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Wahiba Sands Tours

Wahiba Sands is named after the Wahiba bedouin tribe that lives nomadically among the golden desert sands. Also known as Sharqiya Sands, the dunes here are huge – standing up to 330 feet (100 meters) high in the north. 

A true desert, the dunes and the chance to sleep under the stars attract many travelers. Dune bashing in 4x4s is especially popular, as is sandboarding and quad biking. For a more peaceful trip, treks, camel and horseback rides guided by local Bedouins are beautiful ways to experience the desert, which moves at a speed of up to 33 feet (10 meters) a year. There are no permanent settlements in Wahiba, though Bedouins often set up camp at the Al Huyawah oasis to gather dates.

Known for its rich biodiversity, Wahiba Sands is home to 180 native species of plants, as well as over 200 species of animals, including birds. If you’re here at twilight, look out for desert mammals’ footprints in the sand, when they head out in search of food.

Practical Info

Three hours from Muscat and 1.5 hours from Sur, Wahiba Sands is accessible by car off the Muscat-Sur Highway at Al-Mintirib. Running 112 miles (180 km) from north to south, it is possible to drive across the desert on your own but highly inadvisable to go without a guide. The best time to visit Wahiba Sands is outside summer, from October to April. 

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Desert Safari: Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid from Muscat, Muscat, null
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Desert Safari: Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid from Muscat

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Visit Wadi Bani Khalid and Wahiba Sands. Visit the Bedouin House, enjoy dune bashing and view the sunset.

Location: Muscat, Oman
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $213.00
Private 4x4 Desert and Wadi Safari - Wahiba and Wadi Bani Khalid, Muscat, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Private 4x4 Desert and Wadi Safari - Wahiba and Wadi Bani Khalid

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Your 4x4 vehicle will take you through the fascinating Hajar Mountains, and the town of Ibra to Wadi Bani Khalid, one of Oman's most beautiful wadis (dry river ...  Read more

Location: Muscat, Oman
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $164.92
Wahiba Sands Desert Safari with Dune Bashing and Lunch from Muscat, Muscat, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road ... 
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Wahiba Sands Desert Safari with Dune Bashing and Lunch from Muscat

Experience the thrill of a 9-hour desert safari with dune bashing at the Wahiba Sands where tall dunes await. Have a picnic lunch at the Oasis of Wadi bani ...  Read more

Location: Muscat, Oman
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $440.00
Private Day Trip to Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid from Muscat, Muscat, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Day Trip to Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid from Muscat

Enjoy a day trip to the most attractive place in the north eastern part of Oman, Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid. Wahiba sands is the desert with a vast mass ...  Read more

Location: Muscat, Oman
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $456.25
Private Camel Safari Tour to Oman Wahiba Sands, Oman, Day Trips
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Private Camel Safari Tour to Oman Wahiba Sands

Enjoy a small group private tour (maximum of 10 travelers) to Wahiba sands, and learn more about the culture of the Bedouins. Ride a camel in the desert for ...  Read more

Location: Bidiyah, Oman
Duration: 1 to 8 hrs

From USD $75.00
Private Tour of Wahiba Sands Desert with Wadi Bani Khalid by 4X4, Muscat, Nature & Wildlife
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Private Tour of Wahiba Sands Desert with Wadi Bani Khalid by 4X4

Head out to the Sharqiya Sands, commonly referred to as the Wahiba Sands Desert, on this full-day private tour. Explore this region named for the Bani Wahiba ...  Read more

Location: Muscat, Oman
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $220.00

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