As Oman bids farewell to the region’s popular Kareef season, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara is busy welcoming the calmer waters of the Arabian winter with impressionable ocean adventures. If you haven’t yet decided on your winter getaway, then it might be worth your while to take a moment and know what this resort has in store (just in case you decide to pay them a visit). Al Baleed Resort Salalah happens to be privileged enough to be a beachfront oasis lying on a vast white sandy beach, with direct access to a world of aquatic adventures out at sea.
With an expansive watersports programme, the resort has a range of adrenaline-pumping activities, both above and under the water’s surface.
Offshore Winter Adventures at Al Baleed Resort Salalah
Snorkeling and Scuba Diving
The gentle waters of the winter months present the perfect conditions for scuba diving and snorkeling enthusiasts. This particular adventure will allow you to explore the rich and colorful marine life that lies beneath the water. High visibility makes it easy to spot the myriad of sea life here, including moray eels, rays, hard corals, cuttlefish, dolphins, octopus, snapper, trevally, turtles and the odd Humpback whale.
Under the supervision of professional instructors, and if you are certified you can book a half-day course which includes two dives. For beginners, Al Baleed Resort Salalah offers a ‘PADI Open Water’ scuba diving course, perfect for those looking to dip their toes into the underwater world.
Stay Active Above the Water
For those who prefer to get their adventure fix above the water’s surface, they can take to the stand-up paddleboard, jump on a beach buggy or hop in a kayak to take full advantage of the calm sea and the long stretch of beach, soaking up the beauty of Salalah’s coastline across the fringing reef.
If you are a wildlife fan, you can book one of the dolphin watching trips, which depart three times daily from the nearby Juweira Marina. An ideal outing for families, this magical tour will offer you a chance to spot one of the many dolphin species that inhabit the surrounding waters, as well as sea turtles, which often frequent the waters. For a once in a lifetime experience, you will also able to swim with the dolphins on an exciting day trip.
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With a coastline that touches the Persian Gulf, the Arabic Gulf and the Indian Ocean, the geographical positioning of Oman (and Al Baleed Resort Salalah) makes it the ideal fishing destination. Salalah’s fertile waters boast an impressive variety of fish, including Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and King Mackerels; a dream scenario for any fishing enthusiasts. You can book a fishing boat on a half and full day basis, with the option of an extreme fishing excursion which includes lunch and refreshments. What’s even better is the resort’s Special Fishing Discovery and Ocean Dinner whereby you can book two nights in a room or villa and receive daily breakfast, a half-day fishing trip and have the resort’s chefs transform your prized catch into a gourmet ocean dinner.
Traditional Dhow Boat Excursions
For complete immersion into the historic culture and surrounding beauty, you can book a day’s excursion on a traditional 77ft dhow boat. The unique boat trip will take you on a tour of the coastline, stopping along the way for snorkeling and swimming. A delicious freshly prepared lunch is whipped up on board, before heading back towards the marina, to enjoy the incredible Omani sunset. Shorter Sunset cruises are also available by dhow boat, speedboat or wooden boat.
After an exhilarating day at sea, you and yours can relax in the comfort of your luxury room and suites, each one boasting indulgent luxury with a contemporary Middle Eastern ambiance. Or if you prefer the ultimate ocean–side escape, you can stay in one of Al Baleed Resort Salalah beachfront villas, which feature private swimming pools and unbeatable beach views with direct access to the crystal-clear ocean.