Wadi Shab

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Best Time: Late February to early April Read More

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Sur- Wadi Shab

"The Glorious and Serene Wadi Shab!"

Wadi Shab Tourism

The beautiful Wadi Shab is an extremely famous outdoor destination for locals and tourists in Oman. The beautiful wadi is packed during the peak season of November to March because it surrounded by picturesque hills, date palms and the gorgeous waterfall inside one of the caves in the mountain. However, to reach there you will need to hike for about 40 minutes. The hike takes you through a beautiful but rugged path where you will see two to three pools where you can swim. You could even dive into the pools from the mountain cliffs or from inside the cave!

Things to do in Wadi Shab

1. Bimmah Sinkhole

Bimmah Sinkhole
On your way to Wadi Shab, visit the beautiful Bimmah Sinkhole!

2. Wadi Shab Hike

Wadi Shab Hike
This self-guided hike will take you through the gorgeous Wadi to the stunning hidden cave in the middle of the trek! Inside the cave, there is an elegant waterfall ending in a picturesque turquoise po (Read More)ol. To reach the cave, you will have to swim a little bit, but a perfect dip in the pool is exactly what you'll want after a long 40-minute hike! Don't forget to wear sneakers with good grips and pack swim gear!

3. Wadi Tiwi

Wadi Tiwi
Emerald coloured pools surrounded with beautiful banana plantations and date palms, Wadi Tiwi is not as famous as Wadi Shab but just as beautiful as the rest. For all of the adventurous folk out there (Read More), you can go on a 2-day hike from the wadi to some less explored parts of the region. Carry your own equipment and snacks when visiting Wadi Tiwi as there are no shops in the vicinity as Muscat is the closest city and it is 160 kms away.

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Nightlife in Wadi Shab

At Wadi Shab, there is no nightlife present. If you wish to go to a bar, there is one at the Sur Beach Holiday named Captain's Bar. This is the best place to drink, dance and meet other foreigners in Sur.If you'd like to experience the nightlife of the locals, you can go to the Restaurant and Coffeeshop cafe. Here, you wil see many locals singing songs and drinking Kahwa (Omani traditional coffee).

Shopping in Wadi Shab

Although Wadi Shab is a famous tourist destination, it is does not have any souvenier shops or food trucks of any kind. If you wish to shop, you can go to Emaad Sur Shopping Centre or the Sur Gate Project. These are the two shopping malls located in Sur.

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How to Reach Wadi Shab

How to Reach Overview

The best way to reach Wadi Shab is to fly to Muscat and then drive to Sur.

How to reach Wadi Shab by flight

It's best to fly into Muscat International Airport. From there, you can take a bus, rent a car, or hire a cab to take you to Wadi Shab in Sur.

How to reach Wadi Shab by road

It is best to rent a car and drive to Sur. The trip will take around 2 hours. You can rent cars from Speedy Oman, ArabiaCars or Sixt Rent a Car. Prices vary depending on what car you choose. All these companies require for you to show them your international driving permit as it is illegal to drive in Oman without one. Alternatively, you could hire a cab, but taxi drivers are a bit reluctant to drive that far.

How to reach Wadi Shab by train

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How to reach Wadi Shab by bus

From Muscat, you can take a bus from Ruwi. Buses go at 7:30 as well as 14:30. The trip from Ruwi to Sur takes around 4.5-5 hours. It costs OMR 4.

How to reach Wadi Shab by waterways

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Local transport in Wadi Shab

There is no public transport that can take you from Sur to Wadi Shab. One will have to drive down in a private vehicle or hire a taxi. 

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Wadi Shab Photos

Wadi Shab, Oman
Wadi Shab - Ideal for Day Trips
Splendid Wadi Lake Surrounded by Hills
Bimmah Sinkhole - Lake Filled with Turquoise Water

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FAQs on Wadi Shab

What is the best time to visit Sur wadi shab?

The best time to visit Wadi Shab is during the winter months of November to March as the hike to the wadi will be pleasant with cool breezes. During the winter, the water will be a bit colder than normal to swim in but still very very enjoyable! It is best to go to Wadi Shab during the week as it will be super crowded during the weekends with locals! If you want to enjoy the wadi in some peace and quiet, it is best to go during the early mornings! The first boat ride will start at 8:00 am.
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What is the local food in Sur wadi shab?

With influences from Persia, India and North Africa, Omani food is very unique and delicious! A traditional Omani dish is Arsia, which is Lamb meat that is cooked with rice. Another dish is the Maqbous, which is rice with saffron that is cooked over red meat. For dessert, a very popular dish in Oman is the Halwa, which is a sticky sweet made of gelatin, fates and rosewater.

There are no restaurants in Wadi Shab. Sur is the closest place to find good eateries. It is located 58 kms or a 1.5-hour drive from Wadi Shab.  Some good restaurants in Sur that serve middle-eastern food are the Sahari Restaurant as well as the Bab Al Khair Restaurant. The Sur Sea Restaurant serves excellent sea food.
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What is the best way to reach Sur wadi shab?

The best way to reach Wadi Shab is to fly to Muscat and then drive to Sur.
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What are the places near Sur wadi shab?

The top places near to Sur wadi shab are Muscat which is 117 km from Sur wadi shab, Sur which is located 43 km from Sur wadi shab, Barka which is located 162 km from Sur wadi shab, Bahla which is located 191 km from Sur wadi shab, Wahiba sands which is located 165 km from Sur wadi shab

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