Dhows are the traditional workhorses of the Arabian seas, sleek wooden craft which are to this day built by hand just down the coast at Sur. Although they have lateen-rigged sails, most are motorised as well, and they make an ideal platform for a cruise around the coast of Muscat. To the north of Muscat the coast isn’t that spectacular, mainly being flat beach sloping a short distance up to the inland plain. South of Muscat is where you’ll cruise to admire the jagged cliffs, rock arches and hidden coves.
While you can take a dhow cruise during the day, for Muscat we recommend the sunset departure, which is a two-hour boat trip and offers wonderful views back to Muscat all lit up at night. Omani Kahwa (coffee) and dates are served during the cruise, and guests should note that this is a shared group trip.