Wadi Shab

Wadi Shab: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Muscat: Wadi Shab & Bimmah Sinkhole Full-Day Tour

1. From Muscat: Wadi Shab & Bimmah Sinkhole Full-Day Tour

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 irrigation system as their water supply. Be sure to bring along your waterproof cameras and shoes so that when you reach the lake you can snap some photos and walk around the magnificent site.  Admire the cascade of the waterfall and take a refreshing dip in the beautiful blue water to cool off from the heat. On the way back, stop to see a beautiful lake located in the Bimmah Sinkhole.  Finally, return to the vehicle and begin the drive back to Muscat where you will be dropped off at your hotel and the tour concludes.

Muscat: Wadi Shab and Bimah Sinkhole Tour with Audio Guide

2. Muscat: Wadi Shab and Bimah Sinkhole Tour with Audio Guide

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 coastal scenic route to reach the dramatic Bimah Sinkhole, a miracle of nature, where you will be able to swim in its half-salted water. You will then commence your journey back to Muscat with a smooth drive after an active nature day in Oman. Your tour will later end in Shatti Al Qurum, from where you will transfer back to your hotel.

Muscat: Wadi Shab and Bimmah Sinkhole Private Full-Day Tour

3. Muscat: Wadi Shab and Bimmah Sinkhole Private Full-Day Tour

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 the lake, you'll want to snap some photos and walk around through the magnificent site. On the way back, stop to see a beautiful lake located in a sinkhole.

Oman: Jasmin Tour | 3 Days Private Package Tour

4. Oman: Jasmin Tour | 3 Days Private Package Tour

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/camp in Ras al Hadd. The next day, after a photo stop at the The Tomb of Bibi Mariam (onetime host to Marco Polo) in Qalhat, you'll continue to Wadi Shab. This is an enormous canyon where you'll hike and bathe in the crystal clear pools, crevices, and even a stunning turquoise waterfall. On the way back to Muscat, see the incredible Bamah Sinkhole, believed to have been created by a meteor.

Full-Day Coastal Delights Tour from Muscat

5. Full-Day Coastal Delights Tour from Muscat

Start your full-day trip with a visit to the small fishing village of Quriyat. Afterwards, the tour continues with an off-road trip to Wadi Tiwi and Fins Beach. The drive on a graded track leads to Wadi Shab, one of Oman's most stunning wadis, which flows with fresh water most of the year alongside banana plantations and rocky paths. You’ll cross the river in a motorized boat. At the other side of the river, a walk will take you along flat land and over boulders and then on a path along the side of the mountain. Note that the path has a few narrow and slippery spots. Later in the afternoon you’ll be transferred back to Muscat.

Muscat: Full-Day City and Wadi Shab Tour

6. Muscat: Full-Day City and Wadi Shab Tour

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.

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What people are saying about Wadi Shab

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 56 reviews

We had an excellent outing to Wadi Shab with our guide Ilyas. We enjoyed the hike in the natural beauty in 1.5hr outside of the city in the mountainous region, we had a refreshing swim in freshwater pools, we admired amazing canyons and explored a waterfall. We had very nice local lunch as a group, we all chatter away exchanging our experience. Finally we visited the salt water sinkhole some swam some admired the beauty. It was a great day - door to door service, well organized, very professional we would do it again in a heartbeat!

The trip was amazing definitely book it! Our guide was incredible, so patient and helpful. Also definitely bring water shoes and a water proof bag for your camera - or tell your guide you don’t have them and he will stop at a little store that sells them for a reasonable price. Great for solo travelers too - absolutely recommend.

It was a very nice and adventurous experience. We were a great group and with Ilyas we had a competent and nice guide at our side. A waterproof bag for your phone is mandatory, because you will have to swim and dive a lot. The food was great too. All in all a must for a trip to Oman.

A really fun but full-on day out. The Wadi is simply breathtaking, and should not be missed. Abdalla, our tour guide, was kind, informative, and always provided ample bottled water. He even swam all the way with us up the Wadi and supported those who were struggling in the water!

This tour was incredible. The water hole has a really cool cave system and is 100% worth the walk in.