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SEA, WADIS, TURTLES AND DESERT

5 DAYS

An easy going trip to discover Sharqiyah region, which is full of surprises : coral reef, wadis with turquese water pools, green turtles, and Wahiba's Sand Desert.

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Difficulty :

Level 2

Environment :

Wadi, Sea, Desert

Activities :

Swimming     Easy Walking     Snorkeling     Culture   

Accomodation :

Camping X 2     Hotel, apartment, mountain hut, ect... X 2

DAY 1 : Muttrah fish and vegetables souq

DAY 1 : Muttrah fish and vegetables souq

DAY 1 : Muttrah fish and vegetables souq

DAY 1 : Muttrah fish and vegetables souq

DAY 1 : Muttrah fish and vegetables souq

DAY 1 : Muttrah fish and vegetables souq

DAY 1 : Muttrah fish and vegetables souq

DAY 1 : Muttrah fish and vegetables souq

DAY 1 : Stop in front of Sultan's Palace

DAY 1 : Stop in front of Sultan's Palace

DAY 1 : Stop in front of Sultan's Palace

DAY 1 : Stop in front of Sultan's Palace

DAY 1 : Boat tour and Snorkeling in Khiran

DAY 1 : Boat tour and Snorkeling in Khiran

DAY 1 : Boat tour and Snorkeling in Khiran

DAY 1 : Boat tour and Snorkeling in Khiran

DAY 1 : Boat tour and Snorkeling in Khiran

DAY 1 : Boat tour and Snorkeling in Khiran

DAY 1 : Boat tour and Snorkeling in Khiran

DAY 1 : Boat tour and Snorkeling in Khiran

DAY 1 : Bivouac on a white sandy beach in Bandar Khiran

DAY 1 : Bivouac on a white sandy beach in Bandar Khiran

DAY 1 : Bivouac on a white sandy beach in Bandar Khiran

DAY 2 : Return to Khiran by boat

DAY 2 : Return to Khiran by boat

DAY 2 : Return to Khiran by boat

DAY 2 : Walk and unforgettable swim in Wadi Shab

DAY 2 : Walk and unforgettable swim in Wadi Shab

DAY 2 : Walk and unforgettable swim in Wadi Shab

DAY 2 : Walk and unforgettable swim in Wadi Shab

DAY 2 : Walk and unforgettable swim in Wadi Shab

DAY 2 : Walk and unforgettable swim in Wadi Shab

DAY 2 : Walk and unforgettable swim in Wadi Shab

DAY 2 : Bivouac on the beach

DAY 2 : Bivouac on the beach

DAY 2 : Bivouac on the beach

DAY 2 : Bivouac on the beach

DAY 3 : Full Day in Wadi Tiwi

DAY 3 : Full Day in Wadi Tiwi

DAY 3 : Full Day in Wadi Tiwi

DAY 3 : Full Day in Wadi Tiwi

DAY 3 : Full Day in Wadi Tiwi

DAY 3 : Full Day in Wadi Tiwi

DAY 3 : Full Day in Wadi Tiwi

DAY 3 : Nighttime turtle watching

DAY 3 : Nighttime turtle watching

DAY 3 : Overnight in the Turtle Beach Resort

DAY 3 : Overnight in the Turtle Beach Resort

DAY 3 : Overnight in the Turtle Beach Resort

DAY 3 : Overnight in the Turtle Beach Resort

DAY 3 : Overnight in the Turtle Beach Resort

DAY 3 : Overnight in the Turtle Beach Resort - Turtle Room

DAY 3 : Overnight in the Turtle Beach Resort - Turtle Room

DAY 4 : Visit of the city of Sur

DAY 4 : Visit of the city of Sur

DAY 4 : Visit of the city of Sur

DAY 4 : Visit of the city of Sur

DAY 4 : Sunset in the dunes

DAY 4 : Sunset in the dunes

DAY 4 : Sunset in the dunes

DAY 4 : Sunset in the dunes

DAY 4 : Safari Desert Camp

DAY 4 : Safari Desert Camp

DAY 4 : Safari Desert Camp

DAY 4 : Safari Desert Camp

DAY 4 : Safari Desert Camp

DAY 4 : Safari Desert Camp - Arabic Tent with private bathroom

DAY 4 : Safari Desert Camp - Arabic Tent with private bathroom

DAY 4 : Safari Desert Camp - Arabic Tent with private bathroom

DAY 4 : Safari Desert Camp - Arabic Tent with private bathroom

DAY 5 : Hiking and swimming in the lower part of Wadi Bani Khalid

DAY 5 : Hiking and swimming in the lower part of Wadi Bani Khalid

DAY 5 : Hiking and swimming in the lower part of Wadi Bani Khalid

