Wahiba Sands Tours

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Wahiba Sands
Stretching over 125 miles (200 kilometers) from the Eastern Hajar Mountains to the Arabian Sea, the Wahiba Sands desert (Sharqiya Sands) is Oman’s adventure playground. Named after the nomadic Wahiba Bedouin tribes, the region is known for its amber-colored sands and towering sand dunes, some standing up to 330 feet (100 meters) high. 

The Basics
A desert safari is a must to experience Oman’s natural wonders, whether its dune bashing in a 4x4, taking a sunset camel ride, or zipping through the dunes on a sandboard or quad bike. Small-group or private tours leave from Muscat or Bidiyah, and typically include a picnic lunch at a traditional desert camp, swimming at Wadi Bani Khalid, and a variety of optional activities. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Heading off-road in the desert is only recommended as part of a guided tour with an experienced local guide. 
  • It can get hot in the desert and there’s little shade, so bring a hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water. A scarf to protect your face from the sand is also recommended. 
  • There is no cellphone coverage or Wi-Fi in the area.

How to Get There
The Wahiba Sands desert is about a 3-hour drive from Muscat, off the Muscat-Sur Highway at Al-Mintirib. The most popular way to visit is as part of a guided tour. 
 
When to Get There
The best time to visit Wahiba Sands is during the winter months from October to April. During the summer (May to September), temperatures can reach 104°F (40°C) or more.  

Wildlife of the Wahiba Sands
Wahiba Sands is renowned for its unique desert ecosystem and surprisingly rich biodiversity. Some 180 native species of plants, as well as more than 200 species of animals, can be found in the desert, including vipers, desert hares, sand foxes, and birds. The best times for wildlife watching are at sunrise or sunset, but guides will often point out animal tracks as you trek through the desert.
Address: Wahiba Sands, Oman
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Private 4x4 Desert and Wadi Safari - Wahiba and Wadi Bani Khalid

Swap Muscat for the delights of inland Oman and a thrilling dune drive in the Wahiba Sands on this private full-day trip with a private guide. Drive south by air-conditioned 4x4 through the craggy Hajar Mountains to one of Oman’s most stunning ‘wadis’ (dry river beds) — Wadi Bani Khalid. Ogle the shady canyons, tiny villages and rock pools, and after a picnic lunch, head for the vast dunes of the Wahiba Sands. Take an exciting dune bash and if you wish, a camel ride, before heading back to Muscat.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Desert Safari: Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid from Muscat

Visit the Wahiba Sands and gorgeous Wadi Bani Khalid on a private day trip from Muscat. Board a 4x4 with a professional driver-guide, and pass the Hajar Mountains and plantations of Fanjah on route to Bani Khalid. Admire the paradise-like ‘wadi’ (river canyon), with its jewel-blue pools, boulders and palms; and savor a picnic lunch and swim. Next, head into the rolling dunes of the Wahiba Sands. Enjoy a sunset dune bash, visit a Bedouin camp and ride a camel (additional cost) in this epic setting before your return trip.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Safari Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid from Muscat

Head into Oman’s Wahiba Sands without having to worry about transport or missing out on the desert’s Bedouin heritage. This private full-day tour from Muscat serves up all the desert essentials and more: a dune bash, interaction with local Bedouin, and time at the palm- and pool-dotted canyon of Wadi Bani Khalid. Private 4x4 transport from your hotel, Muscat port or airport, and plus entry fees are included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Wahiba Sands Desert Safari with Dune Bashing and Lunch from Muscat

Visiting the Wahiba Sands from Muscat is essential for adventurous travelers, but the desert itself is off-limits to all but expert off-roaders. With this private full-day tour, enjoy a dune bash with a trained driver: the perfect opportunity to absorb the desert’s vastness and beauty. Plus, visit Wadi Bani Khalid river gorge to explore, have a picnic, and swim in its pools. Hotel or port transfers are included for ease.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Wahiba Sands (Desert Experience)

Board on A/C 4WD as you drive through the Hajar mountains, first stop is the enchanting Wadi Bani Khalid and drive the village with its endless dates plantations. In the Wadi itself, the water pools are cool, deep and absolutely stunning. From here we drive to the golden sands of Wahiba, indulge in some daring dune bashing and visit the bedouin settlement before returning to Muscat.Highlights :- A day filled with adventure as you experience Oman's diverse nature.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Tour of Wahiba Sands Desert with Wadi Bani Khalid by 4X4

Venturing into Oman’s Wahiba Sands isn’t recommended for inexperienced off-roaders, so making your own day trip from Muscat won’t do this vast desert justice. With this private full-day tour, experience desert scenery and life close-up with a guide for cultural insight and to introduce you to local Bedouins. Plus, visit Wadi Bani Khalid, a shady oasis of palms and pools. A boxed lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Day Trip to Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid from Muscat

Delving into Oman’s Wahiba Sands desert and 'wadi' river gorges alone isn’t advisable for inexperienced off-road drivers. This private day trip solves the issue: transporting you into the sands and Wadi Bani Khalid aboard an expertly driven 4x4 so you can concentrate on the scenery. Speed over the Wahiba's dunes to meet Bedouins and ride a camel, and then relax at the mountains, palms, and natural pools of Bani Khalid.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Tour Malak 6 Days Package

in this 6 days tour you have an opportunity, to see spectacular desert, old villages, both mounains Jabal Shams And green Mountain in the range of Al Hajar mountain, and you have opportunity to swim in the deep clear water pools
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Duration: 6 days
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WAHIBA SANDS AND WADI BANI KHALID

Get out of the city and explore the deserts of Oman on this full-day tour. Depart from your Muscat hotel in a private vehicle and make your way to Wahiba Sands. Accompanied by a guide, visit with a Bedouin family and sample local coffee and dates. Explore the rolling dunes and visit wadis with green pools and waterfalls.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$79.00
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3 Days 2 Nights 4 pers - Desert Cross from Wahiba Sands to Indian Ocean

Come with us for a unique experience, cross the desert of Wahbia Sands with our experienced guide. Overcamp one night in the desert, after the beach in Indian Ocean. We provide you camping equipment, food and assistance during your cross. You will drive your own car to enjoy. If it's your first time desert driving, do not worry, we will give you advices and help you get stuck in the sand!
  • Duration: 72 to 80 hours
  • Duration: 72 to 80 hours
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DAY TRIP WAHIBA SANDS & WADI BANI KHALID (DESERT SAFARI)

We will leave Muscat to Wadi Bani Khalid, one of the biggest and most beautiful wadi in Oman. Here you can swim in 9 meters deep water pools , sunbath, relax and have a picnic in the beautiful scenic wadi, we continue tother desert Wahiba Sands desert, where you relax or take part in an adventurous 4x4 drive in the sand dunes.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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US$375.00
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Tour Shahad 4 Days Package

This Tour give you an opportunity to see spectacular mountains, which is al hajar mountains, and Massive desert, old capital of Oman Nizwa, and sparkling water pools in wadi bani khalid and wadi shab, and beautiful beach in Ras Al Had
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Duration: 4 days
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Private Camel Safari Tour to Oman Wahiba Sands

Explore Oman's Wahiba Sands on this small-group camel safari from Bidiyah. With a small group limited to 10 people or fewer, you are guaranteed personalized attention as you ride your camel through the desert and learn about Bedouin culture. Snack of Arabic coffee and dates included.
  • Duration: 1 to 8 hours
  • Duration: 1 to 8 hours
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US$75.00
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