Wadi Shab

This post is part of a series on our trip to Oman in October 2012, during the celebration of Eid Al Adha holidays. The temps have finally simmered down, perfect for the outdoors, yay:)

So after our early morning episode of “jumping overload” at the amazing Bimmah Sinkhole, we headed to our next destination and highlight of our trip, the beautiful Wadi Shab.

Beautiful Wadi Shab

Wadi Shab is where the 2012 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series Finals was held recently (27.09.12), and we were very curious to see and experience the place ourselves, 🙂

From Bimmah Sinkhole / Hawiyat Najm Park,  we took the exit and got back on the Qurayat-Sur Highway,

from Bimmah Sinkhole / Hawiyat Najm Park exit back to highway

ako na ang corny, hehe

From the highway, we went straight then took the turn to follow the sign leading to Wadi Shab, and we were a bit surprised crossing a very rocky road along the way hehehe,

yes this is the way

It was quite a bumpy ride but the view out the car window’s totally worth it, 🙂

sulit ang rocky road sa ganireng view along the way

We finally reached the entrance to the wadi where about a thousand cars were parked, hehe just kidding. We looked for a nice spot where the car won’t be blocked when we get out later.

tricky: find a nice parking spot

Then we took our picnic stuff and rode a very short boat ride to get to the other side.

You can actually cross by walking across the shallow part. That is if you only have a light backpack, wearing crocs-like footwear and good sense of balance. For us, we chose to ride the boat, hehe. 🙂

short ride to the other side

After getting of the boat, we start our trek!

trek na!

pichur along da way, 🙂

Buboy = trek + pichur + trek + pichur

vehicles up to this point only

After a kilometer or so, we reached the site,

we’re here!

There were already a bunch of locals & expats taking turns jumping from the high edges,

breathe in, breathe out

cliff diving site

Cliff diving @ Wadi Shab

getting ready to jump!

whoa! before hitting the water

Buboy smiling ear to ear

Wadi Shab

Buboy finally found the courage to jump as well. But not on the 27m edge though. Hehehe. Just from this edge, well at least he did lah. :p

echosero attempt

it’s a bird, no it’s a plane, no it’s Buboy! = p

There were shallow and deep parts and of course I stayed on the shallow part hehe. The water was cool and again, many small fish nibbling on my feet underwater (free fish spa ulet!) 🙂

me and Buboy goofing around

As the hours passed, more and more visitors came. We chose a spot where we had our picnic lunch, then swam, jumped, people-watched, bummed around.

Wadi Shab

Wadi Shab

With the cool breeze and the paradise scenery, my eyes voluntarily closed. And it was the most refreshing nap ever. I woke up later to the cheers of the crowd to the jumpers doing exhibitions while mid-air.

Wadi Shab

We stayed there until about 3 pm before we made our way back to Muscat. We were thinking if we should go anywhere else, like head to Nizwa for example, as we haven’t been to that side.

However we thought we might be pressed for time, so we decided to go back to the hotel to rest and then prep for later.

After dinner with Buboy’s cousin Andy that evening, we packed our bags, slept a few hours then woke up to catch our early morning flight back to Bahrain.

Thank you for the wonderful Nature Trip, Oman! I am so looking forward to go back, inshallah soon! 🙂

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5 thoughts on “Wadi Shab

  1. .. looks fun but one should take a lot of precaution! baka may nakaangat na bato, lagot!

    .. i had some of those chips when i was in dubai, may mga tinda sa bakala nyan e. 🙂

    • haha, very brave ngarud yung mga locals kuya, talon kung talon! 🙂
      meron din sa Bahrain ung chips kaso maliliit na packs, first time ko makakita/kain nung big pack, hehe!

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  3. radhika mittal

    hi! I’ll be taking a trip to Oman alone (i’m a female) from 1 – 4 jan 2013. Probably gonna keep muscat as a base and go for day trips to wadis, etc.

    Can you suggest any reliable tour groups I can join?
    Also, can you suggest what full- day trips I can take? I have almost 3.5 days in Oman.

    Also, I’m a bit jittery about traveling alone. What would your suggestions be about safety?

    Really enjoyed reading your blog posts!!


    • Sorry, i just came back from travel and just now saw your note, actually it was only me and my bf during our trip (we didn’t know any tour groups / operators).

      What we did was to hire a car & driver for full days. One day alloted for Central Muscat, another day for Wadi Shab + Sinkhole…and so on..

      Oman is sooo huge we didn’t actually follow our original itinerary as we didn’t had enough time, but surely you will enjoy any route (north, south, east, west) you will take. Have a blast! 🙂

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