“The air was filled with a heavy scent of pine. Sharp and intense. Typical of remote valleys, especially during the heightened summer’s heat. The mountain coves were covered in mist, with jagged peaks that embodied uneven perfection. I could see a family of four paddling in what appeared to be a jewel green stream, curving gently through the valleys. I hurried my pace. And there it was, flickering like glitter on the surface with wavering palm trees. A rare beauty, in the rock contours of the vast wadis of Oman.”
Seeing is really believing when it comes to the wild spectrum of colors throughout Oman’s beautiful wadis. Characterized by diversity and natural attractions, Oman’s landscape offers pure serenity in its sandstone cliffs and sprawling valleys. Here are a several Wadi hotspots to visit the next time you’re in Oman!
WADI BANI KHALID
Famed for its natural beauty, 126 miles outside of Muscat, Wadi Bani Khalid offers spectacular views of its fertile valleys and long series of villages. Year round, you’ll experience colorful rock formation, fading from rusted red at its core to shades of green it its shallows. There’s ample space for picnics, swimming, and non-stop cliff jumping for the adrenaline junkies out there.
WADI AL SHAAB
Located in Tiwi, just 87 miles from Muscat, Wadi Al Shaab is one of the most popular wadis in Oman due its close proximity to the capital and its impressive cascading water from the mountain top. The journey starts with a short boat ride across the river, followed by an adventurous 30-minute hike. Once at your desired spot, immerse yourself in a refreshing, colorful bath. Be sure to hike all the way to the waterfall and visit inside the cave.
The Bimmah Sinkhole is a deep natural depression filled with water caused by limestone erosion and collapsing rocks. Locals say this area was hit by a meteor forming the beautiful lake we see today. Take a visit before or after Wadi Shaab for an extended swim and several selfies.
WADI AL ARBEIEEN
Wadi Al Arbeieen is one of my favorite outdoor places in Oman simply because it seems untouched! Roughly two hours from Muscat, your journey begins with an off road trek via a 4×4 to admire the amazing mountainous region, followed by an abundance of swimming pools, all unique in its own way.
Before heading to any Wadi, be sure to pack the following:
- A Hat
- Snacks and plenty of water
- Swimwear + change of clothes
- Sturdy, waterproof foot wear
- and of course, your camera (waterproof/waterproof bag)
For pricing on tours, please contact Qais at Arabian Desert Shadow. His tours will offer the ultimate Wadi experience!