At a Glance
An incredible way to explore the rugged Omani coastline
The boat is taken as a private charter, meaning you can set your own pace and decide your own activities
Enjoy a picnic on a deserted beach, or go snorkeling where you can encounter marine life such as turtles and parrot fish
Your captain will be able to take you to the best locations to spot dolphins
Overnight trips mean you can explore further afield, such as up to the Musandam Peninsula, or down to Sur, famous for its dhow yards
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
The best time to visit Oman is between November and mid-March, when the cooler air brings the mountain scenery sharply into focus and daytime temperatures average at 25°C. For the rest of the year, much of Oman is oppressively hot and hazy, particularly between May and August.
To start planning your vacation to MY Ibra
A truly special way to explore the spectacular Omani coastline, the MY Ibra is a luxury converted dhow boat perfect for day trips or longer overnight stays. Three cabins make it ideal for both couples and families.
This 85' wooden dhow boat has been lovingly transformed into a sleek and contemporary yacht, offering all of the modern conveniences required for a comfortable and luxurious sailing experience, whilst maintaining all of her original charm and style.
There are three air-conditioned cabins. The Master Cabin is spacious with large twin double beds and an en-suite bathroom. The other two cabins are more compact, with twin beds and a shared bathroom. On the main deck there are two large and very comfortable seating areas - the perfect locations to enjoy a cool drink as you drift over the waves.
There is a kitchen and dining area with a table and chairs. On the upper deck there is another dining area and bar, as well as a BBQ. Meals are all included, with three courses for lunch and dinner including delicious dishes such as Cumin Roasted Spatchcock with Red Onion Salad, Scampi with Papardelle, Saffron and Tomato and Apricot Bread & Butter Pudding.
The Omani coastline offers breathtaking views, with steep mountains rising straight out of the Arabian Gulf and dramatic fjords that carve their way inland from the shore. Extensive coral reefs play home to a variety of marine life including turtles and parrot fish. There are 11 different species of dolphin believed to inhabit the waters off the coast and watching these playful creatures leap through the waves and swim under the boat really is a magical experience.
MY Ibra can be taken as a day charter, and your captain will be able to take you to the best snorkeling sites, with equipment included, or perhaps stop off at a deserted beach to enjoy a picnic lunch. But we would also recommend having a night or two on board to make the most of the adventure.
Explore the historical and natural highlights of the coast, visiting the Damaniyat Islands for world-class scuba diving, Bandar al Khiran for snorkeling, the famous dhow yard of Sur - there are a huge range of exciting possibilities. Whilst guests can stay on-board overnight, it is also possible to head to shore for the evening for a 'glamping' experience.
There are three comfortable air-conditioned cabins. The Master Cabin has twin double beds and an en-suite bathroom whilst the other two cabins have twin single and are more compact with a shared bathroom.
Snorkelling equipment is provided on board and diving can also be arranged. The captain knows the best spots for dolphin watching and you can also venture onto the shore for some relaxing beach time in private locations.
Lucy Black (Staff)
The photos cannot do justice to this gorgeous boat!
The warm welcome of the staff, the super-comfortable beds, the huge deck space - the Ibra really does offer the most wonderful experience.
The cabins are extremely comfortable, and I was very pleasantly surprised by just how spacious the bathrooms are, with powerful showers that would be good enough for any hotel room.
The kitchen is also exceptionally well equipped, with a large oven and big fridges that can hold all manner of goodies! Having a glass of champagne as we cruised the waves at sunset really is one of my all-time travel highlights.
Yes, it is expensive. But in my opinion, the unforgettable experience that you can enjoy on-board and on-shore exploring the coastline really is worth it.
Until you have seen it with your own eyes, it is perhaps hard to imagine just how spectacular the Omani coastline is. Steep mountains, hidden coves, colorful shoals of fish, playful dolphins; even thinking about it now makes me want to jump on the first plane out there! And the Ibra guarantees that you can see all of this in the most comfortable and stylish way possible.
Bait Al Baranda
Built in the 1930s, Bait Al Baranda was converted into a museum in 2006. The museum focuses on the history of Muscat, offering interactive displays and exhibitions.
Coffee with The Curator - Bait Adam Museum
Enjoy a traditional Omani coffee with the Curator of the Bait Adam Museum. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the history and culture of Oman, as well as gain a detailed insight into the museum's collections.
Dinner with an Omani Family
Spend the evening with an Omani family, enjoying a delicious traditional meal and learning about local culture, history, customs and beliefs.
Market Tour & Cooking Class at Crafty Kitchen
Accompanied by a chef, spend the morning visiting the city's bustling markets searching for fresh produce which you will then learn how to transform into delicious cuisine at Muscat's Crafty Kitchen.
The long-awaited National Museum is in the heart of Old Muscat, close to the Sultan's Palace. The museum aims to preserve and promote the Omani culture by showcasing the country's rich history.
Sultan's Armed Forces Museum
One of the most interesting museum's in Muscat, the Sultan's Armed Forces Museum offers much more than just a display of military hardware.
Tour of the Muscat Royal Opera House
Take a tour of the beautiful Royal Opera House in Muscat. Whilst the exterior of the building seems fairly understated, within its walls you will find opulent Arabic design and a wonderful collection of rare instruments.
Location & directions
Chartered routes sail along the South East coastline anchoring in any of the numerous safe and sheltered bays. It is also possible to sail from Muscat to Zighy Bay in the Musandam Peninsula to the North.
How to get there
It is a 7-hour 30-minute direct international flight to Muscat International Airport. The Marina is approximately a 20-minute drive from the airport.