DAY 5 : Hiking and swimming in the lower part of Wadi Bani Khalid

DAY 5 : Hiking and swimming in the lower part of Wadi Bani Khalid

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Prices always change according to the number of travellers in the group.

As the agency is closed, these prices are only informative. They were the prices of the agency for the season 2015-2016.


 
Number of people
Price per person in OMR
Price per person in USD
Other currencies*
1
920
2408
2
490
1283
3
370
969
4
310
812
5
360
942
6
320
838
7
300
785
8
290
759
9
310
812
10
290
759
11
280
733
12
270
707


* The conversions to Euro are just informative. All conversions on the internet are made using a mid-market rate which is always more intersting than the one used by currency exchange services and banks.

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DETAILED PROGRAM
With walking times, ascent and descent, driving times, and difficulty level
 


 

TECHNICAL SHEET
What you have to bring, the prices, what is included and what is not, and advices
 


 

MAPS
Some maps with the itinerary of the tour
 


 

COUNTRY GUIDE
Some general, cultural, and practical information about Oman


 


 


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DAY 1


      Muttrah fish and vegetables souq

It is a very lively and typical place that is worth a visit. We only rarely see such a choice of fishes : many spieces of breams and groupers, tuna, swordfishes, kingfishes, sharks, squids, crabs, shrimps, and even parrot fishes and other multicolor fishes. Next to the fish market is the vegetable market where you'll find fruits,vegetables, dates, honey, thyme, etc…

- Approximative length : 1 heures

      Stop in front of Sultan's Palace

The palace is not the residence of the Sultan. It is only used for offical meetings. We cannot visit it, but seeing it from outside is already impressive. It was built on the seashore between the 2 portuguese forts (Al Jalali and Al Mirani).

- Approximative length : 0 heures 30

      Transfer Muscat - Al Khiran


      Boat tour and Snorkeling in Khiran

We start from the tiny port of Khiran. We go on a fisherboat and have a round in this wonderful bay that looks like a 'little Musndam'. We then stop on a wonderful cove and have rest. We can swim, and if you bring snorkel equipment, you'll see unblievable marine life : surgeon, tiger, angel, butterfly fishes, and even sometime green turtles… It is one of the best place for snorkeling near Muscat! ATTENTION : When the sea is rough, this cove is not reachable by boat ; we go to another one which is also nice and suitable for snorkeling, but the seabed is not so rich.

- Approximative length : 4 heures

      Bivouac on a white sandy beach in Bandar Khiran

We set up our camp in a lovely seculed cove, that you can only reach by boat or by foot. A fisherman brings us all the quipment and luggages by boat. Before sunset, for those who like it, we can go fishing. It is a wondefull camping spot!

Individual camping tent



DAY 2


      Return to Khiran by boat

We come back to Khiran by boat. We navigate across the bay and discover its mangrove nice sea birds, and many secluded coves.

- Approximative length : 0 heures 30

      Transfer Al Khiran - Tiwi


      Walk and unforgettable swim in Wadi Shab

We start from the sea and start hiking in the wadi. After 45 minutes or 1 hour walk in this beautiful wadi we'll go to the water : we swim from pool to pool to discover a incredible place. But we don't tell you more about this, since it has to be a surprise!

