Our first visit to Salalah, Dhofar, Oman was back in July 2012 – during peak tourist season when everyone goes to experience the rains which fall during the monsoon season known as the Khareef.  We spent our days touring and exploring and on return I blogged about a few of our favourite routes

  1. Taqah
  2. Wadi Dirbat (be aware that there are cobras here in the wet season, possibly in the dry one too)
  3. Ain Gariz and Wadi Uyan
  4. The Perfect Square Circle

I wrote a few other info posts as well namely

  1. Seven Degrees Southward – The Journey from Al Ain to Salalah – how to get there from the UAE*
  2. The Road and The Miles to Salalah – a list of all the petrol stations and facilities on road 31 (there are a few more petrol stations now but most of the road is still pretty boring and monotonous, even though they are working on making it dual carriageway all the way)

I have been back three times since, twice making the journey, or a large part of it, offroad.  Our forays have taken us there in late October, December and this year, in March and although we urge everyone to head south in the summer to experience cool temperatures and also to soak up the terrific atmosphere generated by the mostly GCC citizens enjoying the rain.

Last year, over half a million tourists visited between June and August, the majority of them are GCC citizens from Saudi, UAE, Qatar and of course Omanis, enjoying a “staycation”!  In the five years since our first trip to Salalah, infrastructure has improved markedly with better roads, airport improvements and a surge in hotel building.  Major chains such as Rotana and Anantara have opened 4 and 5 star resorts and a whole host of smaller and cheaper aparthotels can be found near the city centre.

January

  • Maximum Temp 26C
  • Minimum Temp  17C
  • Humidity  60%
  • Water Temp 24C

February

  • Maximum Temp 18C
  • Minimum Temp 26C
  • Humidity 60C
  • Water Temp 24C

March

  • Maximum Temp 30C
  • Minimum Temp 20C
  • Humidity 60C
  • Water Temp 26C

April

  • Maximum Temp 31C
  • Minimum Temp 23C
  • Humidity 65C
  • Water Temp 28C

May

Good

Low Hotel Prices

Quiet season, you will have the place to yourself!

Bad

Hottest month of the year

Ramadan will fall partly within May for the next 4 years meaning cafes will be closed during the day

  • Maximum Temp 34C
  • Minimum Temp 25C
  • Humidity 25%
  • Water Temp 28C

June

Good

Significantly cooler than UAE

 

The khareef season starts in the middle of this month; prior to the “big rains” which normally start falling at the end of the month or even the start of July, the temperature cools, the sea becomes rougher and a light drizzle and fog descend, turning the area greener by the day.

  • Maximum Temp 30C
  • Minimum Temp 25C
  • Humidity 80%
  • Water Temp – 28C

July

The true “green” season in Salalah.  Heavy rains and thunderstorms sweep through the Dhofar Region, causing a little bit of mayhem but leaving the area cool, clean and green.  This is peak season for the hotels so if you are on a budget you might like to take your tent.  Just make sure it is waterproof!

  • Maximum Temp 26C
  • Minimum Temp 23C
  • Humidity 90C
  • Water Temp 26C

August

 

  • Maximum Temp 26C
  • Minimum Temp 23C
  • Humidity 90%
  • Water Temp 25C

 

September

 

  • Maximum Temp 27C
  • Minimum Temp 23C
  • Humidity 80%
  • Water Temp 25C

 

October

 

  • Maximum Temp 28C
  • Minimum Temp 21C
  • Humidity 65%
  • Water Temp 27C

 

November

 

  • Maximum Temp 28C
  • Minimum Temp 21C
  • Humidity 60%
  • Water Temp 27C

 

December

 

  • Maximum Temp 26C
  • Minimum Temp 20C
  • Humidity 60%
  • Water Temp 26C