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Muscat: Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling Tour

1. 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.

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

2. 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.

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Muscat: Wadi Shab and Bimah Sinkhole Tour with Audio Guiding

3. 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.

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From Muscat: Dimaniyat Islands Snorkeling Tour

4. 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.

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

5. 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.

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Muscat: Dimaniyat Island Snorkeling Tour

6. 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.

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

7. 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 clouds. As the trip comes to an end, enjoy a ride back to Muscat passing through the fascinating Muscat embassy quarter. Stop outside the charming Sultan Qaboos Mosque and admire and take photos of the magnificently beautiful Islamic architecture. The tour concludes with drop-off back to your hotel in Muscat.

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Muscat: Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling Experience

8. 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.

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

9. 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.

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Muscat: 2-Hour Snorkeling Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Muscat

The sights were mind blowing, especially Wadi Shabi. It’s definitely a must see and must visit when in Oman. The nature is breathtaking. However, travelers should be advised that’s quite dangerous and requires certain physical readiness. The route is quite wild, and wrong step can be lethal.

They were very organized and the tour guide (Ilyas) was very helpful! We had even stopped for a quick bite to eat which was covered by the tour. I wish that the bus was less full for COVID-19 reasons, but other than that, it was an excellent tour. Thank you!

Can only recommend this tour when you are visiting Oman for the first time. Our tour guide (Hood) was really sympathetic and helpful. The drive is about 2h and then there will be a combination of walking + swimming which makes it a unique experience

Amazing experience! Guide was informative and happy to chat about Oman. We had a varied group and he balanced the speed etc well. Wadi shab was beautiful and I really enjoyed the cave/waterfall. Drinks and snacks were offered all day. Very good.

lovely tour with excellent guide, all went so smoothly. couldn't have been better!