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“Not an easy 'hike'!”
Review of Wadi Shab

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“Not an easy 'hike'!”
Reviewed January 18, 2014 via mobile

First of all, when I read all the reviews I thought this was regular hiking with perhaps paths. I was so wrong - after the boat ride to get to the other side of the river, there was a relative 'flat' distance (albeit with a lot of pebbles), and then after that I felt like we were rock-climbing! Perhaps not so dramatic, but there were all boulders and rocks and you have do quite a lot of climbing. I really don't think it's safe for children at some points (even though some parents bring them), because one slip and you are down the cliff. Don't be crazy and wear flip-flops, this is not the place to act cool. After all the climbing, you have to swim across some pools, which is logistically difficult so prepare a water-proof bag (we used plastic bags, not so easy). Finally at the 'final pool', you have to dive down across a small crack to get the waterfalls, but please don't try if you are not a good swimmer! I am just a swimming-pool-type of swimmer, and nearly drowned there! Basically, this is a great place to go, but please bear in mind safety comes first!

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“Beautiful wadi”
Reviewed January 15, 2014

If you get the chance, visit this wad. You start by being taken across by ferry, so bring some small change. The first part of the walk is ruined by litter & water pipes but it then becomes very beautiful. After a leisurely 45 minutes you get to a point where you can swim up the wadi to enter a cave. While very popular there was lots of space to enjoy the beauty & tranquility. The last boat back is at 5.30 so don't leave it too late to start off.

Visited January 2014
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Muscat, Oman
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“Stunning wadi”
Reviewed January 11, 2014

To access the wadi you have to pay 400 Baiza (around 65p) for a short boat ride across the river then you can walk for about 30 minutes along the wadi. Along the way you will be walking on pebbles and rocks often in full sun so take plenty of water and a hat! There are pools of water along the way and small fenced areas where people are growing bananas and possibly millet. At the end there are larger, deeper pools where the Cliff Diving World Championships were held in 2012. It is a great place to picnic but there are no facilities apart from disgustingly dirty public toilets.
Well worth a visit.

Visited January 2014
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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“Excellent visit!”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

Beautiful wadi to visit. We came in early afternoon, took the boat across and went for the walk. The walk is somewhat challenging since walks are washed away in earlier rains. After 45 minute walk you’ll see the wadi itself. Go on the longer walk, bring your swimming gear (we forgot ours so had to go in our underwear) and swim to the cave. Amazing experience to see the cave and waterfall!

Visited December 2013
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Doha, Qatar
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“Highly Recommended”
Reviewed January 4, 2014

I'll be brief since the earlier reviews do such a good job covering the setting and hike:

Total distance - from leaving the boat to the cave and back - is 4.75 miles/7.6 km. (One of our group had a GPS watch and remembered to use it.)

During the hike at times you will walk on flat gravel surfaces, rock hop between and over some fairly large boulders, wade through thigh-high water, and swim.

Proper hiking shoes aren't needed, but shoes that grip and dry quickly are ideal.

When you get to the first pool where swimming is an option, a walking trail goes along the stream on the right bank/cliff. We did the swim - it was the longest swim on the hike and we had to climb up some rocks on the right to get back on the trail. I would do that swim again.

We went in late December and while there were others in the wadi, it never felt crowded.

We didn't have the slightest smell of sewage or see any trash on the boat ride across.

The setting is beautiful and the water is very clear.

Attached are some photos that hopefully give a taste of the different things we experienced on this hike.

I'd love to go back.

Visited December 2013
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