Oman, the official host of ITB Berlin 2024

Unforgettable wildlife encounters with whale sharks, sea turtles and dolphins offered by Oman, a Middle Eastern country where the world's leading tourism industry fair will take place next year


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ITB BERLIN will take place from March 5 to 7 of next year with Oman as host, bringing together the world of international tourism as every year.

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Unforgettable wildlife encounters include the chance to swim alongside a whale shark, accompany cute baby turtles on their way to the sea, or watch dolphins play: these are once-in-a-lifetime bucket-list adventures. many people. Often destinations can only offer these experiences during a particular season. However, in the Sultanate of Oman, visitors can check all three boxes with a single trip at most times of the year and return home with an unforgettable experience.

Snorkeling with whale sharks off the Muscat coast:

They are huge but soft and not dangerous creatures: the whale sharks. From July to November, these six to ten meter long fish, the largest in the world, are particularly at home in the plankton-rich waters of the Gulf of Oman. At the Daymaniyat Islands Nature Reserve, just a few kilometers from the capital Muscat, visitors can get an up-close look at these gentle giants while snorkeling, diving or swimming. Boat excursions depart from the Al Mouj marina, where various local companies such as MolaMola Diving Center or Daymaniyat Shells offer tours, at prices starting at 60 euros. The fascinating giants of the ocean can also be seen near the Omani enclave of Musandam.

See dolphins hunt and play:

They are smart and fast hunters and love sardines, dolphins. In the far south of Oman, in the Dhofar region, around the city of Salalah, with a bit of luck, a spectacle awaits visitors. Large schools of sardines gather off the coast and attract dolphins. You don't even need to board a ship to see them. The high cliffs that surround many of the local beaches offer an excellent vantage point for the black shadows beneath the waves. The shimmering hump of a whale suddenly emerges from the warm blue sea in search of sardines. A short time later a whole school of dolphins appears. Visitors can take a boat tour with a local operator like Around the Ocean to get a closer look at these intelligent animals. Very often, Half a dozen dolphins will swim alongside the boat, playing in the waves and performing elegant ringlets as you leap out of the water. From November to March, sardines are plentiful off the Salalah coast, attracting large numbers of dolphins.


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