Muscat Governorate
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Our most recommended Muscat Governorate Outdoor Activities

  • Muscat: Dimaniyat Island Snorkeling Tour

    1. Muscat: Dimaniyat Island Snorkeling Tour

    Explore the Daymaniyat Islands, one of Oman’s most famous places to visit. Your itinerary begins with you stopping off at the Daymaniyat Islands Nature Reserve, before you advance onward to Seeb and the Muscat Governorate. From the starting point, travel for 45-50 minutes to Daymaniyat to reach to the islands. Once having arrived, your boat stops for you to enjoy the area's good visibility. This spot is perfect for snorkeling, swimming, and visiting the beach. On top of all that, it is the perfect location to simply relax and unwind. Your guides provide all the snorkeling gear, including life jackets, snacks, fruits, chips, and refreshments on board the boat. At the conclusion of your 4-hour experience, your friendly guide returns you back to your tour starting point.

  • Muscat: Full Day Boat Trip, Dolphin Watching, & Snorkeling

    2. Muscat: Full Day Boat Trip, Dolphin Watching, & Snorkeling

    Enjoy 4 unique activities in 1 exciting trip. Start your day with a ride on a speed boat where you'll be able to watch the dolphins spinning in the air and having fun while swimming in the beautiful sea of Oman. After watching the dolphins, you will stop to snorkel. Here, the crystal clear water enables you to see the most beautiful coral and colorful fish found in Bandar Kairan. The boat will then sail towards the beach for the much needed relaxation. Here you will be treated to a small Picnic on the secluded beach. Take in the serenity of cove and enjoy some free time on the beach to read, relax, swim, or bask in the shining sun. On the way back you will enjoy Oman's breathtaking coastline and then you will be dropped back to your hotel.

  • From Muscat: Dimaniyat Islands Snorkeling Tour

    3. From Muscat: Dimaniyat Islands Snorkeling Tour

    Discover one of the jewels of Oman, the Dimaniyat Islands, on a boat tour from Muscat. Snorkel in a beautiful, UNESCO-protected nature reserve and admire the abundant sea life. Begin your day with pickup anywhere in Muscat before the Al Seeb area and transfer to the marina for the 70-kilometer (43.5-mile) journey northwest to the Dimaniyat Islands. Onboard, enjoy the scenic views of Muscat and the coastline, as well as unlimited soft drinks and water. Once at the Dimaniyat Islands, explore the nature reserve and stop in two different places for snorkeling. Keep your eyes peeled for sea turtles, corals, and, if you're lucky, sharks, eels, and dolphins. Have the chance to find Nemos (clownfish) and see other different species of colored fish, too.

  • Muscat: Wadi Shab and Bimah Sinkhole Tour with Audio Guiding

    4. Muscat: Wadi Shab and Bimah Sinkhole Tour with Audio Guiding

    After being picked up from your hotel, the tour will begin from Shatti Al-Qurum (next to the Intercontinental Hotel). From here, your tour will take you through the mountainous and desert landscape. Your driver will show you how to use the audio guide system to benefit the GPS enabled commentary that follows the tour. You will pass the coastal township of Quriyat before reaching Wadi Shab after an approximately 1.5-hour drive, after which your guide will take you for a 45-minute walk to reach the natural pools and cave. You will be permitted some time to swim in the area's clear, sparkling waters, before returning to the base after walking for another 45 minutes. You will spend 3 hours in the Wadi, which will include lunch at the Wadi Shab Resort. Following lunch, you will continue traveling through the village of Finns. You will discover its famous white sand beaches, as you drive the...

    Nice tour with audio guide. We unfortunately brought a lot of valuable documents with us on the hike and think it should be noted that you can't carry them with you to reach the cave destination. Maybe they could have mentioned this to leave our things in the car, or hopefully you read this and dont make our mistake. Otherwise, an enjoyable day out to some interesting landscapes.

  • From Muscat: Red Dunes and Wadi Safari with Lunch

    5. From Muscat: Red Dunes and Wadi Safari with Lunch

    Following pickup from your hotel in Muscat, drive to Fanjah for a photo stop. Be amazed by the scenery as you drive through the Sumail Gap, a natural break between the western and eastern Hajar Mountains. Discover the ruins of Al Mansfah, an old mercantile community near Ibra. Proceed to Wadi Bani Khalid to admire the perfect views of the oasis. See date plantations in the villages that line the road on your way there. Then head to Wahiba, a destination known for its golden sands. Enjoy an exciting dune bashing session. Feel the rush of adrenaline as your vehicle climbs the tallest dunes. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious lunch before heading back to Muscat. You’ll be dropped off back at your hotel.

    Great experience, great ride with our guide Mohammed Sharaf, he took good take care of us, it is a must trip especially of you are lucky to have Mohammed as guide

  • Hajar Mountains: Private Day Trip from Muscat

    6. Hajar Mountains: Private Day Trip from Muscat

    Begin your tour driving through the Hajar Mountains to the township of Nizwa, which is the ancient capital of Oman. Visit Nizwa Fort and the traditional Souk.  Next, travel through the deep Wadi Ghul and arrive at Jebel Shams, Mountain of the Sun, which is the undisputed lord of the mountains. Jebel Shams is the highest peak of the Jebel Al Akhdar mountain range, soaring 3,000 meters above sea level. This is the Grand Canyon of Oman and provides spectacular scenery, ancient rock carvings, and remote villages.  Continue your tour to the beautiful old village of Misfah, perched on the side of a mountain where narrow ancient stone pathways lead you into the valley below. Have lunch at a restaurant where you can savor local delicacies at the top of the mountain. Afterward, explore the ancient labyrinth of the region of Al Hamra before your return trip to Muscat.

