If you’re planning to visit Muscat, Oman, you have no shortage of new experiences to enjoy and unique locations to visit. From sleeping under the stars at the Wahiba Sands desert camps to shopping at the Muttrah Souk, unparalleled experiences of indulgence and luxury await you in this country tucked away in the Arabian Peninsula.

One such experience every visitor to Muscat should have is catching a dolphin watching tour on the Gulf of Oman. Dolphins can be spotted in Muscat all year round, and a boat ride out along the coast of Oman is the perfect way to admire and appreciate their grace and beauty from afar.



Looking forward to seeing dolphins leap out from the water with your very own eyes? Here are some simple tips to ensure you have a truly unforgettable and amazing experience during your dolphin watching tour in Muscat:

  1. The best times to book a dolphin watching tour are between October and May, coinciding with Oman’s winter, spring, and early summer seasons.
  2. Hope for bright and sunny weather on the day of your tour, as the dolphins will be more likely to emerge from the water.
  3. Don’t be afraid to bring young children along the tour – but do remember to pack seasickness medication just in case!
  4. As many dolphin tours operate within the Marina Bandar Al Rowdha area, check the specific boarding location of your boat to ensure you board the right vessel.
  5. Bring sunglasses and hats to fend off the bright and blinding Omani sunlight, as well as a light sweater in the cooler months in case of winds.
  6. Remember to pack your passport and other essentials into your bag in case you need identification, and keep them in a secure pocket so you don’t risk losing them overboard.
  7. Charge your camera and phone batteries the previous night to ensure you won’t miss out on that once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity!
  8. Find out if your tour operator also offers other attraction packages such as whale watching, turtle sighting, or water sports, to make the most of your time on the water.

If you are unsure how to book your own dolphin tour, fret not – our hotel concierge at the Chedi Muscat can help you make the arrangements for a fuss-free and convenient holiday experience. Contact us at T (968) 2452 4400 or (968) 9657 0336 for more information or email us at [email protected] to find out more about our concierge services.


Where can I see dolphins in Muscat?

There are several popular spots for dolphin watching across Oman, including in and around Muscat. Most dolphin watching tours in Muscat depart from Marina Bandar Al Rowdha, and sail along the coast of Oman. If you have enough time for a short day trip you can also head out to the Bandar Al Khayran river located 20 kilometres from the city as well as the Bandar Khayran Reserve which is a 40 minute boat ride from Marina Bandar Al Rowdha.

What is the best time of day to see dolphins when dolphin watching in Muscat?

Many dolphin tour operators in Muscat offer tour slots throughout the morning, beginning as early as 8am to around 12 noon. The earliest slots are usually recommended for a better chance of glimpsing the dolphins, however there is no guarantee that you will be able to see the dolphins at all. 

How much do dolphin tours in Muscat cost?

The cost of a dolphin watching tour in Muscat will vary depending on your tour provider. Prices typically range between 12 to 25 Omani rials, with some tours offering reduced prices or free tickets for young children beneath a certain age. Common inclusions with dolphin tour tickets include transportation to and from your accommodation, and light beverages or refreshments on the boat. 

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