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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. Let captain help you 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, go snorkeling for around the stunning Bandar Khiran Bay. 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.

From Muscat: Dimaniyat Islands Snorkeling Tour

2. 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.

From Muscat: Private Desert Safari and Overnight

3. From Muscat: Private Desert Safari and Overnight

This overnight desert safari will help to expand your understanding of Omani heritage with a stay under the star-lit sky at a campsite in the desert. Take this unique opportunity to step back in time and experience Oman as it was five decades ago.  Begin your journey in Muscat and head towards Wadi Bani Khalid, where you will stop for a refreshing bath in the deep pools, and explore the hidden Mukal cave. Relax under the sun and enjoy a nice breeze from the mountains. Tuck into a tasty lunch, and then continue on to Bidiya village. Visit a Bedouin family in the desert. After spending some time with the family and enjoying Omani coffee and dates, arrive at the desert camp. In the evening drive in the desert to watch the sunset from the dunes and take amazing photographs. After dinner, enjoy a friendly conversation with friends around the campfire, and then head to your tent or your room, depending on the option you choose.

Oman: Wahiba and Wadi Bani Khaled Private Trip

4. Oman: Wahiba and Wadi Bani Khaled 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.

Muscat: 2-Hour Snorkeling Tour

5. 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.

Oman: Jasmin Tour | 3 Days Private Package Tour

6. Oman: Jasmin Tour | 3 Days Private Package Tour

First, you'll explore the desert town of Fanya, and admire the ancient mud buildings amid a mountainous backdrop. Continue to the Old Town Mudhairib. The ruins here offer a wonderful photo opportunity. In bustling Ibra, you will stroll the local market and enjoy a midday repast before visiting its ancient village. A romantic night in a desert camp will rejuvenate you after an adventurous 4x4 sand dune drive, topped off by a stunning sunset over desert dunes and followed by a sumptuous dinner surrounded by the warmth of a campfire. On day 2, explore Wadi Bani Khalid, one of the biggest and most beautiful wadis in Oman. Swim, sunbathe, relax, or have a picnic in the scenic wadi canyons. Tour the sights of Sur, including a famous castle, and visit the Turtle sanctuary at Ras Al Jinz. Look for nesting sea turtles and, if you are lucky, baby turtles hatching. Proceed to the overnight hotel/camp in Ras al Hadd. The next day, after a photo stop at the The Tomb of Bibi Mariam (onetime host to Marco Polo) in Qalhat, you'll continue to Wadi Shab. This is an enormous canyon where you'll hike and bathe in the crystal clear pools, crevices, and even a stunning turquoise waterfall. On the way back to Muscat, see the incredible Bamah Sinkhole, believed to have been created by a meteor.

From Muscat: 4-Day Oman Highlights Tour

7. From Muscat: 4-Day Oman Highlights Tour

Day 1 Get picked up from anywhere in Muscat and drive to visit the beautiful Nakhl Fortress. Lying amongst mountain foothills in a small village with extensive date palm plantations, this magnificent 350-year-old fortress rises out of the mountain rock, towering high above the ancient village, as if still warning would-be attackers of its ominous strength. Tour the inside of the restored fortress and visit all the rooms which have been decorated in their original style. Learn about the network of hidden escape routes and secret passages that riddle the structure. Admire an outstanding view from the top of the fortress over the mountains and green date plantations. From there, drive into the Wadi Bani Awf, a picturesque dry valley. Pass by the impressive Wadi Canyons and several small villages on a scenic 1.5-hour drive before continuing up the road leading into the Jebel Shams Mountains. Enjoy the adventurous, off-road drive up the mountain and take in fantastic views of the valley below. Then head to Nizwa where you'll stay for the night. Day 2 Get an early start to visit the famous Nizwa Souq, a traditional market that is among the largest of its kind in Oman. A wide variety of vendors offer their goods in the streets of the souk from 5:00 am to about 10:00 am each morning. Peruse stalls selling fish, meat, vegetables, pottery, jewelry, handicrafts, and souvenirs clustered in authentic old market halls. Especially interesting is the Friday cattle market when the locals from nearby villages come to sell their donkeys, goats, cattle, sheep, and chickens in a circus-style open market place. Next to the Souq is Nizwa Fortress. The fort is a museum today and offers splendid views of the ancient town and surrounding mountains. Wander around the impressive fortress and visit its many rooms, passages, and towers. Learn how the fort stands as an architectural testimony to the economic and military achievements of the early Yaruba dynasty from the mid-17th century. Imagine how perilous it was to walk the corridors during the times when numerous traps were laid to deter any intruders that might have penetrated the outer defenses. In the afternoon, head out to the Wahiba Sands desert for a relaxing night of desert camping. Go on an adventurous 4x4 sand dune drive and watch the stunning desert sunset from the top of one of the biggest dunes. Finish the day with dinner at the camp and a relaxing evening around a romantic campfire before heading to your tent for the night. Day 3 After a relaxing, slow breakfast in the desert camp, get underway to Wadi Bani Khalid, one of the biggest and most beautiful desert valleys in Oman. Spend time swimming, sunbathing, and having a picnic in the scenic wadi canyons. Drive on to Sur for a short city tour before continuing to Ras al Hadd to check in to your accommodation for the night. In the evening, visit the turtle sanctuary at Ras Al Jinz. Go on a beautiful walking tour of the beach under the stars and spot the great sea turtles that stumble on to the beaches of Oman to build nests and lay their eggs. If you are lucky, you might even see baby turtles hatching from some nests. Day 4 On the last day, head to Wadi Shab, an enormous canyon gorge lined with palm trees and impressive indications of the power of the water that periodically rushes down from the mountains. Go on a 45-minute hike through the canyon to reach the first of several crystal clear water pools. Take a leisurely swim through the warm water from pool to pool until you reach the last one where an opening in the enormous rocks allows you to swim into a narrow cave with a small waterfall. Marvel at the speckles of sunlight that filter in, turning the water a beautiful turquoise blue color, and the water showering down one side of the cave from the Wadi beyond. In the late afternoon, drive back to Muscat.

