Dhofar caves: A tourist’s paradise

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A part and parcel of Oman’s natural and ecological heritage, caves are also an important tourist attraction. The Dhofar governorate is dotted with caves of various sizes and geology, many with springs originating near them.

Teiq Cave

The 170,000 m3 Teiq cave is located on top of the Teiq sinkhole. It has six chimneys, the biggest of which is on the western entrance wall. Residents of this area once used this cave for shelter. Discovered by a team of Slovenian adventurists in collaboration with the Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), the Teiq sinkhole is also one of the biggest sinkholes in the world - 130-150m in diameter and around 211m deep.

 

Suhoor and Itteen caves

Situated in Wadi Naheez, some 12km from Salalah, the Suhoor Cave is a limestone rock cave.The Ayoon water springs in Dhofar also have many caves near them, one of them being the Itteen cave near Garzeez spa. The cave is 10km from Salalah and can be reached through the Salalah-Itteen main road. It is a major tourist attraction.

 

Wadi Darbat Cave

Known for its natural arches, this cavern is unique in terms of calcified sediments. The Hamran water spring cave, about 40km from Salalah, is home to a large number of bats.

 

Razat Cave

This cave is one of the biggest attractions for residents and visitors as it is situated in the middle of a mountain overlooking Ain Razat, about 25km from Salalah.

 

Al Marneef Cave

The Al Marneef cave in Al Mughsail area is also a tourist paradise. The wilayats of Rakhiout and Dalkout also have a number of caves, such as Sharoot, Akhart and Hartoum.

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