Six ways of getting fit while discovering Oman

MUSCAT: Winter is the perfect time of the year to work on being fit while discovering Oman’s innumerable blessings. Tourists, adventure-seekers and even athletes flock to Oman to enjoy its natural vistas and experience its striking beauty, both on land and sea. The Sultanate’s biodiversity is one factor that continues to shape nature-inspired experiences for tourists and visitors. Whether it is the spectacular marine life, the indigenous wildlife or the exotic migrating birds, Oman is a one-stop travel destination that can fit in every travel requirement, even fitness enthusiasts.
1. Trekking in Muttrah Mountains
Muttrah mountains are one of the perfect spots for trekking and hiking. The Muttrah Geo Trek, commonly known as Riyam Walk, encompasses a route that was made ages ago and used by miners to travel between the different areas of Muttrah. It overlooks the charming Corniche promenade and opens up a panorama of the town from the top.
2. Swimming in Wadi Bani Khalid
Wadi Bani Khalid is one of the most beautiful Omani wadis. Located in Al Sharqiyah North Governorate, it is surrounded by a beautiful landscape that perfectly merges with the clear blue waters. Although the waters are beckoning, one needs to be a good swimmer to go swimming in these pools, as some of them are quite deep. Professional swimmers and divers do flock to the impressive Wadi Bani Khalid to get a taste of an exhilarating swimming and diving experience.
3. Climbing in Hadash
Hadash, located in the Wilayat of Nakhl in Al Batinah South Governorate, is blessed with a beautiful range of colourful mountains, which are in harmony with the few old houses and neighbourhoods in the vicinity. It is a perfect place for mountain climbers, given the fact that it has interesting terrains and rocky facades.
4. Quad biking in Touq sands
The desert life in Oman is replete with stunning biodiversity; it is a unique world worth discovering from close quarters. Located between Barka and Nakhl in Al Batinah South Governorate, Touq is a perfect place to enjoy an exciting desert experience on a quad bike. Quad biking is one activity that you can completely enjoy in Oman’s deserts this winter, especially in Touq sands.
5. Diving in Al Duqm beach
Al Wusta Governorate holds some of Oman’s finest beaches, and Al Duqm is one of those must-visit beaches in Oman. Professional divers can look forward to an underwater paradise in Al Duqm, as it is home to some rare and colourful marine life. The less adventurous could simply walk or run along the beautiful beach to enjoy nature.
6. Cycling in Dhofar
Dhofar Governorate is one of the best places to cycle in Oman. It has many breathtaking landmarks and natural vistas in its wilayats such as Rakhyout, Salalah, Mirbat and Taqah. Aside from its serene landscapes, visitors could also find a host of cultural heritage elements along the old souq, antiquated houses, mosques, forts and tours to its designated sites.