Wadi Shab is a popular wadi located in the Al Sharqiyah Region in Oman. It is a hub for nature lovers whether locals or expats. People are drawn to this wadi thanks to its scenic beauty. Many come here to swim in the fresh water pools or just to have a barbecue. Wadi Shab is approximately 2 hours away from Muscat, located just south of Fins on the Toll road. It lies 140 kilometers from Muscat on the Qurayyat-Sur coastal highway.
The main attraction of the Wadi is the waterfall in the cave, which you can reach after a 40 minutes hike. Depending on the tide, you may have to get a boat to take you across the other side from the car park to start the hike, which does not cost more than 200 baiza.
After 45-minutes long adventurous journey on foot passing through palm groves, rugged rocky cliffs and swimming through some pools, you will arrive at the main attraction, which is the submerged cave with waterfalls. The cave is a thrilling place for dip lovers as they can climb up to the ceiling and jump 7 meters into the crystal water.
Things to do
To enter the cave, you have to swim through a hole between the mountains. There are ropes in the cave which you can use to climb up the rock-face through the mouth of the waterfall. Once through to the other side, there are more crystal ponds, enormous boulders and spectacular waterfalls.
There are a couple of deep pools and waterfalls before the cave and you can find several spots to jump in the fresh waters. If you are longing for a place to take a dip in fresh water or even to cliff jump, Wadi Shab is the one to visit. Please make sure you've proper safety equipment in case you are not a good swimmer.
You can combine your trip with a visit to Wadi Tiwi and the Bimmah sinkhole park. Wadi Tiwi is seven kilometers from Wadi Shab and is 36 km inland near the mountain village called Mibam. Many groves and trees grow along the course of this wadi from which the azure blue sea can be seen as you climb up the hills and descend into the valleys.
Wadi Shab is a popular destination and during public holidays many families have a picnic at the entrance of the wadi. So it is best to avoid it during that time if you do not like crowded places.
Sometimes, the water level is so high that you have to dive under the water to pass through. Hence, one needs to be careful, especially if visiting the place after heavy rains.
How to get there
Head north-east on Ruwi St/Route 1. Continue to follow Ruwi St. Take a left turn at Al Mina St/Roue 1. Then, take a sharp right to the slip road to Bab Al Mathaib St/Route 1. Keep left at the fork and merge onto Bab Al Mathaib St/Route 1 and continue to follow Route 1. Take the exit on the left onto Dohat Al Adab St and go through 1 roundabout. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit to Souk Al Khuwair St. Turn right onto Al Kuleiah St. Then, Wadi Shab will be on the left.