Al Hoota Cave-
Expenses in Oman |
| NRI |
tourists are familiar with caves, one of the oldest remnants of the way the
earth has heaved and reshaped itself with the help of the wind, the ocean and
the sometimes gentle, sometimes rough hands of nature.
Al Hoota Cave is located at Al Dakhiliya, on Al Hoota plateau on the southern
slopes of Jabal Akhdar, at the foot of the Jabal Shams or the Sun Peak, in the
vicinity of the Tanuf Valley in Al Hamra district.
This water-bearing subterranean Karst system, is cut into dark grey limestone,
granular dolomite and argillaceous layers and marvelously covered with crystals
formed by calcite and gypsum formations.
The cave is more like an underground canyon with two accessible entrances. The
first is located in the vicinity of Al-Hoota Village at 1040 meters above sea
level and the Lower one named Al Fallah is located in the vicinity of Tanuf
valley and Al Hamra Town at 810 meters above sea level.
Stalactites, stalagmites, rimstones and other crystals garnish the walls, the
ceiling and cave floor, are evidence of a pluvial era that hanged over Oman
How to get there
From Muscat (~ 200km)
the Highway that leads to the Seeb International
Airport. After crossing the Airport Roundabout proceed
on the highway to reach Al Burg roundabout and take
Nizwa Road. Arriving to Nizwa old town Proceed to the
Reach Wadi Tanuf, you turn right and you proceed to al
hotta (please refer to Map).
- Muscat to Nizwa: 1:15
hr. is needed by car
- Nizwa to Al-Hotta
Cave: 0:20 Hr. drive is necessary to reach the cave
Saturday - Thursday:
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM 02:00 PM to 5:15 PM
Fridays: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
02:00 PM to 5:15 PM
Previous reservation is required
- Coffee Shop
Daily from: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
- Souvenir Shop
Daily from: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Things to keep in mind
- Eating and drinking
are not allowed inside the cave.
- Al Hoota cave premises
are environmentally-friendly. Please refrain from
- Special needs and
health problems should be declared in advance.
- The itinerary inside
the cave is about 800m and will take you around 40
min of walk to complete.
- 225 ascending stairs
are embedded inside the cave.
- Children are under
parent's supervision and responsibility.
- Some areas in the cave
may be wet and slippery.
- Pets are not allowed
- Cameras and video
cameras are not allowed inside the cave; please
leave them at the ticketing booth.
- Remember that cell
phones do not work underground.
- Cave slowly. You will
see and enjoy more!
- Follow your guide's
- Leave nothing but your
footsteps and take nothing but your memories.
phone/fax: +968 24490060 -
For more information