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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's Grand Canyon: Full-Day Tour from Muscat

4. Oman's Grand Canyon: Full-Day Tour from Muscat

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.

Muscat: Full-Day City and Wadi Shab Tour

5. 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.

Muscat: Wadi Mibam Private Full Day Tour by 4x4 car

6. Muscat: Wadi Mibam Private Full Day Tour by 4x4 car

Discover the sights of Wadi Mibam on this guided 4x4 tour of the Tiwi Village area. Drive through the region along winding, rough roads that cut through quaint villages, barren mountains, and precarious cliffs. Reach the valley hike and swim in the waterfall. Once you’ve arrived at the Wadi Mibam, scale huge rocks, swim in the emerald waters, and dive into natural breath-taking water pools. Explore the magnificent beauty of the area.

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What people are saying about Muscat

It is one of those things that is a must on your bucket list! Swimming in sync with nature on a beautiful sunny day, breathtaking! You need to experience it to understand it - no words enoough to describe it! I am still reliving the wonderful experience and moment every now and then in my life. I loved every minute of it swimming in between the rocks, places you'd never imagine to swim it was unbelievable.

Abdurahman was a great guide and the day was awesome, definitely my highlight of Oman. Just a tip though - being able to swim is quite important for this one. They do provide life jackets, but if you cannot steer and propel yourself in deep water then you will probably need a lot of help from your kind travel companions.

I just thought it was a shame that you couldn't go into the garden, resp. You had to pay more. It was also very full otherwise great.

Fantastic trip! The natural beauty of Wadi Shab is just incredible. It is a definite must see when in Oman.

Abdullah was a great tour guide who gave his max to make this an unforgettable experience. Thanks Abdullah!