Stopping at Nizwa Fort was a great way to break up the long drive back to Abu Dhabi. We were able to see a bit more Omani history, and the boys were able to stretch their legs and climb around.
The kids absolutely loved the dolphin tour, but there were plenty of other things to do in Muscat to keep them happy for a few days. Our boys had a blast hanging out at Qurum Natural Park. They have an incredible play structure and lots of space for kids to run. A beautiful place, even though we could only hang around for an hour or so due to the heat of the day.
After the heat, we took the kids to Qurum Beach to cool off. While I had pack suits to change into, there were no changing facilities. So we let the boys swim in their clothes. It was too hot not to.
We made sure to check out the Muttrah Souq in Muscat. Muttrah is an interesting market with dark corridors and loads of goods from the area. We made sure to buy some frankincense as the trees grow in the region.
Then, we were in Oman, and I was rather surprised to discover that passport control on the Omani side of the border was a 45 kilometer drive into the country. I was so nervous that we somehow skipped passport control on the Omani side that I made Derek go back and double check. All was fine though. About 30 minutes later, we got out of the car again to go through passport control for Oman. Again, it only took about 15 minutes and we were on our way again.
It was startling how quickly the landscape changed after we crosses into Oman. We were surrounded by mountains and there were more trees and wildlife. Goats, but wildlife all the same. It even sprinkled a bit of rain!
On the way back to Abu Dhabi, we opted to drive through Nizwa to see a bit more of Oman. This route took significantly longer but was just as beautiful. we cam back through to the UAE by way of the Mezyad-Hafeet border. This stop was closer to the board on both sides but took significantly longer for us to pass through. From this board crossing, it is still another 2 hours to Abu Dhabi.
I am glad we went through Nizwa, but it was a long drive to make in one day with two kids in the backseat.
The boat tour was the highlight of our little trip to Oman. If interested, the person I booked with was Captain Salim. His TripAdvisor page is linked here.