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Wādī ash Shāb

Wādī ash Shāb (Oman)

Practical information on Wādī ash Shāb

  • Hiking / Trekking
  • River
  • Water Sports
  • Waterfall
  • Essential
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
2 hours by road from Muscat, followed by an hour's walk.
When to go
From October to April
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Wādī ash Shāb

Claire MATILLON Seasoned Traveller
24 written opinions

Wadi Shab (Wadi Ash Shab in Omani) is about 2 hours along the coastal route from Muscat. It's a place that is really for adventurous travellers.

My suggestion:
The last past of the access to the Wadi is on foot. So, if you are leaving from Muscat you need to think about leaving early so you can make the most of it and avoid the stifling heat. Allow two hours by road from the capital.
My review

Wadi Shab is a must see. It is one of my favourtie souvenirs of my long stay in Oman, You will remember it as a place that is both splendid and peaceful. 

Wadis (water channels whose water level can often be extremely powerful and dangerous when it rains but which varies enormously according to the season), are often heavenly places, and that's especially true of Wadi Shab.

Once you have gone through the village of Tiwi the road ends opposite the wadi. When you are at the end of the road you have to take a barge to traverse most of the Wadi. Then you begin to walk along Oman's rocky paths. You need to allow about 45 minutes walking, including crossing 2 or 3 pools of water, before you can admire the canyons and swim in the transparent water. Don't forget to take bottles of water, a swim suit and sun cream.

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