Oman – Wadi Shab

Posted: September 29, 2015 in Oman


wa·di (noun)
noun: wadi; plural noun: wadis; noun: wady; plural noun: wadies
  1. (in certain Arabic-speaking countries) a valley, ravine, or channel that is dry except in the rainy season.

WADI SHAB is probably the most popular/visited wadi in Oman, perhaps due to the fact it is one of the most  spectacular and easily accessible – located about 100 km southeast of Muscat just off the main motorway heading south to SUR

The wadi – simply speaking – is an outflow from a mountain/underground water source that cascades down through a series of emerald green pools, waterfalls and streams. In the rainy season the flow of water is presumably much greater however when we visited large sections of the river bed were dry. The narrow ravine with virtually vertical cliffs either side make for breathtaking views as you work your way into further into the mountain

Leaving early, we slept in the car and starting walking at 6.30am, to avoid the tourists we were lucky enough to enjoy the wadi for ourselves for about an hour. After a 2 hour walk up we felt the heat from the sun started to warm up the ravine so  after a 20 minute swim in the highest pool, where the water bubbled up from under a massive rock from an underground stream, we headed back

Needless to say that throngs of visitors had started to arrive by this time which meant we made a speedy exit

Fabulous morning walk which was not for the faint-hearted!

  1. Sandy says:

    That is awesome. Glad God is keeping you safe.

  2. parisho says:

    That is some really cool stuff! It the green color mineral, or biological?

  3. green… it dissolves various minerals as it permeates the rock layers

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