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

1. 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 irrigation system as their water supply. Be sure to bring along your waterproof cameras and shoes so that when you reach the lake you can snap some photos and walk around through the magnificent site. Admire the cascade of the waterfall and take a refreshing dip in the beautiful blue water to cool off from the heat. On the way back, stop to see a beautiful lake located in the Bimmah Sinkhole. Finally, return to the vehicle and begin the drive back to Muscat where you will be dropped off at your hotel and the tour concludes.

Muscat: Sunset Cruise

2. Muscat: Sunset Cruise

Enjoy the calm waters off the coast of Muscat and admire some of the city's highlights from the deck of the dhow. Pass the 17th-century Portuguese fort, the Al Alarm Palace, as well as the Al Mirani and Al Jalali Forts. The activity starts with pickup from your accommodation. Catch the sunset over the water and be transported back in time to when these sailing vessels cruised up and down the coast of Eastern Arabia. After the excursion, hotel drop-off is provided.

Muscat: Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling Tour

3. 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 truly memorable and authentic snorkeling adventure.

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 coastal scenic route to reach the dramatic Bimah Sinkhole, a miracle of nature, where you will be able to swim in its half-salted water. You will then commence your journey back to Muscat with a smooth drive after an active nature day in Oman. Your tour will later end in Shatti Al Qurum, from where you will transfer back to your hotel.

From Muscat: Dimaniyat Islands Snorkeling Tour

5. 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: Night Tour with Dinner at Bustan Palace

6. Muscat: Night Tour with Dinner at Bustan Palace

Start with pickup from your hotel in Muscat. Begin the tour at Shatti Al-Qurum, next to the Intercontinental Hotel. Pass by the Royal Opera House, a massive monument which was constructed on the orders of Sultan Qaboos, who is an avid fan of classical music. Make a photo stop at the illuminated Mohammed Al Ameen Mosque. Afterwards, head towards Old Muscat and the area of Muttrah Corniche. Admire the city's picturesque harbor from this beautiful waterside area. Arrive at Muttrah Souq to discover a mix of the old and new along with a myriad of sights, sounds, and fragrances from everyday life. Do some souvenir shopping before driving to the most prominent landmark in Muscat, the Al Alam Palace. Take a photo of the gates of the palace, flanked by the 16th-century Portuguese forts of Jalali and Mirani. In recent years the palace is largely used for ceremonial purposes.  Next, make your way to the Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Begin an authentic Omani culinary experience with the acrobatic tea-pouring skills of the tea sommelier. Enjoy a sumptuous buffet dinner at the Al Khiran Terrace Restaurant. Offering an array of culinary treasures, Al Bustan Palace is home to some of the best restaurants in the city, only steps from luxurious resort accommodations.

Muscat: Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling Experience

7. Muscat: Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling Experience

Following pickup from your Muscat accommodation, make way to the water to search for dolphins in the beautiful waters of Muscat. Regular visitors to this area include bottle-nose dolphins, common dolphins, spinner dolphins, and Risso's dolphins. After watching these beautiful cetaceans, unwind by snorkeling in the crystal clear waters at the nearest snorkeling point. Coral beds provide homes to an exotic variety of fish, which are a pleasure to observe. Once you are done enjoying the timeless magic of tropical fish in the wild, your guide returns you back to your Muscat City hotel.

Muscat: Full-Day Nizwa Tour with Audio Guiding

8. Muscat: Full-Day Nizwa Tour with Audio Guiding

Get picked up from your hotel and head to the Shatti Al-Qurum hotel where the tour begins. Your driver will show you how to use the audio guide system to benefit the GPS enabled commentary (available in five languages) that follows the tour. Travel towards to Nizwa, Oman’s cultural capital and home to some of its most significant structures. Along the way, stop at a charming ancestral village called Birka Al Mawz, which sits at the base of Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountain). In Nizwa, admire the central fort and its giant cannon tower; walk through the traditional souq (market); and, of course, enjoy a local restaurant for lunch. After lunch, visit the unique Jabreen Castle, built in the 17th century. It has magnificent plasterwork, carved doors, and painted wooden beams. You'll also see Jebel Shams—one of the most famous mountains in Oman—and one of the oldest towns in the region, Oman Bahla, before heading back to your hotel.

Muscat: Wadi Shab and Bimmah Sinkhole Private Full-Day Tour

9. Muscat: Wadi Shab and Bimmah Sinkhole Private Full-Day Tour

Wadi Shab is one of the last places in Oman where you can chill in fresh blue water surrounded by mountains. The true reward of this full-day experience is the waterfall in the cave; locals say it's an oasis. To discover this amazing destination, hidden away in the canyon of the dry river Wadi-Shab, begin the tour with a two-hour drive from Muscat. Along the way, take in the truly otherworldly landscapes of Oman.  Stop at a local coffee shop to try an energizing Omani tea before arriving to the destination. After a very quick boat ride to the other side of the bank, embark on a 40-minute hiking journey. The canyon will show you not only the power of nature, but also the lifestyle of local farmers. To this day, farmers do their rocking in rough, rocky lands, using the old irrigation system as their water supply. Bring along your waterproof cameras and shoes, because, when you reach the lake, you'll want to snap some photos and walk around through the magnificent site. On the way back, stop to see a beautiful lake located in a sinkhole.

Hajar Mountains: Private Day Trip from Muscat

10. 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.

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It was just a dream! Our guide Ilya was super nice and everything went smoothly. Communication was very easy and we were picked up on time. The tour itself was beautiful! The nature is really impressive and it is a unique experience. However, you have to be prepared for the fact that you have to hike there and back for about 40 minutes. So you should be good on foot. But the trip is definitely worth it, we definitely recommend it.

We had the best experience! The driver was punctual and nice, he took us to the port where we met our tour guide! Khalid was very professional we followed the dolphins for like 40 mins and saw so many of them. We then stopped to do some snorkeling and managed to swim with turtles! Khalid made sure we saw them by directing us from the boat. Such an unforgettable experience, definitely recommended!

Really a nice experience! If you are comfortable swimming, this is an amazing hike! The wadi is beautiful and with the amount of time we were in the water, even hiking at the beginning of May was doable. Bring water and water shoes!

Probably one of the best tours I've been on... Thanks to Ilyas!!!

Really a lot of dolphins + turtles. Very good tour !