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Explore Salalah with one of our Salalah Shore Excursions where you will enjoy the exotic nature and visit Mamura Palace, Qara Mountains and Mirbat. Book Now!

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You will be picked up from Salalah Port to start your Salalah East Tour. Passing by the Royal farm and Mamura palace, the drive continues to Ayn Razat surrounded by green hills, the fishing village of Taqa, Qara mountains and the ruins of Sumharum at Khawr Rori where the Queen of Sheba’s legendary palace and ancient port once served as the gateway to Arabia’s exotic frankincense in its heydays. The journey continues to Mirbat where you can see some of the old houses famous for its wood-carvings. Return via Ayn Razat, manicured gardens fed by natural underground springs (available only on Thursday and Friday). Then back to Salalah Port.

  • Note:  You will be picked up from Port Main Gate. You will be transported by a shuttle bus free of charge from the cruise exit door to the port main gate.

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  • All transfers by an air-conditioned vehicle
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East Salalah Tour – Half Day – Private Guided Tour

The Canal in Wadi Darbat

This Half Day Tour will take you to a magical journey to the Eastern side of Salalah, where one of best landscape of the Middle East awaits you.

The tour includes trip to Archaeological site, seasonal waterfalls, Dhofar Mountains, valley, castle and Beach. So much diversity in landscape and nature within 4 hours. This is one of the best seller tours by us.

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Itinerary of East Salalah Tour Half Day

Below is the itinerary and details of the magical East Salalah Tour in Dhofar:

Taqa Castle

The tour will begin with visit to Taqa Castle , which is not only the most prominent landmark of Taqa but also one of the most distinguished landmark of Dhofar. This castle was built in 19th century as a private residence of Sheikh Ali bin Timman Al Ma’shani. Today, this castle makes you wonder you are in 19th century and get impressed with the exterior and interior marvel of Dhofar’s construction.

Taqah Castle near Salalah, Oman

You will also visit Taqa Beach and Taqa City. Taqa is a beautiful town on the Arabian sea. The beach is on its southern side. The white sand of the beach, along with coconut trees and cliff on one side make the place mesmerising. The beach has lots of birds, making it a birds watcher paradise.

Taqa Beach Near Salalah Oman

Wadi Darbat

The most popular valley of the Dhofar Region, Wadi Darbat will be your first stop. Here you visit a canal where you can do kayaking or boating overlooking the mountain of Jabal Al Qara. A cave is just around the corner, which you can see if the time permits. It would be a common sight to find camel and cattle grazing at the valley. The plantation here is unique, you will be able to see Buckthorn and wild fig trees.

Wadi Darbat - Jebel Safari / Mountain Safari Salalah in East Side

Cascade Waterfalls at Wadi Darbat

Seeing the seasonal waterfall (if its there at the time of your visit) is another recommended thing at this valley. The waterfall is basically cascades of water amid the tangle of lush greenry. Interestingly, it is continuing from 2018 without stopping for a single day.

Wadi Darbat Waterfall in Salalah

Travertine Curtain in Dhofar

Also, you will see the Travertine Curtain , which is unique construction of the nature. Travertine Curtains are pockmarked rocks on the cliff face, which is a common geological formation in Dhofar. These marks happen when the original sand stone has been dissolved by the water. Here, a seasonal waterfall makes a landing from the valley to a rock pools that feeds Khor Rori.

Wadi Darbat Waterfall

Sumharam Archaeological Site

On they way back towards Salalah on the coastal highway, Sumharam Archeological site will be next stop where you can see the remains of an old city (3rd Century BC). This ancient city is one of the four components of the Frankincense Land and is in the UNESCO World Heritage List. A small on-site museum, Sumhuram Archeological Gallery, displays the relics excavated from the ancient port city. This is where the famous palace of Queen Sheeba is located.

Sumhuram Archeological Site in Salalah Oman

Khor Rori is a lagoon (Creek) on the Arabian Sea, just besides Sumharam Archaeological Site. This is an ideal place for bird watchers. It is supposedly the best site for birds watching. Khor Rori is fed by the water from Wadi Darbat. You can see it from Sumharam.

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What to Bring?

  • A good pair of shoes

What to Wear?

Dress comfortably and respectfully

Availability of this Tour

This tour is available through out the year.

Additional Info

  • This tour involves walking on the rough and inclined ground.
  • Maximum number of passengers are 4 in the 4×4 SUV due to safety. If you are more people, we can arrange a mini van or a coaster, for which there will be an additional charges.
  • A Local Omani Lunch can be provided during the tour, which will be charged as 5 Omani Rials (15 USD) per person. Kids will be free. The local food will be meat grilled on the stones and is known as Madabhe. This is a special food in Dhofar.
  • The tour will start as per your convenience. Our recommended time to start the morning tour is from 8 am to 10 am and for the sunset tour is 2 pm.
  • We can also arrange hotel and flights for your trip. Let us know if you want that.

Helpful Tip

  • Wadi Darbat waterfalls are seasonal and may not be there when you visit.
  • Taqa Castle closes at 11am on Friday, while on other days of the week at 4pm.
  • If you want to do hiking at Wadi Darbat, the guide will take you to a 30 to 40 minutes hike along the beautiful scenery. This is an option.
  • Camel ride can be added, with additional OMR 10 per PAX per 15 mins camel ride A local style picnic can be arranged at OMR 10 additional

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Mountain Safari East Salalah Tour Full Day – Wadi Darbat / Jebel Samhan / Tawi Attair Sinkhole

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Mountain Safari East Salalah Tour Full Day – Wadi Darbat / Jebel Samhan / Tawi Attair Sinkhole

This Full Day Tour will take you to a magical journey to the Eastern side of Salalah , where one of best landscape of the Middle East awaits you. This tour is called Jebel Safari or Mountain Safari as most of the journey is on the popular mountain series – The Dhofar Mountains , which are spread across Salalah in the shape of an arch. Jebel or Jabal is Arabic word for mountains.

