Little though many suspect it, one of Oman’s best activities on offer for the tourist is whale watching. It might seem odd at first, especially since most mistakenly imagine Oman to be a country of deserts and harsh sands, but a glance at the country’s coordinates and map location should disabuse you of this idea quickly: the country owns some of the best coasts in the area, opening into the Arabian Sea and endowed with coasts and islands that border some of the richest waters in the area. Whale watching in Oman can be very rewarding, as many well-known species can often be spotted trawling the country’s tides-one of these species being one of the best known of all due to its status as the biggest and potentially most mysterious: the enormous Blue Whale.
There are many whale watching agencies available in the country, so you just need to get in touch with one and arrange a trip. Most of them start out from the beaches, specifically those of the central and southern regions (or the governorates of Al Wasta and Dhofar). There are many beaches in this area where boats have reported sightings of various whales. The beaches themselves are excellent spots to just frolic while waiting for your companions on your whale-spotting trip, as the ones in these governorates are known for having rather clean and fine sand.
Another popular jump-off point for whale-watchers is Salalah City, which is located far to the southern end of the country. Those around Dhofar can definitely try this place out too. For those nearer the north and centre, the Al Hikman Peninsula is probably the best place to try to spot the whales. It is worth noting that this is not just a place known for its dive spots but also for its bird-watching opportunities: hundreds of species pass by this area, some of them originating their journeys as far away as Siberia.
Al Hikman is also the coast nearest the well-known Masirah Island, which is just under 20km away from it. This is a popular spot for marine life enthusiasts of all kinds. From different and rare turtle species to several kinds of dolphin, it is not difficult to spot some beautiful animals weaving their way through the currents around the island. In fact, most of the islands just off the coast of the country are fantastic places for beginning your whale watching activities, as well as your diving trips and bird-watching expeditions. Try too the Al-Halaneyat Islands, which belong to the waters next to Dhofar. There are a handful (to be precise, five) of these islands and they are all excellent marine as well as bird sanctuaries.
You can expect a fine medley of whale species when you go whale watching in Oman. Aside from the much sought-out Blue Whale, one may also expect such species as the Bryde’s Whale, the popular Humpbacks and Sperm Whales, Cuvier’s Beaked Whales, Orca, False Killer Whales, and Electra Dolphin (also known as the Melon-headed Whale).