Oman, located on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula, is a stunning coastal plain, stretching 1000 miles between the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea. The Sultanate country boasts breathtaking mountain heights, steep gorges and unexplored caves amidst detailed ancient landmarks and prominent culture. A famous location for Red Bull Cliff Diving and Extreme Sailing, Oman is an ideal setting and bucket list destination for any extreme sports fanatic.
Go wild on Wahiba Sands
The rolling dunes of Wahiba Sands are a welcoming terrain for speed seeking tourists. Described as a ‘sand sea’, the expanse of dunes reach heights of up to 200 metres and offer a wealth of thrilling activities. Surf the desert waves on a sand board, feel the speed on a quad bike, or hire a 4×4 to quench your thirst for adrenaline. Prolong your adventure, stay the night and feast your eyes on the shifting midnight landscape.
Take a terrifying trek
Trekking through the gorges of Oman is not an activity for the faint hearted. Famed for their death defying heights, tight, dark caves and unexpected terrain, most gorges have been named to reflect their character. Snake Gorge, or Wadi Bimah, is one of the most popular and unpredictable routes visited by adrenaline junkies. Located in rugged Al Rostaq, and enveloped by myths of impossible leaps and absurd lengths of underwater caves, this fissure is an exciting adventure of both mental and physical challenges. Swim, scramble, crawl and claw through three kilometres of craggy boulders, pitch black caves and natural waterslides to reach Al-Zamman.
Dare to dive
Cliff diving is amongst one of the most popular adrenaline seeking activities in the Sultanate of Oman. In 2012, Wadi Shab, 40km southeast of Dibab in the Al Sharqiyah Region, was broadcast across the globe as the final destination of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. This glorious haven of fresh water pools and waterfalls mixes dizzy heights with colourful nature and secluded caves to accommodate even the most daring jumpers. A stones throw away in the Hawiyat Najm Park is the must see Bimmah Sinkhole. Dare to dive over 100 metres underwater, leading through the 500 metre tunnel to the sea. Extreme caution is advised due to the tidal conditions and should not be attempted by amateurs.
Oman’s underground world is an adrenaline seeker’s fantasy, with limestone deposits creating a maze of unexplored tunnels, unlit waterfalls and awe inspiring ancient stalactites over millions of years. Deep underground 100km southeast of the capital, lies the second largest underground chamber known in the world, Majlis al Jinn. Climb over 1000 metres to The First Drop, one of three natural entrances, and abseil down into a pitch black chamber, over 15 acres wide. This cave is notoriously difficult to navigate through, and is a mecca of landscape history and wildlife including bats, beetles and hunter spiders. Majlis al Jinn is also a hugely popular base jumping destination, only accessible by use of a permit.