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10 Best Day Trips from Muscat, Oman: Guided Tours & DIY Adventures

Have limited time in Oman ? You’ll be surprised by just how much of the country you can see on a day trip from Muscat .

Whether it’s hidden mountain villages, cooling off in a wadi or the solitude of the Empty Quarter you seek, this curated list of Muscat day trips and tours has something for every traveller and every budget.

Muscat is one of my favourite places in the Middle East . I could happily spend a week wandering the atmospheric Muttrah Souq, people watching on the corniche and eating kebabs on the beach as the sun melts over the Gulf. But it would be a shame to come all the way to Oman and not sample the country’s magnificent natural landscapes as well.

From sinkholes and wadis to Oman’s ‘Empty Quarter’, the Sharqiya Sands desert, all the way to the rocky peaks and deep canyons of the Hajar mountains and the pristine waters of the Gulf of Oman, this country is endowed with so much natural beauty, it’s almost overwhelming.

Hiring a car and driving around Oman is the ultimate way to experience the country. If you don’t have enough time for an extensive road trip or just just prefer to base yourself in Muscat and return to the capital each evening, this list of day trips and organised tours will help you see the best of the country in a time and cost-effective way.

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How to get around Oman

With limited public transport between cities, the best way to travel around Oman is by car.

  • How to hire a car in Oman: Use Discover Cars to find the best price on a rental .
  • How to find day tours from Muscat: Browse private and small group day tours on Get Your Guide .
  • How to book a private driver: Organise a car and driver for the day and design your own flexible itinerary .

10 best day trips from Muscat

1. day trip to wadi shab and bimmah sinkhole for scenery & swimming.

  • Distance from Muscat: 150 km (1.5 hours by car one-way)
  • Great for: Scenery, swimming, beaches, picnics

12 of the very best Oman tours (Muscat day tours), including Muscat cruise tours, nature tours, wadi tours and desert tours.

Wadi Shab and Bimmah Sinkhole, two of Oman’s most majestic natural wonders, are both located down the coast from Muscat. When combined, they make for a perfect day trip, especially on a warm day.

Bimmah Sinkhole (open daily from 8am) should be your first stop. Arrive early and you might have the deep limestone pool – which legend says was formed by a meteorite – all to yourself. Entry is free.

As you continue down the coast, stop off at Hidden Beach or one of the other secluded strips of sand for a swim. White Sand Beach and Finns Beach are also popular.

After 20 minutes of driving you’ll reach the entry point to Wadi Shab. Leave your car in the marked car park and board a small boat (1 OMR per person) to take you to the mouth of the canyon. From there, it’s a 45-minute uphill hike under the palm trees to reach the first swimming pools .

Swim between boulders and squeeze yourself through narrow openings in the canyon to reach secluded caves and Wadi Shab Waterfall, a cascade inside one of the caves. Be sure to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy by the wadi before you head back to Muscat.

Guided day trips to Wadi Shab & Bimmah Sinkhole

  • Wadi Shab & Bimmah Sinkhole transport from Muscat with an audio guide – A great option for independent travellers who just need a transfer.
  • Wadi Shab trekking tour with transfers from Muscat and a guide – Excellent for active travellers who want to spend more time swimming and hiking in the Wadi. A photo stop at Bimmah Sinkhole is included on the way back to Muscat.

2. Day trip to the Sharqiya Sands for dunes & desert oases

  • Distance from Muscat: 200 km (2 hours by car one-way)
  • Great for: Scenery, adventure, culture, swimming

12 of the very best Oman tours (Muscat day tours), including Muscat cruise tours, nature tours, wadi tours and desert tours.

Oman’s Sharqiya Sands (Wahiba Sands) is an endless sea of rippled sand, all rolling red dunes punctuated with the occasional palm-fringed oases. A trip to the edge of the Empty Quarter to experience one of the Middle East’s most incredible landscapes and learn about Bedouin culture is an absolute must when travelling in Oman.

The desert is vast with many access points. From Muscat, one of the most convenient is just after the town of Bidiyah , the same place where guests are picked up for the Desert Nights Camp . (If you have time, a night in the desert at a Bedouin-style luxury camp is a wonderful experience and so much more rewarding than a day trip!)

As well as exploring the dunes on foot and by car, you can visit old merchant villages and traditional markets in this area.

An hour east of Bidiyah towards the coast, Wadi Bani Khalid is a classic desert oasis with emerald pools and swaying palms. It’s much easier to get to compared with Wadi Shab – you can park your car right at the entrance and walk only 5-10 minutes to reach the pools, which makes it a better choice for families with young children or anyone with accessibility needs. No 4WD is required for the wadi.

Remember that ‘dune bashing’ can be harmful to the environment, so do your research before you set off (and make sure you have the right kind of vehicle and enough experience under your belt to tackle the conditions). If you plan to join a tour, be sure to choose an ethical company that is wary of environmental issues and doesn’t commercialise Bedouin culture.

Guided day trips to the Sharqiya Sands & Wadi Bani Khalid

  • Private desert safari day trip with lunch – Experience the best of Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid in the comfort of your own 4WD.
  • Wahiba Sands private tour – This off-road itinerary includes plenty of time in the desert to learn about Bedouin culture.

3. Day trip to the Daymaniyat Islands for snorkelling & dolphin watching

  • Distance from Muscat: 15 km to the Al Mouj Marina (15 minutes by car) + 35+ minutes by boat to the islands
  • Great for: Wildlife, nature, beaches, swimming

Blue skies over Oman's Al Daymaniyat islands, a pristine nature reserve near Muscat.

The Al Daymaniyat Islands (AKA Ad Dimaniyat Islands) are an archipelago of nine pristine islands just off the coast north of Muscat. A protected nature reserve, the area is known for its vibrant marine life (including leopard sharks and sea turtles), corals and pods of dolphins.

There are at least 12 designated sites in the islands for snorkelling and scuba diving, while an endless number of white sand beaches are perfect for swimming.

This is one place in Oman where I recommend going with a guide. Day trip organisers will take care of your permits to enter the island and provide snorkel/diving gear if you need it.

If you’re not so keen on swimming, there are itineraries available that focus on dolphin-spotting from the boat. Some tours include transfers from Muscat while others meet at the Al Mouj Marina , a 15-minute drive from downtown.

Be aware that during Summer (May to September) only snorkelling is allowed and you won’t be able to access the beaches.

Guided day trips to the Al Daymaniyat Islands

  • Half-day dolphin watching and snorkelling tour – Great for those with limited time. The meeting place is Al Seeb jetty.
  • Full-day snorkelling tour – Enjoy the magic of this underwater ecosystem without having to rush back to the boat. Snorkelling gear included.
  • Scuba diving tour – Includes two dives sites, an experienced instructor and all your scuba hire gear.

4. Day trip to Nizwa for culture & history

  • Distance from Muscat: 150 km (1.75 hours by car one-way)
  • Great for: History, culture, shopping, mountain scenery

View of Niza mosque and town from the top of the fort. Photo credit: Emily Lush.

Oman’s second-largest city and former capital, Nizwa, is more than worthy of a few days on your itinerary. But if you’re in a rush, a day trip to Nizwa will suffice. It’s an easy drive from Muscat via the highway, taking around 1.5-2 hours by car.

Nestled beneath the mountains in the interior of the country, Nizwa has a totally different feel to coastal Muscat. Must-visits include the 17th century Nizwa Fort and the adjoining souq , my favourite market in Oman. It’s the perfect place to buy clay pottery (a local specialty), woven carpets and other souvenirs. Visit on a Friday morning to see the weekly Goat Market.

The museum inside the fort is terrific as well, so don’t miss it. If you have more time, there are dozens of mesmerising castles in this area, including the UNESCO-listed Bahla Fort, Jabrin Fort and Samail Fort. Alternatively, you can combine a visit to Nizwa with a drive or walk through the nearby Hajar mountains.

Guided day trips to Nizwa

  • Full-day Nizwa tour with photo stops and an audio narration – This itinerary includes transport from Muscat and is a good option for those who prefer to travel without a guide.

5. Day trip to Jebel Shams & Wadi Guhl for canyon hiking

  • Distance from Muscat: 200 km (2.5 hours by car one-way)
  • Great for: Hiking, scenery, adventure

Village between the mountains.

Active travellers shouldn’t miss an opportunity to travel deeper into Oman’s Hajar mountains. Along with the country’s highest peak, Jebel Shams, this part of the country is known for its deep ravines, wadis, and traditional mud villages.

For any serious hiking, it’s recommended to stay the night nearby in order to make an early start. Coming from Muscat, you can do one of the shorter treks in the area, the most popular being the W6 Balcony Walk (approximately 8 km return) along the edge of Wadi Guhl, Oman’s ‘Grand Canyon’.

Various marked viewpoints dot the scenic road that leads to the trailhead. Take one of the lesser-known trails in the area to discover abandoned villages with old grain stones and hidden lakes.

Guided day trips to Jebel Shams

  • Full-day tour to Oman’s Grand Canyon – Includes off-road transport into Wadi Ghul (where you can explore on foot or mountain bike) plus a stop in a traditional mud village.

6. Day trips From Muscat to Jebel Akhdar for nature & fresh air

  • Distance from Muscat: 150 km (2.5 hours by car one-way)
  • Great for: Nature, scenery, hiking, traditional markets

A small village in Oman's Jebel Akhar mountains.

Jebel Akhdar (the ‘Green Mountain’) is also located in the Hajar range. What makes this area special is that unlike Jebel Shams, it has a different look and feel thanks to the moisture in the air. The mountain and especially the Saiq Plateau is verdant with forests and fruit orchards.

A highlight of Jebel Akhdar is driving through the Sumail Gap, a rocky pass that divides the Eastern and Western parts of the Hajars. Visit small villages with bright produce markets and follow marked trails through the mountains for spectacular views of the fertile valleys.

Guided day trips to Jebel Akhdar

  • Full-day Hajar mountains & Jebel Akhdar tour – A well-paced and comprehensive mountain tour featuring local markets, the Sumail Gap, Izki village, the green Saiq Plateau, and Wadi Bani Habib.

7. Day trip to Bald Sayt, Oman’s most beautiful village

  • Distance from Muscat: 150 km (2.5+ hours by car one-way)
  • Great for: Hiking, adventure, scenery

Bald Sayt, a beautiful secluded village surrounded by terraces and palm trees in Oman's mountains.

Secluded in the foothills near Jebel Akhdar, Bald Sayt is Oman’s most picturesque village. You’ll need a 4WD (and some serious driving skills) to access the area independently – or else you can join a day tour from Muscat, which is a much easier way to go.

Admire the stone and mud buildings and explore the labyrinth of narrow alleyways before circling the village on the marked path to see the terraced fields and date palm groves. It’s a great opportunity to take photos and witness local life in Oman, as farmers and villagers go about their daily life.

There are no guesthouses or restaurants in town so if you’re visiting independently, make sure you come prepared with enough water and supplies. Familiarise yourself with the walking route before you set off to avoid getting lost in the canyon.

8. Day trip to Misfat mud village and the Al Hajar mountains for hiking & scenery

  • Great for: Culture, nature, walking

Traditional mud brick architecture in Misfat Al Abriyeen.

Misfat al Abryeen (Misfah al Abriyyin) is a more-accessible alternative to Bald Sayt. This ancient mud village is less secluded (and more commercialised as a result), but it’s still very charming. The streets are far too narrow for cars, meaning you have no choice but to explore by foot. The village is compact and there are several marked walking paths you can follow.

The thing that makes Misfat so special is its vernacular architecture: Mud houses are built atop towering boulders, giving the impression that the village blends seamlessly into the mountain landscape. Follow the man-made water channels to their source and get lost in overgrown palm groves before taking a break for lunch at one of the cute guesthouses or restaurants in the village.

Misfat is a long drive from Muscat but the scenery makes it worth it – especially the final stretch of road from Al Hamra that takes you high into the mountains.

Guided day trips to Misfat

  • Full-day tour of the Hajar region from Muscat – An action-packed itinerary with Nizwa, Wadi Ghul (Oman’s Grand Canyon), Jebel Shams views, and a traditional meal in Misfah.

9. Day trip to Sur for dhow boats & sea turtles

  • Great for: Beaches, scenery history, seafood, wadis & sinkholes

A dhow boat off the coast of Sur, Oman. Photo credit: Emily Lush.

Located just shy of the tip of the Arabian Peninsula, the sweet seaside city of Sur deserves more attention than it gets. One of my favourite places in Oman, it’s an easy drive from Muscat down the coastal highway, passing Bimmah Sinkhole and Wadi Shab along the way.

Climb the Al Ayjah Watch Tower for a view of the white-washed houses, then walk the shoreline and visit the open-air workshop where people make wooden dhow boats the traditional way without nails or glue. This being the spiritual home of Sinbad the Sailor, Sur is loaded with history and legend. Discover more secrets at the Bilad Sur Castle, or spend an hour wandering the local neighbourhoods of Makha and Ar Rashah.

There are some great restaurants in Sur to try local seafood and Zanzibari cuisine.

Ras Al Jinz, the famous turtle nesting ground, is a short drive from Sur further down the coast. However, turtle viewings are limited to dawn and dusk, so it’s not really feasible to include this in a day trip itinerary. I suggest staying the night in Sur if you want to see the turtles (a must-do in my opinion).

10. Day trip on the Al Rustaq Loop for castles & markets

  • Distance from Muscat: 300 km loop (4 hours by car return)
  • Great for: History, culture, scenery

Rustaq Fort, a beautiful castle you can visit as a day trip from Muscat, Oman.

The Rustaq Loop is a ready-made day trip from Muscat that takes you to three of Oman’s most important castles: Nakhal, Rustaq and Al Hazm.

Start by driving west to the city of Barka then head inland on the highway, visiting Nakhal first. Dating back to the 9th century, it boasts amazing views from its hilltop perch and features an armoury museum inside.

Rustaq Fort, a further 40-minute drive, is a huge complex of towers and water channels that needs a good hour or more to cover. If you have time, take a dip in the nearby Al Kasfah Hot Spring before continuing to Al Hazm Fort, another sand-coloured monolith with beautiful scalloped walls and carved wooden doors. Take the audio guide for a more enriching experience.

As you drive, follow your nose and take detours to some of the small villages and viewpoints in the area. The loop culminates at Muladdah, then it’s a 60-minute drive back to Muscat.

Things to look out for when planning a guided day trip from Muscat

If you decided to go down the guided tour route, here are some things to keep an eye out for when booking.

  • Religious holidays and festivals. Tour schedules often change if there’s a festival on and during the Holy Month of Ramadam. Keep this in mind when you’re planning your trip.
  • Day of the week. Some markets (for example the goat market in Nizwa) only take place once a week. If you have your heart set on visiting a particular market, make sure you plan your trip accordingly.
  • Does the price of the tour include entrance fees? Most outdoor attractions in Oman are free, but if the tour visits a museum, you should double-check to see whether the cost of your ticket is included.
  • Group size. If it’s not a private tour, is there a cap on group size?
  • Does it come with lunch? If it’s a full-day tour, check to see if lunch is included or if you’ll have to buy your own food. Often on tours you’ll be taken to a particular restaurant. If it’s out of your budget range or it doesn’t cater to your dietary requirements, there’s often not much you can do.
  • Are drinks included? Some of these Oman tours include drinks.
  • Is there hotel pick up, or do we rendezvous at a set location? If pick up and drop off isn’t included, you’ll have to make your own way to the meeting point. Muscat is very spread out, so this will probably mean having to take a taxi or drive your own car.
  • Can I get a refund if I change my mind? Plans change, things come up. I get it. When I was in Muscat, I had to cancel one of my tours at the last minute because I had a migraine (probably from dehydration). I always prefer to book through a third-party agent such as Get Your Guide or Klook instead of going direct to the tour company. Both these sites can offer a full refund provided you give notice.

