Get face-to-face with Oman's abundant marine life during this dolphin watching and snorkeling expedition in Muscat.
Depart for the brief morning drive to the marina, and your awaiting boat. Upon arrival, you will embark your boat, and set out in search of dolphins and whales about a mile off the rugged Muscat coast. Although sightings are not guaranteed, it is not unusual to spot three or four different varieties of dolphin or toothed whales during this relaxing trip out to sea. If you are lucky, you might even encounter some of the larger species of filter-feeding, or baleen whales.
Spinners are the most common and acrobatic of the dolphin species found in Omani waters, and travel in pods that can number more than a thousand fish. They appear to breed year-round, as evidenced by the number of tiny pink newborn calves swimming close to their mothers; at times, no bigger than a human infant. No one knows why this dolphin species spins high through the air the way they do, but this action is thought to be a display of fitness or vigor.
Next, you will proceed to Bander Khiran. Upon arrival, you will have an opportunity to snorkel in the crystal-clear waters, and explore the coral beds that abound with a variety of exotic fish.
Please note: You will spend approximately 3 hours aboard the boat. Guests wishing to snorkel should wear their swimsuit under a cover-up, as there are no changing facilities. In addition, wear sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses, and bring a towel from the ship. Although dolphin sightings are common, they are not guaranteed. Snorkeling equipment will be provided. Participants will snorkel directly from the boat in water 15 to 20 feet deep. Guests must be able to swim, and get in and out of the boat without assistance in order to participate. This tour is not recommended for guests with neck or back injuries, guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair.