, 2022-12-26 22:24:57,
In the past 12 months, travel returned with vigour.
As more and more countries dropped pandemic-related restrictions and reopened their borders, holidays were once again on the cards. Travellers were keen to get back on the road and The National’s writers were no different.
From flocking to far-flung destinations, revisiting old favourites and exploring new cities, here are our top travel experiences from this year.
Scuba diving in Oman
I’ve travelled pretty extensively this year, to Asia, North America and Europe, but my favourite trip was actually a relatively short drive away. To celebrate UAE National Day, a friend and I headed to Muscat to do a spot of scuba diving. I’m a big fan of road trips, so relished the six-hour journey to Oman — we crossed the border at Al Ain / Buraimi, rather than Hatta, and didn’t encounter any major queues or delays.
We stayed in Al Mouj, where many diving local diving trips depart from, and had two full days of underwater adventures. The teeming marine life at one of Muscat’s most famous dive sites, Daymaniyat Islands, included leopard sharks, rays, thriving coral populations and shoals of brightly coloured fish, but it was a trip to the Al Munassir wreck that formed the highlight of my weekend.
The amphibious warfare vessel belonging to the Royal Navy of Oman was purposefully sunk in 2003 and sits at a depth of between 10 metres and 28 metres. The opportunity to dive…
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