Your guide will pick you up at 8:30am and take you towards the town of Quriyat, which lies on the East Coast of Oman, at the end of a sandy plain overlooked by the Eastern Hajar Mountains. Close by is the town of Dibba where you will visit the Bimmah Sinkhole with inviting clear green waters to climb down the steps, swim, paddle or just take in the surroundings. From there, the tour continues along the coastline with stops at the town of Fins where you will visit its famous White Beach tucked beneath the cliffs. The white sandy beaches and incredible turquoise sea make for a picture-perfect scene and ideal photo opportunity.
The journey along the coast will stop at the coastal village of Tiwi where Wadi Tiwi with its blue-green pools of water surrounded by palm trees provides the perfect rest spot. You will visit the nearby town of Qalhat, home to the Bibi Miryam Tomb which stands proudly on top of the hill. Qalhat is one of the oldest towns and seaports in Oman and is currently undergoing archaeological excavation.
Your next stop will be the large town of Sur, famous for its trade and Dhow building. The sheltered lagoon is another perfect photo opportunity with the white houses in the background and old Dhows floating in the lagoon.
You will arrive at Ras Al Hadd in the afternoon where you can relax before dinner and go turtle watching in the evening. Please note that an overnight stay at the Ras Al Hadd Turtle Reserve needs to be booked in advance and must be paid directly to the Reserve upon arrival. Due to demand and conservation projects at the Reserve, we are unable to include accommodation as part of the tour package.
After breakfast, you will start by driving to the desert via the town of Asellah. On the way, you will follow the scenic rocky coastline, visit the old Mosque in Jallan Bani Bu Ali, Al Hamooda Mosque, which was built in the 11th Century. It has 52 domes supported by pillars and a main entrance with carved wooden doors.
After that, you will continue to Wadi Bani Khalid, an oasis nestled deep in the mountains and one of the largest and most picturesque wadis in Oman where water flows all year round. You can cool down in the green pools or explore the wadi and see more pools with waterfalls. Last but certainly not least you will have a chance to experience dune bashing in the Wahiba desert before heading back to Muscat.
The tour starts at 8am when we depart in a 4WD vehicle to Wahiba Sands, a vast mass of undulating red and white sea of sand and dunes rising up to 200 metres which are also home to a variety of flora and fauna, via the scenic and rugged coastal route. This tour offers breath taking glimpses of the blue waters of the Gulf of Oman with its pristine white beaches. We will drive past the fishing village of Quriyat where there is a good chance of spotting Flamingos and Eagles at an inland stream, where we will stop for photographs. We will also visit the picturesque Wadi Arabayeen with deep pools of water set among the date palms. Next, we will travel to the Bimmah Sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater with clear blue-green water at the bottom. On clear sunny days there is a chance of seeing sharks in the deep blue waters out at sea and even fleet-footed Gazelles sprinting across the desert landscape.
We will visit the Mausoleum of Bibi Miryam at Qalhat, which stands as a remnant of a bygone era. As we continue from here, the road winds through mountain terrain offering breath taking glimpses of the ocean as we curve around the rock. After arriving in Sur for lunch at a local restaurant, we will continue our drive to the Wahiba Sands.
The ever-changing patterns of the dunes are a photographer’s delight. Experience a roller coaster on the sand as your vehicle climbs and descends the dunes, racing around the peaks and dropping down along the sandy mountains. The day concludes with dinner and an overnight stay at Arabian Oryx Camp.
Start the day with breakfast at the Arabian Oryx Camp before continuing on through the sand.
Wahiba Sands is also home to traditional Bedouin tribes who are known for their hospitality and their knowledge of the desert. We will visit a Bedouin family in their traditional and humble habitat before continuing our journey. Next up is Wadi Bani Khalid, a stark contrast to the sparse desert with small picturesque villages embedded in the mountains. The wadi itself has clear deep blue waters where you can cool off, swim or paddle. Lunch will be served at Al Sharqiyah Sands hotel before returning to Muscat.
A traditional Majlis (a large tent) which contains Bedouin handicrafts, helps to show the true spirit of life in desert, complete with a traditional Arabian dining area covered with carpets.
It is advisable to wear light comfortable clothing and walking shoes.