Muscat: Horse Riding Experience with Traditional Dinner

8. Muscat: Horse Riding Experience with Traditional Dinner

Suitable for both beginners and more experienced riders, head out on a sunset horseback ride along the beach. Afterward, enjoy some traditional Omani food for dinner. Begin with a short safety introduction and an explanation about the best techniques for managing your horse. Then, you will set off, riding along a scenic route. The ride involves a relaxed walk along the beach for beginners and the possibility of walking in combination with a trotting pace for the riders with more experience. During the whole journey, all riders are accompanied by instructors. After the horse riding, enjoy some traditional Omani cuisine of a BBQ and salads before you return to your accommodation in Muscat.

From Muscat: Private Deep-Sea Fishing Boat Trip

9. From Muscat: Private Deep-Sea Fishing Boat Trip

Deep-sea fishing is known to be one of the top Muscat outdoor activities, especially for those who love being out on the water. The area has become a well-known destination for fishing the world over. Gear up for an exciting experience filled with adventure, beautiful weather and views, and clear waters swarming with fish. Head to the top location for deep-sea fishing to participate in a pastime adored by tourists and residents alike.  Your professional guide promises to provide not only the best deep-sea fishing experience possible, but also an exciting journey and a fun experience with your friends or family that will leave you satisfied, relaxed, and happy.

Daliah: 2 Day Package Tour

10. Daliah: 2 Day Package Tour

Explore Nizwa, the old capital city of Oman, at the famous Nizwa Souq. A wide variety of vendors offer their goods each morning. Here you can find fish, meat, vegetables, pottery, jewelry, handicrafts and souvenirs, sold in authentic market halls. Watch as vendors hawk their livestock at the Friday cattle market. Nearby Nizwa Fortress is architectural testimony to the economic and military achievements of the early Yaruba dynasty from the mid-17th century. It was a military stronghold designed to withstand even the strongest of attacks, with traps galore set for possible intruders in its hallowed halls. The picturesque village Misfath al Abreen lies on a steep slope at the foot of Jebel Shams, and has a large Falaj system which supplies water for many orchards, date palms and vegetable gardens. Then head up Jebel Shams Mountain; at 3000 meters, it is the highest mountain of Oman. Finally, time for some beauty sleep with an overnight at Jebel Shams Resort. The next morning, why not explore the Grand Canyon of Oman among the bevy of walking paths, where you'll take in spectacular views of the wadis and valleys below? Further down the mountain, Jabrin Castle, erected in 1670 by a sultan, beckons. Go back in time with exhibits of furniture and traditional utensils, take a gander at the elaborate wood carvings, ceiling paintings, and stucco work. The last stop offers a hard choice: will it be the Al Hoota Caves with its underground rivers, or UNESCO World Heritage Site the Bahla Fortress with its 132 watchtowers and 12 km of walls? Let the decision be yours.

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4.3 / 5

based on 33 reviews

The tour was great. The pickup in front of the harbor gate worked without any problems. Then it was about 15 minutes along the coast to the harbor where the excursion boat was. At 08:30 the boat trip started. On the way to the island the driver spotted dolphins. On the island we saw turtles while snorkeling and numerous colorful exotic fish. On the way back, the driver drove along the coast and pointed out some sea-side sights to us. There was a packed lunch and plenty of soft drinks. The tour was my highlight of the Aida cruise. If you like boating and snorkeling, this is the place to be. A waterproof camera makes for great memories.

Beautiful desert and wadi tour, our excellent guide, accompanied us everywhere with great dedication, professionalism and kindness. It made us discover unique places that we would not have been able to explore on our own. In addition, since it was not due, he offered us breakfast and a snack based on typical local products. And he also spent more hours than expected without ever rushing us during the tour. We were lucky to meet him.

Saw lots of dolphins and snorkeled in the bay. Nice guide and captain. was fun PS: People who easily get seasick should take travel pills in advance to be on the safe side, because the crossing was at maximum speed with waves and the boat was correspondingly restless.

Very nice guide, you also saw everything that was advertised (dolphins, turtles, etc.) The guide showed us a few more interesting spots along the coast and took the time to show them to us. Food was also secured by the giant packed lunch. A very nice trip!

Everything as described. Saw lots of dolphins. Warm water even in January. fast boats.