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Caving in Oman does not mean you have to squeeze through tight holes on hands and knees for long stretched. Oman is fortunate to have huge passages like highways and even the least experienced cavers can enjoy this underground playground. Once you go through the ceiling of one of the chambers its only then that the sheer size and beauty of the place unfolds to you. Great shafts of light stream down to illuminate the wondrous sight.

Not all the cave systems in Oman require experience, provided your in good health, lots of stamina with a sense of humour, then discover a new experience.
Hoti Cave, east of Al Hamra is easily accessible for beginners & novice speleologists, the cave contains an underwater lake, where a rare species of pale blind fish [Garra Barreimiae] have been found.

Kitam Cave, near Ibri contains rare and very beautiful gypsum flowers and hairs, these are delicate fibrous crystals formed by rainwater which a draft of air can move them.

Cave diving, which has caught the imagination of adventurers in Oman is thrilling, risky and highly exhilarating. It takes one to the dark reccesses of earth created by natural phenomena eons ago. Oman has its share of caves, both explored and hidden. Caves which offer myraid oppurtunities to the adventurous.

Caves in Oman are given a set of grades, which apply to the normal route to reach the deepest point of the cave. The first grade represents easy to traverse caves while moderate caves are denoted as second grade. Caves which has atleast some slight hazard are graded as three. Grade four represents caves which pose some hazard or have large underground pitches. The highest grade (five) are taken by those which have difficult sections or large & wet underground pitches.

Some of the interesting caves in Oman are the Jebel Akhdar massif, Kahf Hoti (the longest known cave in Oman that stretches upto five kilometers), several caves in Jebel Bani Jabir, the most impressive being the three deep shafts which enter the chambers of Majlis Al Jinn - one of the largest underground chambers ever discovered.

Oman offers some of the most hair-raising cave exploration in the world and should only be attempted by experienced and fit cavers, preferably accompanied by someone who has traversed the caves before.

One of the most famous caves is the 'Majlis Al-Jinn'; the second largest underground chamber in the world. This is an extremely difficult cave to negotiate, and it is important that the expedition is not undertaken lightly and without professional guidance.

A popular cave for the less intrepid is Hoti Cave which comprises an underground cavern and subterranean lake system.

Many caves in Oman are, essentially, underground wadis. So, one should not attempt any caving with chances of near rain, or if it has recently rained in the area.

Caving Expedition - Min 4 x persons (Full Day) - POA

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