The tour will begin with visit to the most popular valley of the Dhofar Region, Wadi Darbat will be your first stop. Here you visit a canal where you can do kayaking or boating overlooking the mountain of Jabal Al Qara. A cave is just around the corner, which you can see if the time permits. It would be a common sight to find camel and cattle grazing at the valley. The plantation here is unique, you will be able to see Buckthorn and wild fig trees.

Seeing the seasonal waterfall (if its there at the time of your visit) is another recommended thing at this valley. The waterfall is basically cascades of water amid the tangle of lush greenry. Interestingly, it is continuing from 2018 without stopping for a single day.

Also, you will see the Travertine Curtain , which is unique construction of the nature. Travertine Curtains are pockmarked rocks on the cliff face, which is a common geological formation in Dhofar. These marks happen when the original sand stone has been dissolved by the water. Here, a seasonal waterfall makes a landing from the valley to a rock pools that feeds Khor Rori.

Through a 20 minutes drive from Darbat on the mountains, which are green during khareef season, we will reach to the site of sinkhole. Tawi Attair Sinkhole , which translates as The Birds Well, is a unique place to visit. Tawi Attair is one of the world’s deepest sinkholes, measuring some 200 meters from top to bottom. It is actually that much deep that a fifty floor building can be fit inside it. Probably formed by the collapse of the roof of an enormous subterranean cave in the past.

Next stop will be Jabal Samhan , which is the highest point in Dhofar region and is above 4000 feet. It is worthy to note that the scenery becomes barren near the top, which is a contrast to the plantation you might be seeing on the way from Darbat to Samhan during drive. Depending on the weather, you may see clouds hugging the cliff of Jebel Samhan or the coastal of Mirbat if the weather is clear.

While descending from the mountains, two noticeable stops will be made. One at Wadi Hanna, where you will discover fine cluster of Baobab Trees . These are African trees and their presence here shows impressive botanical link of Dhofar with Africa. The other site is that of Magnetic Hill, also called Salalah Anti Gravity point . Car will drive here without any acceleration up to a speed of 50 kilometer per hour.

Mirbat Town has a fishing port and beautiful beaches, and a castle by the sea – Mirbat Castle. Old Town of Mirbat has old and abandoned houses and showcase the old architecture.

On they way back towards Salalah on the coastal highway, Sumharam Archeological site will be next stop where you can see the remains of an old city (3rd Century BC). This ancient city is one of the four components of the Frankincense Land and is in the UNESCO World Heritage List. A small on-site museum, Sumhuram Archeological Gallery, displays the relics excavated from the ancient port city. This is where the famous palace of Queen Sheeba is located.

Khor Rori is a lagoon (Creek) on the Arabian Sea, just besides Sumharam Archaeological Site. This is an ideal place for bird watchers. It is supposedly the best site for birds watching. Khor Rori is fed by the water from Wadi Darbat. You can see it from Sumharam.

What to Bring?

  • A good pair of shoes

What to Wear?

Dress comfortably and respectfully

Availability of this Tour

This tour is available through out the year.

Additional Info

  • This tour involves walking on the rough and inclined ground.
  • Maximum number of passengers are 4 in the 4×4 SUV due to safety. If you are more people, we can arrange a mini van or a coaster, for which there will be an additional charges.
  • A Local Omani Lunch can be provided during the tour, which will be charged as 5 Omani Rials (15 USD) per person. Kids will be free.
  • The tour will start as per your convenience. Our recommended time to start the morning tour is from 8 am to 10 am.
  • We can also arrange hotel and flights for your trip. Let us know if you want that.
  • In Khareef season (July / August), Mirbat town will not be visited as most of the time tourist want to spend on the mountains. In other part of the year, it will be covered in the tour.

Helpful Tip

  • Wadi Darbat waterfalls are seasonal and may not be there when you visit.
  • If you want to do hiking at Wadi Darbat, the guide will take you to a 30 to 40 minutes hike along the beautiful scenery. This is an option.
  • Camel ride can be added, with additional OMR 10 per PAX per 15 mins camel ride A local style picnic can be arranged at OMR 10 additional.
  • You can customize this tour, let us know in the comment section of the booking page or via whatsapp or email.

Wadi Darbat Boating Canal

  • Wadi Darbat Cascade Seasonal Waterfalls
  • Wadi Darbat Travertine Curtain
  • Taqi Atair Sinkhole
  • Jebel Samhan

Baobab Trees at Wadi Hanna

Anti gravity point (magnetic hill).

  • Mirbat Old Town, Castle and Beach
  • Sumharam Archaeological Site

Wadi Darbat Waterfall at Travertine Curtain

Wadi Darbat Waterfall at Travertine Curtain

Also, you will see the Travertine Curtain, which is unique construction of the nature. Travertine Curtains are pockmarked rocks on the cliff face, which is a common geological formation in Dhofar. These marks happen when the original sand stone has been dissolved by the water. Here, a seasonal waterfall makes a landing from the valley to a rock pools that feeds Khor Rori.

Wadi Darbat Boating Canal

There are various types of boating option - kayaking, paddle boat, motor boat in this beautiful canal surrounded by mountains. This is the extreme end of the valley

Wadi Darbat Cascade Waterfalla

Wadi Darbat Cascade Waterfalla

Wadi Darbat has beautiful Cascades of water at the start of the valley. Although this is seasonal but it's continuous from 2018 without stopping even for a single day.

Tawi Attair Sinkhole

Tawi Attair Sinkhole

Through a 20 minutes drive from Darbat on the mountains, which are green during khareef season, we will reach to the site of sinkhole. Tawi Attair Sinkhole, which translates as The Birds Well, is a unique place to visit. Tawi Attair is one of the world's deepest sinkholes, measuring some 200 meters from top to bottom. It is actually that much deep that a fifty floor building can be fit inside it. Probably formed by the collapse of the roof of an enormous subterranean cave in the past.

