If you’re looking for a little getaway in Oman on your day off, it’s worth it to venture out to some of the beautiful wadis.
11 April 2017| Last updated on 4 July 2017
Oman is full of incredibly beautiful places and there’s no shortage of nature. If you’re looking for a little getaway on your day off, it’s worth it to venture out a bit to one of the country’s many wadis.
We recommend bringing water, food/snacks, sunscreen, waterproof footwear, swimwear and towels. Here are five wadis we think you should visit!
1. Wadi Shab
Wadi Shab is in a place called Tiwi, which is a part of Sur in Al Sharqiyah South Governorate. There is also water cave there that can be reached after about a 40-minute hike.
If you’re heading there from Muscat, it’ll take you about one hour and 45 minutes. Some areas there are only accessible by boat, but it shoudn't cost you more than 200 baiz.
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On your way there, you will see signs for Bimmah Sink Hole. It’s highly recommended to make a stop and check it out. It’s a 40m hole in the rocky ground, dropping away to an azure pool and it gets incredibly deep.
2. Wadi Bani Khalid
This wadi is quite developed as there are places to BBQ, shaded areas and public toilets. You’ll get to see colourful rock formations and a natural spring that’s accessible via steps. There is a series of plantations and villages close by. There are a few shops and coffee shops if you need any basic supplies.
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It’s about a three hour drive from Muscat and it’s easily accessible. It can get quite busy on weekends and public holidays but you’ll find lifeguards on duty.
3. Wadi Al Arbaeen
This is a vast wadi and you’re sure to find a secluded enough area to enjoy it. The fresh water pools are incredibly refreshing to swim in and it remains mostly untouched.
It’ll take you about an hour and 45 minutes and it's best to go with a 4x4 as there is some off-roading. There aren’t many signs to guide you there, so keep an eye out for the stretch of off-road you need to take to get there.
4. Wadi Al Hawqayn
This wadi is quite popular for its stunning year-round flowing waterfall and water springs. It’s also very accessible so it can get very busy on weekends and holidays.
It’ll take you about two hours to drive there from Muscat.
5. Wadi Dhum
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Located in Al Dhahirah region, the wadi will require a bit of off-roading (4x4 needed) and walking over many smooth rocks that can get quite slippery. You’ll also need to use ropes to pull yourself through the rocks. It’s a bit of a challenge, but worth it if that doesn’t bother you.
It’s about two and half hours from Muscat. It’s best to visit in cooler weather as the wadi tends to dry up in summer.