While we were enjoying our time at Marina Bandar Al Rowdha one evening, an Indian gentleman from Al Raheeb Marine Tourism approached us and asked if we’d like to do some snorkeling and dolphin watching the next day. (At a cost of 20 rials/person.) I was a little hesitant at first as I’ve been on many boats in my 5 years here in Oman and I’ve never seen a dolphin yet. Most dolphin watching tours even have it clearly stated somewhere (in small print) that “there is no guarantee that you will spot dolphins on your tour“. It hadn’t happened yet so I wasn’t about to hold my breath!The next day we arrived at 10am, paid our 20 rials each and headed out for a day of adventure. The poster stated that it would take 2 hours but we were gone at least 4 hours. It was at least a 30-minute boatride to reach the spot we were hoping to see dolphins. As always, it was nice to sit back and enjoy the gorgeous shoreline between Muscat and Bandar al Khairan.We certainly saw a fair share of dolphins on this trip! The dolphins would swim alongside our boat and jump out of the water every now and then.More tourists (in a boat almost identical to ours) doing their best to capture some good pics of the dolphins.I took thousands of pics, but what I really wanted was a pic of a dolphin as it jumps out of the water! The problem is that you can’t really anticipate where they will jump so all you can do is be ready and hope to get one on film. I only managed to get one picture as a dolphin leapt above the water. Here it is but you might have to strain your eyes to see it.Here it is zoomed in and cropped. Sorry for the blurriness, but the pic obviously becomes blurrier the more you zoom in!This pic captures what it can be like to be out dolphin watching. The tourists are all looking off to the center and leftside of the boat while a dolphin swims along the rightside!After our exciting dolphin watching episode, we boated back in the direction of Bandar al Khiran, enjoying the mountain and coastal views along the way.There’s a still a lot of construction going on at Jebel Sifah, in the vacinity of Sifawy Boutique Hotel.And there’s As Sammak Seafood Restaurant!The village of SifahFinally…let the snorkelling begin! 🙂We ended up snorkeling in the same spot I went to before with Omanta Scuba. At that time, someone told me it was called “Nursery Cove” but the men on this boat gave this spot a different name. ?!My sister-in-law, Janice, who flew all the way from Singapore to see us, LOVED snorkeling here in Oman. If we have other family members or friends visit us again here in the Sultanate, we’ll be sure to do this again!I’ve still got a lot to learn about how to use my underwater camera as you can see from these pics! The problem is that I was mostly trying to take short video clips. I’ll try and put a video up at some point.And another 30 minute boatride (at least!) back to the marina. So many great views! Here you can see the private beach of Al Husn Hotel at the Shangri-La.And there’s the sea-arch at Bandar al Jissah/Gissah.That’s Qantab, the beautiful seacoast village just outside of Muscat. Here is a pic of the entrance to Bandar Beach (also known as Qantab Beach or Bandar Jissah Beach) just 2 minutes up the road from Qantab village:I can’t believe that they’ve shut down one of the best public beaches in Oman to make way for some fancy 5-star hotel! (Here’s a report about it in the Oman Observer but I think there must be some mistake as they mention “2-star hotels” being built. ?!)Al Bustan Palace (A Ritz Carlton Hotel)And back to the marina! What a great experience!
What tour company do you use for dolphin watching and/or snorkeling in Muscat, Oman, folks?!