the beautiful beach - there’s actually nothing going on except for the time around sunset when the locals drive by.

    Life in Salalah is going really slow and we loved it: We loved the relaxed atmosphere. We loved to drink and eat fresh coconuts and fruits as we were sitting in the shade of the plantations. We loved to hang out between the palms at the beach. We loved to cycle around without luggage to explore the surroundings. We loved to cook delicious food in the apartment we had rent for this week. We loved the samosa, falafel and cakes from the bakery around the corner. And we realized how much we love the last 1.5 months we spent in Oman. We cycled more than 2000km here and actually camped every night except for our time in Muscat and Salalah, so this country is perfect for travelers who love to spend a tranquil time out in nature.

    And wow, we’ve been 200 days on the road, time flies! Here are some statistics:

    Distance cycled: 9862km (incl. 503km of sight cycling)
    Cycling days: 139
    Avg. distance on cycling days: 67.3km
    Longest cycling day: 115km
    Max. speed: 66km/h
    Wild camping: 98 nights
    Host: 43 nights
    Hostel/Guesthouse: 33 nights
    Hotel: 17 nights
    Official camping spot: 5 nights
    Ferry: 3 nights
    Rain days: 8 on our bikes, 3 in a warm accommodation (no rain since 11 Nov in Azerbaijan.. :))
    Flat tires: Hauke 4:1 Silke
    Hitchhiking: 5 times
    Climbed passes >2000m: Several in Iran, one in Georgia, one in Oman
    Consumed falafel, sangak, lentils, dates: Uncountable

    Cheers!
    Read more

  • Day193

    A sight and a beach

    March 10 in Oman

    The closer we got to the UNESCO archeological site of ancient Khor Rori, the more we got aware that we did not only find an interesting historical place which was famous for exporting Arabian frankincense out into the world, but also a beautiful beach with water on both sides. Our decision to stay the rest of the day and overnight was quickly made - meanwhile, we can't imagine to fall asleep without the sound of the sea anymore.Read more

  • Day190

    We found our paradise

    March 7 in Oman

    There was this super steep downhill run, we literally dropped down to sea level, 700m on less than 10km. It was noontime, the sun was burning on our skin - and we knew that it would go up again as steep. We looked left into the wadi, saw the palms, saw that there was water (water in a wadi!) and could hear waves breaking somewhere. So let's go there, it seems to be a nice place (procrastination?)!

    It is called Wadi Suneik on our map and there was definitely no other option than staying the rest of the day and spend the night there :)

    We were actually running out of water, but luckily, we found a water canister with about 4 remaining liters we could use for cooking because the water in the wadi was too salty and there are no facilities, nobody and nothing, nature in its pure beauty. Strolling around the untouched palms felt somehow wild and bewildering and the vegetation made the access to the water a bit difficult.

    The real challenge was an access to the beach we could hear but not see. Swimming through the wadi for about 2km could have been an option, but too exhausting, so climbing along the rock face seemed natural, exhausting as well, but the effort provided a wonderful beach. Fishermen passing by were a bit surprised...

    Days like this feel like a real, natural adventure, we didn't know that this place exists, we didn't expect anything (except the steep drop and climb of the road we were not really looking forward to), we discovered this place by accident and explored it on our own, without any information. We spontaneously decided to spend the night there and listened to the 'concert of the jungle' at night, a starry sky above the palm roof. Our paradise.
    Read more

  • Day192

    Curiosity

    March 9 in Oman

    In the light of the recent, sad event and because we also see a connection to traveling, here a phrase Stephen Hawking once made up:
    'Look up at the stars, and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.'

  • Day195

    Salalah comes closer

    March 12 in Oman

    White powder beaches, turquoise waters, coconut palms, banana and papaya trees - cycling to Salalah felt like a tropical dream and we could have spent so much more time there.

    No wonder that tourism is developing and some luxury resorts, or 'Western Tourist Villages' opened their doors in the recent years. We smuggled ourselves into one of them and were a bit surprised to see cocktails being shaken in the beach bars and people walking around in swimming wear :) It felt like entering back into Oman after leaving the village.Read more

  • Day95

    Salalah - Wassergeysir

    April 10, 2017 in Oman

    Den kurzen Aufenthalt in Salalah haben wir mit einem Ausflug zu den Wassergeysiren verbracht.

    Leider war die See so ruhig, das es eher Blaslöcher waren. Mehr als ein fauchen haben wir nicht erlebt. Die Landschaft hingegen war sehr schön, auch der Strand war atemberaubend. 😁 Nahezu weißer Sand und türkises Wasser. Wer hätte gedacht dass der Oman so schön ist? 😊

    Danach ging es durchs Land zu einer berühmten Grabstätte.Read more

  • Day95

    Salalah - Grabstätte und Suk

    April 10, 2017 in Oman

    An der Grabstätte angekommen musste ich mich "leider" von der Gruppe entfernen. Während sich Cecily mit den anderen die Gebäude angeschaut hat, wurde ich von einem wilden Kamel angelockt, welches 2 Junge bei sich hatte. 🤣

    Nach der Besichtigung der Grabstätte ging es dann zur Suk, wo wir noch ein bisschen shoppen konnten. 😊
    Die Suks im Oman, speziell in Salalah sind überfüllt mit Weihrauch, der hier eine Jahrhunderte alte Tradition hat. 😊

    Nächster Halt, Jordanien!
    Read more

  • Day141

    Das Land der dromedare

    February 24, 2017 in Oman

    Kaum ist man im Oman 🇴🇲schon sieht man sie, Dromedare! Man sieht sie überall an der Straße, in der Wüste, mitten auf dem highway 😄 ehr sieht mein ein Dromedar als Mensch. Sie sind hier die Hauptnutztiere, es gibt Fleisch, Milch und die Knochen werden zu Dosen verarbeitet und auch Schmuck. Ihr blicke sind Wesen sind dabei nur al zu witzig

You might also know this place by the following names:

Muḩāfaz̧at Z̧ufār, Muhafazat Zufar, Dhofar, محافظة ظفار

Join us:

FindPenguins for iOS FindPenguins for Android

Sign up now