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“One of the best attractions in Oman”
Review of Wadi Shab

Wadi Shab
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

We got there at 1.00 p.m. and therefore were lucky enough to walk in the shadow most of the time, otherwise it would have been really tough! We were there on our own and it was an amazing experience. The first of the 3 pools on the way to the cave is the longest and the deepest, but if you don't feel like swimming you can walk along the trail. This wadi is absolutely not to be missed. Suggestion: wear an old pair of sneakers to walk in the water. Bring enough drinking water with you.

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Reviewed October 16, 2013

As an Expat living and working in Oman we decided to drop by on our way back from Sur to Muscat, It was about time we checked out some of the attractions, As my parents are coming over in January.
The area was superb and deffinatly worth the visit,But don't do it during Eid holidays extremely busy.
The only real shame was the mess left by visitors, food,empty water bottles,carrier bags and even used dipers it was a disgrace.
This was the only thing that let the area down, such a shame.
Paul K

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Reviewed October 12, 2013

On the way back to Muscat from Sur and Ras al Jinz turtle watching, within an hour or less are two wadis that are recommended for hiking. Wadi Tiwi first, then Wadi Shab. I went only to Wadi Shab and it was GLORIOUS.

Hike is about 3 hours roundtrip including lots of time for swimming and exploring the partially-underwater cavern. There are parts of the hike where you have to swim so don’t bring any valuables. If you bring a camera bring a waterproof bag for that. There is a place you can jump into the water early in the hike from a height of 5 meters, a little thrill and then you are nicely soaked for the hot part of the walk. Then you keep hiking up to the partially submerged cavern with a waterfall (the entrance is very very narrow, almost requires swimming underwater to get in). You can climb up the rock wall with the rope and reach another cavern with lots of niches to explore, and then on the way down jump off the waterfall. It’s just amazing in there.

I highly recommend taking Hussein as your guide for the walk, he was really friendly and knowledgable and his little agency is trying to keep the area clean without much help from the government. He doesn’t intrude on the dynamic if you want quiet hiking or whatever but adds the most interesting parts of the hike. He points out the jumping places, where you have to swim from the path, the interesting parts of the cavern, which you would definitely miss without a guide. You can usually find him with the boat people under the highway at the car park. There are other guides there too if he is not available.

Don’t wear flip flops since the hike has some steep rocky places but wear shoes that you can walk into the water with, and shorts and shirt that you can swim in (not a problem for women walking in shorts here, it is very secluded except for the tourists). We just walked right into the water in our clothes for the sections of the path that are underwater.

To get there, the exit is marked clearly from the highway, but then when you go down the offramp, it doesn’t offer Wadi Shab as an option—the key is to take the small road (all the way to the right, going back the direction you came) marked to Tiwi, then it starts showing signs to Wadi Shab again, it’s just a couple minutes til you park underneath the highway and take the little boat (200 baisa) across the lagoon and start the hike.

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Reviewed October 9, 2013

I went to the Wadi Shab with my mum my dad and our guide. It was an amazing trip it even had fresh water you could drink. When it came to the end there was this huge cavern that was about the width of your head and there was a very slippery water fall you had to climb up. You can also swim underneath the water and see lots of beautiful corals.

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Reviewed October 9, 2013 via mobile

A correction to the reviews below: be at Wadi Shab well before 4pm.

First, you will have to walk for about 45min each way.

Second you must take a boat to the other side if your camera ain't waterproof.

Third, the ferry people are reluctant to get you to the inner side if you arrive past 4. The ferry service across the river closes at 5pm (at least in mid October).

Ferry service costs 0.200 RO per person and way (40 Euro Cents at the time of writing).

Ps: if you arrive too late for Wadi Shab drive for 2km to Wadi Tiwi (fully accessible by car).

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