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“Beautiful!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Wadi Shab

Wadi Shab
50km west of Sur, Sur, Oman
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Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Sur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Beautiful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2011

Amazing valley near Muscat that you can walk through. If you've rented a car, you can easily drive up to the entrance and then hike through the Wadi. If you don't have a car, any hotel can help you book a tour with a private driver (although they can be expensive 120-160 OMR for a car that holds up to four people).

If I did this again, I would spend the full day here. Bring lunch, hike in a bit and then go for a quick swim. A lot of the tours will take you to Sur and to swim in the sink hole but I would recommend more time at the Wadi and skip the other stuff.

It's about a two hour drive from Muscat.

Definitely worth doing some off roading on the way there / back from Muscat. There is beautiful scenery through the mountains. You may need to have a guide to find your way through these though as they are primative dirt roads with no road signs.

Visited April 2011
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“Amazing place, amazing people, thank you Khamis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2011

This place is a must see in your life, and the water is great for swimming. Khamis took us all the way and did a great job, with me carrying a baby the whole way. He is a student and works part time taking visitors to this destination, very highly recommend young fella. His number is: 00968 9511 0747. I really request all of us travellers to support Khamis and his community, and express our thanks in one way or the other. I stress travellers and not tourists because this place needs to be kept away from the resorts that would destroy its natural beauty.

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Visited March 2011
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“You have to go here and here are some straightforward directions”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2011

Having read all the great reviews on Wadi Shab, we were determined to go there and enjoy it, but the directions in the Bradt Guide and the Lonely Planet both took us to dead ends. By trial and error and asking locals, we found it and it is not difficult at all, just don't follow what the guide books, or indeed the road signs to Wadi Shab say. Put simply, here's how to get there, whether travelling from Sur or Muscat direction.

On Road 17 , take the turn-off which is signposted to Tiwi (not Tiwi Shab)

At the end of the slip road, you come to Tiwi village, stopping at a T junction. Turn left and continue through the village, until you reach the "estuary" and above, the high road bridge. Simples!

There is a car park here and locals with a boat, waiting to take you across the Wadi for 200 Baisa per person. Once on the other side, you just follow the wadi through the gorge.

As everyone says, it's a great trip and well worth doing.

Visited January 2011
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“Our abiding memory of Oman - awesome day out - dont miss it !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2010

Wadi Shab is about a one and a half to two hour drive south of Muscat towards Sur. There were new Roads 95% of the way there in Oct 2010 and it was a very easy drive (Once you get out of the traffic and roads in Muscat its self). It looks as if the new road is going to be a toll road as there are booths there but not in use. On the way back to Muscat we were stopped by the Police (as was all other traffic) at a checkpoint and luckilly we had Passports and driving licence etc so be warned (they were v polite Police tho !).

Signage to Wadi Shab is self is a bit a it confusing - just head into Tiwi and ask or drive around - its not too difficult to find. There is a large area to park cars below where the new road crosses the Wadi on a huge flyover. If the tide is in theres a little boat which takes you from the car park to where you can walk up the wadi for a timy amount of money.

Once on the Wadi its gorgeous - we walked up for a couple of hours - after a while it gets quite rocky and one is clambering over the odd boulder but after a cpl of hours one arrives at places one can have a swim in gorgeous blue pools of fresh water. We never reached the cave or waterfall, but nevertheless had a fantastic swim and small picnic by the side of a pool. Paradise - honestly !

Take plenty of water - we walked in October and it was hot and combined with the effore to walking one loses a lot of sweat.

When we walked back the tide had gone out and it was possible to paddle across the part of the wadi the sea enters back to the car parking area. A fantastic day out. Wadi Tiwi is only a 5 min drive away but they are building a road up it so although access is far easier its nowhere near as secluded and lacks that adventurous feel.

In summary Wadi Shab is a real must do. Its a bit challenging - but well worth the effort

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“An extraordinary experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2010

We booked through Sun & Sand tours (www.sunsandtours.com) who took us to the Wadi Shab. Our guide was excellent and he made the trip very enjoyable for us. We were able to customize our trip according to the way we wanted and he showed us some of the best spots.

Wadi shab is more of an adventure trip and for people who enjoy hiking and swimming. The scenery is extremely beautiful and whilst it was hot (we went in July) it was worth it because the swimming afterwards made up for it. I would highly recommend any one who goes to Oman, to visit this place.

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