Bespoke luxury journeys to Oman's hidden corners

Oman expeditions

Who we are

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Sean Nelson


A leading private travel specialist, Sean organises bespoke, insightful journeys to Oman for discerning clients, based around his rich and varied, 25 year experience of the country. He has been nominated the Conde Nast Top Travel Specialist for Oman since 2012.

A former Officer in the British Royal Marines, he also served in the Royal Army of Oman's Desert Regiment for 3 years in the 1990s. Since leaving the armed forces, he has worked globally as a professional expedition leader, risk management consultant and development director in the NGO sector, setting up on-the-ground community and environmental projects in Africa, Central and South America and Borneo.

In 2006, Sean founded Hud Hud Travels, Oman's leading provider of professionally run private luxury camps and events. His principles in intelligent, luxurious and low impact tourism have been widely celebrated in the international press and by innovators in the tourism industry.   

Sean is also the founder of Nelson Expeditions. A travel company offering bespoke, off the map excursions, with a philanthropic bent. These are logistically complex trips, from Mongolia to Central Africa and Brazil, which expose clients to issues from elephant poaching, to the plight of endangered jaguars in the Pantanal.  Sean is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.


International expert network

Over the past decade, Sean has built up a rich network of specialists, ranging from Oman's leading whale and dolphin expert, to anthropologists, geologists, archaeologists, astronomers and ornithologists. These specialists play an important role in Sean's bespoke expeditions, bringing the country to life, for travellers with specialised interests.


Local expert network

Oman Expeditions works with Oman's top local experts and fixers, from guides, drivers and chefs, to camel herders, artisans and religious scholars, to ensure his clients have an enriching and authentic experience. Whether a client wishes to explore the coast on a luxury catamaran, spend a day fishing on a private boat, dive among Oman's coral reefs, trek through date groves, ancient villages and wadis, climb amidst dramatic landscapes, abseil into one of Oman's stunning sinkholes, ride waves in one of the world's least explored surf destinations or master off-road or sand driving in the Rub' al Khali, we will use our top contacts to create and deliver their bespoke Oman expedition.

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