Jabal Samhan

Jabal Samhan

Next stop will be Jabal Samhan, which is the highest point in Dhofar region and is above 4000 feet. It is worthy to note that the scenery becomes barren near the top, which is a contrast to the plantation you might be seeing on the way from Darbat to Samhan during drive. Depending on the weather, you may see clouds hugging the cliff of Jebel Samhan or the coastal of Mirbat if the weather is clear.

Baobab Trees at Wadi Hanna

At Wadi Hanna, you will discover fine cluster of Baobab Trees. These are African trees and their presence here shows impressive botanical link of Dhofar with Africa.

Anti Gravity Point (Magnetic Hill)

Magnetic Hill, also called Salalah Anti Gravity point. Car will drive here without any acceleration up to a speed of 50 kilometer per hour.

Mirbat Town - Beach, Castle and Old Town

Mirbat Town - Beach, Castle and Old Town

Mirbat Town has a fishing port and beautiful beaches, and a castle by the sea - Mirbat Castle. Old Town of Mirbat has old and abandoned houses and showcase the old architecture.

Sumhuram - The Ancient Port City at Khor Rori

Sumhuram - The Ancient Port City at Khor Rori

Sumharam Archeological site will be next stop where you can see the remains of an old city (3rd Century BC). This ancient city is one of the four components of the Frankincense Land and is in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Sumhuram Archeological Gallery

Sumhuram Archeological Gallery

An on-site small museum Sumhuram Archeological Gallery contains the relics found during excavation in Sumhuram Archeological Site.

Khor Rori

Khor Rori is a lagoon (Creek) on the Arabian Sea, just besides Sumharam Archaeological Site. This is an ideal place for bird watchers. It is supposedly the best site for birds watching. Khor Rori is fed by the water from Wadi Darbat. This site is visible from Sumharam and from Wadi Darbat mountains.

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  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Pick and Drop from Hotel or Airport or Seaport
  • Experienced Omani guide who can speak English and Arabic
  • Transport by private vehicle: 4x4 (4WD/SUV/Jeep) Car for up to 4 adults
  • Entrance fees
  • Breakfast / lunch / dinner not included, but lunch can be provided at additional cost of 5 Omani rials (15 USD) per person
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East and West Salalah Tour (Full Day) – Salalah Tours

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Pick up from: Any place in Salalah same as any of Oman tours in Salalah.

Tour Duration: 8 hours

Main destinations:  Old Fishing Village (Taqah) – Taqah Castle – Sumharam (KhorRohri) – Frankincense – Twin-Doomed (Bin Ali Tomb) – AynRazat – Qara Mountains – Tomb of Prophet Job – Mughsail Lagoon city.

Vehicle info: Modern 4WD car with A/C

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Tour starts in the morning, visit Taqa –old fishing village- which is famous for dried sardines factories and the traditional houses of Dhofar, then will visit Taqah Castle, the former residence of the Governer – Al Wali – of Dhofar, having a quick look at the rich history of the region, then will go through the ancient ruins of Sumharam –KhorRohri- The Incense Route which were connecting the region with Empire of Rome, India and Asia, it believed that it was the hub and harbor of the Frankincense shipping, then will visit Mirbat, the ancient capital of the region of Dhofar, and where the Frankincense trail beginning, walk through the narrow streets lined with Do far Mud Houses, then visit Bin Ali Tomb the twin doomed, taking a photo stop at medieval architecture example, after we will go back to visit west of Salalah, have a look at AynRazat Natural spring, laid out beautifully amidst the tranquil lush mountains and it is running during every day of the year, western Salalah tour starts with a visit to Qara mountains, a road steadily winding up a steep incline, having a chance to watch herds of camels and cattle in a fantastic mixture of the forest and the desert, thereafter we proceed to the ancient tomb of prophet Job, in the green mountains of Dhofar, there will see the beach of Mughsail the rurally beautiful, the beach looks like a cave entrance, then will continue to visit the Oman west borders, you will see the breathtaking cliffs on both sides, on our way back to Salalah will have a photo stop at Mughsail Lagoon, watch flamingos birds is highly possible, return your hotel in Salalah by the end of the tour.

Additional costs: Other Language guide (not English) will add 225 USD divided over all persons in tour

Payment currency: The prices are put based on US Dollars, and payments can be done equivalent by any currency.

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  • Transferring during the tour by the determined vehicle.
  • Fees of entrance to any site included in the itinerary.
  • Taxes and service charges.

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  • Sultanate of Oman entry visa.
  • Personal spending, tipping and optional activities.

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Less than 4 years old: Free.

From 4 to 10 years old: 50% of adult rate.

More than 10 years old:  Considered as an adult.

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Salalah Itinerary: A Practical Travel Guide to Dhofar Region in Oman (+map)

Planning on visiting Salalah and Dhofar region in Oman but not sure where to start? This Salalah itinerary planner will walk you through the best places to visit and things to do in Salalah , how to get to Salalah and around the Dhofar region as well as the best places to stay for any budget, including some great camping spots. Use my Salalah travel guide to easily plan your unforgettable visit to the tropicals of the Middle East. 

Soaring peaks are rising above the clouds, majestic waterfalls are dropping into turquoise rivers gushing through the valleys of verdant rolling hills covered in fog. Wind-swept tall palm trees dot the white sand beaches with hundreds of camels freely roaming around. This is Salalah, the capital of Dhofar, Oman’s largest yet most remote region. It is locally known for the Khareef season- a phenomenal tropical monsoon somewhat similar to the one in Kerala, India. 

While the temperatures are hitting up and over 50 degrees Celsius during the Middle Eastern summer, Salalah in the south of Oman is blessed with mild weather and rain from June to mid-September. This climatic wonderland is where many locals in the Gulf region seek cooler weather and rush to enjoy the lush greenery.  

Although less known to international tourists compared to Muscat and Northern Oman, Salalah is the most magical place you will find in the Middle East.

