Salalah Cruises, Oman
- Don’t miss a trip to Mughsail. Nestled on a spectacular bay west of the city, it’s famous for its pristine sands and giant blowholes, which send jets of water 20 metres into the air at high tide.
- Peer into the city’s past at the Museum of the Frankincense Land. You can find out about the area’s most famous export at the museum, as well as exploring the nearby archaeological site.
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You might not know much about the desert city of Salalah, but you’ll be an expert by the end of this tour. You’ll start off by travelling from the port to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, in the city centre, for a few photos. The mosque’s named after the ruler of Oman and is the largest one here. You’ll then get to see a rarely seen side of Oman with a visit to a fruit plantation. Shop for locally produced fruits and coconut water before driving 10 minutes through the city to the Museum of the Frankincense Land. Incense is grown north of Salalah and is a huge part of Omani culture. Learn about the two at one of the city’s largest museums. Afterwards, you’ll go and see where the Sultan of Oman lives when he stays in Salalah, at the Al Hosn Palace. After a quick stop for photos of its golden ornaments, sandy stone walls and outer gardens, the last place you’ll visit’s a souk – a market that sells Omani incense and souvenirs. From here, you’ll finish the tour with a drive back to port.
You’ll see West Salalah from all angles on this half-day trip along the coast. You’ll be picked up at the port and driven through town to Mughsail Beach. Watch the waves here hit the rocks on the shore – they make splashes just like a whale’s blowhole. When you’re done at the beach, you’ll drive along steep cliffs and winding hairpin roads to see frankincense trees, which grow in the valleys around Salalah and are used for oils and incense. From here, after a 45-minute drive, you’ll visit the 40-foot-long tomb of Nabi Imran – who’s believed to be the father of the Virgin Mary in Islam. Walk through the tomb and around the gardens, before heading to the Al Haffah souk near the beach. Shop around the market and get a drink at one of the cafés. All that’s left now is a short drive back to port.
Ancient castles, coastal villages and beautiful desert landscapes are packed together in Eastern Salalah ̶ and you’ll see them all on this tour. Starting at the port, you’ll get a good introduction to Omani culture with a stop at a souk. You’ll have the chance to buy some locally produced frankincense here before a 45-minute drive through town to Taqah ̶ a small fishing village just outside Salalah. Apart from the dried sardines, the centrepiece here’s the hard-to-miss castle, which was built over a century ago. You’ll get a good look around this old house on a hill before heading off to Sumahram, a UNESCO-protected ancient town where frankincense was traded in the 2nd century. Explore the ruins next to the Wadi Darbat River before your drive back to port through Salalah.