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Address: Al Hamra, Oman
Phone Number:
+968 24 391284
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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Photography is forbidden

Al Hoota cave can be combined withAal Jabreen fort, Bahla fort and Nizwa. It is not wise to go only to cave, which is almost 200 km away from Muscat. If you have already been for... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Shimnik
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Delft, The Netherlands
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Delft, The Netherlands
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391 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Al Hoota cave can be combined withAal Jabreen fort, Bahla fort and Nizwa. It is not wise to go only to cave, which is almost 200 km away from Muscat. If you have already been for instance in Slovenian caves, you won't be impressed. In order to protect the delicate environment, photography in any form is forbidden. It is better... More 

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Dear Shimnik, Thanks for visiting Al Hoota Cave! We agree that there are several touristic destinations around area, from souqs to forts or just exploring the beautiful scenery. However, the Al Hoota cave is a must see as it is one of the biggest caves in the region and has just been revamped. The Al Hoota staff will be more... More 

Muscat, Oman
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220 reviews
109 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Al Hoota cave should be on the top of the list of the places you want to visit in Oman. It has recently been reopened after years of closure and it is truly one of the wonders of the country. Inside the cave is absolutely beautiful and unique. Having said all these, there might be a few points that one... More 

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Thank Reza S
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Dear Reza S, Pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit at Al Hoota Cave, like you said, it is a wondrous place. We can understand your point of "man made stairs" and "no photography", however, considering the number of visitors everyday and flashing their phones for pictures for several hours is very uncomfortable for cave species on daily basis. As... More 

Muscat, Oman
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am a Muscat resident and finally we could manage to visit the cave which has been closed for years. Here some aspects: -Ticketing: Chaotic! We had booked for a 2:30 tour in advance. When we arrived at 2:20 there was a long queue and we could not get through. When we reached the counter we were said the tour... More 

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Thank 55heidi007
Management response:

Dear 55heidi007, Firstly, i would like to thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. It helps us improve our services and know areas of concern. Please accept our sincere apology for the wait as we are trying to rectify this matter of advance booking. Thanks for visiting Al Hoota Cave! Best Regards, Al Hoota Cave team More 

Tunis, Tunisia
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a wonderful cave but the experience was watered by the guide, who was rude to children. No pictures allowed. We had to rush through the cave and were not allowed to wonder the place in our good time.

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Thank Father2013
Management response:

Dear Father2013, Thanks for visiting us and for your review. We are sorry to hear that you were not happy with our guide and this matter will be addressed as our tour guides do not usually operate this way! Pictures are not allowed because the camera flash disturbs the natural habitat of the cave. Glad you enjoyed the overall experience... More 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Book an English speaking underground tour ahead as some of the tours are in Arabic only. Visit the interactive museum before going on the underground tour to get a better understanding of what you will see. The bats would disappear if the participants used their own cameras with flash. Best to leave your camera in the trunk of your car.... More 

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Thank Azzam P
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Dear Azzam P, Thanks for taking the time to post your suggestions and hope you visit us again soon! Best regards, Al Hoota cave team More 

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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016 via mobile

Exceptional experience. Only destination in the world for such an amazing experience. The caves are very well lit and clean. It takes you to another world and you start feeling like an explorer. Guides are helpful and friendly. They will guide you and explain the place. Small train ride is also very nice and specially kids will enjoy it. People... More 

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Thank Rangoli S
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Dear Rangoli S, Great to hear you had a wonderful time! We hope that we get the opportunity to welcome you back again soon. Best regards, Al Hoota cave team More 

Muscat, Masqat, Oman
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67 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016 via mobile

The Al Hoota Cave is a natural wonder situated in Al Hamra, some 40 kms from Nizwa and 160 kms from Muscat. The cave is indeed a visual treat. A train with a capacity of about 50 people takes us to the cave from the visitor centre. The whole visit will take about an hour. There is a friendly guide... More 

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Thank RemyaV
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Dear RemyaV, Thanks for posting your experience at Al Hoota cave and the other tourist destinations around the area. There are many wonderful places that are not to be missed while you are there. Happy to hear you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you soon again! Best regards, Al Hoota Cave team More 

Doha, Qatar
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145 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016 via mobile

This is the first time I couldn't take pictures inside the cave. Access is via train ride. This is the driest cave I have seen and probably the largest

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Thank racuch
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Dear Racuch, Thanks for visiting the cave! The reason why cameras are not allowed during the tour inside the cave is because it disturbs the natural habitat. We try to use minimal light as possible. The cave is one of the largest in the area and also dry due to the weather climate. Hope you enjoyed the overall experience! Best... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016 via mobile

Excellent facility. The visit starts at the visitor centre which as a nice gift shop and snack bar. The cave is accessed by a small electric train. It goes along a cliff side and then into a short tunnel into the lower part of the cave. The cave has a steel walkway going up one side of the cave and... More 

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Thank John C
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Dear John C, Pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit at Al Hoota cave. The drive to the cave is part of the experience as you get to see beautiful and diverse scenery along the way. Thanks for visiting! Best regards, Al Hoota cave team More 

Ucieda & Washington
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

If you have not had a chance to visit an extended cave with some stalactite and stalagmite activity is it well worth a visit. But otherwise you might find that there are better things in Oman to spend your time on

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Thank ERS_C_and_A
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Dear ERS_C_and_A, Thanks for the review! We agree, there is much to do in Oman, but if you are into natural heritage sites and a unique experience, Al Hoota cave is the place to be. The experience starts as you drive to the cave where you get to see the beauty of the interiors of Oman. Nizwa fort, Bahla fort... More 

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