Based on my Salalah road trip experience, I share practical travel tips on how to visit Salalah and the Dhofar region in Oman . The suggested itinerary includes the best places to visit in Salalah , when to visit, how many days to spend, and other handy tips and interesting facts about the area. 

It is a long post, thus feel free to skip ahead using a table of content. But I recommended going through all of it to learn how to best plan your Salalah trip. 

Salalah Itinerary: An Easy Travel Guide to Dhofar Region in Oman

  • For detailed information about driving from Dubai to Salalah, make sure to check my practical guide for Dubai to Salalah road trip . It can be also used if you are driving from Muscat . 
  • Planning an Oman road trip? Check my suggested itinerary for a 7-day Oman road trip which covers the Nothern part of the Sultanate.

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Ultimate Salalah Travel Guide: How to Visit Dhofar Region in Oman

Is it worth visiting salalah and why travel to salalah and dhofar region in oman .

Salalah is unquestionably worth visiting when traveling to Oman. And here is why: 

  • Salalah is one of the most distinct areas in Oman and the Middle East rich in the jaw-dropping scenery of dramatic cliffs, wild white sand beaches with turquoise blue waters reminiscent of the Caribbeans, lush banana plantations, and cascading waterfalls. 
  • Also known for the abundance of Frankincense trees, Salalah historically was a major trade center along the Incense Trail. That being said, a few important archaeological sites are present to be explored. 
  • However, what makes Salalah so unique is the above-mentioned tropical monsoon season locally known as Khareef. Starting in June the climate magically switches from dry to foggy and rainy. This unusual to the Middle East weather allows Salalah’s landscapes to transform into a green misty wonderland which you can witness every year until late September. 

Salalah itinerary: the best things to do in Salalah, and Dhofar

How many days in Salalah? 

When planning my road trip to Salalah, I wasn’t sure how many days do I actually need to visit the area as the sights are spread out all over the place in the Dhofar region. 

There are guides suggesting 1 or 2 days itinerary for Salalah. However, after visiting it myself, I would recommend budgeting at least 3 to 4 days in Salalah . If you can, aim for a week in Salalah to travel slowly and enjoy the best of Dhofar.

The easiest way to plan the logistics is to look at Salalah city as a jump-off point for visiting surrounding areas. Thus, you would need:

  • A minimum of 1 day for the west of Salalah;
  • At least 1 day for the east side of Salalah;
  • 1 day for Salalah city and nearby attractions;
  • Add 1 more day if you want to visit Empty Quarter in the north. 

3-4 days would be just a short glimpse into this wonderful region of Salalah. Stay longer if you can. 

  • My top picks of Salalah, Taqa, and Mirbat accommodations (more recommendations of different accommodations in the area at the end of this post)
  • Grand Flora Hotel – Located in the busy part of Salalah city this hotel offers a reasonable rate to have a clean simple room to sleep in. They also have a cafe and restaurant which is good value for money and an easy choice instead of looking where to eat in the city. Price range: $
  • Al Balled Resort by Anantara – Located at the beachfront oasis, this is Salalah’s first villa luxury resort which will provide you with a full-on luxury experience and is the perfect place to stay if you plan just to relax. Price range: $$$
  • Havanah Salalah – located 30 minutes east of Salalah city in Havana compound, this studio type of room for up to 3 people has its own kitchenette and terrace and is a convenient base for visiting wadi Darbat and Samhan mountain, as well as Mirbat and Taqah. $$$
  • Lovely Beach Apartment – located on Taqa beach, close to Taqa viewpoint, and as the name suggests this self-contained apartment (up to 3 people) offers a balcony with great sea views. $$
  • Alila Hinu Bay Resort Mirbat – this gorgeous resort a few kilometers east of Mirbat offers a 5-star experience and getaway. Modern rooms with terraces and private pools, a huge common pool area, a restaurant, and a wild beach close by. Price range: $$$.

The best time to go to Salalah?

Unlike the rest of Oman, Salalah and the south of Dhofar are year-round destinations. Thanks to the rainy Khareef season, the temperatures in the South Dhofar region average 27 degrees Celsius making it possible to travel to Salalah any time of the year.

Summertime brings Khareef and is considered the peak season attracting many local visitors and tourists from surrounding GCC countries (UAE and Saudi Arabia). 

Salalah itinerary: travertine curtain darbat waterfalls

Visiting Salalah during the shoulder season

If you want to see the barren mountains turn green, and chase a few waterfalls, but avoid the Khareef crowds, the ideal time to go to Salalah is around the first week of September to the middle of September. I visited on the last week of September and I still was lucky to catch the fog, and greenery and see a couple of waterfalls (although not at their full capacity). However, this varies year to year depending on the amount of rainfall during monsoon.

The other advantage going in shoulder Khareef season is that there won’t be as much rain and the fog coverage isn’t too dense to be able to admire beautiful landscapes. The downside of the shoulder season is that the temperatures are slightly higher than in summer (around 30 degrees as opposed to around 26) and it is still extremely humid.

Salalah itinerary and things to do in salalah: rakhyut from above at sunset

Visiting Salalah during the peak Khareef season

Unlike the rest of the middle east, late June, July, until the end of August is the peak of the Khareef season. It is also the time to see the iconic landscapes of Salalah in full bloom. This is the time when local Omanis, as well as residents and citizens of surrounding GCC countries (Saudi and the UAE), rush to Salalah in order to escape the exhilarating summer heat common for the Arabian Peninsula. 

The Arabian monsoon season in Dhofar brings light rain and thick fog. However, it is not extremely windy or stormy as the Asian type of monsoon. For this reason, Arabs really love coming to Salalah in summer. 

If you love the mysterious foggy scene and don’t mind the rain and the crowds following a similar itinerary or would like to visit the yearly Salalah festival held mid-July to late August, then Khareef is a perfect time to go to Salalah. 

