Have time to spare? Then take a 90-minute drive to Wadi Shab, the ‘Gorge Between Cliffs’ on the outskirts of the city. Here, you’ll find clear, turquoise waters surrounded by palm trees and even a cave with a waterfall!
The journey to the cave is not without some effort though. At high tide, you’ll have to take a short dinghy ride from the carpark to where you’ll start a 45-minute hike through rocky cliffs and palm groves before finally reaching the cave.
Don’t forget to pack your swimsuit – while swimming in the lower pools is forbidden, you can opt to wade in the cave or in the numerous pools along the hiking route. For the brave hearted, try jumping off the 6m-high cliffs.
Experience Old Muscat
The National Museum of Oman is a contrasting, contemporary addition to Old Muscat. Once inside, take time to explore the rich heritage stories on display. Using carefully selected artefacts, the story of Oman’s journey from the first human settlement some two million years ago to present day is meticulously woven together in this impressive museum.
Designed such that space, light and height are used to enhance the displays in the museum, the museum is also equipped with a learning centre, conservation facilities and an ultra-high definition cinema screening a variety of short films on the country.