Muscat Governorate
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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.

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Muscat: Wadi Shab and Bimah Sinkhole Tour with Audio Guiding

2. 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

3. 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

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.

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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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Full-Day Coastal Delights Tour from Muscat

8. 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.

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Muscat: Charter Transfer with Private Driver

9. Muscat: Charter Transfer with Private Driver

After being picked up from a selected location in Muscat by your driver, climb into a comfortable 6-seater SUV - either a Toyota Land Cruiser or Toyota Prado. Begin your city exploration as you discover the charm of the Omani cityscape, culture, and heritage.  Explore the range of attractions and activities on offer in the capital on your own terms and at your own pace during this fully customizable, 8-hour tour. Visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, museums, and forts, lagoons, beaches, souks, or parks. Head to as many tourist spots as you want within the allotted time. Once the trip is concluded, you will be dropped back to your hotel or selected location in Muscat.

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What people are saying about Muscat Governorate

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!