Best things to do in Ash Sharqiyah and sightseeing in Ash Sharqiyah
Wahiba Sands Desert - Ash Sharqiyah
Considered to be one of the most beautiful places to camp, it is here that visitors can get a chance to come face-to-face with waves of sand that stretch for miles and interact with its colourful inhabitants - local bedouin communities. The bedouins are an integral part of Oman and have a fascinating way of life. Sleeping under the stars surrounded by towering sand dunes and waking up to the first rays of the sun that turn the sand gradually from orange to gold, would truly be magical. In addition Wahiba offers a variety of adventure desert activities such as camel rides, dune bashing, trekking and more.
Only a few hours drive from Muscat is the magnificent Wahiba Sands, an awe-inspiring sight. Choose one of the many tourist companies to take you on a 4×4 Dune Bashing excursion. Enjoy the roller-coaster ride of creeping up steep sand dunes to go plummeting down them much to your thrill and excitement – hold on tight! You can also go sand boarding. This is a whole new kind of workout – climb up the dunes with your board to go whizzing down a mass of deep-orange, rippling hills. A very unique desert experience.
Sur - Ash Sharqiyah
One of the prettiest coastal towns in Oman, Sur has a rich history and past, as well as the charm and allure of a small seaside town. The coast and trading have always been an integral and vital part of Oman. Dhows (an all wooden traditional Arabian ship) made in this small nation were sought after the world over. Today, Sur has the only remaining Dhow-building yard of its kind in the world.
Wadi Ash Shab - Ash Sharqiyah
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.
Tiwi - Ash Sharqiyah
After experiencing the wonders of Wadi Shab, a close drive away is the famous Tiwi Hole (also called the ‘Sink Hole‘) located in Hawiyat Najm Park. Over-looking this sink hole is mindblowingly beautiful. The rich, bright blue water is impressive. It feels like you’ve stumbled upon a piece of magic contrasted against the plain rocky, flat landscape surrounding it. You can swim in the warm sea water, snorkel and cliff-jump off the side.