    Our guide, Abdullah, has answered with kindness to all our curiosity about Oman . He has been an excellent guide

  • From Muscat: Jebel Akhdar the Green Mountain Tour

    7. From Muscat: Jebel Akhdar the Green Mountain Tour

    Benefit from pick-up at your hotel or the Port of Muscat, and then travel approximately 170 kilometers to Jebel Akhdar, one of the most fabulous landmarks of Oman. Known as "Green Mountain" for the moisture at higher altitudes that supports agriculture and allows shrubs to grow, Jebel Akhdar is otherwise a desert of dramatic wilderness and extraordinary beauty. Admire the green terraced gardens surrounding the villages, and drive through the Sumail Gap, the rocky natural passage that divides the Eastern and Western Hajar Mountains. Follow in the footsteps of intrepid tradesmen as you pass the town of Izki and proceed to the Saiq Plateau, only accessible by donkey for hundreds of years. See the variety of fruits growing, such as pomegranates, apricots and lemons in season. Make use of the cool, dry climate to take a walk around Wadi Bani Habib, Shrejaya, Al Ain and Aqur. Return to Musc...

    Wrong description, you are not going to Izki but Nizwa. At least in our case. Everything else very nice

  • Muscat: 2-Hour Snorkeling Tour

    8. Muscat: 2-Hour Snorkeling Tour

    If you are a sea lover, do not miss your chance for this trip into an underwater Arabian environment. Prepare your swimming suit and be ready in the morning as your representative picks you up to begin and enjoy your experience. This snorkeling trip is conducted in shallow waters, which are replete with marine life. Here you can enjoy seeing all different kinds of reef fish and maybe even turtles, honeycomb morays, and sting rays. There is also the opportunity to spot tuna, parrot fish, tiger fish, angel fish, and lion fish, as well as lots more. Snorkeling equipment is available free of charge on the boat, with life jackets also available for those who have difficulty swimming. You will also be able to enjoy refreshing drinks and snacks throughout your trip. At the conclusion of your activity, you will be returned back to your point of origin.

    a) pick up was on time and very comfortable b) we had to wait cca. 50 minutes till debarkation c) we did not get automatically towels, upon request it worked d) the captain was very friendly and informative e) we were allowed to guide, control the ship f) we got sufficient time for snorkeling, but the water was not clear enough

  • From Muscat: Wadi Shab & Bimmah Sinkhole Full-Day Tour

    9. From Muscat: Wadi Shab & Bimmah Sinkhole Full-Day Tour

    Discover the incredible oasis of Wadi Shab - one of the last places in Oman where you can chill in fresh blue water surrounded by mountains. Enjoy a rewarding full-day experience as you explore this spectacular waterfall in a cave. Start the tour with pick up from your hotel in Muscat. Hop into an air-conditioned vehicle and set off on a 2-hour scenic drive through the otherworldly landscapes of Oman. Along the route, stop at a local coffee shop to try an energizing Omani tea. When you arrive at your destination, hidden away in the canyon of the dry river Wadi-Shab, take a very quick boat ride to the other side of the bank. From here, embark on your 40-minute hike. During the walk, experience the awesome power of nature which has forged the rock formations of this impressive canyon. Observe how the local farmers live and work, maintaining their crops in rough, rocky lands using the old ...

  • Muscat: Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling Tour

    10. Muscat: Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling Tour

    Take the opportunity to watch the dolphins and discover the underwater world of Oman, complete with snorkeling masks. Your day will begin by experiencing the power, grace and speed of dolphins in their natural environment, which is a truly amazing and spectacular sight to see. Your captain will help you to identify the different type of dolphins, most often spotted here are the acrobatic spinners dolphin, the powerful bottle-nose dolphin and the common dolphin. After watching the dolphins have the opportunity to go snorkeling for 1 hour around the stunning Bandar Khiran Bay. Oman ranks among some of the best snorkeling destinations in the world, and during this tour you will have no doubt in your mind why this is so. Experience the dazzling underwater world, swimming alongside turtles and other varying and unique forms of marine life. You'll love this new world beneath the water, a tru...

    It was a unique experience. We saw so many dolphins and got to snorkel for one hour. The guide was very friendly! Would definitely recommend for families, there were kids aged 3-11 with us that thoroughly enjoyed it.

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What people are saying about Muscat Governorate

I had a great time and though I need to leave a positive review because I have seen many negative ones. My Driver was on time, I was with 6 others in a small group tour bus, and had a great day. The description matches was was happening - and it was worth the 75 USD ;) Don't expect too much from the lunch but it is also not overstated as being super sumptuous... The GPS tour guide in English was excellent - it's well curated, the voice is from a native speaker and the choice of words was sometimes colourful. Did this tour on Friday, Feb 28, 2020

The Tour Operator is very well organized. Where the starting point of the excursion is located there are toilets to change. We had to travel for over an hour before seeing the dolphins but it is not a fault to be attributed to the TO. Very nice snorkeling. We have seen many fish. There are mask, snorkel, fins and vests for children available

We had a great day with Sharaf! So happy that we booked the trip. He was very nice, very helpful and very funny. Not only as a guide also as a photographer;). I would highly recommend this trip!

The diving goggles often have to be checked for leaks and replaced with new ones! Please inform the children and adults that they do not step on poisonous sea urchins !!!

Awesome trip, The experience is top notch, just bring both a sturdy pair of shoes and some water shoes. Lunch was excellent. Not much else to say.