Muscat: Wadi Shab and Bimah Sinkhole Tour with Audio Guiding
- Small group
- Pickup available
- Skip the line
After being picked up from your hotel, the tour will begin from Shatti Al-Qurum (next to the Intercontinental Hotel). From here, your tour will take you through the mountainous and desert landscape. Your driver will show you how to use the audio guide system to benefit the GPS enabled commentary that follows the tour. You will pass the coastal township of Quriyat before reaching Wadi Shab after an approximately 1.5-hour drive, after which your guide will take you for a 45-minute walk to reach the natural pools and cave. You will be permitted some time to swim in the area's clear, sparkling waters, before returning to the base after walking for another 45 minutes. You will spend 3 hours in the Wadi, which will include lunch at the Wadi Shab Resort. Following lunch, you will continue traveling through the village of Finns. You will discover its famous white sand beaches, as you drive the...
Nice tour with audio guide. We unfortunately brought a lot of valuable documents with us on the hike and think it should be noted that you can't carry them with you to reach the cave destination. Maybe they could have mentioned this to leave our things in the car, or hopefully you read this and dont make our mistake. Otherwise, an enjoyable day out to some interesting landscapes.
Discover the incredible oasis of Wadi Shab - one of the last places in Oman where you can chill in fresh blue water surrounded by mountains. Enjoy a rewarding full-day experience as you explore this spectacular waterfall in a cave. Start the tour with pick up from your hotel in Muscat. Hop into an air-conditioned vehicle and set off on a 2-hour scenic drive through the otherworldly landscapes of Oman. Along the route, stop at a local coffee shop to try an energizing Omani tea. When you arrive at your destination, hidden away in the canyon of the dry river Wadi-Shab, take a very quick boat ride to the other side of the bank. From here, embark on your 40-minute hike. During the walk, experience the awesome power of nature which has forged the rock formations of this impressive canyon. Observe how the local farmers live and work, maintaining their crops in rough, rocky lands using the old ...
First, you'll explore the desert town of Fanya, and admire the ancient mud buildings amid a mountainous backdrop. Continue to the Old Town Mudhairib. The ruins here offer a wonderful photo opportunity. In bustling Ibra, you will stroll the local market and enjoy a midday repast before visiting its ancient village. A romantic night in a desert camp will rejuvenate you after an adventurous 4x4 sand dune drive, topped off by a stunning sunset over desert dunes and followed by a sumptuous dinner surrounded by the warmth of a campfire. On day 2, explore Wadi Bani Khalid, one of the biggest and most beautiful wadis in Oman. Swim, sunbathe, relax, or have a picnic in the scenic wadi canyons. Tour the sights of Sur, including a famous castle, and visit the Turtle sanctuary at Ras Al Jinz. Look for nesting sea turtles and, if you are lucky, baby turtles hatching. Proceed to the overnight hotel/...
Your full-day excursion begins with a drive in the direction of Jabal Shams, the second-highest peak in the Arabic Gulf, at a height of over 2,000 meters. A 30-minute off-road drive will take you to Wadi Ghul, also known as Oman's Grand Canyon. If you like you can take a short walk or even a mountain bike ride in this dramatic wadi area. Experience a journey through more than a half billion years of geological time. Next, you’ll visit the mountain village of Misfah to admire examples of ancient architecture, as seen in its stone houses. A paved road leads up to the village, and during the drive you’ll have views of traditional houses standing on the mountain, which looks like a turban atop the date palm plantation. People continue to live in these houses, some of which are built on large rocks. The availability of water has ensured the preservation of this thriving village.
Simply one of the most stunning places I have ever visited! Our driver and excellent tour guide, Ramadan, picked us up from our hotel in Muscat at 8am and drove us to Nizwa Souk for a full Omani cultural experience. During our tour, he was a very honest and warm host, who spoke about his life in Oman, his family and everything that his beautiful country had to offer. Once we had our delightful tour of the souk - stopping regularly for Omani coffee and a plethora of delicious dates, we travelled onwards to Jebel Shams: the Grand Canyon of Oman. After a lengthy, yet interesting drive through the mountain villages, we were greeted with an astonishing view and Ramadan gave us plenty of space and time to ourselves to explore the area. The drive back to Muscat took around three hours, but Ramadan kept us entertained throughout. Overall, an absolute must.
Wadi Shab is one of the last places in Oman where you can chill in fresh blue water surrounded by mountains. The true reward of this full-day experience is the waterfall in the cave; locals say it's an oasis. To discover this amazing destination, hidden away in the canyon of the dry river Wadi-Shab, begin the tour with a two-hour drive from Muscat. Along the way, take in the truly otherworldly landscapes of Oman. Stop at a local coffee shop to try an energizing Omani tea before arriving to the destination. After a very quick boat ride to the other side of the bank, embark on a 40-minute hiking journey. The canyon will show you not only the power of nature, but also the lifestyle of local farmers. To this day, farmers do their rocking in rough, rocky lands, using the old irrigation system as their water supply. Bring along your waterproof cameras and shoes, because, when you reach th...
