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Caves in Oman – Amazing Caves to Explore in Oman

The Sultanate of Oman is a country that is saturated wonder. In addition to having a rich culture, and a wealthier heritage, Oman has some of the world's most fascinating geological formations.

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Majlis al Jin Cave

Oman is a tourist attraction by its own right, and you will find many Oman luxury resorts for you to choose from such as the Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort. There's one thing however, that goes fairly unnoticed where tourists are concerned, and that is the Majlis al Jin cave, which is the second largest cave in the world. If you wish to experience the cave, then you will need to enlist the help of a tour provider and gain some training since entering the cave requires descending on more than 200m of rope.

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Teeq Cave and Tawi Ateer Sinkhole

A visit to this wondrous locale is definitely going to be something unforgettable. You will have to head towards the south of Oman towards Salalah, a place renowned for being a contrasting lush green destination as opposed to the rocky environment Oman is stereotypically known for. The Tawi Ateer Sinkhole was discovered in 1997, and garnered immense fame as it was one of the largest sinkholes discovered. Additionally, the sinkhole contains remains of an ancient civilisation and incredibly rich biodiversity. The massive Teeq Cave was discovered more recently, and is situated at the top of the sinkhole. There are a total of six entrances to this massive cave.

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Jarnan Cave

If you're into mystical places, then this should be the perfect spot for you. Jarnan Cave is held in very high regard by the locals, and many are in fear of it due to the supposed presence of 'jinn', which are supernatural creatures akin to demons. The cave is also situated under some notable ruins of an ancient civilisation. These are just as, if not more popular, than the cave itself. There's a myth surrounding the cave that once a golden calf was concealed within it, and it is yet to be found.

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Al Hoota Cave

This breathtaking destination is just about two hours drive away from Muscat, and is guaranteed to be a place that will truly take your breath away. This cave system is really quite massive, and was discovered hundreds of years ago by local inhabitants. The cave was opened to the public however, only in 2006. There's a lake within the cave that is said to go five kilometres in, but visitors are only allowed to venture a distance of 860 metres. The cave features water springs and even underground valleys.

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Al Marnif Cave

If you enjoy coastal splendour as much as you enjoy exploring beautiful underground caverns, then this is an ideal place. Situated about forty kilometres away from Salalah, Al Marnif cave has spectacular blow-holes, beach-side beauty, and is very user friendly. You will find many walkways, bridges, and multiple seating areas. If you're anywhere near Dhofar, this is definitely an essential attraction to visit.