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Coastal town of Taqah, Dhofar Region

When is the best time to visit Oman?

Coastal town of Taqah, Dhofar Region

The best time to visit Oman is between October and April, when the temperatures are warm (17°C to 35°C) yet not too hot. The country has a reliably warm climate, so as long as you avoid the scorching summer months between June and August, you can visit any time. However, one of the benefits of visiting during the summer months is that this is prime season for turtle nesting and hatching at Ras al Jinz.

Oman has a reliably warm climate, only seeing rain in January and February.

Salalah (on the south coast) has a monsoon season, known as the khareef, which lasts from June to September. Wet winds create a thick, humid fog that turns the mountains green and offers the best conditions for the abundance of tropical fruit grown there.

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Month-by-month guide for traveling in Oman

Travelling through Wadi Bani Auf

Visiting Oman in January - February

This is an excellent time to visit with some of the coolest temperatures of the year. There can be some rain during January and February, which falls as short, sharp showers, but this is not predictable. The New Year period can be busy and hotels will often charge higher rates.

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Banana and coconut stall, Salalah

Visiting Oman in March - April

Temperatures are warmer, perhaps in the high 30°Cs, making this an ideal time to visit before the heat and humidity of the summer. March and April are often less busy than the winter months of November to February.

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Sur Coastline, Oman

Visiting Oman in May

May is a transitional month between the cooler temperatures of winter and spring and the excessive heat of the summer months. Temperatures are quite high but humidity levels are lower. May is also the start of the summer fruit season, so you can expect a lot of fresh produce.

Events & Festivals

  • Apricot Harvest (May): The apricot harvest usually commences in May, followed over the next month or so by other summer fruits like peaches, figs and pears.
The Empty Quarter

Visiting Oman in June - August

The summer months are excessively hot and humid in Oman, so this is not a period we would recommend that you visit the country. This is the khareef (monsoon) period in Salalah which makes the south cooler, but even more humid. Salalah and the surrounding coastline also gets very busy with domestic tourists seeking to escape the heat over summer. However, hotels across the country lower their prices during these months so it can be a relatively cheap time to visit.

Wadi Bani Habib

Visiting Oman in September

September is still very hot, although temperatures are not quite as high as between June and August. Costs remain lower than they are over the winter months. This is still within the peak turtle viewing time at Ras al Jinz, at the end of the breeding season. The landscape around Salalah is host to multiple migratory birds species, particularly over the summer months. The slightly cooler temperatures and lower visitor numbers of September make it a great month to see the birds while they are still in their peak numbers.

Events & Festivals

  • Autumn Harvest (September and October): The autumn harvest reaps pomegranates, walnuts, olives and grapes.
Dhow factory in Sur, Oman

Visiting Oman in October - November

Travel in October and November is much more comfortable and enjoyable than over the summer months, with temperatures in the mid to high 30°Cs. November in particular is an ideal month to visit, although the lower temperatures do make the country fairly busy.

Events & Festivals

  • Autumn Harvest (September and October): The autumn harvest reaps pomegranates, walnuts, olives and grapes.
Muscat, Oman

Visiting Oman in December

December sees the coolest temperatures of the year: around 20°C. It can get quite cold at night in the mountains and properties do not always have adequate heating facilities, so this is something to be aware of. Christmas and New Year is an extremely popular time in Oman, particularly in Muscat. As such, hotels raise their prices accordingly and often impose a compulsory gala dinner on New Year's Eve. Availability over this time gets tight so it is advisable to book early.

Oman Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Jebel Akhdar 17°C 7mm 18°C 45mm 22°C 34mm 26°C 21mm 30°C 13mm 33°C 6mm 31°C 15mm 30°C 22mm 29°C 8mm 26°C 1mm 22°C 6mm 18°C 9mm
Muscat 25°C 25mm 25°C 24mm 29°C 14mm 33°C 6mm 37°C 0mm 38°C 1mm 36°C 1mm 34°C 3mm 34°C 0mm 34°C 0mm 30°C 5mm 26°C 12mm
Nizwa 23°C 7mm 23°C 30mm 26°C 21mm 31°C 13mm 36°C 5mm 37°C 3mm 35°C 5mm 34°C 8mm 33°C 2mm 31°C 0mm 27°C 4mm 24°C 6mm
Salalah 28°C 1mm 28°C 1mm 30°C 3mm 32°C 10mm 33°C 3mm 32°C 6mm 29°C 23mm 28°C 23mm 29°C 3mm 31°C 4mm 31°C 1mm 29°C 2mm
Sur 27°C 15mm 27°C 28mm 30°C 12mm 35°C 11mm 39°C 0mm 39°C 5mm 38°C 4mm 36°C 3mm 37°C 0mm 35°C 1mm 30°C 2mm 28°C 11mm
The Musandam Peninsula 20°C 32mm 21°C 48mm 24°C 37mm 29°C 14mm 33°C 4mm 35°C 1mm 36°C 3mm 35°C 2mm 33°C 2mm 30°C 2mm 26°C 10mm 22°C 27mm
The Wahiba Sands 24°C 11mm 25°C 24mm 28°C 15mm 33°C 13mm 37°C 1mm 37°C 4mm 36°C 4mm 34°C 6mm 34°C 1mm 32°C 1mm 28°C 3mm 25°C 8mm

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