What to bring on your Oman tour

  • Your swim kit. If you’re going out on the water or your tour involves stopping at a wadi, you should bring your swimming gear and a towel. Note that there are rules in Oman about what kind of swimming costumes women can wear in public. See the next section for more advice.
  • An waterproof dry bag. Essential for keeping your valuables safe when visiting wadis and sinkholes. This one is perfect for water activities and comes in a range of sizes.
  • A scarf for visiting mosques (women). A lightweight cotton scarf is my number one travel item. In Oman, it will come in extra handy for covering your hair when entering a mosque or for draping over your shoulders when visiting a market or a rural area. This neutral travel scarf goes with anything, and it even has a hidden pocket.
  • Good walking shoes. Comfy walking shoes are absolutely essential for Oman. I love these ones , while my partner lives in these waterproof shoes .
  • A reusable water bottle. Absolutely essential in Oman for staying hydrated. I love my S’Well water bottle – it’s vacuum insulated to keep water icy cold for the whole day, and it doesn’t sweat.
  • Rehydration tablets or sachets. If you’re out on the water, dune bashing or hiking, your body will be crying out for electrolytes by the end of your tour (believe me!). I prefer Hydralyte tablets because they come in a handy tube.
  • A sturdy day pack. Pop it all in a day pack and you’re ready for your Oman tour! I always go for a minimalist backpack when I’m travelling.

Dress code in Oman

If you’re travelling outside the city to rural villages and markets – or even if you’re staying in Muscat and visiting the mosque – you should dress conservatively. Women are not required to cover their hair in Oman. But it is advisable to wear long, loose-fitted clothing that covers your shoulders and knees at a minimum. Avoid tops with low necklines and fitted pants.

Women aren’t allowed to wear bathing suits or bikinis at some swimming areas in Oman. I usually wore bike shorts and a long-sleeved shirt in the water. Rules vary from place to place; if in doubt, contact your tour guide ahead of time to double check.

Should you tip your tour guide?

Tipping is not mandatory in Oman, but it is appreciated. If you’re happy with the service your tour guided provides, 5-10 Omani Rial (about 13-25 USD) would be considered a generous tip. It also depends on your group size. I would tip more for a private guide and maybe a little less if it’s a large group.

If you have a driver or a boat skipper, it’s a nice gesture to also offer them a small tip.

12 of the very best Oman tours (Muscat day tours), including Muscat cruise tours, nature tours, wadi tours and desert tours.

Where to stay in Muscat

When we visited Muscat, we stayed at Mutrah Hotel , which we chose because of its proximity to the city’s biggest marketplace, Muttrah Souk. It’s basic but comfortable, with free parking on-site. Best of all, it’s walking distance to the market and corniche.

If you’re going to Oman to celebrate a special occasion or you just prefer a more luxurious kind of travel, Muscat has some amazing beach side resorts. Located right on the Gulf coast, The Chedi Muscat is a cut above the rest. W Muscat is slightly more economical but no less opulent.

If mid-range is more your style, try Levatio Hotel . And if you’re visiting Oman for a limited amount of time on a layover, I highly recommend Sundus Rotana near the airport.

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4. Full-Day Wahiba Desert and Wadi Bani Khalid Group Tour

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5. Enjoy a special tour around the heart of Oman in nizwa

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8. Day Tour to Wahiba Sands Desert and Wadi Bani Khalid (Desert Safari)

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14. Full Day Private Nizwa/Jebel Akhdar

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15. Muscat City Tour with Omani Guide (Private).

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16. Private Day Trip to Nizwa, Jabal Akhdar (Green Mountain) & Birkat Al Moz

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17. Private Full-Day Wadi Shab and Bimmah Sinkhole Tour

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Best activities, excursions and day trips in Oman

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Sometimes overlooked by its glamorous neighbor (United Arab Emirates), Oman is a hidden gem in the Middle East – think ancient cities, sweeping sand dunes, and glistening beaches.

From taking on desert landscapes in a 4×4, spotting dolphins as they glide through the Arabian Sea, climbing historic forts, to sleeping under the stars, you won’t be short on epic excursions and fun activities in Oman.

To help you plan your adventure, we’ve put together a handy guide on the best activities, excursions and tours in Oman, most of them being easy day trips from Muscat.

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Overview – Top tourist activities and day tours in Oman

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Here’s a selection of the best desert tours you can do in Oman, from Muscat.

Best 1-day desert safari tour in Oman: Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid safari

This desert safari has a little bit of everything, you’ll be busy from start to finish, making it a great day trip from Muscat.

Explore the beautiful desert oasis of Wadi Bani Khalid , a sparkling emerald green pool surrounded by picturesque date palms, that just begs you to jump in for a swim.

After you’ve cooled off, you’ll head to the golden sands of Wahiba for an exciting dune bashing session in a 4×4, the perfect way to take in the breathtaking desert scenery.  

Duration: 8 hours Distance from Muscat: 240km / 2.5 hours  

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Best desert safari in Oman with camping – Wahiba Sands overnight tour

Camping in the desert is one of the best activities to do in Oman. Unleash your inner Lawrence of Arabia and sleep under the desert stars. Head out to the expansive and breathtaking Wahiba Desert where you’ll begin by jumping in a 4×4 Land Cruiser and hitting the dunes.

You’ll then hop on a camel for a ride across the sand, meet local Bedouins and learn about their desert lifestyle, sample shisha and Arabic coffee, before enjoying dinner and tea under the sparkling sky as you camp out. 

Duration: Overnight Distance from Muscat: 240km / 2.5 hours

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The best water activities to do in Oman from Muscat

Best snorkelling activity to do in oman: dimaniyat islands snorkeling tour.

With its crystal clear waters, abundant sea life and eye-catching corals, snorkeling spots don’t get much better than the UNESCO-protected Dimaniyat Islands.

After an exciting boat journey past Muscat’s coastline, you’ll spend an afternoon with your head under the water where you could see clownfish, sea turtles, Arabian butterflyfish, sharks, eels and dolphins.

It’s not just the wildlife that’ll catch your eye, the rare coral reefs are beautiful too. 

Duration: 6 hours Distance from Muscat: 70km / 40 minutes

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Easiest tourist activity to do in Oman: Dolphin watching tour from Muscat

If you’ve always dreamt of getting up close and personal with a porpoise or two, this trip is your chance. Spend time out on the sparkling water keeping your eyes peeled to spot one of these beautiful mammals.

You might find them swimming alongside your boat or, if you’re lucky, even see one take flight and leap from the water.

And not all dolphins are created equal, there are a whole host of different species to spot here!

Duration: 2 hours Distance from Muscat: N/A 

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The best coastal excursion in Oman: Full-Day Coastal Delights Tour from Muscat

Oman has some of the best beaches the Middle East has to offer and this day tour from Muscat will allow you to discover some of them.

First, get off the beaten track by going to the quaint fishing village of Quriyat to take in the sights before heading inland to the picturesque Wadi Shab where you’ll enjoy a picnic.

Next up is the scenic Wadi Tiwi where you can take a dip before heading off to the famous turquoise waters of Fins Beach. 

Duration: 8 hours Distance from Muscat: 150km/1.5 hours 

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Best cultural activities to do in Oman

Top cultural tour to the most touristic city in oman: private tour of nizwa.

Nizwa is the most visited town after the capital, making it for a great excursion from Muscat

Sometimes known as ‘The Pearl of Islam’, Nizwa is an ancient city and a must-visit for history buffs. This tour will give you the chance to explore the famous forts, mosques and souk with an experienced guide to help you delve into the city’s fascinating past.

You’ll then take a drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Bahla Fort, known for its striking architecture and mud bricks. You’ll get one last bit of culture on your way back to Muscat with a stop at Jabrin Fort. 

Duration: 8 hours Distance from Muscat: 160km/2 hours 

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The best sightseeing tour in Muscat: Private Muscat City Tour 

This half-day private tour of Muscat will lead you on a whistlestop trip, taking in some of the city’s most famous sights.

The beautiful Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and its incredible architecture will be your first stop for the day before you head off to Old Muscat to visit a waterside market, stroll along the Muttrah Corniche and pick up all manner of souvenirs in the famous souk.

You’ll take in the Portuguese forts of Al Jalali and Al-Mirani and then onto the official royal residence, Al Alam Palace .

Duration: 4 hours Distance from Muscat: N/A

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Excursion to the best fortress in Oman: Nakhal Fort Day Trip

Thought to be approximately 1500 years old, Nakhal Fort is a great excursion in Oman for history and culture lovers.

The fort is set within a palm oasis at the foot of nearby mountains and was built by the Sassanids to repel Arab tribes.

Today you can see where some of the defenses would have been – like where boiling honey would have poured from to deter attacks.

You’ll then take in Al Thowarah Hot Springs before heading to another fort in the former Omani capital of Rustaq .  

Duration: 8 hours Distance from Muscat: 85km/1 hour

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Jebel Akhdar the Green Mountain Tour

Another great activity to in Oman is visiting Jebel Akhdar, one of Oman’s most famous sights (The Green Mountain), a must-visit for those traveling here.

The altitude of this mountain means it receives a lot more moisture than its arid surroundings, grows an abundance of fruit and stands out like a gem in this dry region.

You’ll also have a chance to visit the beautiful Saiq Plateau as well as Wadi Bani Habib, Shrejaya, Al Ain and Aqur.

Duration: 8 hours Distance from Muscat: 170km/2.5 hours

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Best adventure and outdoor excursions in Oman

Top outdoor activity in oman: day trip to wadi shab and bimah sinkhole .

The perfect way to discover some of Oman’s most top areas of natural beauty, this day tour from Muscat will lead you to both the famous Wadi Shab Canyon and the cooling waters of the Bimah Sinkhole.

The emerald green pools at both areas have to be seen to be believed and you’ll have ample time to get a relaxing swim.

You’ll also drive through the seaside village of Quriyat and have a chance to wander along the white sands of the stunning Fins Beach. 

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Top adventure activity in Oman: Visit Jebel Shams – Oman’s Grand Canyon

Jebel Shams is the top-rated outdoor activity in Oman. Blend adventure and culture on this trip into Oman’s Al-Hajar mountain range

You’ll be driven along the winding mountain roads and take in the vertiginous peaks which soar up to 3000m, creating sweeping valleys below – the views are breathtaking.

You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the ancient city of Nizwa, learning about its long-reaching history, and visit the peak side village and town Al Hamra and Misfat Al Brein. 

Duration: 8 hours Distance from Muscat: 240km/3.5 hours 

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Top overnight adventure tour in Oman: Beach Camping and Kayaking

You’ll take to the water on this adventure as you hop into a kayak to paddle the fjords of Bandar Khayran and the magnificent sights that surround them.

Your trip will be perfectly timed to watch the sunset over the water as you drift past hidden coves and secret inlets.

After, you’ll head to your secluded beach camp where you’ll feast on a barbecue dinner and swap stories under the sparkling night sky. After a night of camping, you’ll enjoy breakfast on the beach before heading back to Muscat . 

Duration: Overnight Distance from Muscat: 50km/40 minutes 

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Best multi-day tours in Oman

Top 4-day private tour in oman: oman’s highlights.

This experience will whisk you through some of the most famous tourist attractions that Oman has to offer.

You’ll enjoy a spot of culture exploring Nizwa and the Nakhl Fortress, take in the natural beauty of Wadi Bani Awf, Jebel Shams, Wadi Bani Khalid and Wadi Shab, visit the turtle sanctuary at Ras Al Jinz and head to the desert to drive the dunes and camp out under the stars.

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Top 3-day tour in Oman: Jasmin Tour

This 3-day tour around Oman shows off some of the country’s most beautiful sights, leading you from local markets, to desert camps, to canyons and oases.

You’ll have the chance to wander the streets of Fanya, Old Town Mudhairib, Ibra and Sur to learn more about the region’s history, take to the dunes for an overnight desert adventure and explore the havens of Wadi Shab and Bamah Sinkhole where you can take a cooling and revitalising dip. 

Definitely, one of the best multi-day tours available in Oman.

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T he best tours in Musandam

The Musandam Peninsula is an enclave of Oman within the United Arab Emirates and whilst it might be small, it has plenty to offer visitors looking for adventures. The below tours depart from the port city of Khasab.

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Khor Sham Dhow Boat Cruise

Take to the water for a full-day cruise on Khor Ash Sham fjord as you sail peacefully on a dhow boat.

You’ll stop at picturesque spots like Telegraph Island, the village of Sham and Sibi Island to learn more about the area and take in the sights.

You’ll also have ample opportunity to jump into the turquoise waters for a swim and a snorkel, keeping your eyes peeled for colorful corals and local sea life. 

Duration: 6 hours

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Half-Day Mountain Safari to Jabel Harim

Leave the city of Khasab behind as you take a 4×4 up into the nearby mountains to the peak of Jebel Harim, 1800m above sea level.

From here you’ll have an incredible vantage point overlooking the Musandam Peninsula and down towards the Indian Ocean.

You’ll also have the opportunity to meet the local Bedouin people to learn more about their lives and discover the famous 3000 year old rock paintings near the village of Sayah. 

Duration: 3.5 hours

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City Tour With Khasab Fort

Khasab doesn’t just have to be a jumping-off point for other adventures, take some time and explore this historical port city for yourself.

This tour will lead you through the old streets where you’ll visit the Portuguese Khasab Fort, learn about the local history in the museum and then head out to Wadi Qadah to view prehistoric rock carvings thought to be over 2000 years old. There’s something for everyone. 

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More information to complement your excursions in Oman

📢 In my Travel Resources Page you can find the list of all the sites and services I use to book hotels, tours, travel insurance and more.

Touring and doing excursions around Oman can be fun and comfortable but, do you wish to travel independently? Check:

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Additionally, check this list of the best hotels per area of the city in Muscat

Traveling to Saudi Arabia? Here you can find all my  articles and guides to Saudi Arabia

And here’s a 7-day itinerary for the United Arab Emirates , starting in Dubai

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Day Trips from Muscat: Top 9 Muscat Day Tours in Oman

The capital city of Oman, Muscat, is a hidden gem nestled between the Arabian Sea and the rugged Hajar Mountains. It may not be as popular as other capital cities in the Middle East , but it's definitely a place worth visiting if you're looking for an authentic experience of Arab culture. 

While the city of Muscat itself offers a rich cultural experience with its stunning architecture and bustling souqs, some of the best places to visit in Oman are located further away from the capital city – making them perfect spots for day trips from Muscat if you want to enjoy the natural beauty and history of Oman. 

In this post, I'm going to share some of the most popular day tours in Oman that you can book easily from Muscat. 

These tours are especially suitable if you're an Oman Air passenger and have some time to explore more of the country during your transit in Muscat , especially if you have 2-3 days to spare during your stopover! 

So, what are the best places to visit for Muscat day trips? Let's dive in! 

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9 Best Day Trips From Muscat, Oman

1. discover the wonders of wadi shab.

Wadi Shab in Oman.

If you're looking for one of the most underrated natural wonders in the Middle East, head over to Wadi Shab . 

Situated around 2 hours from Muscat city center , this stunning canyon offers unique experience for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers. 

The best way to get there is by joining a group tour on full-day Muscat tours to Wadi Shab . Alternatively, I'd also recommend renting a car in Muscat so you can make the most of your trip between the city and Wadi Shab. 

Hike through the canyon, and you will be greeted by crystal-clear pools of water that are perfect for a refreshing swim. 

If you're interested in a more adventurous way to explore Wadi Shab, there are hidden caves there to be explored – as well as the waterfall that cascades down into a pool, creating a picturesque setting that is perfect for a dip or photographs! 

2. Take a Trip to the Historic City of Nizwa

Nizwa Fort in Nizwa, Oman.

Another option for a day trip from Muscat is the historic city of Nizwa. The city once served as the capital city of the Imamate of Oman until the end of the Jebel Akhdar War in 1959.  

The centerpiece of Nizwa is its imposing fort, which dates back to the 17th century, but there are so many things to do in Nizwa that make it one of the must-visit destinations from Muscat.  

It's one of the most popular landmarks in Oman and the most visited by tourists—it only comes second to other national monuments situated in the capital city of Muscat, like the Royal Opera House of Muscat or Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. 

Another must-visit attraction in Nizwa is its traditional souq, where you can immerse yourself in the local culture and shop for traditional handicrafts, spices, and dates. 

Don't forget to visit the nearby date plantations, where you can learn about the importance of dates in Omani culture since it was under the Imamate government.

Nizwa is only 1.5 hours from Muscat, and you can easily book day trips to Nizwa to learn more about its rich history and traditional charms. 

For a more affordable option, you can also arrange a DIY trip by taking a Mwasalat bus from Muscat. 

As one of the most popular day trip destinations from Muscat, the public bus to Nizwa departs twice daily – make sure to  check the bus schedule on the Mwasalat website to ensure ticket availability. 

