As avid campers, we were overjoyed to read that there was a culture of camping in Oman. Camping became even more appealing as we started checking out the price of hotels, so we decided to plan our trip to include a mixture of hotels and camping.
Now in the States or NZ, when you want to camp there are a plethora of options to choose from and sleeping outside of these designated areas is frowned upon. In Oman, you are forced to 'wild camp', there aren't any campgrounds, you simply find a spot you like and set up camp. As you wild camp it seems no matter where you decide to spend the night, you will see the remnants of the fires of those who passed through before you, a testament to how popular the practice truly is. We had some concerns, after all we were two lone foreign women, but we decided to give it a go anyway.
After stocking up on supplies and buying two baby mattresses to throw down in the back of our four wheel drive to enhance our sleeping experience, we set off down the coast to explore the country. That day was spent swimming in the clear emerald waters of the Bimmah sinkhole and exploring Wadi Shab. We had passed a number of good camping spots along the way and after a day of exploring wadis we opted to head back towards the sinkhole where we had noted these pretty dramatic spots earlier. We chose the perfect one that had not yet been occupied (it was the weekend and as mentioned, this is a very popular thing to do among Omanis, particularly young men). We drove right to the edge of a small cliff, mountains looming behind, and set up our beds in the back of the car. We then scrambled (as usual) over rocks to reach a small flat rocky beachy area where we put up the tripod and started taking some sweet seascape shots. As the tide receded we got some crackin' photos and I looked at all the sea creatures, shellfish of various kinds and thousands of octopuses, the water had left behind.
When the sun had disappeared behind the horizon, we headed back to the car for an early night. That night, lulled to sleep by the sound of the ocean, I had the best night's sleep I had had in a long time. I also had the feeling of complete freedom that perhaps only wild camping in Oman can offer.