Oman’s extensive coastline and natural beauty makes it a great location for watersport enthusiasts. Among some of the most popular sports enjoyed out on the water is kitesurfing.
According to the Ministry of Tourism, in the Sultanate of Oman, kitesurfing is an “exhilarating sport enjoyed by many in Oman. A fantastic combination of surfing and paragliding makes for an incredibly challenging, yet exhilarating sport enjoyed by many in Oman. In fact, the Sultanate is known around the world as an up-and-coming kitesurfing destination.”
“Particularly popular on Masirah Island, kitesurfing is best enjoyed in the summer months, when temperatures are around 25℃ and the island receives some of the monsoon winds that bring rains to the Dhofar and turn it into a green wonderland,” added the ministry. “Local tour and rental operators provide training and gear hire, with qualified professionals to ensure a safe and exciting experience for all visitors.”
In addition to kitesurfing, other adventure sports and outdoor activities in the Sultanate include scuba diving, spelunking (the exploration of caves), hiking and fishing.
The Ministry of Tourism describes kitesurfing as “an adventure surface water sport that has been described as a combination of wakeboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding, and gymnastics into one extreme sport. Kitesurfing harnesses the power of the wind to propel a rider across the water on a small surfboard or a kiteboard.”
“Although relatively new to the Sultanate of Oman, the country has developed fast as kitesurfing destination,” added the Ministry. “Daily winds above 20 knots, 28 degree temperatures, as well as a number of spots with shallow lagoons and waves within a short driving distance.”