3. Explore the Majestic Rustaq Fort

Rustaq Fort in Oman.

Just an hour west of Muscat, you can visit Rustaq – a small town that's home to some of Oman's most impressive forts: Rustaq, Al Hazm, and Nakhal Forts. 

The most notable of these is Rustaq Fort, which dates back to the 13th century. This massive fort offers panoramic views of the surrounding area and is a testament to Oman's rich history.

Visitors can explore the fort's intricate architecture and learn about its strategic importance in the region. Rustaq is also known for its hot springs, where you can relax and rejuvenate after a day of exploring. 

If you have more time to spend in Oman, I recommend staying for a night or two and booking accommodations there so you can explore the town to the fullest. Season Inn Hotel Bald Sayt is one of the most popular hotels near Rustaq that you can consider staying during your Oman trip. 

Alternatively, you can also book a day trip excursion from Muscat to Rustaq , which includes some of the most popular attractions in town – including Nakhal Fort and Al Thowarah Hot Springs. 

4. Witness the Beauty of Bimmah Sinkhole

Bimmah Sinkhole in Oman.

About an hour from Muscat, you will also find the stunning Bimmah Sinkhole. It's one of the best destinations for road trip to Oman , and for good reasons!

Most day tours from Muscat to Bimmah Sinkhole usually include Wadi Shab, so if you're interested in immersing yourself fully in Oman's beautiful nature, it's worth booking this Wadi Shab and Bimmah Sinkhole tour from Muscat . 

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Just like Wadi Shab, Bimmah Sinkhole is a great place to visit from Muscat if you enjoy outdoor activities. The sinkhole is an outcome that results from the collapse of an underground limestone cave, creating a beautiful turquoise pool surrounded by towering limestone cliffs.

You can swim in the clear waters, relax on the sandy beach, or simply admire the beauty of this unique geological formation. 

While it's not forbidden to wear a swimsuit if you plan to swim in either Wadi Shab or Bimmah Sinkhole, keep in mind that Oman is a conservative Muslim family that will appreciate modesty from tourists traveling to their country. 

5. Visit the Picturesque Village of Misfat Al Abriyeen

Misfat Al Abriyeen in Oman

For a taste of traditional Omani village life, head to Misfat Al Abriyeen. This charming village is located about 2 hours from Muscat.

Known for its traditional mud-brick houses, terraced gardens, and date plantations, you can marvel at the ancient irrigation system known as  falaj  for the locals while wandering through the narrow alleyways around Misfat Al Abriyeen village. 

You can also enjoy panoramic views of the highest peak of the Arabian Peninsula in Jebel Shams. If you join an excursion to Misfat Al Abriyeen , you can also book one that includes the Jebel Shams summit to make the most of your day trip from Muscat. 

6. Experience the Serenity of Jebel Akhdar

Jebel Akhdar in Oman.

One of the most popular destinations for a day tour from Muscat is Jebel Akhdar, one of the Hajar mountains near Jebel Shams that's also popular as a prominent historical site for Omani people. 

Nizwa and Jebel Akhdar were the spots where the infamous Jebel Akhdar War took place in 1959, and you can find a lot of tour packages that include both Nizwa and Jebel Akhdar from Muscat . 

Apart from the historic tour, you can also enjoy the mountain range's stunning landscapes and terraced farms. Compared to the dry weather in Muscat, it's also a great escape for some cool mountain air in Oman. 

If you're looking for some outdoor activities near Muscat, you can hike through the rugged terrain of Jebel Akhdar while immersing yourself in the mountainous landscapes. 

You can also explore the traditional villages in the surroundings, where you can occasionally find rose gardens. 

The best time to visit Jebel Akhdar is during springtime in April or May, as it's the blooming season when you can witness the annual rose harvest in Oman. During the excursion, you may learn about the rosewater production in Jebel Akhdar – which is a key ingredient in various Omani cuisines and perfumes!

7. Take a Dip in the Turquoise Waters of Fins Beach

Fins Beach in Oman

Fins Beach in Oman | Source: Unsplash

For those seeking a beach escape, Fins Beach is the perfect destination. Just 45 minutes from Muscat, this beautiful beach offers clear turquoise waters, soft sandy beaches, and stunning views of the Arabian Sea.

Visitors can swim in the calm waters, relax on the beach, or enjoy water sports such as snorkeling and kayaking. 

Fins Beach is also a popular spot for camping, allowing visitors to spend a night under the stars and wake up to the sound of crashing waves.

8. Discover the Rich Marine Life of the Daymaniyat Islands

Snorkeling with turtles.

Located about 1.5 hours from Muscat, the Daymaniyat Islands are a group of uninhabited islands that are home to a diverse range of marine life.

The islands are a protected nature reserve and offer some of the best snorkeling and diving opportunities in Oman.

In addition to watersports, you can also explore the colorful coral reefs, or even spot dolphins and turtles if you're lucky. 

The crystal-clear waters and vibrant marine life make the Daymaniyat Islands a paradise for underwater enthusiasts, and you can easily book a day trip to Daymaniyat Island nature reserve from Muscat , which includes dolphin watching excursion!

9. Enjoy a Desert Safari in Wahiba Sands

Wahiba Sands in Oman.

No trip to Oman would be complete without experiencing the beauty of its vast deserts. 

Wahiba Sands , located about 2 hours from Muscat, offers a unique desert experience that is sure to leave you in awe. You can book a hot air balloon experience in Wahiba Sands to enjoy the bird's eye view of the Omani desert. 

For a budget-friendly excursion, you can still enjoy a thrilling desert safari or riding camels across the golden dunes. For the best experience, book a night or two to stay in a traditional Bedouin camp where you can sleep under the stars in the desert.

The vast desert of Wahiba Sands not only provides a stark contrast to the bustling city life of Muscat, but you can also easily extend your trip to go on a beach getaway to the Indian Ocean from Wahiba Sands. 

In this Wahiba Sands and Indian Ocean tour package , you'll get a complete experience of camping in both Bedouin camp and by the Indian Ocean – which is perfect if you're looking to truly disconnect and immerse yourself in Oman's beautiful nature has to offer!

Muscat's surroundings offer a wide range of natural landscapes and historic sites waiting to be explored. From stunning canyons and beaches to ancient forts and traditional villages, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Whether you're a nature lover, history buff, or adventure seeker, the areas surrounding Muscat are sure to leave you with unforgettable memories of Oman's beauty and charm. 

So pack your bags, grab your camera, and get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey for Muscat day tours to nearby towns!

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Things to Do in Muscat, Oman: Epic 1-3 Days Muscat Itinerary

Wondering what to do in Muscat , Oman’s capital? Whether you are planning on visiting Muscat in one day or staying a little longer before starting the Oman road trip , here is my perfect 1 to 3 days in Muscat itinerary. It will show you both the best places to visit in Muscat and unmissable things to do in Muscat . 

A humble capital of the Sultanate of Oman , Muscat is strategically positioned on the shores of the Gulf of Oman on an ancient trade route dating back to the days of Mesopotamia. Scenically wedged between the craggy Hajar mountains, shimmering sea, and dreamy desert, the capital Muscat has always played a significant role in the Middle Eastern world and attracted the interest of many powerful empires like Ottomans, Portuguese, and Persians. As a result, influences of which are still present in Omani culture and cuisine. 

Today’s Muscat, Oman is just as wealthy as its neighbor’s UAE cities Abu Dhabi and Dubai, or Doha, Qatar. Yet in Oman’s capital, you won’t find glittering skyscrapers rising above the clouds as in Dubai. In fact, there is a rule that limits high-rise buildings and defines landscaping, color code, and architectural style retaining uniformity of long-lived traditional Middle Eastern style. Domes, arabesque windows, and balconies still decorate even functional buildings and new villas.

The ancient forts and watchtowers, low-rise white-washed houses, and mosques characterize the skyline of Muscat, the city with ages-old traditions deeply rooted in daily life. One of the easiest to notice is the local dress code-Omanis still wear white dishdashas and embroidered kummas (traditional embroidered skull-caps) as daily attire. 

Muscat’s authenticity, simplicity, and kindness of local people are what keep me coming back to Oman’s capital (it is only 5 hour’s drive from Dubai , in case you are also based in the UAE). 

In this in-depth Muscat travel guide , you will get acquainted not only with the top places to see in Muscat but also with its hidden corners and fantastic viewpoints over the city. 

From Muttrah corniche, and lively souks to stunning Sultan Qaboos Mosque and Portuguese Forts, immensely beautiful beaches, and even city hikes, there is plenty of great things to do in Muscat. 

Apart from points of interest in Muscat, I also share tips on how to get around Muscat, the best time to visit Muscat, the best places to stay in Muscat for any budget, where to eat , and some miscellaneous interesting facts and handy tips. Last but not least, plenty of my travel photos of Muscat, Oman.

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Muscat quick links.

These are useful links to the best accommodation, cheap car rental in Oman, and top guided experiences and interesting day tours from Muscat, sim card tips.

  • Where to stay in Muscat: Haffa House Hotel (budget); Fort Guesthouse (mid-range); Intercontinental Muscat (high-end); Chedi Muscat (luxury resort).
  • Rent a car: The best way to move around Muscat is by car. Hire a car at the best rates using Discover Cars .
  • Flights: Use Skyscanner to find the cheapest and fastest flights to Oman from your location.
  • Before You Go: Apply for an Oman visa easily at iVisa .
  • Local SIM Card: Get a tourist pack of local data and calls at Muscat airport. Omantel provides the best coverage. Arriving by road from UAE ? You can buy Vodafone visitors pack in any hypermarket.

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  • Best Wadi Shab Tour (5/5 GetYourGuide)
  • Best Nizwa & Mountain Tour (4.5/5 GetYourGuide)

How many days in Muscat? 

Most of the main attractions in Muscat can be visited in a day or two.  However, if you want to explore at a slower pace and also visit the outskirts of Muscat, or go on a day trip to visit Daminiyat islands or spectacular old forts, choose to stay for 3 or 4 days.

Best time to visit Muscat, Oman

Winter is a perfect time to visit Muscat, Oman. The temperatures in Muscat are pleasant during the months of December, January, and February staying between 25-30 degrees Celsius during the daytime. You can even encounter some clouds and rain.

Late autumn and early spring are shoulder seasons in most of Oman and also Muscat. Temperatures are still quite high but bearable in mid-October to November and March to mid-April ranging between 30-35 degrees Celsius during the day.

Summer months and early autumn as well as late spring should be avoided due to the heat. Temperatures can go up as high as 40-50 degrees Celsius making it physically very difficult to do any sightseeing in Muscat during the day and even in the mornings.

Also, traveling during the holy month of Ramadan is a bit trickier as restaurants shut down during the day when locals are fasting and only open after sunset. Everything is significantly slower, even some attractions might be closed during Ramadan. Moreover, Ramadan lasts 30 days, and its timing is not fixed but shifts every year. 

Related reads: planning a road trip to Oman? Check my one-week Oman itinerary (with options to extend to 10-14 days in Oman).

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Where to stay in Muscat

Muscat is a very spread-out city. Thus, picking the right location is crucial. Here are my suggestions for the best accommodation in Muscat in the most popular areas.

The old part of Muscat is ideal if you want to stay within walking distance from the most interesting part of the capital (the famous old souk is located in Muttrah as well).

Fort Guesthouse $$–highly rated by visitors, superb location at the waterfront of Muttrah corniche and Fort, features a lovely terrace and humble Omani-style accommodation.

Located 10 minutes from Muttrah, the Ruwi area offers a lot of cheaper but decent accommodation options, with a good range of budget-friendly Indian and Pakistani restaurants all around.

  • Haffa House Hotel – a decent four-star hotel for very reasonable prices. Although it is an old hotel and needs a bit of revamp, it is clean, has polite service and the location is convenient to drive to any direction for sightseeing. Make sure to request a non-smoking room (if that applies to you) when booking.

A polished area, popular among ex-pats, offers a range of more upscale accommodations, many of them with direct access to Qurum beach (known as the cleanest beach in town).

Intercontinental Muscat – located on the beach of Qurum this resort offers you a comfortable stay in rooms with sea or mountain views, access to the pool, gym, green gardens, saunas, in house restaurants. The popular waterfront-muscat area with trendy shops and nice restaurants is also close by.

Al Khuwair (near Sultan Qaboos Mosque)

  • Grand Millenium Muscat  -a home away from home, located close to Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.

High-end accommodation in Muscat for a luxurious stay

  • Al Bustan Palace  -located on the eastern side of the city, with a stunning coastline set against Hajar mountains, dreamy pools, and a stretch of private beach- is great for romantic getaways and the best beachfront views.
  • Chedi Muscat – located closer to the airport side, one of the most beautiful hotels in Muscat featuring modern Arabic architecture, a beachfront, a 100-meter long pool, yoga, and pilates classes- a perfect place for relaxation.

Kids playing football in Muttrah- Muscat Itinerary, Oman

Getting to Muscat

Many travelers will enter Oman’s capital through Muscat International Airport. 

If there is no direct flight from your destination, you will definitely find one from Abu Dhabi or Dubai, UAE. Sometimes it will be even cheaper to fly through Dubai or Abu Dhabi. 

Check the best flight combination from your destination using Skyscanner. Airlines like FlyDubai, OmanAir, and Emirates are very good and trustworthy.

One of the most popular ways to travel to Muscat, Oman is driving from Dubai, UAE. It takes 4.5 hours to reach Muscat from Dubai by car. Account for 30 minutes to an hour at the UAE-Oman border.

Read more about Everything you need to know when traveling to Oman from Dubai (or anywhere elsewhere in UAE). 

You can get to Muscat from Musandam by boat. Musandam is an exclave Governorate of Oman, separated from the mainland of Oman by the UAE.

Read more about traveling to and from Musandam on my Musandam travel guide .

Getting around Muscat, Oman

Muscat stretches along the coast for over 50 kilometers. Thus, it is a very “long” city if I can say so. Thus, commuting from one side of the town to the other can take up to 30 to 50 minutes by car, and on average around 15-20 minutes in the central areas.

Muscat may appear chaotically planned. It is composed of several different districts, all spread out quite far from each other. While you can easily walk around one area, you cannot walk between different areas due to the long distances or/and mountains separating them.

You need transportation to get between districts. The main artery of the city is Sultan Qaboos Street, a highway connecting all the districts in Muscat.

In this Oman itinerary, you will be visiting the following main areas: Muttrah , old Muscat , Ruwi, and Qurum , and Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque which is situated in a different area next to the main highway. 

Thus, what is the best way to get around Muscat? Below are the options you have, thus pick according to your travel style/time you have.

The best, easiest, and most efficient way to move around Muscat is by car. Muscat is one of those capitals where driving actually makes sense and is advisable to be able to quickly reach different locations. Traffic, although exist at peak time, is not too bad as, for example, in Dubai. Google maps work just fine to help navigate, and parking is fairly easy. 

Thus, if you are landing at Muscat Airport, I recommend picking up your car there and being completely independent for the rest of the trip. And did I mention, petrol in Oman is one of the cheapest in the world?  

If you are still looking for a great deal to rent a car in Oman, I recommend checking Discovercars which offers some of the lowest rates in the market.

I also crosscheck with the most popular car rental search engine Rentalcars if I cannot find a car, I am looking for Discovercars.

Top tip for parking in Muscat: you can find many places to park your car in Muscat for free. Even in Muttrah which can be a little harder to park at (especially free of charge), I found a convenient free spot in one of the backyards and kept on coming back there to park my car (refer to the map for exact pin location). 

Taxis are also a popular option for tourists to move around Muscat. However, if you are planning to drive around and see more than just one place, renting a car will be cheaper. 

Note that street taxis in Oman are unmetered and you have to negotiate the rate beforehand. In Muttrah you will be approached by local taxi drivers offering to take you to the main points of interest like the Grand Mosque or Royal Opera House.

Tip: if you are planning to use a taxi, the best way is to download Mwsalat or OTaxi app (aka local Uber) so you know the correct fare.

City buses are available, and also very cheap (200-500 baisas per ride, depending on the distance). Their network is covering the main areas around Muscat, which include the most popular tourist attractions (Grand Mosque, Opera House, Alam Palace, Muttrah, Ruwi).

You can also catch a bus from the airport to the Ruwi area in Muscat.

