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So, here is the activity for the contest
Wow, with so many beautiful options and so many amazing activities, it is hard to pick just one. Well, as I am a nature lover and an ocean enthusiast, if I have to narrow it down, I think it will be Al-Dimananiyat islands Nature reserve.
I think after a daylong shopping and merry-making in the capital city Muscat, this reserve will be a nice way to unwind and get close to nature. According to the official website of Oman Tourism-
"Dimaniyat Islands Nature Reserve is located in Wilayat AlSeeb in the Governorate of Muscat and Wilayat Barka in Al Batinah, and lies about 18 kilometres off the coast of Barka (70 kilometres west of Muscat, the capital). Its total area is 100 hectares (247 acres) and is composed of nine islands. The reserve features pristine beaches on which the white sands are caressed by the sea’s crystal blue waters. This reserve has a rich natural heritage and is replete with several kinds of coral reefs, including some examples that are quite rare. The island is home to a large number of sea turtles that lay their eggs and nest there, as well as a magnet for migratory and indigenous birds.
In 1984, the reserve was recognised internationally because it is located within the project of the Great Barrier Reef, considered an international nature reserve and one of the most beautiful diving locations in the Sea of Oman.
Locally, the islands go by the following names: Kharabah, Huyoot, Al Jabal Al Kabeer (Um As Sakan). The latter is divided into two islands: Um Al Liwahah (Minaret) and Al Jawn that includes three islands. These islands contain more than 22 known diving sites, in addition to being perfect for snorkelling. Also, some people like to camp in the islands, especially in the period from October to February."
Well, nine islands, that sounds like fun. I bet the pristine beaches would take the mind to tranquil serenity and peace. You can have a look at the pictures from the link given above- the beaches are so close to nature and the beauty is just untouched and pure.
Imagine snorkelling in those blue waters and coming face to face with those colourful turtles. I bet it would be a whole other experience. Plus, since they are nine islands with more than 22 diving sites, there would be so much to do in terms of exploration. I think it is the perfect place to have a Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara trip with your college friends. It would a trip of one's dreams.
Also, I have always been fond of corals, they somehow instill the hope in me that all is well with the World and everything is fine. They present the most untouched and beautiful structures of the Earth, and as this reserve promises to have a rich coral vegetation, it has to be a treat that cannot be missed.
Also, for the photobug in me, these islands have both indigenous and migratory birds flocking them. I think it cannot get better than this. Just imagine the kind of photo-album I'd be having once I am back from this trip.
Ah! In my mind, I am already there. All I need now is to turn this into reality!
Oh man! Oman!