Dolphin Watching in Oman – For the marine life enthusiasts

Oman isn’t all about the dry sea of golden sand, but is also about the very very wet sea with turquoise waters that happen to be super clear as well! The weather warms the water, making it just the right temperature that dolphins love, so you’ll be seeing a lot of them around here.

Bandar Al Khayran

This location is just 20 km away from Muscat and isn’t your typical beach. In fact, its more of a river valley. You’ll find all sorts of rock formations and islands here and the best part is that is you swim far enough; you’ll be able to observe dolphins in their natural habitat.

Dhofar Beaches

This beach is located towards the southern region of Oman and is famous for diving, snorkelling and other water sports. Dolphins are abundant here and you are sure not to miss out on a glance at them.

Vilphy Pulickan from Sohar, Oman, The unique beach (48779396443), CC BY 2.0

Bandar Khayran Reserve

If you are already lodged at a hotel in Muscat the likes of Al Falaj Hotel, all you have to do is take a 40-minute boat ride to this reserve. It is yet another spot that is ideal for diving and snorkelling and of course, you will spot the dolphins on their merry way when the sun is high above.

Things to know

Dolphin watching is one of the best things to do in Muscat, but make sure you visit on a bright sunny day as the creatures aren’t too fond of rain clouds. October and May would be the best time to visit for this activity.

Dolphin Watching in Oman

Prepare to be entranced during a dolphin-watching tour during a luxurious holiday spent at one of the Oman hotels. No trip to this splendid country is complete without experiencing the pleasure of viewing these gentle mammals of the sea frolic just off its exquisite coastline.

Best Times to Spot Dolphins

From October to May brings the best months for enthusiastic travellers to go dolphin watching. It is recommended to embark on these exciting tours on bright, sunny days as these friendly mammals are less likely to leap out of the water on cloudy days.


Dolphin watching in Oman typically consists of enjoying the acrobatics of majestic dolphins of the surrounding waters. Both young and old will surely have the time of their lives spotting these beautiful creatures of the sea leaping about in their playful manner.

Tour Inclusions

Many dolphin-watching packages offered by properties such as Al Falaj Hotel include complimentary transport along with meals to satiate your hunger that you’ll certainly get after being immersed in the refreshing sea breeze for hours.

Dolphin Species in Oman

Common Bottlenose Dolphin | Image via Pixabay

The most common dolphins that a tourist in Oman can expect to see are the Rissos dolphin, the Indian Ocean dolphin, the Common Bottlenose dolphin, the Indo-Pacific Humpback dolphin, the Striped dolphin, and the Long-beaked dolphin.