However, commuting by bus is significantly slower than by car. The frequency might be around every 20-30 minutes, and you might have to also change a few buses to get to your desired destination. For this reason, you must also be familiar with areas of Muscat and stay within walking distance of the bus stop if this is the way you plan to visit the capital. This travel method would best suit those who either have more time and/or are on a budget.

The bus system in Muscat is operated by Mwsalat company. You can check city timetables and bus stops with bus numbers here .

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is one of top places to visit in Muscat, Oman

Places to visit in Muscat: 1 Day in Muscat Itinerary

1. sultan qaboos grand mosque.

A fine example of incredible modern Islamic architecture, the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is a must-visit place in Muscat, Oman.

Places to visit in Muscat: Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque main prayer hall

The Grand Mosque is the largest mosque in Oman. The beauty of Sultan Qaboos mosque is simply unmatched. Defined by perfectly symmetric arrays of arches, elaborate latticework, intricate mosaics, and ornate carvings of flowers, the Sultan Qaboos mosque is one of the most impressive modern mosques I have ever visited.

If you love architecture, you will go crazy photographing its beautiful corners and intricate details, light and shadow game is also fantastic. 

Places to visit in Muscat: Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Interesting facts about Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

It took 6 years to complete the mosque and it can host up to 20000 worshipers. The 24-karat gold-plated chandelier inside the men’s prayer hall holds 600,000 Swarovski crystals and is surrounded by 34 smaller versions found across the mosque.

Equally impressive is the hand-made prayer carpet weighing 21 tons. It took 600 Iranian artisans to complete in 4 years. The only prayer carpet that is even larger belongs to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Moreover, one of Gran Mosque’s 5 minarets (together they represent the 5 pillars of Islam) is 90 meters tall, making Sultan Qaboos Mosque the country’s tallest structure. As mentioned before, Oman has strict architectural guidelines, especially when it comes to the height of the building.

  • Top tip: Visit Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque as early as 8 am and head directly to the main prayer hall. It is impossible to beat tour buses during the winter season, but at least you will be able to get a picture of the main prayer hall unobstructed by the crowds.
  • Allocate 2-3 hours if you love photography. The territory is huge and there are so many beautiful areas and corners to take pictures of. However, there are also lots of visitors and it is tricky to get a shot without a tourist in it. Your best chance is to wait until 11 AM when people start leaving and then (quickly) photograph the mosque (almost) tourist-free (guards will start asking you to leave from 11 AM, but you can “buy” some time).
  • Photography Tip:  Bring a wide-angle lens to capture the grandness of architecture. I used my  14-30 mm Nikkor Z  lens to capture the images shown above.

Places to visit in Muscat: Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Things to know before visiting Sultan Qaboos Mosque in Muscat

  • Opening hours  for non-Muslim visitors and photography  are from 8 AM- 11 AM every day except Friday .
  • Entrance fee:  FREE
  • How long should I spend here?  1 hour is a minimum, but you can easily spend 2-3 hours.
  • Dress Code:  ladies must cover head to toe (including wearing a head scarf), men are not required to wear head cover, but must also wear long pants and long sleeve shirts.
  • Etiquette:  leave your shoes at the door when stepping into the prayer halls.

Intricate details of Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat, Oman

Have lunch or late breakfast at Dukanah restaurant

After visiting Grand Mosque, if you feel hungry, I recommend heading for lunch or late breakfast at Dukanah restaurant, located in the Qurum area where most of the ex-pats live. The restaurant serves Omani food, more like breakfast, or lunch type of options are available. It is situated in a nice traditional mud house, making a visit a pleasant experience.

Dukanah is located next to Qurum beach. Thus take an opportunity to walk and see one of the best beaches in Muscat, lined with tall palm trees it is reminiscing of Salalah vibes. 

Planning on visiting the south of Oman, Dhofar region, and Salalah? Check my Salalah travel guide.

  2. Explore beautiful Muttrah- the heart of Muscat

If you only have one day in Muscat, visiting Muttrah is a must. Muttrah is where you will find a very old part of today’s Muscat. It is often called the heart of Muscat, although used to be an independent seaport town centuries ago before Muscat was formed of several villages.

Muttrah is an important ages-old port and a center of commerce until today. It is characterized by a beautiful Muttrah corniche lined up with white-washed tightly packed traditional houses, minarets of petite mosques, and 17th-century Portuguese watchtowers perched on top of the dark brown craggy hills of the surrounding area.

Things to do in Muscat-Muttrah corniche is a must visit place on 1 day in Muscat itinerary

Muttrah is my absolute favorite part of Muscat. The unpolished district of Muscat, home to one of the oldest markets in Oman, Muttrah is where you can see poor Omani, Bengali, Indian and Pakistani residents running their daily errands.

I recommend dedicating at least half a day to exploring this unique quarter of Muscat. 

A man feeding birds at Muttrah corniche, Oman

Things to do in Muttrah, Muscat

  • See the real face of Muttrah by losing your way in its tangled alleyways

Although Muttrah has its pretty corniche, to me as a photographer, more interesting are the hidden corners of the tangled Muttrah’s alleyways. At a first glance, Muttrah appears as a tiny quarter of Muscat. Don’t be deceived though, once you wander behind the front houses of Muttrah corniche, it is easy to get lost.

Local girls playing football in Muttrah, Muscat, Oman

Yet, this is a fun part of exploring and discovering the most interesting parts of any old town of this sort. What surprised me though is how worn-out and dirty is Muscat’s old town.

One can immediately understand that this is a poor part of the capital. A large number of houses are now either crumbling down or have fallen in disrepair. Yet arabesques seen on the balconies and windows, and ornate details on some of the front doors show that this part of Muscat saw the days of glory. 

Nonetheless, many of those worn-out homes are still inhabited by local families. Moreover, you cannot pass a single street without noticing dozens of stray cats living in survival mode.

Muttrah old town, Oman, Muscat, Oman

While wandering around the maze of tiny streets you will get to see simple local people, kids playing football in the small courtyards, cozy mosques, many small shops ranging from groceries to mini gold factories, as well as hundreds of local ladies tailoring “boutiques” selling essentially exact same dresses made of sparkling colorful fabric. 

Muttrah streets- ladies tailoring shops are all over the town

Meanwhile, the most random detail yet fascinating at the same time are the watchtowers which are not on the hill but rather on the street, hidden between the buildings. I come across at least two of them.

Muttrah streets in Muscat, Oman, cats and watchtower

  • The forbidden Shia quarter (Sur Al Lawatia) 

A part of the front row of well-preserved buildings on Muttrah corniche belongs to the secretive quarter of Sur Al Lawatia. This gated corner of Muttrah is inhabited by a closed community of Omani Shias. They are not keen on visitors wandering around their residential area the entrance to which is an arched open gate, yet guarded. 

The reason why this closed community doesn’t welcome visitors is not completely clear but some say because they want their women to be free walking around unveiled. 

I tried to take a peek inside and the guard allowed me to have a brief glimpse. No photos though. To be honest there is nothing that special about the place in terms of looks, it is more about it being forbidden that fascinates outsiders.

Muttrah Souk is one of the main attractions in Muscat, Oman

  • Haggle and then find your way out of Muttrah Souk

The number one attraction for all the tourists visiting Muttrah is its over 200 years old market (Muttrah Souk). Muttrah Souk sells everything from traditional garments, souvenirs you don’t really need, Arabic perfume, frankincense incense, magic lamps, colorful lanterns, fabrics, local outfits, traditional Omani knives, and  kummas (Omani skull hats you see all the local men wear), lots of silver and gold jewelry, some of the really horrendous size and design but apparently very popular between wealthier locals. 

Things to do in Muscat: Muttrah Gold Souk

Muttrah Souk is a maze made of hundreds of very tiny alleyways, occupying a significant area of the old town. Naturally, the market is confusing for the first-timer. Ironically, the souk is practically unavoidable even when you try to skip walking through it while finding your way to other parts of Muttrah. 

To me, Muttrah Souq wasn’t the most interesting part of the old town. I much prefer Nizwa Souq in Nizwa town, north of Oman. The sellers in Muttrah can be irritating trying to talk you into buying scarves and perfumes. It reminded me of those seen in the Dubai textile market except they don’t apply funny and at the same time annoying methods of calling you Maria Shakira. 

Omani seller in Muttrah Souk, Oman

For that particular reason, I was trying to avoid walking through Muttrah Souq when exploring parts of the town. However, it was virtually impossible as the market hugs the rest of the Muttrah old town from all directions. 

Yet if this is your first time in Muscat, you should still check Muttrah Souk out. It is a good place to get some gifts, but make sure to negotiate the price. 

Muttrah Souk Opening times: 9 AM-1 PM, 4 PM-10 PM daily.

Locals playing car next to Muttrah Souk, Muscat, Oman

  • Watch the sunset from Muttrah Fort

Taking up the dominating position on the hills, Muttrah Fort is a historical building founded during Portuguese occupation in the 16th century. The fort itself is small and today the main charm of this defense building is the viewpoints over Muttrah corniche and old town.

Muttrah corniche from Muttrah Fort on a cloudy evening, Muscat, Oman

I recommend climbing up its 200 stairs before sunset to see the town glowing in golden light. 

There is a cozy specialty coffee shop upstairs. You can grab an iced mocha and have a seat outside with a wonderful view over the corniche.

  • Muttrah Fort opening hours: 8 am-9 pm daily. 
  • Entrance fee: once free Muttrah Fort now costs 2 OMR for non-Omani visitors. 
  • P. S. I have negotiated for paying for 1 ticket only. Omanis will often surprise you with their hospitality. Once they even offered to pay for the entrance to one of the historic forts when none of my credit cards worked (cash was not accepted). 

Local ladies are enjoying the views from Muttrah Fort on an unusual rainy day and the specialty coffee available at the cozy cafe inside the Fort.

3. Have dinner at a local fish restaurant

End your day with a heartful dinner at a local fish restaurant Aroos al Bahar. This is a low-key eatery serving fresh grilled fish and seafood. You have to pick up the fish over the counter and then take a seat inside the restaurant or on their humble terrace. The prices are really good for simple but quality food. Expect to pay around 3-5 OMR for a fresh grilled fish (can be shared between the two). 

Streets in Muttrah in souk area

A word about Bait Al Luban restaurant

Bait Al Luban is more of an upscale restaurant in Muttrah corniche (just next to the above-mentioned Aroos Al Bahar). It serves Omani food and different curries. This is a heavily advertised restaurant (if you have read more blogs, chances are it was mentioned in 90 percent of them).

However, to me, it was a disappointment. Tourist flock to this restaurant like sweets on a conveyer in a factory. First of all, you need to book at least a day in advance. The food is okay, but nothing extraordinary for the price charged. I ordered prawn curry for almost 8 OMR and was served 6 small prawns in a large bowl of curry sauce-pretty unfair deal. I was told that meat dishes were quite dry. 

The only nice thing is the beautiful interior and the terrace seating with a corniche view (if you reserve well in advance).

Where to have great coffee in Muttrah

If you are like me, picky with your coffee, then I recommend the below coffee shop:

Bella Vista Café – it is a cozy cafe serving great specialty coffee. It is located on the corner of the roundabout at Muttrah Corniche. It was our go-to coffee shop during our 3 days in Muscat. 

Late breakfast at Dukanah cafe in Qurum

Things to do in Muscat: Day 2 itinerary

1. wake up early for a fish market in muttrah.

If you like local markets, then Muttrah fish market offers an interesting experience. Located in a new building on Muttrah corniche, this fish market is a place where locals go to buy fresh fish and fruits. The sellers are locals as well. Mainly old charismatic Omanis. If you love people photography, you will definitely find interesting characters to photograph.

Wake up early to visit the market which opens at 7 AM. By 9 AM stalls are almost empty. 

Visiting Fish Market in Muttrah is one of the top things to do in Muscat, Oman

2. Visit the royal part of historical Muscat- a walled old town

Just a 5-minute scenic drive east along Muttrah corniche following Al Bahri road you will reach the other part of what is also known as an old Muscat which once used to be a separate walled town. It actually continues all way to Al Bustan beach where the beautiful Al Bustan Palace resort is located.

Leaving Muttrah, and entering through what is known as Muscat Gate, you will immediately notice that buildings here are more polished, streets are cleaner, and architecture is grander. It is expected as Al Alam, Sultan of Oman palace, and the ministry of Finances are based in this area. 

Here you will also find all the museums dedicated to history and culture, including the above-mentioned Gate of Muscat, and a few big forts which you can only see from outside.

Dedicate up to 1.5 hours to walk around the area, or up to 3-4 hours if you are planning to also visit a museum or two. 

The main things to see and do in old Muscat:

  • Al Alam Palace

Sultan’s Palace is possibly the second most famous building in Muscat after Sultan Qaboos Mosque. It used to be a home for the late Sultan Qaboos, and I believe now is a home (or one of the homes) for a new ruler of Oman, Haitham bin Tariq. You can only admire outside its gates.

The area in front of the palace is an eerie ceremonial boulevard. The grand empty space feels very different from the tiny streets of Muttrah.

Tourist buses come directly to Al Alam palace after visiting the Grand Mosque in the morning. If you come before 11 AM chances are you will have the space for yourself.

Nonetheless, to me, Al Alam palace was not the most interesting point on this Muscat itinerary, yet still a memorable one more for the contrast to Muttrah old town. I spent no more than 5 minutes in front of Al Alam Palace and took one or two pictures just to tick off the box. 

Al Alam Palace is one of the top tourist attractions in Muscat, Oman, two men in white dishdashes standing in front of Alam palace

  • Al Mirani Fort and the waterfront harbor

The waterfront area on the left of Al Alam Palace used to be home to the old harbor. Here you will also find the impressive Al Mirani Castle, also built by the Portuguese in the 16th century. Sadly, the fortification was undergoing renovation during my visit, so I could only see it from outside. I bet it will be interesting fort to visit when the renovations are done. 

Another notable Fort out of reach to the public (and it has always been so as far as I am aware) is Jalali Fort. It is visible in the distance when walking along the waterfront. 

The waterfront itself is relaxing and a pleasant place to go for a stroll. 

Mirani Fort visible from Al Alam Palace Boulevard, Muscat, Oman

  • The National Museum of Oman

National Museum is Oman’s flagship cultural institution which showcases the cultural heritage of Oman from the first evidence of humans around 5 million years ago until the present day. I have not visited it yet, but the exterior of the Museum situated on the opposite side of Al Alam palace looks impressive, no less than a palace I would say. 

  • Entrance fee : 5 OMR. 
  • Opening hours : 10 am to 5 pm Saturday to Thursday, and 2 pm to 6 pm on Fridays. 
  • Muscat Gate Museum (Al Bab Al Kabir) 

Recently renovated, Al Bab al Kabir used to be a gate separating Muttrah corniche and the walled city of old Muscat. Today it has been turned into a museum that shows how Oman has evolved through the years. Although the exhibition is small, the views from the terrace are pretty. 

  • Opening hours : 8 am-1:30 pm, closed on Fridays. 
  • Entrance fee: 1 OMR (foreigners), 500 baisas (Omanis), free for kids below 10 years old.
  • Bait al Zubair Museum

Bait Al Zubair museum opened its doors in 1998 by the Zubair family. It houses the largest private heritage collection of various Omani artifacts and walks the visitor through Oman’s rich cultural history. The museum is formed of 6 buildings which are just as interesting as the collections inside. Bait Al Zubair is said to be one of the best museums to visit in Muscat.

  • Entrance fee: 2.5 OMR.
  • Opening hours: 9:30 am – 6 pm, closed on Fridays.

3. Head to Ruwi viewpoint for sunset

Ruwi is a little India of Muscat. Formerly a separate village, it was later connected to Muscat. If you have ever been to Dubai, the closest equivalent is Deira, Bur Dubai, and Satwa quarters.

Most of the Indian, Bengali, and Pakistani population live in Ruwi. In terms of location, Ruwi is very central- just 10 minutes by car from Muttrah. Also, a bus station connecting to other towns in Oman and also Muscat airport is in Ruwi.

Travelers on a budget can find some simple but decent accommodations and also bargain places to eat as there are countless West Asian restaurants around. 

Ruwi, "Little India" in Muscat, Oman is a great place to visit for street photography

I loved rough and messy Ruwi, mainly for street photography opportunities. However, my favorite spot is Yiti street viewpoint above Ruwi. A short but steep and windy road brings you to the craggy rock from where you can see the best, to my opinion, elevated view of Muscat. It is a unique sight of numerous white houses spilling between the brown rocks. 

