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Wahibah Sands - 4x4 Full Day Tour - 12 hours

Day 01: Muscat - Sinaw - Ibra - Mudayrib - Wadi Bani Khaled - Jalaan Bu Hassan & Ali - Asylah - Ras Al Junaiz.
  • Depart for Sinaw Souq - lively and vibrant. It constitutes the main meeting place for the Bedouin. Here camels, goats and calves are auctioned and bartered. Bedouin women in traditional dress, complete with shiny metallic face-mask (burqa) trade side by side with the men. In some of the silver shops you can still find the traditional old silver Bedouin jewellery.

  • To Ibra - gateway to the Sharqiya Region. Many watchtowers on the surrounding hills pay silent tribute to its past strategic importance. Remains of grand fortified houses and forts abound. A testimony to its past close trading links with East Africa are the falaj system, financed by influential merchants residing in Zanzibar, and their fine houses built on returning to their hometown.

  • Not far away is Al Mudayrib, where the surrounding hills are dotted with watchtowers. Fine old buildings with beautifully carved doors, painted ceilings and arches show the influence of contact with Africa.

  • Lunch at Al Qabil Rest House.

  • Departure for Wadi Bani Khaled, one of the largest wadis in Oman. Nestled deep in the mountains, it is a true oasis. Water cascades down the gorge forming cool blue-green pools, fed by underground streams flowing from within the surrounding limestone hills. Perennial flowing streams of spring water carried in aflaj (man-made channels) cling precariously to the rugged terrain and supports villages in the area.

  • The route continues through the villages of Al Kamil and Al Wafi to Jaalan Bani Bu Hassan & Ali. These two villages are named after two tribes who were fiercely competitive in the past. Many forts and fortified houses tell the story of past conflict. The main feature is the Jami Hamoda Mosque built in the 11th century A.H. It has 52 domes supported by a network of pillars and a main entrance with studded wooden doors.

  • To the coastal village of Asylan and the scenic rocky coastline to Ras Al Junaiz near Ras Al Hadd. Ras Al Junaiz is a marvellous bay with golden sand and honey-coloured cliffs, and beaches famous for their turtle nesting sites. These are some of the world's few remaining undisturbed concentrations of green turtles and of the largest nesting populations in the Indian Ocean.

  • Our permanent camp Al Naseem is situated here.

  • A typical Omani dinner will be served. After dinner, under supervision, time will be spent on the beach watching turtles making nests and laying their eggs.

  • Overnight in Al Naseem Camp.

Day 02: Ras Al Junaiz - Ras Al Hadd - Sur - Qalhat - Wadi Shab - Dibab - Quriyat - Muscat.
  • At sunrise an opportunity to photograph and watch turtles laying eggs and hatchlings emerging from the nests and heading for the sea.

  • Breakfast in the camp.

  • Then into Sur, an ancient port and seafaring town which once played a major part in the trade between Oman, East Africa and India. It started its trading activities with the African coast as early as the 6th century. A walk through its labyrinth of streets reveals many fine old houses with carved doors and arabesque windows. The fishing dhows in the harbour make a splendid sight. Separated from Sur by the bay is the village of Al Ayja, well fortified by watchtowers and forts. On the sheltered lagoon is the traditional Dhow Building Yard - today, craftsmen still build dhows following traditional designs without the aid of drawings.

  • Along the coast to Qalhat - one of the oldest towns and seaports of Oman. Built by the Persians, it was a major and prosperous city during the 13th century and the main port of trade with the Interior, famous for its exports to and imports of spices from India. Stop at the enigmatic Bibi Mariam Tomb standing high on the cliff top.

  • Along the coast and through the coastal village of Tiwi to Wadi Shab, which means, "gorge between the cliffs". The wadi is entered via a small ferry and it has cool pools of water all year round. Further into the enchanting wadi is a deep pool ideal for swimming. The ravine is lush with trees, grasses and date palms. A single beach dotted with fishing boats at the mouth of the wadi completes the picturesque view.

  • Picnic lunch will be served en-route.

  • Along the coastline passing Fins and Bimah with many tiny coves tucked beneath the cliffs and stretches of white sandy beaches lapped by an incredible turquoise sea.

  • Near Dibab is a huge sinkhole known as Bait Al Afreet - "house of the demon" - with its clear green water. Concrete steps lead down the sides making swimming possible.

  • Inland for a while and then head for Quriyat, which lies on the east coast at the end of a sandy plain overlooked by the Eastern Hajar Mountains. Like other ports it suffered under Portuguese supremacy during the 16th century. An island with a watchtower just offshore can be reached on foot during low tide. Along the beach is an inlet lined with dense mangrove forest - home to marine and bird life.

  • Return late afternoon to Muscat. End of tour.