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Discover the South and Wadi Shab from Muscat

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more

Overview

Soak in Oman’s untouched beauty on a full-day trip by 4x4 from Muscat. Cruise by mountains, beaches, and bays, and stop to see and swim at Bimah Sinkhole, a natural underground pool. Walk along the palm-filled ravine of Wadi Shab, choose to bathe in its pools, and visit beachside villages such as Tiwi, Finns, and more. A delicious picnic lunch, transport, and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Full-day trip to Bimah, Wadi Shab, and Tiwi from Muscat
  • Drive along the coast by 4x4 and soak in the beaches, mountains, and villages
  • Visit the Bimah Sinkhole to see and swim in the aquamarine waters
  • Stroll and swim at Wadi Shab, one of Oman’s most beautiful river gorges
  • See the traditional villages and beaches of Tiwi, Finns, and Dahab
  • Picnic lunch, 4x4 transport, and hotel pickup and drop-off included
Begin your tour with hotel pickup in Muscat, and journey south by 4x4 toward your first stop, the Bimah Sinkhole.

On route, learn about Oman’s history, culture, and landscapes from your guide, and drink in the scenery as the road winds through the craggy Al Hajar Mountains and along the coast, whose cliffs and bays are washed by the Gulf of Oman.

After about 90 minutes, arrive at the rocky coastal plateau that’s home to the Bimah Sinkhole. Walk to the edges and take in the blue-green waters of the pool below, hollowed 65 feet (20 meters) into the rock. Descend the steps into the hollow, and if you wish, enjoy time to swim in the translucent waters.

Next, continue through the traditional seaside villages of Dahab and Finns to Wadi Shab, one of Oman’s most beautiful river gorges. Drive into this stunning mountainous ravine, and hop out to follow the path through the gorge, walking through date and banana palm plantations beside deep rock pools.

Opt to bathe in the crystal-clear pools, and afterward, return to your 4x4 to drive to Tiwi. View the old-time Omani architecture and gorgeous beaches of this coastal village, whose houses sit at the mouth of another wadi.

Next, find a scenic spot and savor the provided tasty picnic lunch and non-alcoholic drinks. Then, after your meal, set out on your return journey to Muscat, stopping on route at the picturesque port town of Quriyat.

Visit the sweeping harbor and fish souk here before arriving back in Muscat where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Wadi Shab
Our guide will take you for a great walk of 45mn to reach the natural pools and the cave . We will allow time for you to swim in the area's clear, sparkling waters , then we return to the base walking another 45mn .We will spend 3 hours in the WADI . Lunch will be a the Wadi Shab resort.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Fins
Photo Stop: We will continue travelling through the village of Finns and its famous white sand beaches
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bimmah Sinkhole
e drive the coastal scenic route to reach the dramatic Bimah Sinkhole, a miracle of nature , where again you will be able to swim in its half salted water . Then will commence our journey back to Muscat in a smooth drive after that active nature day of OMAN
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Muscat Grand Mall
Tour will end in Shatti Al Qurum
Admission Ticket Free