It is a perfect place to watch both sunset and sunrise. Refer to the mao at the end of this post for exact coordinates.

Ruwi viewpoint, Muscat, Oman

Places to see in Muscat on Day 3 itinerary

Since the first 2 days covered the most popular places to visit in Muscat, day 3 in the Muscat itinerary is a bit of freestyle. I have included several sightseeing options to pick from, depending on your liking. 

Muscat is stretched over the beautiful coastline. A trip east along the coast to the capital’s outskirts will bring you to some wonderful secluded beaches surrounded by dramatic fjord-like landscapes. Meanwhile going up north of Muscat, you can sail off to pristine islands located within an hour from Muscat. Thus, for the first part of day 3 in Muscat, I suggest picking one of the below nature escapes.

1. Swim and snorkel around Ad Daymaniyat islands

Ad Daymaniyat is a Nature Reserve formed of nine pristine islands located 20km off the shores of Barka- a coastal city up north of Muscat. Islands are known for their crystal-clear waters and as a great spot for snorkeling with their bright-colored fish and sea turtles.

From May to October visiting Daymaniyat islands is prohibited due to marine life protection.

Since a special permit is required to enter the islands, the easiest way to visit Daymaniyat is by joining a day tour. Tour operators will handle all the logistics, permits, and food on your behalf.

  • Daymaniyat snorkeling cruise from Muscat  is rated 5/5 on Get Your Guide, and alternatively,  this day tour  offers snorkeling and dolphin watching.

2. Visit Fjords of Muscat- Bandar Khairan (Khayran)

If you prefer something more off-the-beaten-path, then head to Bandar Khairan, located 30 minutes drive from Muttrah. This natural wonder in the outskirts of Muscat is known for its Fjord-like landscapes (somewhat similar to Musandam ).

Although you can get to the area with any car, accessing the small secluded beaches requires either hiking, a boat, or a 4WD. There are several coves dotted around the Bandar Khairan peninsula.

One of the easiest to access is marked as Bandar Al Khairam Beach for Tourism on Google Maps. Although to get to the shores 4 WD is required, you can also hike down the steep windy dirt path. The distance must not be more than a kilometer. There you will find some water activities to take on. You can go snorkeling (might have to bring your gear), while kayaking and boat paddling are available for rent.

NOTE: The are no food stalls or drinking water at the beaches, thus bring your own supplies. 

Bandar Khairan and one of its small beaches, Oman

Recommended stops on the way to Bandar Khairan

Haramil fishing village.

The road to Bandar Khayran is very scenic, winding through the mountains. On the way, you can stop at Haramil fishing village -a quaint tiny town. There is not much to see but the views with many fishing boats lining the shore are beautiful. It is a very small local community, and locals are pleasantly surprised to see visitors.

Haramil fishing village- local ladies chilling at the shores

Qantab Beach

Following the scenic road, another worthy detour is Qantab beach where you can either chill or go on a short boat ride with a local fisherman. 

The beach at Qantab fishing village, 30 minutes away drive south of Muscat, was one of the unexpected discoveries during our Oman road trip. Once we reached it, we were pleasantly surprised by the quiet beach featuring beautiful rock formations. It was one of those wild-type beaches with just a few local fishermen hanging around. I would have easily spent half a day reading a book and chilling on the sand.

portrait  of Mr. Solomon, our captain in Qantab, Oman

We were approached by an elder Omani sailor named Solomon. He offered us to go on a private boat ride. We agreed. And it was a pleasant 30 minutes ride in a traditional motorized boat. We had a chance to see a natural stone arch and admire the beautiful coastline.

The private 30 minutes boat ride costs 10 OMR.

Boat ride in Qantab near Muscat, Oman

Once you are back in Muscat, there are other attractions I would like to suggest (depending on the time you have left, you may have to pick one).

3. Sunset Hike above Muttrah

Love hiking? Then you should definitely try at least one of several city hikes in Muscat. There are a few trails around the capital of Oman. One of the easiest and most scenic ones is the Muttrah-Riyam Park hike. This easy to lightly moderate marked path winds through the craggy hills starting in the parking lot near Riyam Park and finishing on the corniche of Muttrah. You will be surprised that hiking in town actually allows for a brilliant escape from the town and opens up to some great views over the Muttrah town and its corniche. 

  • Trail distance: 3.7 KM
  • Hike duration: 1.5 hrs
  • Difficulty level: easy to moderate
  • The trail is well-marked with yellow white and red line flags
  • Proper hiking boots are recommended as the rocks are very slippery
  • Kids-friendly (we saw families with young kids doing it).

Trailhead coordinates:  type in Google  [C38 Mutrah to Riyam Park Hike]  to get to the start of the trail. The starting point is behind one of the houses. You will see a stone staircase on the left-hand side going uphill-follow it to begin the hike.

Hiking above Muttrah in Muscat, Muttrah-Riyam park trail

4. Sunset stroll on Qurum beach

Alternatively, to hiking, you can visit Qurum beach during the sunset. It is said to have a beautiful atmosphere and you can also watch locals hanging around. 

5. Visit or watch a performance in Royal Opera House Muscat

Royal Opera House of Muscat is another grand modern architecture example in Oman and a venue for musical arts and performances. The building itself is a popular tourist attraction. Tours to visit interiors are also available. But probably the best way to experience the Royal Opera House is to actually go and watch a performance.

If you are curious about the architecture, you can definitely pay a visit. Still, if you have limited time, I suggest skipping it.

More activities around Muscat

Have more time in Muscat? Then I would recommend going on a day trip to visit Oman’s finest forts located fairly close to the capital.

1. Rustaq Loop

Rustaq Loop is a nice one-day road trip from Muscat that covers stops at 3 beautiful historical forts of Oman dating back between the 13-18th centuries (each built and renovated during different eras). In general, Omani forts are brilliant. Although they all follow similar architectural styles and have identical beige-hue colors, I never get bored visiting Omani forts. Each fort is unique in its own way and offers something awe-inspiring to see.

Al Hazm Fort, part of Rustaq loop- perfect day trip from Muscat, Oman

In Rustaq Loop (drive literally in a loop starting and finishing in Muscat), you will see the following forts: Al-Hazm, Rustaq, and Nakhal (or vice versa, depending on which side you start your drive from).

I recommend starting your day early to slowly visit them all. The full loop drive will take up to 3 hours, plus you need a couple of hours or so to visit each fort, depending on how much exploration you are keen to do. Omani forts are known for their many rooms and labyrinth type of planning, and they are really interesting to wander around. Moreover, being inside the fort offers a perfect escape from the hot Middle Eastern midday sun.

Forts’ opening hours are usually from 8 AM till around 5 PM daily. Opening times might be shorter on Fridays. However, on my recent visit to Al-Hazm Fort, it was open all day on Friday. The entrance fee depends on the fort. We paid 1 OMR for entering Al-Hazm fort, for example.

Update: currently Rustaq and Nakhal Forts are under renovation. Nakhal fort will be open for visiting in 2023 spring, while Rustaq is supposed to be finished by the end of 2023.

Tip: if you are traveling from Muscat to Dubai by road , Al-Hazm fort is on the way and is worth stopping by for an hour or two.

muscat day trips

2. Nizwa Fort and Souk

17th-century Nizwa Fort is located in Nizwa mountain town. It is one of the most famous if not the most famous fort in the country. Adjacent to the fort is Nizwa market which is cozier and less touristy than the one in Muttrah. Although you can visit Nizwa Fort and Souk as a day trip from Muscat, I strongly suggest staying at least one night in Nizwa or around to see a different side of the mountainous part of the Sultanate.

  • Nizwa Fort opening hours:  Saturdays to Thursdays: 8 am – 8 pm / Fridays: 8 am – 11:30 am, 1:30 pm – 8:00 pm.
  • Entrance fees:  5 OMR ($13 USD) for adults / 3 OMR ($8 USD) for children.

Final thoughts about visiting Muscat

Is Muscat worth visiting? And why visit Muscat? Is Muscat a safe city to visit?

Many people treat Muscat as a jump-off point before they start their road trip around the Sultanate, or just as a layover between flights to other destinations.

However, underrated Muscat is not only a great place to visit for a city break filled with interesting sights but also a perfect introduction to the Sultanate of Oman. Historically and culturally rich Muscat is a very different and unique capital. It is laid back and relatively slow-paced, something you wouldn’t expect from the largest city in the country. 

Muscat is a huge contrast to flashy Dubai in UAE (although Dubai also has an old part hidden under the shades of skyscrapers).

Oman’s capital is a real city where you will find worn out charismatic old houses, locals driving taxis and serving people at restaurants, or haggling in the ages-old markets. 

Muscat also serves as a base for day trips to nearby destinations in Oman, like Bimah Sinkhole and wadi Shab, Daymaniyat islands, or Nizwa, for example. 

The not-so-obvious luxurious side of Muscat can be experienced by treating yourself to a stay in one of the wonderful resorts located on the idyllic shores of the Gulf of Oman. 

Thus, there are so many things to do in Muscat and it is a must-visit place in Oman for longer than just a day. 

Safety in Muscat

Last but not least, Oman is one of the safest countries to visit not only in the Middle East but also in the whole world. Even if you are a single female traveler, visiting Muscat, or Oman on your own is easy. Men pay respect to women and never ever did I feel uncomfortable or in danger wandering even the most remote corners of Oman and Muscat.

Accommodation in Muscat

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Haffa House Hotel $-a decent four-star hotel for very reasonable prices. Although it is an old hotel and needs a bit of revamp, it is clean, has polite service, and the location is convenient to drive to any direction for sightseeing. Make sure to request a non-smoking room (if that applies to you) when booking.

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Intercontinental Muscat $$$- located on the beach of Qurum this resort offers you a comfortable stay in rooms with sea or mountain views, access to the pool, gym, green gardens, saunas, in house restaurants. The popular waterfront-muscat area with trendy shops and nice restaurants is also close by.

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Here are links to essential travel resources and services I always use when organizing my trips.

  • Rent a car : The best way to explore Oman is by self-driving. Rent a car at the best rates at Discover Cars .
  • Best flight deals: Use Skyscanner to find the cheapest and fastest flights to Oman from your location.
  • Accommodation: book your ideal accommodation on Booking .
  • Travel Insurance: buy affordable travel insurance at SafetyWing . Alternatively, get  5% off  your insurance by using my link on  Heymondo , a travel insurance provider.
  • Guided tours: book the best-rated guided tours in Oman on Viator .
  • Local SIM Card: Get a tourist pack of local data and calls at Muscat airport or hypermarket. Omantel provides the best coverage.
  • eSIM CARD:  Stay connected before you land.  Airalo  offers eSIM card with data up to 5 GB (30 days) data package for Oman.

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1. mutrah corniche.

Mutrah Corniche

Mutrah Corniche is a promenade stretching for 3 kilometres along the waterfront and is lined with restaurants, cafes, and markets. Relax at the corniche and watch the sun go down the sea and watch the mountains meet the water or take in all the natural sights and sounds by walking along the promenade. You can see the views of the Oman Port and harbour and the beautiful rock formations of the Hajar Mountains and the Portuguese watchtowers on the other.

Distance from Muscat: 20 km

2. Mutrah Souk

Mutrah Souk

The Muttrah Souq is one of the oldest markets in the Arab world. This antiquity has perhaps increased its beauty, magic and allure. Mutrah Souk or Al Alam Souk has been named after darkness because the crowded stalls and lanes do not allow the sun rays to infiltrate through during the day and the shoppers need lamplights to see where they were going. The market used to be a source of supply for Omanis where they could buy their needs in the 1960s for simpler life requirements.

Distance from Muscat: 19 km

3. Al Mirani Fort

Al Mirani Fort

Al Mirani Fort is a fort in Muscat which was built by the Portugese in the sixteenth century. It, along with neighbouring Al Jalali Fort, looks out to the Gulf of Oman and would guard the port of Muscat in the past. Although closed to the public visitors can view this fort from outside. This fort was extremely instrumental in the downfall of the Portuguese.

Distance from Muscat: 22 km

4. Jebel Akhdar

Jebel Akhdar

Known as the Green Mountain, Jebel Akhdar is a mountain range located in the most spectacular part of Oman! Comprising of mostly desert and limestone, the mountain range of Jebel Akhdar stands tall in Oman, and receives 300 mm of precipitation annually, resulting in the growth of shrubs and trees on the top of its mountains.

Distance from Muscat: 156 km

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Wahiba Sands

Known For : Dune Bashing Camel Safari Sand boarding

Whether its going on a camel safari, dune bashing, desert trekking or simply just sitting around a camp fire, they have it all! Spending a night under the starlit sky at the Sharqiya Sands is an experience you will never forget! Considered among the most beautiful camping areas in Oman, the Sharqiya Sands extends over an area of up to ten thousand square kilometres! Tourists get the chance to indulge in the true Arabian experience which is a rarity due to the amount of globalisation that has occured over the past years.

Best Time: November to March

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6. Al Jalali Fort

Al Jalali Fort

The Al Jalali Fort, also known as Ash Sharqiya Fort, built by the Portuguese in the 16th century is a massive structure in Muscat, Oman. Interestingly it once used to be a prison which has been converted to a heritage private museum. Being located on the harbor, the Al Jalali Fort offers a beautiful to the entire city of Muscat. The only entrance to this place is through a steep flight of stairs in the front.

Distance from Muscat: 23 km

7. Muttrah Fort

Muttrah Fort

Bearing a slice of history, rich architecture, and seaside view; the Muttrah Fort is one of the top locations for all Muscat travellers to experience. Just a 20-minute cab ride from Muscat city, this fort is amongst one of the oldest and overlooks the town and coastline. Its intriguing history tells of the Portuguese domination in the 16th century, and today the fort has been converted into a watchtower which a stunning panoramic skyline. After being reopened for public use in June 2018, it has become a prime attraction for visitors, and a must-see for history buffs!

8. Muttrah Fish Market

Muttrah Fish Market

The rich marine diversity of Oman’s seas is a blessing for the region. Tourists make it a point to travel to the Muttrah Fish Market and treat themselves to the irresistible seafood. The local culture is reflected in the busy market area, and travellers can gaze at the boats and ships surrounding the coastline. Sale of fish is done only in certain areas, whereas visitors can also explore the vegetable market. A 20-minute cab ride from Muscat city, and you’ll find yourself amidst a cultural haven.

9. Golden Sand Dunes

Golden Sand Dunes

Popularly known as the Wahiba Sands, the Golden Sand Dunes are celebrated for their deep golden hues. Give yourself a desert adventure and explore the sand dunes with several oases. Interestingly enough, you may find flora and fauna in this region, along with the perfect spot of camping out. What’s more? The epic sunset and sunrise which will leave you in awe. Travellers love to stargaze during the night, take a swim in the oasis, and even hop on for a camel ride. It’s a 3hour drive from Muscat, and many camping options are available.

10. Qurum Park

Qurum Park

Nizwa Fort is Oman’s most visited and most famous monument and fort. Unlike its counterpart the Bahla Fort, this 17th century fort has not yet been included under UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. What it lacks in prominence, it makes up for in exhibits and study conducted intended to reveal the glorious past of the city.

11. Nizwa Fort, Nizwa

Nizwa Fort, Nizwa

Distance from Muscat: 160 km

12. Jabreen Castle, Nizwa

Jabreen Castle, Nizwa

Jabreen Castle is famous for its battlements which is one of the most well-preserved monuments. The castle was built in the year 1675 by Imam Bil Arab Bin Sultan. In the ancient days, the castle was a centre of learning for various branches like astrology, medicine and Islamic law. The majestic castle has three storeys, two towers and enormous halls and rooms inside, showing the grandeur of the Imams of the time. Standing at the base of the flagpole at the castle will give visitors a bird's eye view of the interiors of the castle.

Distance from Muscat: 145 km

13. Tanuf Ruins, Nizwa

Tanuf Ruins, Nizwa

Tanuf is a small village located halfway between the two largest cities of Oman, near Nizwa and Bahla. The ruins of Tanuf are the result of Oman’s Imamate Rebellion of the 1950s. It is famous for its historical ruins and also for the Tanuf drinking water brand. ‘Tanuf’ branded water is sourced and bottled in a factory from the freshwater at Wadi Tanuf.

