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Wadi Shab

Wadi Shab is one of the most visited wadis in Oman since it is not very far from the capital city, Muscat. It is fairly accessible even with a saloon car, and because of its unique landscape and exquisite bodies of water all in place.

Wadi Shab is a very popular wadi located in the Al Sharqiyah Region in Oman. It is a very popular outdoor attraction for both locals and expats, and people go there for nature, to swim in the fresh water pools or just to have a barbecue. The main attraction of the wadi is the waterfall in the cave, which you can reach after a roughly 40 mins hike and swimming in 2-3 pools. People love going to this wadi as it is not very far from Muscat, it is easily accessible even with a saloon car and because the pools are always full of clear blue water! It is less than 2 hours’ drive from Muscat and you can combine your trip with a visit to Wadi Tiwi, Bimmah Sinkhole and the lovely beach of Tiwi. The wadi is definitely very popular and it gets very busy during public holidays with many families having a picnic at the entrance of the wadi.

Once you reach there, it all depends on the water level, you may have to get a boat to take you across to the other side from the car park, where you start the hike. There are villagers right at the car park who will take you across the pond, and the price is 1 OMR per person. This includes the ride back from the other side after you finish.

Inside you will have to walk along palm groves, on rugged rocky cliffs and swim through some pools to get to the main attraction, which the submerged cave with waterfalls. It will take you about 30-45 minutes’ walk to get to the cave and to enter it you have to swim through a hole between the mountains. Sometimes the water level is too high that you have to dive under the water to pass through so be careful, especially if you’re visiting after it has been raining. There are ropes in the cave which you can use to climb up the waterfall and jump in the pool, and also go up to where there is another small pool.

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