Salalah itinerary: misty road in dhofar

Note though that hotels get quickly booked out in Salalah during Khareef months.

Nonetheless, if you are planning on wild camping, this might not concern you. The only thing to have in mind is that it rains a lot, and staying outdoors overnight might not be the most pleasant experience for some. 

Visiting Salalah outside Khareef season (from October to late May) 

Although greenery stays through the autumn, come to Salalah in winter or spring and you will find barren landscapes similar to the rest of the Middle East.  The amount of greenery and prevalence of waterfalls (except for Wadi Darbat which is green all year round) depends on the rainfall during each monsoon season. 

Nonetheless, the weather temperatures in autumn, winter, and spring will be still pleasant to enjoy outdoors. Also, clear skies in winter will allow admiring of impressive cliffs and landscapes which are usually hidden in the mist and clouds during the rainy season. Wild camping, especially on the beach, is also more pleasant in winter. 

If you are planning on exploring the Empty Quarter, on the North side of Dhofar, then winter is the ideal time to do so as temperatures will be lower. 

Post and pre-monsoon times from October to November and May to June sometimes bring turbulent stormy weather to the Salalah area. This is something not to be taken lightly as there were catastrophic natural events in south Dhofar. 

Salalah itinerary: locals chilling at salalah city beach

How to get to Salalah? 

The fastest way to get to Salalah is to take a flight from Oman’s capital Muscat or from the UAE. It takes only 1.5 hours from Muscat and 2 hours from Dubai or Abu Dhabi to reach Salalah by air.  Search for affordable flights from any destination using Skyscanner .

Adventurous travelers often choose to go on a long road trip either from Muscat or Dubai (UAE) . The journey requires driving over 1000 kilometers for 10 to 13 hours (depending on where you start from) for the shortest but the most boring route running through the dry desert without any tourist attractions in between. 

Salalah itinerary: road from dubai to salalah with camel

Nonetheless, the trip can be parted with an overnight stop in Nizwa- a traditional and culturally rich town in North Oman. 

You can also choose to follow the coastal road which is more dynamic but significantly longer than the inland route. Be ready to drive over 20 hours from south to north of Oman or vice versa. Account for at least 2 overnight stops to reduce the continuous and tiring time by the wheel. 

Before you opt to drive to Salalah, make sure to also read my detailed Dubai to Salalah road trip planner. 

It is possible to reach Salalah from Muscat by bus. The journey takes over 12 hours. The bus station is located in the Ruwi area. Surprisingly, the ticket price for such a long journey is only 10-20 EUR, depending on the bus company and the quality of the bus.

Oman visit visa

As a UAE resident, you no longer need a visa to enter Oman (your residency must be valid for at least 3 months). As a tourist in UAE, you will have to apply for Oman visit visa.  Some nationalities (mostly EU passport holders and the UK, US, and Canada) can also obtain a visa on arrival, although getting it online is recommended.

You can get an Oman visa online via the Royal Oman Police website. Alternatively, you can use ivisa services. Those guys will get the Oman visa sorted for you for an extra fee. 

ALSO READ: You can find detailed information about UAE-Oman visa types and requirements in my Dubai (UAE) to Oman by road post.

Do I need 4WD to visit Salalah? 

4WD is not essential to visit many of Salalah’s attractions. However, it is beneficial if you want to explore more and go offroad, as well as reach some of the secluded beaches. Also, if you are visiting during the Khareef season, some places which were reachable with any car during the dry season will be accessible only in a 4×4 (like Fazayah beach, for example). 

4WD is essential if you are planning to go into the desert (granted you know how to drive in the dunes) and some secret beaches via very bumpy steep offroad. 

If you are flying into Salalah and thinking about what type of car to rent, I would recommend still getting a 4 WD for complete freedom to reach all the places. 

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Salalah itinerary: the best things to do and places to visit in Salalah

Salalah City serves as a great base for visiting southern Oman. Most of the natural attractions lay outside the city spread in all directions and require 20 min to 2 hours of driving time, depending on the destination. 

For this reason, the best way to plan your Salalah itinerary is to dedicate different days to visit the west, east, central and north areas of Dhofar governorate. 

West of Salalah: best places to visit

Let’s start with the most dramatic area of all – the west side of Salalah. If you only had one day in Salalah, I would strongly recommend heading West toward the Yemeni border. 

The stretch of the coastline to the west of Salalah is the most jaw-dropping featuring high cliffs raising above the clouds, windy roads leading to secluded beaches, and a few sleepy Omani villages which surprisingly had the best specialty coffee in the area. The scenery reminiscing of Jurassic Park in close vicinity to the barren lands is something I found very fascinating.

Salalah itinerary and things to do in salalah: camels and fishing boats in Dhofar

The most beautiful places in west Salalah that you should include in your Salalah itinerary:

  • Al Mughsayl beach and the blowholes (only seen in Khareef);
  • Fazayah beach-one of the most beautiful beaches in the area (4WD is a must during Khareef);
  • Shaat mountain viewpoint;
  • Rakhyut seaside town;
  • Dhalkut – the last town before the Yemeni border.

Al Mughsayl beach and the blowholes

Al Mughsayl (Al Mughsail) beach is one the well-known places in Salalah and is an extremely popular destination to visit due to the wonderful landscapes and phenomenal blowholes-the natural water fountain shooting from the ground. Kids especially find this attraction fascinating. Note that blowholes are only in their full power during Khareef season. The rest of the year you won’t see much.

Tip: if you want to skip the crowds you should visit Al Mughsail blowholes first thing in the morning. Together with Al Marneef cave in the same area, Mughsail is one of the most visited places in the west of Salalah. 

Before you reach the popular spot of Mughsail, you will pass an incredibly beautiful stretch of white sand beach with soaring rocks in the distance. To me, this part of Mughsail beach was more exciting than the tourist spot with blowholes and the cave. Although you can’t deny the beauty of the area, it is just too commercialized to my liking. Thus, I didn’t spend there much time. 

