Exceptional Permit Fishing in the Middle East
If you look at a map of Oman and follow the coast south, you come to the Dhofar Governorate in Oman. Even for the Omanis – who live in what is perhaps the most picturesque country in the Middle East – this is a magical place. The region is the largest of the Governorates in the Sultanate of Oman, covering 62,000 square miles (roughly the size of Oklahoma) with a population of only 450,000 people. Running like a ribbon between the Al Qara Mountains and the Arabian Sea, the scenic Omani coastline is home to the most spectacular white sand beaches and stunning geography in the region. Steeped in history, this area has been an important trading center since at least the 12th Century, and legend has it that the Queen of Sheba’s palace was located at the historical site at Khor Rori, not far from Salalah.
This is still an emerging and developing program and fishery, and even though our outfitter in Oman has been fishing and working in this area since 2005, they are still developing this fishery through focused education and a catch-and-release ethos that is new to the area (fish are generally killed in Oman when caught).
The majority of our Southern Oman fishing packages include comfortable and modern resort accommodations in the Hawana Salalah development, a new hotel and resort area that is spread along four miles of white sandy beaches and turquoise waters only 30 minutes from the main airport. Hawana Salalah offers great accommodations, food, pools, and a large main marina. The resort has a promenade around the marina with shops, restaurants, and a friendly and safe environment. At certain times of the year and depending on how far up and down the coast our outfitters are running, they may also use more traditional Omani guesthouses, which offer a unique experience when fishing in more remote areas.
The Sultanate of Oman is located on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, known for its political and economic stability, rich history, and remarkable nature. Salalah has developed a reputation for being a premium, year-round international tourism destination. From lush green wadis and beautiful white sand beaches to ancient forts and museums, it offers a look at Oman’s history and its future and is easily accessible from neighboring countries and many European cities. The area is very different from much of the rest of the Arabian peninsula in that it receives a significant amount of rainfall concentrated in the Monsoon season in July and August (known locally as the Khareef). The temperature drops, Wadis run high, the waterfalls of the mountains, and everything around Salalah turns green. This effect lasts throughout the year and gives the region a luxuriant feel as compared to the stark desert beauty of the rest of the peninsula.
Food and Beverages
Hawana Salalah offers guests a wide variety of dining options that include regional and local offerings as well as cuisines from around the world. Hotel guests have access to more than 17 specialty restaurants and cafes to dine in daily.
Typical Length of Stay
All Southern Oman trip packages are based on either three (3) fishing days or six (6) fishing day packages.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
The Hawana Salalah resort area offers an amazing line-up of things to do. Aside from the great fishing that is found along the coastline, there is a wide range of activities to enjoy in Hawana Salalah, including the Hawana Aqua Park, parasailing, dune trekking, scuba diving around Salalah and Mirbat, mountain excursions, tours across the Hawana Salalah lagoon on a traditional wooden dhow. endless beaches, and more. The Empty Quarter in Salalah (known as Al Rub’ Al Khali) is one of the largest sand deserts in the world, and day tours can be arranged with stops at the lost city of Ubar and the village of Shisr. Each of the three hotels in Hawana Salalah also offers full spa and fitness facilities.
Internet / Communications
Internet access, Wi-Fi hotspots, and cell coverage are available throughout the Hawana Salalah area. You will have no problem connecting and switching on in the main resort areas. If fishing or staying in more remote locations, connectivity may be limited or non-existent.
How To Get There
Most anglers headed to Southern Oman begin their trip by flying into Dubai and UAE, as the Dubai International Airport is the largest transportation hub in the entire region. The main airline that services the region is Emirates. To access Oman, there are a number of international airlines that fly into Salalah. That said, the ones that we typically use and recommend are Fly Dubai (a subsidiary of Emirates), Air Arabia, and Oman Air, as these airlines offer daily flights from of Dubai and Sharjah with plenty of flexibility to spend time in Dubai before heading to Oman. Depending on dates and schedules, flights to Salalah are either via Muscat or direct from Dubai. Ground transportation will be arranged from the airport to your hotel. The outfitter will arrange any transport up or down the coast to ensure you are in the right place at the right time.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
We recommend that all Southern Oman packages (either 4 night/3 fishing day packages or 7 night/6 fishing day packages) begin on a Saturday or a Tuesday. Yellow Dog will assist with details and date options. It is also possible (and recommended) to pair fishing in Dubai with a Salalah fishing trip.
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of trips dates. Please be sure that your passport has at least two blank, unstamped pages remaining in the back, and that it is not torn, delaminated, or damaged. The kind of visa needed to enter Oman depends on several factors such as your nationality, the purpose of your planned visit, and its duration. Citizens of the United States of America must obtain a tourist visa, which can be done in advance of travel via the Royal Oman Police E-Visa website or upon arrival at Omani international airports and land crossings. Currently, single-entry visas for Oman for a maximum of 30 days can be obtained online for several countries. Please visit this link and click “English” for full details. Check well ahead of arrival for any changes to this process
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Although a relatively new option for fishing in the region, our outfitter’s relationship with fishing in Southern Oman goes back more than 15 years. This is a program that offers first-class fishing and on-water experiences coupled with a program that is supporting and building the local fishing sportfishing community.
The main target species in Salalah Southern Oman are Trachinotus Africanus, which is the 4th permit species and Southern Oman is probably the only place on the planet at the moment to be able to target them on a regular basis. The Africanus found in this area is what has traveling anglers and permit junkies excited: They’re big, they inhabit incredibly challenging environments, and they are the ultimate target if permit fishing is your thing. The Africanus live and feed in the rocks along the shore, creating a challenging environment to hook and land these fish. Their power in the shallows and around the rocks put them in a category similar to that of giant trevally, with incredible power and the definite possibility that you will be “reefed” when trying to land one of these fish!