14. Wadi Ghul, Nizwa

Wadi Ghul, Nizwa

Wadi Ghul is referred to as Oman’s version of the Grand Canyon. The canyon is located in the Al Hajar mountains and is renowned for its remote, scenic hiking trails. Hire a 4x4 which would be the ideal vehicle or proceed on foot for a more intensive explorative experience of the Ghul. Enjoy the sweeping views of the mountains and the deep plunging gorges as you look below. For a surge of the adrenaline attempt the ‘Balcony Walk’ on foot, a thrilling hiking experience as you take on the cliffs fromWad

15. Wahiba Sands - The Golden Horizons of Sharqiya Sands!

Wahiba Sands - The Golden Horizons of Sharqiya Sands!

Found when taking a diversion on the road between Sur and Muscat, the mighty Wahiba Sands also known as The Sharqiya Sands is home to the bedouins, exciting sand sports and night camping in Oman. Considered among the most beautiful camping areas in Oman, the Sharqiya Sands extends over an area of up to ten thousand square kilometres! Tourists get the chance to indulge in the true Arabian experience which is a rarity due to the amount of globalisation that has occurred over the past years.

16. Barka - Emerald Beaches and Golden Brown Cityscapes

Barka - Emerald Beaches and Golden Brown Cityscapes

Situated on the Omani coast, Barka is a vibrant beachside city in the Al-Batinah region, renowned for their age-old tradition of bull-fighting, and their famous halwa. A 50-km drive away from Muscat International Airport, Barka provides the perfect weekend getaways and is a favourite resort destination amongst Omanis. The Barka Fort, standing imperiously over the Omani coastline, and the Barka Souq, the traditional marketplace of the city, are major tourist attractions in the region.

Distance from Muscat: 60 km

Best Time: December to February

17. Ibri - Archaeological Wonderland!

Ibri - Archaeological Wonderland!

The Oasis town of Ibri is situated in the northern Al Dhahirah region of Oman. Usually, the town is treated as a friendly stopover between Saudi Arabia and the UAE. But the treasure of Ibri lies in its heritage as it is the base for visiting many UNESCO Heritage sites. These sites consist of preserved tombs of Al-Ayn, Al-Khutm and Bat which are famous for being the most well preserved and completed ancient ensemble in the world. It is also an archaeological site with landmarks such as towers, forts, castles and tombs.

Distance from Muscat: 281 km

Best Time: September to May

18. Al Suwaiq - Home to Professional Football in Oman

Al Suwaiq - Home to Professional Football in Oman

Al Suwaiq means 'market' in Arabic. The town is also recognized as one of the Wilayats (also the largest Wilayat) of Al Batinah North governorate. Here, people get to see the mountains, the valleys and the plains along with the coast all located at short distances from each other. Each year, a considerable number of tourists visit Al Batinah and spend a day or so in Al Suwaiq. Here, they can explore the scenic countryside, learn about its history and culture, go sightseeing, visit the shores of the Gulf of Oman and enjoy some delicious local food.

Distance from Muscat: 116 km

Best Time: November-March

19. Misfat Al Abriyeen, Oman

Misfat Al Abriyeen, Oman

If you are looking for a truly unique and awe-inspiring trip to Oman, visit the ancient, gorgeous and charming village of Misfat Al Abryeen. Alighted high on the mountains of Jebel Shams is mesmerising village whose inhabitants have transformed the terrain to a fertile oasis by the strength of their backs and the sweat of their brows. It is no wonder that this quaint little village is one of the most sought-after destinations by tourists and locals alike. The village didn't just crop up one day but has a rich and vibrant history spanning over three hundred years of human settlement and an agriculture practice of ingenuity. 

Distance from Muscat: 207 km

20. Al Hoota Caves, Oman

Al Hoota Caves, Oman

Located at the foot of the grand Jebel Shams mountain, Al Hoota Cave is almost 2 million years old and the only show cave in the Arabian Peninsula that is 4.5 kilometers long. With a wonderful ecosystem consisting of bats, anthropoids, snails and mollusks, the cave is very well protected and preserved. On your tour around the cave, you'll come across four lakes. In these lakes, the rare blind fish, Garra Barreimiae exist. These fish are only found in Oman, UAE and Bahrain. The tour of the cave lasts 45 minutes and covers 500m of the huge cave.

Distance from Muscat: 188 km

21. Sohar, Oman - Hometown of Sinbad the Sailor!

Sohar, Oman - Hometown of Sinbad the Sailor!

Known For : Sohar Corniche Sohar Fort Sohar Handicraft Souq

Rumoured to be the home of the famous sailers Ahmed bin Majid and mythical character Sinbad, Sohar is the perfect blend of culture and contemporary societies. The city has huge malls and skyscrapers, some of the most gorgeous beaches in Oman and souqs and monuments that are full of the country's history. A small drive into the outskirts of the city leads you to beautiful deserts. Sohar is full of things to do, whether it be watching a camel race, shopping for traditional handicrafts or simply exploring the splendid beaches.

Distance from Muscat: 209 km

Best Time: October to February

6 Sohar Attractions

22. Bahla - A Reconstructed Heritage Town

Bahla - A Reconstructed Heritage Town

The first-ever Omani town to be declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Bahla is a small Oasis settlement situated in the Dakhliya region of Oman. Although the settlement is constituted of traditional vernacular houses, the fortification wall, a market, the Falaj system and a mosque, it is most popular for the Bahla fort. It is one of the oldest forts in Oman tracing back to the 13th century. The small town is also popular for its pottery and silver artefacts sold in the old souq.

Best Time: October to March

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The Best of Muscat in a Day: A City Tour for First-Timers

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Leaving on the captivating Muscat City Visit divulges a Hypnotising embroidery of Omani culture and history. As the sun-doused capital of Oman, Muscat brags an amicable mix of custom and innovation, easily comparing resplendent mosques with smooth contemporary design. The city visits through its lively business sectors, such as Mutrah Souq, where the aroma of outlandish Flavours blends with the giggling of dealers. Along the peaceful waterfront, the impressive magnificence of the Ruler Qaboos Fantastic Mosque orders worship, while the King’s Royal residence remains as a demonstration of the country’s glorious legacy. Settled between tough mountains and the purplish blue Middle Eastern Ocean, Muscat’s charm isn’t just in its sights yet in addition to the veritable warmth of its kin. An excursion through Muscat is an odyssey through time, uncovering the essence of Oman.

What is special in Muscat?

Muscat, the capital city of Oman, brags a one of a kind mix of conventional appeal and current charm that separates it as an enrapturing objective. What genuinely recognizes Muscat is its agreeable combination of rich legacy and contemporary advancement. With its dazzling engineering that flawlessly incorporates the normal scene, Muscat offers a visual blowout of lavish mosques, complex castles, and dynamic business sectors. The city’s obligation to protect its social roots while embracing present day improvement is apparent in its painstakingly arranged metropolitan design and safeguarding of authentic locales. Settled between magnificent mountains and the purplish blue waters of the Inlet of Oman, Muscat’s stunning landscape is additionally Emphasised by the warm friendliness of its occupants. This agreeable concurrence of custom and development, outlined by staggering vistas, makes Muscat an unprecedented and genuinely extraordinary objective for voyagers looking for a legitimate and captivating Middle Eastern experience.

The Best of Muscat in a Day: A City Tour for First-Timers

Here are some of the things that make Muscat special:

The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque : This mosque is one of the largest and most beautiful mosques in the world. It is a must-see for any visitor to Muscat.

  • The Royal Opera House : This world-class opera house is a symbol of Muscat’s cultural renaissance. It hosts a variety of performances throughout the year.
  • The Muttrah Fort: This historic fort is located on the waterfront in Muttrah. It offers stunning views of the city and the Gulf of Oman.
  • The Mutrah Souq : This traditional market is a great place to buy souvenirs and handicrafts. It is also a great place to experience Omani culture.
  • The beaches of Muscat: Muscat has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. They are a great place to relax and enjoy the sun and sand.

If you are looking for a city that is both modern and traditional, with something to offer everyone, then Muscat is the perfect destination for you.

Read More:- Half Day Muscat City Tour

How do you spend time in Muscat

Investigating the beguiling city of Muscat offers a magnificent embroidery of encounters for each guest. From first light till nightfall, there’s a horde of ways of investing energy in this captivating Omani capital. Start your mornings with a peaceful walk around the stunning Corniche, where the turquoise waters of the Bay of Oman tenderly lap against the shore, offering a tranquil setting for reflection.

As the day advances, submerge yourself in the dynamic atmosphere of Mutrah Souq, where the twisted rear entryways overflow with the aromas of outlandish Flavours, hand tailored treasures, and the vivacious talk of traders. For a dash of culture and history, the superb Ruler Qaboos Fantastic Mosque remains as a compositional show-stopper, welcoming guests to wonder about its complicated plan and tranquil climate. As the sun sets, go to the Al Jalali and Al Mirani posts that monitor the city’s shoreline, lending a quality of authentic persona.

At long last, enjoy the night with a gala of conventional Omani Flavours at a nearby eatery, enjoying sweet-smelling rice dishes, delicious kebabs, and debauched pastries. In Muscat, time unfurls in a variety of encounters, each offering a brief look into the substance of this charming Middle Eastern diamond.

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Day use hotels in Muscat

Day use lodgings in Muscat are an extraordinary choice for explorers who need a spot to unwind and spruce up during the day. These lodgings offer various conveniences, like agreeable beds, Wi-Fi, and admittance to inn offices, like the pool, exercise centre, and café.

Probably the greatest day use lodgings in Muscat include:

  • Aerotel Muscat: This hotel is located in the heart of Muscat, close to many of the city’s attractions. It offers spacious rooms with all the amenities you need for a relaxing day.
  • Novotel Muscat Airport: This hotel is located near the airport, making it a convenient option for Travellers who need a place to freshen up before or after their flight.
  • Hilton Nursery Motel Muscat Al Khuwair: This inn is situated in a calm area of Muscat, making it an extraordinary choice for the people who need to unwind and get away from the buzzing about of the city.
  • Ibis Muscat: This inn is situated in the core of Muscat, near a large number of the city’s attractions. It offers reasonable rooms with every one of the conveniences you want for a loosening up day.

Day use lodgings in Muscat are an extraordinary cash saving tip for convenience and partake in all that the city brings to the table. Whether you are a business explorer or a Traveller, day use inns can be a helpful and reasonable choice for your next outing to Muscat.

Here are some additional tips for finding day use hotels in Muscat:

Check with individual hotels: Many hotels in Muscat offer day use rates, even if they do not advertise them on their websites. It is always a good idea to check with individual hotels to see if they offer day use rates.

Use a day use hotel booking service: There are a number of day use hotel booking services that can help you find day use hotels in Muscat. These services can make it easy to compare rates and find the best deal.

Book in advance: Day use hotels in Muscat can be popular, so it is a good idea to book in advance. This will ensure that you get the day use rate that you want and that you have a room reserved for your desired time slot. What to see in Muscat in one day

If you only have one day to explore Muscat, here is a possible itinerary for you:

Morning: Start your day with a visit to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. This is one of the largest mosques in the world and is a must-see for any visitor to Muscat. The mosque is open to non-Muslims for tours in the morning.

Afternoon: Subsequent to visiting the mosque, make a beeline for the Muttrah Souq. This is a customary Bedouin market where you can track down everything from Flavours and gifts to gold and silver gems. The souq is an extraordinary spot to deal and wrangle.

Evening: In the evening, enjoy a delicious meal at a local restaurant. There are many great restaurants in Muscat serving traditional Omani cuisine. After dinner, take a walk along the Mutrah Corniche. This is a waterfront promenade that offers stunning views of the city and the Gulf.

Here are a few different things you can do in Muscat on the off chance that you have additional time:

Visit the Old Muscat. This is the noteworthy heart of the city and is home to a significant number of Muscat’s most significant verifiable milestones.

Climb in the Hajar Mountains. These mountains offer dazzling perspectives on the city and are an incredible spot to go climbing or setting up camp.

Visit the Channel Shab. This is a wonderful channel (valley) with clear turquoise waters and transcending bluffs. It is an incredible spot to swim, swim, or kayak.

Take a desert safari . This is an extraordinary method for encountering the desert and see a portion of Oman’s untamed life.

The Best of Muscat in a Day: A City Tour for First-Timers

Muscat city tour package

Muscat city visit bundles are an extraordinary method for seeing the features of Muscat in a short measure of time. These bundles commonly incorporate transportation, an aide, and admission to a portion of Muscat’s most well known attractions, like the Ruler Qaboos Great Mosque, the Muttrah Souq, and the Mutrah Corniche.

There are a variety of Muscat city tour packages available, so you can choose one that fits your interests and budget. Some packages are designed for families, while others are more suited for couples or solo Travellers.

On the off chance that you’re in a rush, a coordinated excursion to Muscat is an extraordinary method for getting to know the city and find out about its set of experiences and culture. These bundles can likewise be an extraordinary method for meeting different voyagers and making new companions.

Save time: You won’t have to worry about planning your own itinerary or transportation.

Learn about the city: Your guide will be able to share interesting facts and stories about Muscat.

Meet other Travellers: You’ll have the opportunity to meet other people from all over the world.

Get the most out of your trip: You’ll be able to see the most popular attractions in a short amount of time

Consider your budget. Muscat city tour packages range in price from budget-friendly to luxurious. Decide what you want to see. Some packages focus on historical landmarks, while others focus on natural attractions. Choose a package that fits your schedule. Some packages are full-day tours, while others are shorter. Read the reviews. Read reviews of different packages to get an idea of what other Travellers have experienced.

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Muscat is a vibrant port city along the long coastline of Oman. The topography of the city is highly unique and diverse in its own ways. From being surrounded by rocky Al Hajar mountain range from west to the shores of the Arabian Sea in the northwest, Muscat is a natural marvel.

The city also encompasses architectural beauty representing the Arabian heritage and culture through monuments such as the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Royal Opera House of Muscat and centuries-old Muttrah fort which guarded the port harbor of the city.

Knowing the city of Muscat have so much to offer, the perfect way to explore is to take the best day trips from Muscat.

Living in Muscat for all of my life and knowing the city from inside and out, I have summed down some of the best day trips from Muscat which you should definitely try! The city and its surroundings have so much to offer to make your stay in Muscat a memorable experience to cherish.

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Best Day Trips From Muscat – Half Day City Tours

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Just like many modern metropolitan cities, Muscat also has its own version of a hop on hop off bus, the ‘Big Bus Muscat’. To get a complete touristy experience of a city’s vibe, a hop on hop bus is the best option to take! The Big Bus Muscat is a double-decker bus with an air-conditioned section (which you should definitely opt for during the summers) and an open seating area on top to get a better view and understanding of Muscat’s major landmarks and historic sites. Also, this tour is available 24hrs, so you can hop on and hop off as per your convenience. Best day trip from Muscat for a reason!

You can check the full details of the Big Bus Muscat tour with prices here

Sight-Seeing Tours

Muscat is home to some of the most incredibly stunning monuments in the Arabian world. Most of the sightseeing tours half day tours are roughly four to five hours long. It is a guided tour, ideal for anyone who wants to explore the city’s charm and culture. The short duration of these tours leaves ample time for the visitors to enjoy other activities for the night that makes it one of the best day trips from Muscat.

Highlights : Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muttrah Souq, Muttrah Fish Market, Al Alam Palace, Royal Opera House, Bait Al Zubair

You can check the full details of Sight-Seeing tours package with prices here.

Best day trips from Muscat - The Royal Opera House Muscat

Highlights : Mangrove Lagoon, Qurum National Park, Ruwi Clock Tower, Al Minari Fort, Majlis Oman (Parliament building), Watchtower

Night City Tours

You will be amazed to know that the beautiful city of Muscat looks more stunning as soon as the sun goes down. After the sunset, the beautiful roads and monuments are all lit up; this gives a unique charm and perhaps a different yet still incredible look to all of the major monuments in Muscat. Night City Tours are a great option if you are visiting Muscat during the peak summer months when day heat can (and it possibly will) ruin your sightseeing experience.

Highlights : Free cycling at Muttrah Corniche, Muttrah Souq, Ruwi Souq, all major landmarks

You can check the full details of Night Sight-Seeing tours package with prices here

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Best day trips from muscat – full day tours.

I have already mentioned it quite a lot of times of how amazing and diverse the city of Muscat is. But have I told you that the neighboring cities around Muscat are equally mesmeric if not more than Muscat! Here is a list of best day trips from Muscat for a full day, which you should definitely try to get an extended Oman exploring experience.