Continuing further west, you will start ascending Jabal Qamar taking some serious hairpin roads until you reach the turn-off point to Al Fazayah beach. 

Salalah itinerary and things to do in salalah: mugshayl beach drone photo

Al Fazayah beach

The wild turquoise blue Fazayah is one the best beaches in Salalah and Dhofar governorate. Composed of the main beach and several secluded coves, Fazayah is accessible through a windy dirt road with mind-blowing views all around. 

You should have a 4WD if you are visiting during the rainy season. However, sedans with stronger engines also can manage driving slowly when it is dry. 

Salalah itinerary and things to do in salalah: fazayah beach

Shaat mountain viewpoint

At 1000 meters above sea level, suspended in the clouds Shaat mountain and a village of the same name are yet another impressive sight in West Salalah. 

The Shaat viewpoint is often covered in clouds and you will need some luck to get a clear view of the far-stretching high cliffs. It is very unlikely to get an opening between the clouds during Khareef season, but during the dry season in winter you should definitely be able to see some of the most amazing coastline views. 

Shaat secret beach (4 WD is a must) 

Another adventurous spot in the Shaat area is Shaat secret beach accessible only in 4WD. It is a small piece of paradise reachable within a steep offroad drive with a 1000-meter drop in elevation. Visiting Shaat hidden beach for safety reasons is advisable only during a drier season.

IMPORTANT: there is a military checkpoint before you reach Shaat viewpoint. Make sure you carry your passport, driving license for the driver, and car registration documents. The process is quick and straightforward- you will be asked where you going and that is it-officers are friendly.

Salalah itinerary and things to do in salalah: shaat viewpoint

Rakhyut fishing town

A quaint Rakhyut fishing village is situated midway from Shaat to Dhalkut. The drive to Rakhyut offers some of the most scenic vistas. The village itself is mysterious featuring a large beach with high cliffs around it. Account for 45 minutes one way when descending to Rakhyut from the main road. You can stop for lunch at one of a few local restaurants and get some great coffee in a kiosk next to Rakhyut wadi. 

Salalah itinerary and things to do in salalah: rakyut town

Dhalkut – the last town before the Yemeni border

The last sleepy village even more strange than Rakhyut town is Dhalkut. It is also the last settlement before the Yemeni border and you will pass one more military checkpoint. 

The road leading to Dhalkut is sort of trilling-windy, steep and at the same time extremely scenic. 

We found a group of camels chilling in the sea-a scene I was always dreaming to photograph, thus the long drive was definitely worth it. 

Salalah itinerary and things to do in salalah: camels in the water in dhalkut village

Make sure to try the yummiest pistachio latte sold in a lonely kiosk at the very end of the main street which runs along the beach.

You can also stop at the ages-old baobab tree on your way in or out of Dhalkut.

salalah fast tour

TIP: If you want to visit all the above-mentioned places as a day trip from Salalah town, you must start extremely early with the sunrise or even before, and only spend a short time in each location. Trust me I tried doing them all in one day starting late at 9 AM and had to skip Al Fazayah beach because we ran out of daylight. 

The drive to the farthest point which is Dhalkut town is 2.5 hours. Detour to Rakhyut village adds another 45 minutes one way (1.5 hrs down and back up). You would also need at least 30 minutes to go down to Al Fazayah beach (1hour round trip).

Salalah itinerary and things to do in salalah: rakyut road

Ideally, I would recommend sparing two days for visiting the west side of Salalah. You could go to the beaches of Mughsayl and Fazayah, as well as the Shaat mountain viewpoint on one of the 2 days, drive all the way to Dhalkut, and trace back with a stop at Rakiuyt on the second day.

Or if you are planning on camping, you could start from Dhalkut and move backward towards Salalah with an overnight stop in Rakhyut, or Shaat. Camping at Fazayah beach is also a great option during the drier season. 

East of Salalah: best places to visit

None of Salalah’s itinerary would be complete without visiting at least one of the wonderful waterfalls which are at full flow during the Khareef season. Some of the most beautiful waterfalls can be found on the East side of Salalah. Also, unmissable is Samhan mountain which rises above the sea of clouds, the antigravity point, and some characteristic fishing villages. 

Salalah itinerary and things to do in salalah: Samhan mountain

The main attractions to visit in the East side of Salalah:

  • Ayn Athum waterfall;
  • Travertine Curtain Waterfall and Wadi Darbat;
  • Jebel Samhan;
  • Anti Gravity Point;
  • Mirbat fishing town;
  • Khori Rori (Sumhuram) archeological site.

Ayn Athum waterfall

Located in Jabel Qara, around 30 minutes drive through verdant hills east of Salalah City Ayn Athum waterfall (Ayn in Arabic means waterfall) is present during Khareef season. This gorgeous waterfall is cascading 15 meters down the rock and fills up a turquoise water basin. 

The accessibility of the Ayn Athum makes it one of the most popular waterfalls in the area. Arrive early in the morning if you want to enjoy yourself in peace. 

Salalah itinerary and things to do in salalah:  ayn athum waterfall

Travertine Curtain and Wadi Darbat waterfalls

Located in a year-round green gorge, Wadi Darbat waterfalls are the most famous in Salalah. Although undeniably beautiful but way too popular for my taste. One of the reasons is that Wadi Darbat waterfalls are easily accessible by any car. It is the most commercialized waterfalls area, where you can even find food stalls, and hire a small boat for paddling in the river. This makes it a very popular destination for families.

Note: swimming in the river is not permitted. 

Salalah itinerary and things to do in salalah: travertine curtain

Nonetheless, the most impressive and my favorite is the Travertine Curtain waterfall or Darbat Cascading Waterfall. It is more secluded than Wadi Darbat, although can be spotted from afar when driving the main road from Salalah to Taqah.

