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Al Hoota Cave- Oman

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Most 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 Mountains

How to get there

From Muscat (~ 200km)

Take 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 Hamra road.
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
Opening Hours

  • Show-Cave Visit

    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 smoking.
  • 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 on site.
  • 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 instructions.
  • Leave nothing but your footsteps and take nothing but your memories.


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