Note: Full day tours are 8 to 10 hours long, so book it only if you have enough time on your trip

Muscat To Nizwa Tour (Castles, Forts, UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Nizwa in the west of Muscat is the biggest city of the Ad Dakhiliyah governorate of Oman. The city is just a short 2-hour drive from Muscat. Nizwa is the regional center of history and culture in Oman. As one of the best day trips from Muscat, it is highly recommended to visit Nizwa for experiencing the centuries-old traditions which are still practiced in the region.

Highlights : Nizwa Fort, Nizwa Souq, Bahla town, Jabrin Fort

You can check the full details of Muscat to Nizwa tour package with prices here

Best day trips from Muscat - A view of the Nizwa Fort in Oman

Muscat to Jebal Shams Tour

Jebal Shams is the world’s second largest Grand Canyon and the second highest mountain peak within the Arabian Peninsula. What makes it more amazing is the fact that it is merely at a 3-hour drive away from Muscat. The guided tour also comprises visits to the nearby villages where people are still living in houses built from rocks.

Highlights : Off-road drive in Wadi Ghul (Grand Canyon), hiking or mountain bike riding (optional), visit mountain villages

You can check the full details of Muscat to Jebal Shams tour package with the price here

Muscat to Wahiba Sands & Wadi Bani Khalid

Muscat to Wahiba Sands & Wadi Bani Khalid is undoubtedly the best day trip from Muscat. This is a highly recommended tour for anyone wanting to take a break from the hustle bustle of the city life. Wahiba Sands desert lies in the Sharqiyah region of Oman accessible by a four-hour drive from Muscat. The golden sand of the desert and Bedouin tribes still living in the area makes it a unique place to explore. The Wahiba Sands is also very popular for having some serious dune bashing experience! The tour further leads to Wadi Bani Khalid, which is a beautiful oasis of freshwater streams and waterfalls, where you can relax and rest before heading back to Muscat.

Highlights : Dune bashing, meet and greet with the Bedouin tribes of the desert, picnic at Wadi Bani Khalid

You can check the full details of the Wahiba Sands & Wadi Bani Khalid tour package with prices here

Best Day Trips From Muscat – 4WD Drive Tours

Oman has some of the best roads in the world. To get the best experience of Oman roads it is mandatory (not literally though!) to have a road trip in a 4WD drive. It is much of a big deal that there are dedicated 4WD drive tours around the outskirts of Muscat.

Amouage Perfume Factory, Fanja Village & Wadi Tayin Tour

This tour will take you around the outskirts of Muscat where you can enjoy a pleasant drive in a four-wheeler with beautiful mountains in the backdrop. The tour starts with a stop at the Amouage perfume factory, which is Oman’s very own perfume brand. The tour then continues to the old town of Fanja, around an hour drive from the factory. Explore the old abandoned houses in the town, some of which being 400 hundred years old! The final stop of the tour is at Wadi Tayin, which is a natural water spring. Here you can take a dip in the water or just sit back and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings.

Highlights : Visitor center tour at Amouage Perfume factory, Fanja town, Wadi Tayin

You can check the full details of Amouage Perfume Factory & Wadi Tayin tour package with prices here

Wadi Abyadh & Wakan Village Tour

This tour will take you to an exotic getaway away from the chaos of the city life. Wadi Abyadh is an extremely picturesque oasis lying in the heart of mountains. The spring water oasis surrounded with dates trees plantations will give you a perfect vibe to rejuvenate within nature. After having a quick swim in the cool waters of the Wadi, the tour then continues to the agriculture village of Wakan. The Wakan Village sits at an altitude of 1700 meters and it can be reached by a small hike of 700 steps. The main viewpoint of the village gives a wonderful panoramic view of Al Hajar mountain range in a distance and streams of freshwaters flowing down from the mountains.

Highlights : Barka camel breeding farm, date plantation farm, Wadi Abyadh, Wakan village

You can check the full details of Wadi Abyadh & Wakan Village tour package with prices here

Best day trips from Muscat - Hiking Trail in Wakan Village

Muscat To Bilad Sayt Tour

Bilad Sayt is an extremely picturesque terraced mountain village in the northeastern slopes of Al Hajar mountain range of Oman. Sitting in the laps of the mountains, Bilad Sayt is a fairytale village famous for its plantations in the middle of barren land. The surrounding mighty mountains block the sunlight reaching the village in midday. The villagers are extremely hospitable and welcoming to the tourists. It is a rare experience to witness people still living in clay clad houses since centuries and still prioritizing their humble lifestyle over the modern-day life, which makes it the best day trip from Muscat.

Highlights : Wadi Bani Awf, Bilad Sayt, Nakhal spring

You can check the full details of Bilad Sayt tour package with prices here

Best Day Trips From Muscat – Coastal Tours Around Muscat

The waters of Oman are blessed with highly diverse and unique marine life, which is nowhere to be found in the Arabian Gulf. The pristine coastline of Muscat offers an ideal beach getaway to every visitor.

Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling Tour

The Bandar Al Khairan Island near the coast of Muscat harbor is a famous place for spotting bottlenose dolphins throughout the year. The tour starts from Marina Al Rowdha, which is a twenty minutes speedboat ride that eventually reaches the dolphin watching spot. After dolphin watching, the captain takes the boat to the main snorkeling site of Bandar Al Khairan. Vibrant and healthy coral reefs, shoals of clownfishes and even turtles can be very easily spotted. (Note: spotting a turtle highly depends on the turtle nesting season).

Highlights : Dolphin watching, snorkeling, island tour

You can check the full details of Dolphin Watching & Snorkeling Tour package with prices here

Best day trips from Muscat - Dolphin watching in Muscat

Dhow Cruise Sunset Tour

Muscat has undoubtedly the most mesmerizing topography in the Arabian Peninsula. Beautiful blue waters of the Arabian ocean surrounded by mighty mountains are an ideal setting to witness a magical sunset. The two-hour sunset dhow cruise sails from Marina Al Rowdha around the limestone cliffs with rocky mountains in the background. You will get the opportunity to sail in a traditional wooden vessel giving you the perfect Omani authentic experience.

Highlights : sail across the Omani waters while witnessing the sun setting behind the mountains

You can check the full details of Dhow Cruise Sunset Tour package with prices here

Wadi And River Swimming in Muscat

Muscat is a wonder world for every water lover. From long stretches of beaches to freshwater wadis flowing from the mountain, there are plenty of places to take a dip and enjoy a swim in the beautiful crystal clear waters of Muscat. This tour will take you to the famous wadis of Wadi Tiwi and Wadi Shab. There you can witness freshwater streams surrounded by lush green plantations and date palms around. Wadi Shab also offers a motorized boat ride to reach the other side of the wadi, from where you can hike to different water pools for swimming.

Highlights : Wadi Tiwi, Wadi Shab

You can check the full details of Wadi and River Swimming Tour package with prices here

Best Day Trips From Muscat – Desert Safari Tours

To live your ultimate Arabian Nights dream – a camping tour in the golden sand Wahiba Sands desert of Oman is a definite must! Exploring Muscat and its gorgeous surroundings with desert camping makes it one of the best day trips from Muscat.

Wahiba Sands Arabian Desert Tour

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As the name suggests, this tour will directly take you to the Wahiba Sands desert in the Sharqiyah region of Oman. You will get an opportunity to visit a Bedouin family and understand their centuries-old lifestyle more closely. From there, your trip will get adventurous as you will go for dune bashing with an experienced driver. An authentic desert experience is incomplete without a camel ride and that’s what you will be doing next!

Highlights : Wahiba Sands tour, visiting a Bedouin house, Wadi Bani Khalid tour

You can check the full details of Wahiba Sands Arabian Desert tour package with prices here

Empty Quarter & Ubar Lost City Overnight Two Days Tour

The best of Oman two day tour is ideal for anyone on a week-long visit to Oman. It is one of the best trips to take from Muscat as it will take you to the remote and untouched places in the governorate of Dhofar for two days. The cherry on the cake you may ask? Sleep under the stars next to a campfire in the Empty Quarter desert, which is the largest unexplored desert in the Middle East!

Highlights : Stargazing in the desert, overnight camping, barbeque and smoking sheesha (smoke pipe)

You can check the full details of Best Of Oman Two Days tour package with prices here

This Oman Travel Guide by National Geographic sums out all the reasons to visit Oman!

More Adventures To Do In Oman:

  • Guide To The Best Hiking Trails In Oman
  • Guide To The Best Diving Sites In Oman
  • Guide To The Best Beaches In Oman

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I’ve never visited Oman but I remember watching a documentary on Television about it and being so mesmerised and interested in the place. It looks incredible but not somewhere I would expect a perfume factory! I would love to visit that desert though – it looks slightly spooky on the photograph! Thanks for sharing!

You should try considering visiting Oman soon, I am sure you won’t be disappointed! The country has a lot to offer more than the desert and mountains

I’ve never been to Oman, but I feel like I would need at least two weeks so I can do all of these great day trips!

Yeah! 2 weeks is sufficient time to explore the beauty of Oman! I’d love to see you visiting my country 🙂

Wow what a wonderful post! I never realized how much there is to do in and near Muscat. I’d always wanted to visit Oman for scuba diving but now I can use this guide to see so many other places too!

I am so glad my article was able to give you more bucket-list ideas of things to do in Oman 🙂 Do visit soon!

Would love to visit Oman one day!

I travel to Muscat a few time a year but have never gone further than the Shangri-La resort along the coast and about one hour inland when a colleague went to show me a wadi that was nothing more than a small trickle at the time. This is great for my next trip.

Oh, good to know you have been to Muscat before but you should come back to explore the real beauty of Oman. There is really so much to do and see here 🙂

Hey! I could have sworn I’ve been to this site before but after browsing through some of the post I realized it’s new to me. Nonetheless, I’m definitely delighted I found it and I’ll be bookmarking and checking back frequently!

Beautiful architecture and scenery. The trips sound amazing.

Thank you for sharing! What an insightful post, putting Muscat on my travel list!

That’s great Laura! I am happy you found my article helpful 🙂

Pics are just amazing. I hope I can visit some day.

Thank you so much, Sri! I hope to see you visiting Oman someday soon

What a gorgeous city and love that it is so close to Dubai. Sounds like a wonderful place for a weekend getaway.

Good to know you stay in Dubai. Muscat is barely a 5 hours drive from Dubai so you should definitely visit here for a weekend!

We has never been to the Middle East (other than a stopover on the way to India). This post makes us want to visit Oman for sure and do these day trips.

You should absolutely visit Oman. It will be totally worth your time 🙂 Happy traveling!

I have never even heard of this city but it looks absolutely beautiful. Plus there seems like so much to do here!

I’m glad I was able to make you know about a wonderful country Oman which you should definitely visit soon!

Muscat looks like an amazing place. You have made me want to visit one day.

That’s awesome Lili! I would love to see you visiting Muscat soon 🙂

Such a beautiful photos and it makes me want to go there with the kids.

Then why not visit Oman, Aziel? Coming here would be totally worth it! Oman is a wonderful little country 🙂

Wow…it looks beautiful! I want to visit there at least once. Thank you so much for sharing this.

Thank you, Bindu! Yes, it is surely very beautiful. I hope to see you visiting Oman soon 🙂

I do love to go snorkeling and scuba diving. I honestly haven’t heard of Muscat until now. It sounds great to visit to me.

Oman is a very underrated destination for most of the tourists so it’s totally fine if you haven’t heard of it yet. But nonetheless, it is a wonderful naturally diverse country. I hope to see you soon visiting Oman 🙂

Sounds like an amazing trip to Oman that’s very much worth it. I’ve never been to Muscat and this post makes me want to go there now.

Hey Preet! I’m glad my post made you feel like visiting Muscat. You should do visit Muscat at least once! Like I already mentioned in the post, the city has everything to offer 🙂

I have never been there but this place looks really a nice place to visit with your family. I will definitely add this to my bucket list.

Yes, Oman is a perfect destination for family travel or even honeymoon. Do visit Oman soon! Happy traveling 🙂

Wow!! The Wadi Abyadh & Wakan Village Tour looks like it would be amazing!!!

Oh it is absolutely stunning! Why not go there whenever you visit Oman 🙂

Sounds like tons of fun! I really like it! Now I have one more reason to want to travel to Muscat!

Yay! I’m glad I was able to give you another reason to visit Oman! Do let me know how do you find it whenever you visit. Happy traveling 🙂

Wow looks so beautiful, you made me want to visit there one day.

You should definitely add Oman in your must-go destinations! It is an incredibly beautiful place

Your pictures are stunning! I really hop I manage to make it over to that side of the world some day

Thank you Sarah! and you should definitely come here, trust me it’s worth it 🙂

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The 4 Best Day Trips in Muscat

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If you’re planning a trip to Oman, Muscat should definitely be on your list. The city offers a combination of rich culture, stunning architecture, and beautiful landscapes that will leave you in awe. One of the best ways to explore Muscat and its surrounding areas is to take a day trip. With so many different options to choose from, it can be difficult to decide where to go, which is why we’ve put together a list of the best day trips in Muscat to help you plan your adventure. Whether you’re interested in history, nature, or adventure, there’s something on this list for everyone. So, grab your sunscreen, put on your walking shoes and get ready for an unforgettable day trip experience in Muscat!

  • Mystic Muscat Half Day City Tour
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1. Mystic Muscat Half Day City Tour

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The Mystic Muscat Half Day City Tour is the perfect introduction to the stunning city of Muscat. This half-day tour includes all the highlights of Muscat, from the impressive Grand Mosque to the local fish markets along the waterfront. You will also learn about Oman’s centuries-old heritage at the Bait Al Zubair Museum. The tour includes private transportation in a comfortable vehicle, with convenient door-to-door pickup and drop-off from your hotel. During the tour, you’ll have the chance to take home souvenirs for your loved ones at the city’s markets, and learn about Oman’s Portuguese heritage in the history-filled Old Town. The tour includes a fuel surcharge, local taxes, and national park fees, but lunch and gratuities are not included. Pickup for the tour is available from 7:00 to 9:00 AM, with the exact time to be confirmed during booking. As it is a private tour, pickup time is flexible but it’s recommended to start early in the morning as the Mosque opens early. Don’t miss the chance to experience the top sights of Muscat with the Mystic Muscat Half Day City Tour.

2. Nakhl Rustaq Day Trip from Muscat

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Enjoy an adventure-filled day in the sun during this outdoor excursion to Nakhl Rustaq, a stunning 17th-century fortress complex in Oman. This exclusive day trip includes complimentary pickup from the airport or your Muscat hotel. Explore the famous fortress complex along with another pre-Islamic fort and discover a secret water-filled oasis and thermal hot spring right in the desert. The tour also includes a shaded picnic lunch at the oasis and a cruise along the magnificent Batinah coastline. Fuel surcharge, local taxes, national park fees, and gratuities are included in the price. Pickup time is flexible as it is a private trip, but a recommended time is before 9:00 AM, with pickup from any location in Muscat. This is the perfect day trip for those looking for an action-packed outdoor adventure during their stay in Oman.

3. Half Day City Tour of Mystic Muscat

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Discover the rich culture and heritage of Muscat with a half-day private tour of the city’s top attractions. Get picked up by your guide at your hotel, the airport, or the harbor for a comfortable ride in a saloon car or 4×4 vehicle. The tour starts with a visit to the stunning Grand Mosque, followed by a stop at the Bait al Zubair museum, where you can marvel at various collections of weapons, costumes, artifacts, and replica villages. Drive through Old Muscat to see the impressive Al Jalali and Mirani forts before finishing your morning exploring the various souks. This private tour is exclusively for your group of up to five participants and includes fuel surcharges, local taxes, and national park fees. Please keep in mind that the tour will be altered on Fridays. Make sure to plan your pickup time before 9:00 AM to have a chance to visit the Mosque (open daily between 0800-1100 Hrs except Fridays/holi). With this half day tour, you will gain a deeper appreciation of Muscat’s rich culture and history.

