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Wadi Shab
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Discover the South and Wadi Shab from Muscat
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Sur
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Reviewed March 1, 2010

Wadi Shab was the highlight of our trip to Oman which in itself was beautiful - the ocean, the fish market, the souk - but I digress. My husband and I and two kids ages 10 and 12 loved the Wadi. The scenery is fantastic with blue green pools, ocher and rust cliffs and lush greenery.

The weather in late February was perfect; just as we were warming up it was time for a swim. The hiking while not exhausting can be rocky and even slippery at times so wear good shoes you don't mind getting wet. You will want to take pictures but be advised that you have to swim if you want to see the keyhole cave at the end of the trek. I sat and painted and sketched (and guarded our things) while my husband and kids swam on. They swam through a small opening into a cave where they could jump into the water from a waterfall inside. I enjoyed the view and sun while painting and watching the action of other visitors swim and jump from the cliffs.

A local boy named Sami age 16 or 17 years old introduced himself at some point on our hike. He was friendly, polite and informative. He showed the kids where they could safely jump into the water from a high cliff, something we would have never let them do had he not done it first and showed them how. He pointed out and told us about the structures built into the cliff sides and was a pleasant addition to our experience. We have traveled in the region quite a bit and are familiar with the feeling of being manipulated for money (I'm thinking of Cairo here) but this was nothing like it. This felt like a nice polite teenager earning a little extra money - we were happy to oblige!

A 1.5 hour drive from Muscat will get you to Wadi Shab. It is possible to set up a tour guide to pick you up at your hotel but you can easily drive yourself and saved the money. The roads are excellent on the way just make sure you don't follow the "scenic route" - which is confusing and impassable in some areas. Instead take the newly completed dual carriage way. On the way to or back from Wadi Shab check out the sink hole - also a beautiful spot 10 minutes from Wadi Shab. This is well marked from the highway as well.

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Reviewed August 21, 2009

Hope I am writing about the same place as the Wadi ash Shab we went to is not 50km west of Sur, it is more like 50km north of Sur, anyway I think it is the same place!

I have taken the following from another post I made about the Shangri La in Muscat:

We got the Oman off-road explorer book and made our way down to Wadi ash Shab via a sink hole (Hawiyat Najm Park – about 5km from Dibab on way to Bamah). We left Muscat at about 11.15am and got back to the hotel at about 7.30pm - this included about an hour of being lost, about 30mins at the sink hole and about 45 mins swimming at the Wadi. As there is a relatively new dual carriage way down the coast from Qurayyat, unfortunately the directions in the book were no longer current but we found our way in the end! The wadi is beautiful and worth the trip. Sign posts are definitely lacking but if you left Muscat headed in the direction of Qurayyat and Sur following the main roads all the way to the 'Tiwi' exit it would take you about 2 1/2 hours. When you take the Tiwi exit you can then turn left or go straight to join the dual carriageway again. You need to go left and then you come to a sign with only yellow and black arrows pointing right and left (no sign for the wadi) you need to go right there and this takes you down a steep road to the beginning of Wadi ash Shab. Lack of signs were frustrating but at the same time it was nice that the site was pretty untouched. If you can double check directions with someone before you go then do, the people we asked weren't sure where it was.

We went to the sink hole first but if we did it again we would do it on the way back as there is a clearly sign posted exit off the dual carriage way on the way back from Wadi ash Shab to Muscat. If you only had a really limited amount of time but wanted to do a trip then I would definitely recommend the sink hole as it is an easy drive, not too far away from Muscat and very pretty. There are also picnic tables and toilets (not great but better than nothing!)

I would also add that once you get to Wadi ash Shab it is about an hour or so trek to the 'pools' where you can swim. It is a very pretty walk with a fairly clear pathway in some parts and none in others (you have time climb over some big rocks). Not an easy stroll but not too challenging for most people I would say. It was very hot when we were there in August which made it a bit harder but the swim at the end helps! Take a few bottles of water with you too.

It's a great day trip from Oman but I think you can also camp nearby if you want to.

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