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Wahiba Sands (Sharqiyah Sands)
Wahiba Sands (Sharqiyah Sands)

Wahiba Sands (Sharqiyah Sands)

Wahiba Sands, Oman

The Basics

A desert safari is a must to experience Oman’s natural wonders, whether its dune bashing in a 4x4, taking a sunset camel ride, or zipping through the dunes on a sandboard or quad bike. Small-group or private tours leave from Muscat or Bidiyah, and typically include a picnic lunch at a traditional desert camp, swimming at Wadi Bani Khalid, and a variety of optional activities.

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Full-Day Private Wahiba Sands Desert and Wadi Bani Khalid Tour
Full-Day Private Wahiba Sands Desert and Wadi Bani Khalid Tour
$194.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Excellent day tour
The tour was excellent. Magid was super nice and professional. He showed us many different sites and shared interesting stories and histories of Oman.
Mike_S, Mar 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Muscat

star-5
A perfect day
Sabrina_R, Apr 2022
Full-Day Private Wahiba Sands Desert and Wadi Bani Khalid Tour
Mohammed was the perfect guide! Full of information and so friendly. He brought his country and traditions to life. We had a fantastic day visiting the desert and the beautiful hidden pools of the Wadi.
star-5
Fun day in the sand
Riva_R, Mar 2022
Full-Day Private Wahiba Sands Desert and Wadi Bani Khalid Tour
Enjoyed the trip to the dunes - including a special extra with toboggan. We visited the Bedouin home, rode through the sand, rode quad bikes, camels, and got a taste of history and geography of this part of Oman.
star-4
Special day
John_W, Mar 2022
Full-Day Private Wahiba Sands Desert and Wadi Bani Khalid Tour
Quite unlike anything I’ve experienced before. The heat of the sands and the refreshing waters of the Wadi provided a fulfilling and contrasting experience. Hussein was a good guide
star-5
Superb day trip
Stuart_M, Feb 2022
Desert experience - Private Wahiba sands full day tour
Abdullah our guide was a lovely guy, very knowledgeable and happy to chat. He made us feel very welcome.
star-4
Nice trip
Tania C, Jan 2020
Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid Desert Safari
Nice trip! Our guide was kind and the trip was safety. We expect more adventure in our safari desert tour.
star-5
Great day trip from muscat
Polly_M, Apr 2022
Desert experience - Private Wahiba sands full day tour
Ilya arrived bang on time to pick us up from our accommodation - comms we’re great. Air conditioned lovely car with WiFi - and Ilya told us about lots of buildings as we passed through muscat - he is extremely knowledgable anf friendly. The drive was long but worth it - we went to wadi bani khakis which is very special. Ramadan meant there were almost no other visitors (which I like!) - so we had the place almost to ourselves which was magical. We then went to the desert and spent some time driving around sand dunes - being in the vast open desert is another great experience - plus we rod a camel for a short time which was fun. It’s a long drive from muscat but comfortable - and Ilya was the perfect host.
star-5
Live like a bedouin, for a day at least.
Kevin_P, Mar 2022
Full-Day Private Wahiba Sands Desert and Wadi Bani Khalid Tour
This was a great tour. Said arrived at my flat early in a 4-wheel drive vehicle. We drove to the desert which took a couple of hours. Said was great company, telling me about his family, the culture in Oman and many other things. We stopped for karak, a kind of chai that is very popular in Oman and some Omani bread, both were a real treat. The tour included some 4 wheeling in the sand, something you should really do with some familiar with the terrain since there are a lot of hazards which you need to know to avoid. A stop at a bedouin home and for lunch at a local house out in the desert were both really authentic touches. A great tour for a couple or a group, Said was a really good guide and just a nice guy. I would recommend.
star-5
Highly Recommended
Evangelos_M, Oct 2021
Private Safari Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid from Muscat
Amazing experience, very nice and friendly driver. We had a great time day visiting these great sites.
star-5
Amazing tour!
miriambausa, Jul 2019
Day Trip to Wahiba Sands & Wadi Bani Khalid (Desert Safari)
We really enjoyed this tour. Spectacular views of the dessert and natural pools. Thank you so much to the tourist guide!
star-5
An amazing day tour
andrewmclifford, Nov 2021
Desert experience - Private Wahiba sands full day tour
Thank you for an amazing day tour into the Oman desert. We enjoyed the cave pools and drive into seeing local life in the desert. We had the opportunity to try coffee and dates - a must! A very comfortable vehicle with air conditioning and Wi-Fi available. A knowledgeable driver and tour guide whose first language is not English but was excellent. Thank you for your kindness and generosity.
star-5
Great day
Lilia_K, Feb 2020
Desert experience - Private Wahiba sands full day tour
Great experience , the guide was really good and told us lots of interesting things about Oman , the trip was beautiful, make sure you bring a T-shirt and shorts to be able to swim at the oasis as you are not allowed just in bikini , I also recommend swim shoes

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Heading off-road in the desert is only recommended as part of a guided tour with an experienced local guide.

  • It can get hot in the desert and there’s little shade, so bring a hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water. A scarf to protect your face from the sand is also recommended.

  • There is no cellphone coverage or Wi-Fi in the area.

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How to Get There

The Wahiba Sands desert is about a 3-hour drive from Muscat, off the Muscat-Sur Highway at Al-Mintirib. The most popular way to visit is as part of a guided tour.

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When to Get There

The best time to visit Wahiba Sands is during the winter months from October to April. During the summer (May to September), temperatures can reach 104°F (40°C) or more.

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Wildlife of the Wahiba Sands

Wahiba Sands is renowned for its unique desert ecosystem and surprisingly rich biodiversity. Some 180 native species of plants, as well as more than 200 species of animals, can be found in the desert, including vipers, desert hares, sand foxes, and birds. The best times for wildlife watching are at sunrise or sunset, but guides will often point out animal tracks as you trek through the desert.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Wahiba Sands (Sharqiyah Sands)?
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Attractions near Wahiba Sands (Sharqiyah Sands):
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What else should I know about attractions in Muscat?
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