Time Required : 1-2 hours
Located in Shatti Al Mughsayl area, which is about 40 km from Salalah in the Governorate of Dhofar, Al Marneef Cave is ranked among the top 10 most popular tourist attractions in the Indian Ocean. It overlooks the Arabian Sea and Al Mughsayl Fountains (which also happens to be the most preferred picnic spot by locals and tourists).
Al Marneef Cave doesn’t qualify as a cave due to the absence of any opening (or hollow space), yet the symbolic cave-like look lets it qualify as a cave. Al Marneef Cave is a large rocky structure which faces a mountain. Several smaller caves are also present on Al Marneef making it a popular rock-climbing spot. Another reason which makes Marneef Cave a popular tourist attraction are Al-Mughsayl Blowholes (natural fountains). There are three of these which are at proximity to Al-Mughsayl Beach. The sound of water gushing through rock cavities and hence emerging out as a natural fountain altogether makes up for a marvellous sight.
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