- Level 1    
- Approximative length : 3 heures
- Walking time : 1 a 2 heures

      Transfer Tiwi - Fins


      Bivouac on the beach

We set up our camp in one of the numerous beaches around Fins and Tiwi. We sleep hearing the sound of the waves…

Individual camping tent



DAY 3


      Transfer Fins - Tiwi


      Transfer Tiwi - Saymah (Wadi Tiwi)


      Full Day in Wadi Tiwi

We start from a village called Saymah. We walk on an old donkey path a little up the wadi. The views are splendid. The palm trees are so dense in this wadi that they look like a green river.As we arrive to another village, we go down and walk at the bottom of the wadi, on the falaj chanel, along the river or between the boulders, We finally arrive to a nice pool surrounded by cliffs and palm trees. We enjoy a swim there and have rest. We make a barbecue for lunch, and enjoy relaxing and swimming in this lovely place.We come back the same way and stop en route to have a last bath…

- Level 2    
- Approximative length : 6 heures
- Elevation gain/loss : +100m/-100m
- Walking time : 2 a 4 heures

      Transfer Saymah (Wadi Tiwi) - Tiwi


      Transfer Tiwi - Ras Al Had


      Nighttime turtle watching

The coast is here declared Natural Reserve to protect the numerous green turtles which lay eggs there. The visits are well organized and gathered on only 2 beaches ; the other ones are forbidden in order not to disturb too much the turtles. The high season for turtles is in summer : in that time we can find up to 50 turtles laying eggs at the same time on the same beach. But they come all year long and you are almost sure that you will see some. You'll see turtles digging hole, laying eggs, covering eggs, and going back to the sea. You'll also see baby turtles getting out of the sand and heading to the sea…

- Approximative length : 2 heures

      Overnight in the Turtle Beach Resort

This resort is pleasant. There is a small beach with deckchairs. The bar and the restaurant are located in an old arabic dhow. You can also play snooker. The small bungaows are in a traditional style : covered with palm stems.

Turtle Room
Simple room with fan only (no A/C) and shared bathroom. Bathrooms are plenty enough and well and regularly cleaned.. Petit-dejeuner et diner pris a l'hotel


DAY 4


      Transfer Ras Al Had - Sur


      Visit of the city of Sur

Sur is a big city living quietly. It is built on the seashore and extends along a wonderful lagune. It was famous in the past for the naval construction. This traditional industry is declining but there is still one factory which produces wondeful traditional arabic dhows. We stop to visit it. We then walk up to a watch tower from which we have the best view over the city.

- Approximative length : 2 heures

      Transfer Sur - Bidiyah


      Transfer Bidiyah - Our Camp in Wahiba sands


      Sunset in the dunes

We start a walk across the dunes in late afternoon. The heat isn't too strong anymore and the sunlight is the more beautiful. The setting sun always gives changing colour to the sand and the shades. This a great unforgetable time.

- Level 1    
- Approximative length : 1 heures

      Safari Desert Camp

A very nice camp which lays the middle of the sand dunes, in a quiet and wild area. There is no electricity, which makes this camp more authentic. Tea, coffee, water and soft drinks are complimentary. There are also some nice lounges where you can relax and smoke sheesha.

Arabic Tent with private bathroom
Arabic tent nicely equiped as an hotel room : bed, carpets, tabe, chairs. Private bathroom.. Petit-dejeuner et diner pris a l'hotel


DAY 5


      Transfer Our Camp in Wahiba sands - Bidiyah


      Transfer Bidiyah - Bidah


      Hiking and swimming in the lower part of Wadi Bani Khalid

The lower part of this valley forms a narrow and wild canyon. We start from the lovely village of Bidah and cross its palm garden to access the entrance of the canyon. We hike in the canyon between big boulders (the way is not very easy but doesn't last long) until we arrive to a splendid pool with waterfall. We have rest here and enjoy the swimming in this secluded place. For those who like jumping, a very nice 10 meters ump is possible there…

- Level 2    
- Approximative length : 3 heures
- Walking time : 1 a 2 heures

      Transfer Bidah - Muttrah





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