To reach the waterfall you must hike for around 15 minutes alongside the river via a rough path, parts of which require climbing up the boulders. For this reason, only the fit visitors attempt to get there, while families choose the more popular Wadi Darbat. 

You can also access Travertine Curtain by climbing up the hill via a dirt road which you can spot before reaching the car park. The elevated views of the waterfall are also beautiful. You can then descend to the waterfall through the bushes following a dirt path.

Note that as tempting as it looks, the Travertine Curtain water basin is not suitable for swimming due to strong currents. 

Salalah itinerary and things to do in salalah: darbat waterfalls

Jebel Samhan viewing point

Part of Jabel Samhan Nature Reserve, Mount Samhan is a massif literally rising above the clouds. Home to the endangered Arabian Leopard, Jebel Samhan is part of the highest mountain range in the Dhofar region and also the most striking place you will visit east of Salalah. 

The viewing point of Mount Samham is accessible by 2WD. You can also stroll above the clouds following a well-laid path for around 100 meters which later continues as an unpaved narrow mountain path following the edge of the cliff.

Salalah itinerary and things to do in salalah: samhan mountain

Anti-Gravity Point

Following the windy mountain road from Jebel Samhan towards Mirbat, you will come across the most mysterious place in Salalah, Oman. This is Antigravity Point or Magnetic Point. Here you can watch your car in neutral gear and see it moving uphill.  

I did not believe it until I tried it myself- indeed we set the gear to N and watch the car moving up. So, what is the science behind it, or is it really a supernatural phenomenon? Apparently, it is some sort of optical illusion. The road due to the surrounding landscape appears going uphill while in reality, it is a slight downhill. 

Salalah itinerary and things to do in salalah: samhan mountain

Mirbat fishing town

Once a prosperous frankincense port, the quiet Mirbat fishing town on the east side of Salalah is worth a visit if you love photographing local rugged places and fishermen at work. A strange town reverberating with cries of seagulls doesn’t seem to see that many tourists around. Nonetheless, Mirbat offers a unique setup with worn-out houses and colorful fishing boats lining up the port. I definitely enjoyed my short evening photo journey around the area.

Mirbat is located 1-hour drive from Salalah and could be a good overnight option if you are en route back to the North of Oman via the coastal road.

Salalah itinerary and things to do in salalah: Mirbat

Khori Rori (Sumhuram) 

A river running through Wadi Darbat makes its way to the sea at Khori Rori located near Taqah town where you will find an important archaeological site – Sumhuram. It contains ruins of an ancient city that used to be an active harbor between the 4th century BC and the 4th century AD. Historically an important frankincense trade port, Sumhuran is prescribed to the UNESCO heritage list. 

If you have more time those are the other points of interest in the area:

  • Ayn Tabrook Waterfalls;
  • Tawi Atair (Sinkhole);
  • Taqah Castle;
  • Taqah Viewpoint.

Salalah itinerary and things to do in salalah: khori Rori

Best places to visit in Salalah city

Salalah is the second biggest city after the capital Muscat, although just a quarter of its size. Outside of less striking Salalah functional districts, the most exciting part of the city can be discovered in frankincense-infused alleyways of the old souq, palm-fringed white sand beaches reminiscing of Zanzibar and Bengali fresh fruit stalls lining up against the lush banana plantations. 

Salalah city beach with palmtrees and old mosque with locals sitting on the sand

Places to visit in the city of Salalah:

  • Salalah City beach (Al Haffa beach);
  • Al Husn old Souq at Haffa;
  • Coconut Huts;
  • Al Baleed Archeological Park.

Salalah City beach (Al Haffa beach)

White sand Haffa beach lined with wind-swept tall skinny palm trees reminds more of the Caribbeans than the Middle East. 

Right at the center of Salalah City, it stretches for several kilometers east end west and offers some of the most spectacular sunsets. Locals flock to enjoy their evening at the beach. The downside is that people bring their cars as close to the sea as they possibly can. Nonetheless, it is still an interesting sight to witness in Salalah town.

For those of you keen on swimming, note that the sea is very rough during the Khareef season. However, if you come in winter and decide to have a beach day out tanning and swimming, make sure to wear shorts and a t-shirt as the beach is frequented by locals. Omani culture is conservative and it would look and feel awkward laying down on the public beach in a bikini. 

If you are aiming to suntan, the best is to stay at one of the wonderful Salalah resorts which are more tourist-oriented, or find some secluded empty beaches on the west or east side of Dhofar. 

sunset at salalah beach

Al Husn old Souq at Haffa Beach

A traditional Omani market just steps away from the shores of the palm-fringed beach of Salalah city is a place to wander around and shop for what Salalah has best to offer-frankincense. The Old Souq is quite small as many vendors ventured to the newer area in Haffa. Nonetheless, wandering those few alleys offers a unique cultural experience. You can even see women vendors covered in veils-something I haven’t seen in any other Souqs in Oman. 

In Al Husn souq, apart from frankincense incense, you can shop for traditional Omani attire, spices, tourist souvenirs, and Arabic oud (perfume). 

Opening times: daily, might be closed from 12 PM to 4 PM.

Salalah Itinerary: An Easy Travel Guide to Dhofar Region in Oman, al husn souq

Coconut Huts

Lush banana, mango, and papaya plantations cover a considerable area of Salalah city. Driving on Sultan Qaboos street eastwards from Al Husn old Souq, you will find many coconut huts. Those Bengali-run fruit stalls sell fresh mangoes and coconut juice, sweet bananas, and papayas. This place definitely makes you feel like you are somewhere in a jungle of Asia. Make sure to stop and grab refreshing fresh coconut juice for as little as 1 EUR (around 300 Baisas). 

You will find more of the coconut huts located around the farms and the Al Haffa area. 

Salalah itinerary and things to do in salalah: coconut huts

Al Baleed Archaeological Park

Another UNESCO heritage site and open-air Al Baleed Archaeological Park is what used to be Zafar-an ancient city of Salalah. It used to be an important frankincense port that flourished between the 8th and 16th centuries with the biggest trades happening between Africa, China, and India. Inside Al Baleed park you will also find the only museum in Salalah- a Land of Frankincense museum where you can grasp more information about the history of the area. 

