Muscat Governorate
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  • 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.

  • From Muscat: Dimaniyat Islands Snorkeling Tour

    2. 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.

  • From Muscat: Red Dunes and Wadi Safari with Lunch

    3. 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

  • From Muscat: Day Trip to Jebel Shams, Oman's Grand Canyon

    4. From Muscat: Day Trip to Jebel Shams, Oman's Grand Canyon

    Begin your tour with 8:00 AM pickup from your accommodation in Muscat, then head to Nizwa, the birthplace of Islam and former capital of the Sultanate of Oman. Once there, enjoy the rich history of Oman dating back to the 17th century in a city packed with forts, historical edifices, and date plantations. Gaze at elaborate khanjars, or hand-carved daggers, and masterfully-crafted silver jewelry in Round Tower Fort, one of the city’s most famous fortifications. Later, you will be directed to Jebel Shams. On the way there, make stops to capture the best pictures at Al Hamra, a 300-year-old town located close to a flourishing oasis, and Misfat Al Brein, a 13th-century village located at the border of the canyon. Stroll through the mountain roads to arrive at Jebel Shams and stare in awe at the majestic peaks of the range that extend almost 3000 meters (9840 feet) up toward the cl...

    The Travel Guide Abdul was amazing. But the tour operators were very late and I couldn’t fulfill the enjoyment I truly deserved.

  • From Muscat: Jebel Akhdar the Green Mountain Tour

    5. 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

  • From Muscat: 4-Day Oman Highlights Tour

    6. From Muscat: 4-Day Oman Highlights Tour

    Day 1 Get picked up from anywhere in Muscat and drive to visit the beautiful Nakhl Fortress. Lying amongst mountain foothills in a small village with extensive date palm plantations, this magnificent 350-year-old fortress rises out of the mountain rock, towering high above the ancient village, as if still warning would-be attackers of its ominous strength. Tour the inside of the restored fortress and visit all the rooms which have been decorated in their original style. Learn about the network of hidden escape routes and secret passages that riddle the structure. Admire an outstanding view from the top of the fortress over the mountains and green date plantations. From there, drive into the Wadi Bani Awf, a picturesque dry valley. Pass by the impressive Wadi Canyons and several small villages on a scenic 1.5-hour drive before continuing up the road leading into the Jebel Shams Mountai...

  • Full-Day Coastal Delights Tour from Muscat

    7. Full-Day Coastal Delights Tour from Muscat

    Start your full-day trip with a visit to the small fishing village of Quriyat. Afterwards, the tour continues with an off-road trip to Wadi Tiwi and Fins Beach. The drive on a graded track leads to Wadi Shab, one of Oman's most stunning wadis, which flows with fresh water most of the year alongside banana plantations and rocky paths. You’ll cross the river in a motorized boat. At the other side of the river, a walk will take you along flat land and over boulders and then on a path along the side of the mountain. Note that the path has a few narrow and slippery spots. Later in the afternoon you’ll be transferred back to Muscat.

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

    8. 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: Full-Day City Tour with Sunset Cruise

    9. Muscat: Full-Day City Tour with Sunset Cruise

    Start the tour with pickup from your hotel and transfer to Shatti Al-Qurum (next to the Intercontinental Hotel) where the city tour departs. Venture through the beautiful city and discover a rare blend of ancient and modern architecture surrounded by mountains and the Arabian Sea.  First, drive through the ministries' area, where you can see a number of modern buildings with touches of ancient Islamic architecture. Make your first stop at the Grand Mosque - an architectural marvel and perhaps the new landmark of the city. Then, visit the fish market and the folkloric Muttrah Souk, with its narrow covered alleys. Smell the exotic aromas of spices, coffee beans, and ancient remedies. Next, visit the Bait Al Zubair Museum, which has a fine exhibit of Omani history and culture, encompassing all of the area's traditional values. Make a photo-stop at the magnificent Al Alam Palace (the offic...

  • Oman's Grand Canyon: Full-Day Tour from Muscat

    10. Oman's Grand Canyon: Full-Day Tour from Muscat

    Your full-day excursion begins with a drive in the direction of Jabal Shams, the second-highest peak in the Arabic Gulf, at a height of over 2,000 meters. A 30-minute off-road drive will take you to Wadi Ghul, also known as Oman's Grand Canyon. If you like you can take a short walk or even a mountain bike ride in this dramatic wadi area. Experience a journey through more than a half billion years of geological time. Next, you’ll visit the mountain village of Misfah to admire examples of ancient architecture, as seen in its stone houses. A paved road leads up to the village, and during the drive you’ll have views of traditional houses standing on the mountain, which looks like a turban atop the date palm plantation. People continue to live in these houses, some of which are built on large rocks. The availability of water has ensured the preservation of this thriving village.

    Simply one of the most stunning places I have ever visited! Our driver and excellent tour guide, Ramadan, picked us up from our hotel in Muscat at 8am and drove us to Nizwa Souk for a full Omani cultural experience. During our tour, he was a very honest and warm host, who spoke about his life in Oman, his family and everything that his beautiful country had to offer. Once we had our delightful tour of the souk - stopping regularly for Omani coffee and a plethora of delicious dates, we travelled onwards to Jebel Shams: the Grand Canyon of Oman. After a lengthy, yet interesting drive through the mountain villages, we were greeted with an astonishing view and Ramadan gave us plenty of space and time to ourselves to explore the area. The drive back to Muscat took around three hours, but Ramadan kept us entertained throughout. Overall, an absolute must.

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What people are saying about Muscat Governorate

We are 3 girls and we had this trip on January 2020. We really love it, mostly the red dunes actually. The dunes are spectacular. We get there in a 4wd car driven by our guide and I think that having a local guide to drive in the desert is the best choice. The road is quite not visible and you have to know how to drive in the desert to make sure that you don’t have any car crash or you get lost. The guide (“Jacob”) was very friendly and kind. The second part of the tour was in Wadi Bani Khalid and we entered a cave where you can see fresh water underground. We really like this trip!

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!

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

Great driver. Muscat is a very beautiful city. With children the individual tour was great. Driver responds to all requests. I can only recommend it.

Excellent day trip , our guide Mohamed was Great, very experience driver.