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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: Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling Tour

2. 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 Bimmah Sinkhole Private Full-Day Tour

3. 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.

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

4. 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.

Muscat: Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling Experience

5. 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.

From Muscat: Dimaniyat Islands Snorkeling Tour

6. 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.

Oman: Wahiba and Wadi Bani Khamed Private Trip

7. Oman: Wahiba and Wadi Bani Khamed Private Trip

To start your full-day visit to Oman, board a 4WD vehicle and get ready to visit the most fantastic wadi. Head towards Fanjah, where you will have the time to make a photo stop to snap some great pictures fo the wadi and marvelous oasis.  Drive through the Sumail Gap that divides the Western and Eastern Hajars, past the ruins of Al Mansfah old mercantile community near Ibra. Head towards Wadi Bani Khalid. Drive past a village with endless plantations before you reach the magnificent Wadi. The pools are cool and deep, filled with silky water perfect for a long swim.  Move on to Wahiba's undulating golden sands to enjoy the experience of dune bushing with your experienced guide. Let your guide show you his talent in driving across the dunes of wahiba, take memorial photos for you and your family, and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before you return to Muscat.

Hajar Mountains: Private Day Trip from Muscat

8. 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.

Muscat: 2-Hour Snorkeling Tour

9. 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.

From Muscat: Jebel Akhdar the Green Mountain Tour

10. 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 Muscat and get dropped off at your hotel or the port.

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What people are saying about Muscat

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 187 reviews

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!

I loved the trip - pick up was on time. Island was lovely. First snorkelling spot had such rich marine life - saw turtles as well and so many colourful fishes. Then, we moved to 2nd snorkelling spot + beach. Packed food was offered that was sufficient and well thought through. Overall, great trip!

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!

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