Set off on a complete adventure. This overnight desert safari will help to expand your understanding of Omani heritage with a stay under the star-lit sky at a campsite in the desert. Take this unique opportunity to step back in time and experience Oman as it was five decades ago. The evening promises incredible views of the sun dropping under the horizon and falcons soaring by. Your overnight stay is accompanied by a number of traditional Middle Eastern activities, which provide a glimpse into the lifestyle of locals. Witness and participate in activities such as henna tattooing, camel rides, sand boarding, sipping traditional kahwa (green tea), belly dancing, tanoura dancing, and much more. Savor a delicious, traditional barbecue before settling in for the night.
Get picked up from your accommodation in Muscat and drive along the magnificent Batinah coastline to Barka before heading south to reach the Oasis of Nakhal. Catch your first sight of the Nakhal Fort, which lies in a group of mountain foothills near an abundant source of water used to irrigate extensive date palm plantations. Visit the Nakhal Fort, built originally by the Sassanids during pre-Islamic times to defend against invading Arab tribes. Tour the present-day fort, which was reconstructed in the 17th century. Then head to Al Thowarah Hot Springs just a few kilometers from Nakhal Fort. Finally, visit another pre-Islamic fort in Rustaq, the former capital of Oman during medieval times. Get dropped off back at your accommodation in Muscat.
Explore Nizwa, the old capital city of Oman, at the famous Nizwa Souq. A wide variety of vendors offer their goods each morning. Here you can find fish, meat, vegetables, pottery, jewelry, handicrafts and souvenirs, sold in authentic market halls. Watch as vendors hawk their livestock at the Friday cattle market. Nearby Nizwa Fortress is architectural testimony to the economic and military achievements of the early Yaruba dynasty from the mid-17th century. It was a military stronghold designed to withstand even the strongest of attacks, with traps galore set for possible intruders in its hallowed halls. The picturesque village Misfath al Abreen lies on a steep slope at the foot of Jebel Shams, and has a large Falaj system which supplies water for many orchards, date palms and vegetable gardens. Then head up Jebel Shams Mountain; at 3000 meters, it is the highest mountain of Oman. Final...
After being collected from your accommodation in Muscat, your full-day tour will begin. In just one day you will be able to see the most interesting places in Oman, accompanied by your guide the entire time. You will visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Wadi Shab, and the most beautiful Lake Bimmah Sinkhole, which you will be able to swim in. Wadi Shab is a very popular popular outdoor attraction in Oman for both locals and expats, with people visiting for the nature and to swim in the freshwater pools. The main attraction of the Wadi is a waterfall in a cave, which you can reach after a roughly 40-minute hike, and 2-3 pools which are perfect for swimming in. As your experience in nature comes to a close, you will be returned back to your Muscat accommodation.
Get picked up by your friendly, local guide from anywhere in Muscat and go on a 7-hour day trip to the Wadi Sahtan. Travel by 4WD vehicle so you can navigate the rough terrain of the wadi. On your way towards Wadi Sahtan, stop at the traditional Seeb fish souq, followed by a visit to the fruit and vegetable market. Then get back on the road north of Rustaq, which connects the interior town of Ibri via Wadi Bani Ghafir, Wadi Mabrah, and Wadi Hidaq. Enter the Wadi Sahtan traveling via narrow dirt roads. Come across the Sahtan Bowl, known also as Mandoos, or the Chest of Oman due to its isolation. Keep your camera ready to capture the varied natural landscapes you come across in the wadi. Return invigorated to Muscat at the end of the day.
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I had a great time and though I need to leave a positive review because I have seen many negative ones. My Driver was on time, I was with 6 others in a small group tour bus, and had a great day. The description matches was was happening - and it was worth the 75 USD ;) Don't expect too much from the lunch but it is also not overstated as being super sumptuous... The GPS tour guide in English was excellent - it's well curated, the voice is from a native speaker and the choice of words was sometimes colourful. Did this tour on Friday, Feb 28, 2020
Great experience, a must do in Oman. Our guide Ali was amazingly helpful, happy and fun to be with. I wouldn’t recommend to people who aren’t particularly mobile as a degree of flexibility and agility is needed for climbing over rocks etc on the way to the wadi. Really enjoyed it and cheaper than what we got quoted from other companies
It's quite some drive from Muscat but already this is worth due to the beautiful scenery and good audio guide. At Wadi Shab the walk will actually take 45min and to come to all the pools it's actually necessary to swim. It's an adventure though. Not to mention very beautiful. Worth it!
Experience at the top! Equip yourself with sneakers because hiking in the wadi requires it. The restaurant facing the sea is perfect, we ate very well. The audio guide is at the top!
Awesome trip, The experience is top notch, just bring both a sturdy pair of shoes and some water shoes. Lunch was excellent. Not much else to say.