There are a large number of additional species to target from inshore species like bream, trevally, and Indo Pacific permit (Trachinotus Blochii) to offshore species such as dorado, sailfish, and tuna. Southern Oman is still wild and remote in places and although the main program is Africanus permit, there are options at the right time to fish remote islands for giant trevally, milkfish, and parrotfish. This is definitely an off-the-beaten-track trip!
Boats and Equipment
Our outfitter utilizes a custom-built, 24-foot center console boat designed for fly fishing the waters and coastlines of Southern Oman. The boat takes two fly anglers and one crew member at a time and is light enough to be trailered to different areas and maneuverable enough to be effective in the shallows. These boats have fore and aft casting platforms, lean bars for added stability and comfort, under-deck rod storage, side console storage, and many more features. The boats are fitted with Garmin electronics and Thuraya Sat Phones. These boats are clean and very well-designed for fly fishermen.
We recommend that anglers bring their own rods, reels, and other equipment when fishing in Oman. We recommend 10-weight rods for the majority of inshore species such as queenfish, golden trevally, and permit. A larger 12-weight is also applicable for GTs, sailfish, marlin, tuna, and more. Floating lines are the norm, as most fishing takes place in shallow water. Intermediate sink tip lines can also be effective when fishing inshore or when wading the surf to get the fly and line down to the fish in the waves. A 400-700grain full-sinking line is also handy to target bottom-feeding species. You will want a variety of flies for fishing in the area, and specific patterns will of course depend on the species you are targeting. For permit, you can expect to use different sizes and weights of Alphlexo crabs as well as various other crab patterns. Please note that our outfitter can provide fly packs for Southern Oman if requested one month prior to arrival dates. There will be flies on the boat which will be charged to the client as used and can be settled at the end of the trip.
Rates and Terms
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person and quoted in US dollars.
3 Full Days Fishing Package (arrive on Saturday or Tuesday):
Single angler, single boat, single accommodation – $4,100 ($4,100 pp)
2 anglers, shared boat, shared accommodation – $4,600 ($2,300 pp)
2 anglers, shared boat, individual accommodation – $5,100 ($2,550 pp)
6 Full Days Fishing Package (arrive on Saturday):
Single angler, single boat, single accommodation –$7,200 ($7,200 pp)
2 anglers, shared boat, shared accommodation – $8,200 ($4,100 pp)
2 anglers, shared boat, individual accommodation – $9,200 ($4,600 pp)
- All accommodation
- Breakfast each morning
- Boat and guide for all days of fishing
- All fuel
- Cooler with bottled water and juice
- Use of fly fishing tackle and equipment if needed
- 5% VAT Tax
What’s Not Included:
- International travel Salalah, Oman
- Any required visa’s depending on your passport
- Gratuities for guides and boat drivers
- Flies (available on the boat and charged as used)
- Lunches and dinners (arranged through hotel, from the Hotel, at surrounding restaurants, or on request)
- Trip insurance to cover cancellations and bad weather days
- Medivac coverage and insurance
OMAN TERMS AND CONDITIONS – CANCELLATIONS
For all trips, full payment is required to secure guides and reservations. Yellow Dog strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance for this trip. For all Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, L.L.C. (YDFA) Oman trip fishing packages, both deposits and final payments are non-refundable inside of 90 days from the scheduled trip date(s) unless a client is replaced. Both deposit and final payment can be transferred to another client for the same (original) dates. Cancellations must be covered by travel insurance. The outfitter reserves the right to cancel a trip due to bad weather conditions and safety issues. If outfitter cancels a trip due to weather, sea state or instructions from authorities this will be done as early as possible and will be confirmed with the client. Outfitter will offer to either provide another suitable date or, failing that, 50% credit for the value of the trip. If neither alternative is suitable no refund will be forthcoming so ensure that travel insurance covers this eventuality. Yellow Dog reserves the right to charge a minimum handling fee of $100.00 per person for date changes after the initial reservation has been made. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the deposit, cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses for these packages.
Payment Terms For All Yellow Dog Trip Bookings
In order to lock in your trip reservation, we ask that you please remit payment at the time of receipt of invoice. For your convenience, Yellow Dog accepts on-line payments via a direct and secure ACH platform – a quick and easy way to complete your trip reservation. Note that all Yellow Dog invoices include a live link that takes you directly to the Yellow Dog ACH platform for fast and easy payment. For open and existing invoices with a remaining balance, payment reminders also include this easy link to the ACH page.
Additional Info and Facts About Oman
• The capital of Oman is Muscat
• Oman has a population of about 4.6 million people
• The local currency is the Riyal (AED) Exchange rate is OMR 1 = USD 2.60
• Time: GMT +4hours
• Language is Arabic, but English is widely spoken
• Clothing should be respectable and not revealing.
• Strict no drug policy including some medicines like codeine.
• Fishing season: September through April
• Weather is generally great October till April, averaging 25-32 degrees Celsius
• Daylight hours in season is light at 06.30 am and sundown 18.00 pm on average
• To travel to Oman you’ll need a valid passport with minimum 6 months validity and two blank passport pages.
• All clients arriving in Oman will either receive a visit visa on arrival or require a pre-trip visit visa depending on their home country/passport
• All clients require travel insurance to cover any accidents, loss of equipment or charter.
• All clients will require to fill out an indemnity form before their charter
• Drink bottled water in Oman, all Oman tap water is from desalination or ground water.
• Electricity is 220V AC. British-style three-pin wall sockets are standard.