4. Half Day Muscat City Tour

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Explore Muscat, one of the prettiest capitals in Arabia, on a 4-hour half-day tour. Marvel at the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and its marble courtyards and prayer halls. Discover the Muttrah Fish Market and meander through the maze-like lanes of the Muttrah Souk. Visit the Bait Al Zubair Museum to explore Oman’s rich history. Stop for photos of the Mirani and Jalali forts and the iconic Sultan’s Al Alam Palace. Hotel pickup and drop-off, entrance fees and transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle are included. With audio guiding available in multiple languages and headphones provided for audio listening, this tour is sure to please. Snacks, drinks, and personal expenses are not included, and be sure to tip your guide. Don’t miss out on one of the best tours in Muscat.

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1. Nizwa & Jabel Akhder (Sharing)

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2. Snorkeling at Dimaniyat Islands and Dolphin Watching

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3. Nizwa Fort-Nizwa Souq-Misfah Al Arbyeen-Jebel Shams - Private Full Day Tour

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4. Full-Day Wahiba Desert and Wadi Bani Khalid Group Tour

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5. Enjoy a special tour around the heart of Oman in nizwa

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6. Private Half-day Tour in Muscat

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7. Nizwa and Green Mountain Group Full day tour

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8. Day Tour to Wahiba Sands Desert and Wadi Bani Khalid (Desert Safari)

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9. Private Full Day Muscat City Tour

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10. Private Safari Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid from Muscat

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11. Sharing Tour to Wahiba Sand Desert and Wadi Bani Khalid Full Day

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12. Private Half-Day Muscat City Tour

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13. Private Full Day With Watching Desert Sunset

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14. Full Day Private Nizwa/Jebel Akhdar

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15. Full Day Private Tour to Wadi Shab and Bimmah Sinkhole

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16. Muscat City Tour with Omani Guide (Private).

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17. Private Day Trip to Nizwa, Jabal Akhdar (Green Mountain) & Birkat Al Moz

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18. Private Full-Day Wadi Shab and Bimmah Sinkhole Tour

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19. Muscat City Tour Half day

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20. Muscat City and Wadi Shab Private Full Day Tour

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21. Private Day Trip to Nizwa & Jabal Shams (The Grand Canyon of Oman)

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22. Wahiba Sand Desert-Bedouin House-Wadi Bani Khalid - Full Day Tour

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23. Private Oman Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

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24. Full-Day Private Wahiba Sands Desert and Wadi Bani Khalid Tour

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27. Discover the South and Wadi Shab from Muscat

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10 best Oman Day Tours from Muscat (Desert, Canyon, Wadis…)

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Planning to visit Oman? Don’t want to drive? That’s fine, there are many Oman day tours from Muscat available to you. Below is my selection for the best day trips from Muscat, to see the best Oman has to offer:

  • grand canyon,
  • sand dunes,

Before my tips + photos, here are my favorites for Oman:

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My favorite platform to rent a car in Oman: DiscoverCars

My favorite adventure from Muscat: Dolphin and Snorkeling

My favorite excursion from Muscat: Wadi Shab and Bimmah Sinkhole

My favorite places to stay:

  • Muscat , the capital – see the best rated hotels or my favorite hotel: The Chedi
  • Sur , for the turtles – see the best rated hotels
  • Khasab , Musandam peninsula – see the best rated hotels
  • Wahiba Sands , in the desert – see the best rated hotels or my favorite camp: Desert Nights Resort

Best Oman day trips from Muscat – short answer

If you don’t want to read the entire article and learn more about each destination, below is my selection of 5 day trips from Muscat that will give you a great overview of the country :

  • Bimmah Sinkhole and Wadi Shab – see options
  • Jebel Shams, Oman grand canyon – see tour
  • Wahiba Sands desert and sand dunes – see tour or choose an overnight tour
  • Historical tour (forts and ruins) – see tour
  • Boat tour with dolphin watching and snorkeling – see options

And if you want to cover more, you can book a 4 day tour that will show you the best of North Oman – see program

Best Oman day trips from Muscat

More suggestions and details after the planning tips.

Planning tips – Establish your base in Muscat

Why base yourself in muscat to visit oman.

Road tripping is great (see my guide to help you plan your Oman road trip ), but if you have only a few days, the option of guided excursions from Muscat are a great alternative. It is quite central to most attractions in North Oman. You can visit a lot within 2-hour drive. You can alternate the days on the roads, with calmer day exploring the capital city and its many wonders.

Where to stay in Muscat

So if you establish your base in Muscat, Oman, you have to choose your accommodation. Most hotels are in the modern part of Oman called Qurum or in the more business part, Ruwi. A great place to stay is near the Al Qurum beach to enjoy a nice walk at the end of the day.

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Check out the best rated accommodations in Muscat Or check out these suggestions:

  • PRACTICAL – The Coral Muscat Hotel and Apartments is a great location for a base with spacious facilities and with an apartment you can have more freedom –  Check photos and availability
  • MODERN & GOOD VALUE – The Centara Muscat Hotel is not near the beach so has good value deals with really good accommodations –  Check photos and availability
  • LUXURY  and CHARM – Located by the beach, The Chedi Muscat is displays Sumptuous decor and a unique atmosphere – it brings the local architecture styles with modern concept –  Check photos and availability
  • The WELL KNOWN BRAND – The Grand Hyatt Muscat has a great location by the beach and all the facilities you could need –  Check photos and availability
  • CHEAPER OPTION BY THE BEACH – The Al Ferdous apartments offer a great price alternative for those you still want to stay very close to the beach –  Check photos and availability

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How to get around Oman from Muscat

Those day trips can be done by renting a car and driving yourself, or by joining a guided tour.

  • Regarding guided tours – many Oman day tours are only offered as private tours – there are not yet many group tours in the Sultanate yet.
  • Driving in Oman to most destinations is quite easy – read my article on driving

Need to rent a car in Oman?

  • Compare prices on my favorite platform:   Discovercars.com – one of the best rated comparison sites!
  • Choose a car with enough power for the mountain roads
  • Consider their full coverage option – for peace of mind! 
  • Book early to have a large choice of vehicles!

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Oman grand canyon tour from muscat.

About the day tour

This trip will first take to one of the most beloved villages in Oman called Misfat al Abriyeen with its exquisite views and narrow stone paths on the mountain slopes. Then you will climb to the top of Jebel Shams to feel dizzy with the impressive drop of Jebel Shams. This canyon is called the Arabian Grand Canyon. Its summit reaches 3000m in height. 

Oman day tours to Jebel Shams from Muscat

Want to see more photos of Jebel Shams? Head to my article .

Guided Tour Option

It is a long drive but you won’t get bored, the views are fascinating the whole way. And you will be able to enjoy a coffee break with some locals! Tour Length: 10 h Check out program and availability

Alternative

If your days are counted, the Grand canyon can also be combined with the Nizwa fort – check out program and availability

Jebel Akhdar from Muscat

About the day trip

If you want to escape the heat and busyness of Muscat, the Akhdar mountains are where the locals go. This large plateau is quite fascinating with plantations in terraces and what looks like layers of mountains. The “Green Mountains” are not that green , but greener than most of the country.

Oman day tours to Jebel Akhdar from Muscat

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The drive will take you through some small villages all the way to the plateau. After lunch, you can enjoy some of the most beautiful locations in the area. Tour Length: 8h Check out program and availability

DESERT – 1 Oman Day Trip from Muscat

Wahiba sands and wadi bani khalid.

If you love desert, raise your hand!!! Me too, me too. Whenever there is a desert, I don’t miss a chance to spend some time there. The chance is that the sand dunes of Wahiba sands are not really far from Muscat, so you can visit them on a day trip (but an overnight stay is even better – see the overnight section further in the article). 

The dunes are longitudinal and between them are smaller ones.

Oman day trips from Muscat to Wahiba Sands

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This tour takes you both the Wahiba sands for some 4WD fun and to the gorgeous Wadi Bani Khalid with white walls and crystal clear pools where you can swim. A full day of wonders – private tour. Tour Length: 9h Check out program and availability

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WADIS & FORTS – 3 Excursions from Muscat

Explore one of the most beautiful wadis in Oman. Wadi Shab is exquisite. The fun hike at its bottom will take you from large area to narrower ones with small and larger pools. After a while, you can only continue by swimming all the way to a semi-cave and a waterfall.

Oman day trip from Muscat to Wadi Shab

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This tour to Wadi Shab will also take to the turquoise Sink hole of Bimmah and Finns beach, one of the most beautiful in the country. A gorgeous day with not too much driving time. Tour Length: 6h See options

Nakhal Fort & Rustaq

Another excursion from Muscat goes to the Nakhal Fort. Thanks to a strategic location, the Nakhal Fort has had a long history and has been enlarged and modified many times. Today it is open to tourists who can enjoy beautiful views of the Oasis.

Nakhal Fort in Oman

This tour will take you to the Nakhal Fort, an impressive fortress, Rustaq and a river. Tour Length: 8h Check out program and availability

Nizwa, ruins and forts

Nizwa is the largest town inland. It is built around its fort and traditional market (souq). It is a great place to explore to learn about the Omani history and culture. In the same area, you can enjoy more forts and the ruins of old villages, with Unesco features.

Oman tour from muscat to Nizwa

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This Nizwa tour will give you some time to explore the fort and the market. But you will also discover the historic Village of Birkat al Mauz which still displays the protected historical irrigation system and other forts, including the Jibreen castle. Tour Length: 8h Check out program and availability

BOAT – 3 Boat Tours in Muscat (dolphin watching, snorkeling…)

Dolphin watching in muscat + snorkeling.

The waters of Oman have an abundant sea life with turtles, fishes and dolphins. So hop on a boat and try finding a pod of wild dolphins that will have fun with the waves created by the boat. Of course sightings cannot be guaranteed, but the views of the coast are already worth the trip

Dolphin Watching in Muscat

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This is a great tour where, on top of the dolphins, you can see the coastal formations and mountains North of Muscat. With some tours, you will also have an opportunity to snorkel in the Bandar-al Khiran reserve. And maybe, like me, you will spot a turtle! Tour Length: Several hours

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Snorkeling at Daymanyat Islands

If you love Snorkeling the waters of the Daymaniyat islands are perfect. Located off the coast of Muscat, the small archipelago attracts many species and the experience varies a lot from one island to the other. The largest island offers some protected coves with transparent waters and peaceful white sand beaches.

Oman day tour from Muscat to Daymaniyat Islands

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Let the pilot take you to the best snorkeling spots around the islands!Landing is not allowed at all times of the year, but snorkeling is always tolerated. Tour Length: 5h See options & availabilities

Dhow Cruise at Sunset

A great time to go on a boat in Muscat is at sunset, when the sun drops behind the city and the mountains. Gold appears all around.

Oman day tour from Muscat to sunset boat tour

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Several boat types can be taken to watch sunset. In this tour, you hop on a traditional Dhow boat to experience it the Omani way. Tour Length: 2h Check out program and availability

OVERNIGHT tour from Muscat

2-day south desert and wadis.

If you want to cover several of the coastal highlights with a night in the desert, you have to book an overnight tour. Nizwa, Wahiba Sands, Wadi Shab… a great variety of the different Omani landscapes.

Oman Overnight tour from Muscat

On these tours, you can cover a lot with sunset in the desert, Nizwa, beautiful Wadis and more. Tour Length: 2 days Check out options

CITY – 2 Muscat Tours – visit the capital city

Half day city overview.

Muscat Tours - city

In between your Oman day tours from Muscat you can explore the capital city.  Why not start with a half day tour to learn a bit about its history and get oriented? Tour Length: Half day Check out program and price

After getting oriented you can easily take cabs to the various parts of town to visit the main monuments. Check out my article about the things to do in Muscat .

Muscat Guided Night Tour

Want to see Muscat in a different light? Discover its wonders by night coupled with a nice Omani diner and a guide that will be able to answer all your questions (or almost all…) Tour Length: 4h Check out program and availability

Guided Oman tour – Multiday

And if you want to cover more grounds, and get a good overview of North Oman, you can book a multiday tour. For example:

Length – 4 days Includes:

  • camp in desert
  • Jebel Shams – Grand canyon

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  • Renting a car and Driving in Oman – read article
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  • The Ras Al Jinz turtle reserves – read article

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August 12, 2018 at 7:10 AM

Could you please advise whether these are offered in the August to September period?

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August 12, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Many of them are. When you click on the link, it opens Getyourguide and Viator. In the confirm availability box you can pick a date. On Getyourguide if it is green it means the tour is available. But the weather will seriously limit you walking. It get really hot. I recommend either going in the mountains or visiting fort. Happy travels!

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July 22, 2019 at 6:39 PM

we are a group of family of 10 amd arrive on the costa diamema on the 27 of nov want a full day tour wich is your best option first time

July 26, 2019 at 9:44 PM

Hi Lorena I want to clarify that those are not my tours, I am neither tour guide nor a travel agency. I just list the destinations I like best. For a first time, depending on your fitness level and you previous travel experiences, I would do either Wadi Shab or Wahiba Sands. But if your family loves history, I would pick one of the forts. I wish you wonderful travels! Claire

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Muscat is a wonderful city that is rich in natural and architectural beauty. There are also many trips that can be taken from Muscat, to enjoy the charm and culture of the other regions in Oman. Here are the best day trips that visitors can take from Muscat for an unforgettable vacation in Oman.

An adventurous trip through the mountains.

Oman is full of mountains, the Al Hajar Mountains in the north being the most famous. They extend from Musandam Governorate in the far north, by the Arabian Gulf, to the Al Sharqiya Region in eastern Oman, by the city of Ras Al Hadd.

Al Hajar Mountains © Kathryn James

A trip to Jebel Shams

Jebel Shams is also known as the Grand Canyon of Arabia. A trip to Jebel Shams is an adventurous experience for rock climbers and hikers. The views over the surrounding towns and villages are marvelous, as are the sunrises from here.

Jebel Shams © Fabien LE JEUNE

A trip to Al Jebel Al Akhdar

Al Jebel Al Akhdar, which means the Green Mountain, is another famous mountain within the Al Hajar Mountain Range. It is located around 150 km (93 mi) from Muscat. As its name suggests, the mountain is famous for its beautiful green plantations. Some Omanis live on the mountain, and it’s famous for its agricultural produce and honey bees.

Sunrise on Jebel Akhdar © Robert Haandrikman

Explore the desert and the golden sand dunes

Oman has lots of marvelous deserts; most famous are the Wahiba desert in the Al Sharqiya Region in eastern Oman, and Al Rub Al Khali Desert (the Empty Quarter) in the Dhofar Region in southern Oman. These deserts have golden sands and sand dunes, and diverse and spectacular wildlife.

For a day trip from Muscat, head to the Wahiba Sands in the Al Sharqiya region, only 239 km (148.5 miles) away. Visitors can go sand boarding, or enjoy a day with the Bedouin tribes in their unique tents.

Wahiba Sands © Nicolas Renac

Enjoy the sandy beaches and crystal waters

Although Muscat has some of the most gorgeous beaches in Oman, other regions have amazing sea life, such as dolphins and turtles. A day trip to explore these beaches is definitely worthwhile.

Day trip to Ras Al Jinz

Ras Al Jinz is located in the city of Ras Al Hadd, at the easternmost point of Oman and the Arabian Peninsula. It is a natural reserve for green turtles, which come to the beach to lay their eggs. Local companies organize special tours for visitors to watch the turtles lay their eggs early in the morning, and the small turtles return to the sea after hatching. It is a charming experience and a must-visit place for a day trip from Muscat.

Turtles at Ras Al Jinz © Andries3

A Day Trip to Musandam

The Musandam Governorate is a peninsula at the northernmost point of Oman. It is surrounded by the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, and it has several spectacular beaches, such as Khassab Beach. The waters here are full of dolphins, so boat trips here are a must.

Dolphins in Musandam © Robert Haandrikman

A walk through Oman’s history and forts

Oman’s history is rich with ancient stories and unique events that can be told through its magnificent forts and castles. A walk through Oman’s history on a day trip to its unique forts shouldn’t be missed.

A day trip to Al Dakhliya

The Al Dakhliya Region is the centre of Oman. It has some of the most unique forts and castles in the country, such as Nizwa Fort, Bahla Fort and Jabreen Castle. Visiting these forts and castles, with their traditional local souks, is unforgettable.

Nizwa Fort © Michael Homan

A day trip to Al Batinah

The Al Batinah Region in northern Oman is another spectacular region full of historical secrets. Less than two hours from Muscat, visitors can enjoy the architectural and historical beauty of Al Rustaq Fort, Al Hazm Castle and Nakhal Fort.

Nakhal Fort © Andries3

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