4: Hiking the Legendary Wadi Shab, OmanOman is a growing tourist destination and for good reason. Besides its enchanting deserts and beautiful beaches, Oman has several Asian bucket list worthy gems that will make you go oh man! This country has some of the most unique valleys in the world with 300-million-year-old limestone cliffs and canyons and Wadi Shab is at the heart of it. The Wadi also makes for one of the toughest hikes I’ve ever been on. Where else would you need to hike, swim, hike, swim and hike some more to get to the top?
6. Oman is famous for it's Wadis or valleys. One of the biggest and most famous one is Wadi ash shab, roughly 2 hours drive from Muscat. If you are an adventure seeker, then this Wadi has to be on top of your list when you visit Oman.You have to take a boat to visit the Wadi. Then there is a trek of approximately an hour to reach a cave where there is a waterfall. After a point, the only way to reach the waterfall is through swimming. There is also a cliff where you can jump into the water.Do carry sturdy shoes with a good grip for this trek!Wadi Ash Shab was such a memorable experience which we cherish till date.Trivia: Red Bull Cliff Jumping Final 2012 was held here.
Oman is scattered with Wadis (arabic term for valley) and this is without a doubt one of the best day trips to go on. Only a few hours drive from the captial city of Muscat, this short hike will lead you through an opening of lush palm trees and astonishingly bright, emerald-green rock pools that weave through the dramatic canyon-valley. You will climb over and under rocks, swim through turquoise pools, climb up mini-waterfalls, wade through streams and for the dare-devils, this is a cliff-jumping haven. In 2012 the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series final stop took place here. The end of the hike/swim leads you to the much anticipated ‘keyhole.’ This is a very narrow slit in the rock face that you have to swim through for several metres before reaching the opening to a large water-filled cave. You can swim behind the main waterfall feature of the cave with not an inch to spare as your head fits through the small smoothed passages carved by water. Hear your voice echo as you pass through stalagmites and stalactites during this exhilarating journey. You can also climb up the waterfalls cliff-face and take the plunge off a protruding rock back down to the depths of the cave. It truly feels like you’re in an adventure water-park, except it’s all natural and very real. The perfect day for families and friends.