Did you know that: Frankincense, also called desert tears, is a resin extracted from the Boswellia Sacra tree? Frankincense has been an inseparable part of Salalah’s everyday life and culture since ancient times. It used to be the most valuable commodity which earned Dhofar region and Oman a fortune before the oil was discovered. Virtues attributed to frankincense are several: medicine for digestion, tooth cleanser, perfume, magical incense, and even an aphrodisiac. 

Salalah itinerary and things to do in salalah: frankincense

North West of Salalah City

Ayn khor waterfall.

Ayn Khor is one the most popular seasonal waterfalls located in the northwest of Salalah. It appears only during the strong monsoon season, and thus might not be present every year. To reach it, you will need a 4WD car, or you can hike through the riverbed for a couple of kilometers. Arrive early to avoid the crowds. 

Did you know that? Dhofar region in Oman has the largest camel population in the world. I have never seen so many camels gazing and freely roaming around the streets and beaches like in Salalah and around Dhofar. They are also some of the luckiest ones in the Middle East feasting on the lush green plants, unlike their brothers and sisters that live in the barren desert areas. 

North of Salalah : best places to visit

Traveling up north from Salalah will bring you back to the vast desert lands. No more greenery or Khareef here, but the desert landscape is far from flat. 

It is an Empty Quarter (Rub al Khali) – the largest sea of sand dunes in the world covering an area of no less than 650 000 square kilometers. It is shared between Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. An important cultural attraction at the edge of the Empty Quarter is the Lost City of Ubar which you can also visit on the way to the dunes.

Dedicate a full day or, even better, an overnight stay under the stars. It takes two hours of driving to get to the Lost City of Ubar and the Empty Quarter up North of Salalah. 

Lost city of Ubar

Discovered only in 1992 at the edge of the Empty Quarter, the Lost City of Ubar used to be yet another important trade center of frankincense. Moreover, it is believed to be the Iram of the Pillars, a lost city mentioned in the Quran.

Today you can visit the unearthed ruins of the Lost City of Ubar. 

Empty Quarter

To properly explore the magnificent sand dunes of the Empty quarter you need a 4×4 vehicle and an experienced driver who is skilled to navigate the vast desert and drive over the 100 meters tall shifting dunes. If you do not know how to drive in the desert you can drive to the edge of the Empty Quarter to catch a glimpse of it.

However, the best way to experience the Rub Al Khali desert is to actually drive into the dunes. I have not visited the Empty Quarter in Dhofar because I have been to the one in Liwa, in the UAE.

Nonetheless, if you have never visited a desert with massive sand waves before, don’t miss the opportunity to join a safari tour. Overnight camping will take your experience to another level. You will be able to see the desert at its best during the sunset and sunset hours. 

Click to check overnight Salalah desert tours on Viator:

Salalah itinerary and things to do in salalah: empty qaurter

Places to visit in Greater Dhofar Region

Driving east from the fishing village of Mirbat you will be blessed with some of the most unspoiled landscapes in the area. Empty wild white sand beaches are lining the coast and are easily accessible from the main road. While on the other side of the road you have towering rugged mountains.

Note that there are no big towns or villages after you leave Mirbat. Thus, if you need to stop for a night, your only option will be camping as the next nearest town with accommodation will be Duqm (6-7hours away from Salalah). 

Hasik beach (made up name) 

We camped on this beautiful beach where the white sands meet the mountain. I called Hasik beach as the nearest town driving eastwards is a tiny Hasik village. 

Salalah itinerary and things to do in salalah: coastal road wild beaches in Oman, Hasik beach

Wadi Suneik (or Suniq)

A lush green oasis nestled between barren rocks and the river stream flowing into the sea-Wadi Suneik is a little miracle in the middle of the dry terrain. 

You can access Wadi Suneik from the main road. If you are traveling during cooler months, you can even choose to camp there. Otherwise continuing up north, the steep windy road will take you above the expansive canyon with several viewpoints worth stopping at. 

Salalah itinerary and things to do in salalah: coastal road

Note that this 150 kilometers stretch from Mirbat to Wadi Suneik is the most picturesque on the coastal road. The section from Wadi Suniq to Sur is nice but not as impressive. Thus, only if you have plenty of time, should you take this road. Otherwise, you can drive the coastal road until wadi Suniq and then come back to Salalah making it a long day trip. 

READ MORE: Dubai to Salalah road trip planner .

Best places to stay in Salalah and South Dhofar

Most of the accommodation options are clustered in Salalah City and that is where visitors usually choose to stay. Taqah has a few accommodation options, mostly self-contained apartments, while Mirbat town has plenty of choices to rent villas and apartments, which are perfect for bigger groups.

Alternatively, you have plenty of ground to camp. You can choose to pitch a tent above the clouds in the mountains, or at the beach. Wild camping in Oman is allowed and very common. Please refer to the map where I pointed out good options recommended by other travelers. 

  • Salalah accommodation suggestions
  • Belad Bont Resort – located on the West side of Salalah, this resort offers a terrace, swimming pool, modern rooms, and a restaurant with a well-rated breakfast. Price range: $$
  • Taqah accommodation suggestions
  • 2-bedroom apartment – simple but a new apartment in Taqa town can host up to 6 people. Price range: $
  • 1-bedroom apartment – Very basic but spacious self-contained apartment is suitable for a group of 4. Price range: $$
  • Mirbat accommodation suggestions
  • 3-bedroom villa – massive villa in Mirbat town can host up to 6 people. Price range: $
  • 2-bedroom chalet – this apartment is suitable for 6 people, is a few kilometers outside Mirbat town, and offers a private pool. Price range: $$

Salalah and Greater Dhofar Map

Salalah Map

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