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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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Wahiba Sands & Wadi Bani Khalid Private Tour

3. Wahiba Sands & Wadi Bani Khalid Private Tour

Cross the desert dunes of Muscat by 4WD vehicle, and experience the adrenaline rush of driving across the rugged terrain in an off-road mode of transport. Make your way to the Wahiba Sands to see the traditional homes of the desert nomads and Bedouin tribes. Keep a look-out for the nomads as they move through the desert with their camels. Visit a Bedouin home in the middle of the desert, and contrast the arid landscape with the clear, blue waters of Wadi Bani Khalid. Enjoy a relaxing siesta in the shade of the palm trees, and catch a glimpse of the pretty villages scattered across the slopes of the wadi. Marvel at how the houses cling precariously to the rugged mountain side. Bring your swimming costume to take a dip in the inviting waters! 

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

5. 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.

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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.

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

7. 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

8. 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

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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Muscat

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 187 reviews

Selem wahleykom, hello, A really great activity! The guide was on time downstairs from my hotel. Very kind, helpful and available. The activities were respected, he knows people and we were able to fully enjoy this day. The two places advertised were magnificent. The traditional restaurant was good and the pleasure of the table was there! He was kind enough (because not compulsory) to lend us protection for the phone so that he could go in the water as well as water shoes! The other guides did not necessarily provide these elements. A word of advice, booking with this guide is the best thing to do, so don't hesitate! He doesn't look at his watch and is very dedicated.

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!