An adventurous excursion to discover extraordinary landscapes, high rocky mountains, and lush oases: an almost stunning nature, characterized by places and villages that have remained almost untouched over time.
What we see
- Mountain landscapes with different colors
- Wadi Shab with its lush vegetation
- Ponds and natural pools formed by the stream
- Wadi Shab natural swimming pools
- Trekking inside wadi Shab
- The Cave of Stars (Bimmah Sinkhol)
What do we do
- On board the bus, we depart from the capital Muscat in the direction of Wadi Shab Already after a few kilometers, we find Wadi Shab where surreal-looking mountains with different colors conquer our almost lost but certainly fascinated gaze.
- Leaving the paved road, we take a boat to cross a small river
- After a long walk almost 1 hour you will find a logo and swimming pools we head to the place where those who want it can swim, surrounded by a natural amphitheater of rare beauty and immersed in an imposing nature.
- At the end of this relaxing break you come back four where we left our cars
• Visit another Bimmah Sinkhole pool (the Cave of Stars) where we have another chance to swim
Wadi Shab also wrote Wadi Shaab, a very popular wadi located in the Al Sharqiyah region of Oman. It is a popular outdoor attraction for both locals and expatriates, and people come here for nature, to swim in freshwater pools or simply to have a barbecue. The main attraction of the wadi is the fall of the water in the cave, which can be reached after about 40 minutes of walking and swimming in 2-3 pools. I really like coming to this wadi because it is not very far from Muscat, it is easily accessible even with a sedan and because the pools are always full of crystal clear water! Wadi Shab is located in the Al Sharqiyah region of Oman, is less than 2 hours drive from Muscat and you can combine your trip here with a visit to Wadi Tiwi, Bimmah Sinkhole and / or the lovely Tiwi beach. The wadi is definitely very popular and gets very crowded during public holidays with many families having a picnic at the entrance of the wadi, so it’s best to avoid it during that time if you don’t like smoked wadis.
Before you go:
You could just enjoy a leisurely stroll at the entrance of the wadi and see some of the pools, or you are more adventurous and would like to dive into the pools from the mountain cliffs you can both do in Wadi Shab. So what to take is pretty standard stuff:
- Sun screen
- Food, snacks and plenty of drinking water
- Swimming clothes and towel
- Slippers or a sturdy waterproof shoe
- Camera and waterproof bag (otherwise you won’t be able to take pictures inside the cave)
Inside Wadi Shab:
Depending on the water level, it may be necessary to take a boat to take you to the other side of the parking lot, where you start the hike. There are villagers right in the parking lot who will take you across the pond, and the price is 1 OMR per person. This includes returning to the other side after finishing. Of course you can also decide to walk in the pond – but I personally tend to think that 1 OMR is a small fee to pay to support the locals in this beautiful place in Oman. On another note, there is FINALLY a public bathroom at the entrance.
Inside you will have to walk along the palm trees, on rugged rocky cliffs and swim through some pools to reach the main attraction, which is the underwater cave with waterfalls. It will take about 30-45 minutes on foot to reach the cave and to enter you will have to swim through a hole in the mountains. Sometimes the water level is too high to have to dive under water to pass, so be careful, especially if you’re visiting after it rains. There are ropes in the cave that you can use to climb the waterfall and jump into the pool, and even climb where there is another small pool, but unfortunately I haven’t explored anymore.
Of course, if you don’t feel comfortable swimming through a narrow crack to reach the cave, there’s still a lot to do. There are a couple of deep pools and waterfalls before this, and several points from which you can jump into fresh water. Also, try to find the old semi-demolished houses (which I was told were used to keep cattle) in one of the cliffs.
I personally love going to Wadi Shab because it’s so easy to get to and the pools are always amazing and clean. However, something that always annoys me is the large amount of garbage I see thrown in, which unfortunately is expected due to the high number of visitors it gets.
Tour Map (Wadi Shab)
What is there to know
- The excursion does not include a guide.
- The number of places available is limited; therefore, we advise you to book early.
- The order of the stages of the itinerary may change.
- We recommend wearing comfortable shoes.
- Guests must be in good physical condition.
- The excursion is not recommended for guests who have mobility problems, back and / or neck problems.
- Participation in pregnant women is not permitted.
- Children under the age of 4 cannot participate in the excursion.
- We recommend modest clothing and avoid transparent clothing.
- Appropriate clothing is required to respect the culture of the country visited.
- Remember to bring along a bathing suit, beach towel, sunglasses and a protective sun lotion.
- Lunch consists of a travel basket that will be consumed by jeep.