Reviews

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Reviews by Viator travellers
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A tough and dangerous hike
N_J
, Mar 2020
It was not made clear enough how tough the walk was to get to the pools at the Wadi. The route to get there was not clear, particularly as we were on our own. I had to leave my wife 2/3rds of the way as she was struggling. This meant I had to dash to the pools then return very quickly. There was no phone signal if you hit a problem. We were never told you had to swim to get to the cave and waterfall. The guide should have escorted us. The audio description said we were at the best beach in Oman but we were taken to an awful part - when we continued our journey we could see there was a long beach but we didn't stop there. We could have had more time at the sinkhole as that was not a disappointment.
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Oman is truly beautiful
Lilia_K
, Feb 2020
I loved the experience , I wish we had more time at the sinkhole I don’t think 30min was enough , I also wish we could have gone down to the beach at Fins, we literally stopped for 5minutes.
star-4
Incredible Views
Ilaria_R
, Feb 2020
Great service with the hotel pick up, the lunch and the time given to US. Also appreciate the audio guide. Driver didn t say much but was very kind all the time. Wadi shab hiking was good and pratical even without a guide since we were in Group. It would be nice to have more indications before leaving just to point out it s a slippery place. Must do anyway cause the view is amazing
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Beautiful Nature. Minimal Guide Interaction
annef373
, Feb 2020
Wadi Shab is a gorgeous hike and lives up to the pictures. A couple parts take some agility, but it’s a “doable” hike through the valley and past a couple small-plot farms. The driver was good, but if you are expecting a guide, lower your expectations. Basically, you get on a bus, plug in your audio guide headphones, and start cruising. The driver does not really explain the itinerary for the day or what you are about to see. He just points you in the direction of the trail and off you go. Same with lunch and the sinkhole. It’s a nice way to see a different side of Oman though.
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Simple way to get to Wadi Shab
dwalte15
, Feb 2020
This is a simple and easy way to go to Wadi Shab and Bimmah Sinkhole without getting lost for a solo traveler like me. The guide was friendly and the views were amazing!
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The tour is great. Viator description is not accurate, book it with GREYLINE!!!
Diana R
, Dec 2019
The tour was amazing! A great alternative to private tours, and way cheaper. In fact we had our own private tour since we were only 3 person inside the mini bus (me, my boyfriend, and another person which took the tour). The places we visited were amazing, and the guide, Mr. ABDULLAH, so kind and helpful (we saw camels in the middle of the dessert and he stooped and took picture of us with the camels, and at the end he doped us where we indicated, giving us additional information about Muscat). Inside the car we had an audio guide so interesting providing us with information about omani lifestyle, politics, and tourist attractions. The lunch was a good buffet in a resort restaurant on the seaside. BUT, there is a big BUT. This was a GREYLINE tour, so I highly recommend to book it direclty from their website. Probably they offer better discounts, and accurate information. The description is misleading. You are not gonna see half of the things mentioned there. The only place we stopped was the Wadi Shab and the sinkhole. Not the Wadi Tiwi, the village Finns, nor Dahab, and no stop in the "picturesque port town of Quriyat". No 4x4 car (we didn't mind the old authentic bus, but at least should be mentioned).
star-3
Tour was great, but guide no go
Escape49780072760
, Dec 2019
I was left to be the last one being dropped of (solo female traveller) and guide kept asking me out for drinks. I was scared because it was late in the evening, I didn't have Internet - he knew that and I was left by myself with him. Dropped an email to viator on this matter - no reply!
star-1
Require physical endurance and to be in good shape
geo1232019
, Nov 2019
The tour operator doesn’t mention that you need to be in very good athletic shape in order to be able to do the hike to get to Wadi shab as pictured here. The hike is actually quite dangerous and unguided - I have seen many people hurting themselves badly while going through this. The final destination is not even that worth it. I would avoid this tour given the risk and how expensive it is. The driver was actually quite nice but overall tour is definitely not worth it.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear Guest I am so sorry to hear that you trip to Discover the South and Wadi Shab didn't go well. We rely heavily on the feedback of our customers to ensure the best sightseeing adventures throughout the OMAN. For this, we thank you for bringing this experience to our attention. We will keep monitoring all feedback about this excursion and will take an necessary action Thank you for your honest feedback
star-5
Amazing experience
joezanini
, Jun 2019
Wadi Shab is one of the coolest things I've ever seen. Bring water for the hike despite it only being 30 mins. After all, it is a desert.
star-4
Good trip.
Jet40181033785
, Apr 2019
Great and comfortable Ride. Food at the resort was good. FYI- the trek to Wadi shab is not guided. So you are on your own. Also if you want to see the waterfalls, you need to know swimming or carry floaties. If not you can still trek and go into the 3rd pool.

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