Best things to do in Ash Sharqiyah North Governorate and sightseeing in Ash Sharqiyah North Governorate
Wahiba Sands - Ash Sharqiyah North Governorate
In the deserts, one forgets oneself. Serene, beautiful, unending and exhaustive.
Desert safari – Wahiba Sands To visit Oman and not go for a desert safari would be nothing less than a crime. Wahiba Sands offers the best experience of the Arabian Desert. Sand dune rides, Bedouin singers, camps and camels, and cloudless skies with a bright full moon. Gives the picture doesn’t it? When I think of Wahiba Sands, this is what plays in my mind by default – Arabian nights, like Arabian days More often than not Are hotter than hot In a lot of good ways Arabian nights, 'neath Arabian moons A fool off his guard Could fall and fall hard Out there on the dunes
Sur - Ash Sharqiyah North Governorate
The historical town of Sur is one of the most well formed natural harbors of Oman. It has some well known castles – the Sunaysilah Fort and the Ras al Hadd Castle, which are not as grand as Jabreen Castle, but are beautiful none the less. Sur is also the best place to go for turtle watching, the turtle beach aka Ras al Hadd being the best site. The view of the azure waters with tiny and huge turtles running around the shore is something you wouldn’t want to miss. And to go to Sur and not have fish or lobsters would be a shame as Sur’s rich marine life is something they are definitely proud of. On the way to Sur is also the demon hole aka Bimmah Sink hole, which is considered are one of the prettiest land sink holes in the world. The locals believe it is created by some meteorite impact but scientifically it is formed due to mineral cave disintegration. Regardless of its formation and origin story, it is a place worth visiting.
Wadi Tiwi - Ash Sharqiyah North Governorate
Day 1: we took off from dubai at 4 am, and reached the border at 5:45 am. Got our visas stamped and were on the road again at 6:20 am. We reached the Wadi Shab Resort by 11:15 am, driving through the beautiful mountain roads. We could not resist the sight of the sea touching the boundary walls of the resort and changed and went to the beach, only to be surprised by the difficult pebbly terrain. The sea was rough and difficult to swim in... :( After innumerable failed attempts of making friends with the waves (that brought back pebbles which bruised us), we decided to chill at the hotel pool for a bit, before we took off to wadi Tiwi. The hotel manager Ahmed, offered to drive us around wadi Tiwi and Tiwi village, where we met the locals, ate fruit from their trees and sat with our feet in pools where tiny fish kissed us. We then drove down to Sur, a town 50 km down south of Tiwi, where we sat by the beach (no! we did not dare to get into the water). Ahmed joined us post iiftaar and took us to the local souk, where we saw the dingy market streets abuzz with Eid shoppers and were treated to local street food such as Raw Mango (yummmmmmm). We had dinner at a local "Indian" restaurant and drove back home. We were told that the turtle beach at Sur is very nice, but it is not the season for turtles yet and so we did not go there.
Wadi Shab Resort - Ash Sharqiyah North Governorate
On saturday, Ahmed's brother, Mohammed, accompanied us to Wadi Shab. He insisted we carry water and snacks, despite our resistance... and ooh we bless him well for his advice. Our trip started at 9 am with a boat ride to enter the wadi.. we trekked for 3.5 km along the mountain gorges absorbing the beauty and clicking away. Shaili and Mohammed jumped off the cliff into a pool of water mid way, raising enthusiasm levels. The sight of the first pool that we needed to wade through was refreshing. The blue clear waters were the perfect retreat after the long trek in the humid weather. We swam through 4 pools before we finally reached "THE CAVE"... our ultimate destination. The entrance to the cave was narrow, deep and illuminated from the water underneath.. Simply breathtaking. The cave had a waterfall and a small skylight above the waterfall. I swear i could have lived there for ever. We spent around 30 mins at the cave an head back. The trek back home seemed much shorter. We were super charged. We went back to the hotel at around 1:30 pm. We hit the road to Muscat at 4:00 pm. Stayed over at Muscat and drove bk to DXB. All in all, a great 2 day break!!