Located at the foot of the grand Jebel Shams mountain, Al Hoota Cave is almost 2 million years old and the only show cave in the Arabian Peninsula that is 4.5 kilometers long. With a wonderful ecosystem consisting of bats, anthropoids, snails and mollusks, the cave is very well protected and preserved.
On your tour around the cave, you'll come across four lakes. In these lakes, the rare blind fish, Garra Barreimiae exist. These fish are only found in Oman, UAE and Bahrain. The tour of the cave lasts 45 minutes and covers 500m of the huge cave. There are English and Arabic tours, which provide information about how the cave was formed, how it was found, the animals that coexist there and how it has been preserved all these years. The cave is dark, as to preserve the ecosystem inside. It is only lit with small spotlights which tour guides can turn on and off as they proceed down the path of the cave. This way the cave dwellings are not disturbed. It is a very fascinating and educational tour, that the entire family will enjoy! Remember to walk slowly and carefully as some parts of the cave are wet and slippery.
If you go to the Al Hoota Cave without making a reservation and/or booked tickets, you will have to wait around 30-45 minutes. Therefore, it's better to book tickets beforehand. You can book tickets online on the Al Hoota Cave website: www.alhootacave.com.
Photography is not allowed inside the cave as it negatively affects the cave's ecosystem.
There is one restaurant at the Al Hoota Cave, called the Midyaf restaurant. It offers Arabic food that is mainly made from ingredients grown by the Al Hamra locals.
There is a gift shop at the Al Hoota Cave which sells a huge range of Omani handicrafts as well as souvenirs. There is also a photo service at the gift shop where you can get your photo taken with your chosen cave background.
The Al Hoota Cave is located in Al Hamra which is around 2 hours away from the capital city of Muscat. From Muscat, you can take a bus, rent a car and drive or take a cab to the Al Hoota Cave. In order to rent a car and drive, you will need to be over 21 and have an International Driving Permit.
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