|Canyoneering in Wadi Shab|
Our route to Wadi Shab took us by the Bimmah sinkhole. got down to sinkhole north of bissah Park ~. Steep stairs. Swam a bit. Wore aquatic footwear to water. Fish nibbling at my toes.
2) looked for food, nada. Highway doesn't lend itself to anything more than gas station convenience stores, and the rest stop by the sinkhole was still vacant (no food despite sign). Did see our first Omani camels @bimmah?
Wadi Shab Hike
Made it to wadi around 2pm? As you can see from the satellite photo, it's basically a canyon that runs to the Gulf of Oman. But get this: there's an underground waterfall that you can can hike/swim to if you want to. And it's not to strenuous, as our daughters (ages 4 & 7) made it, but you'll see in the photos that there is some scrambling over (sometimes slippery) rocks to get to the waterfall.
|Food options near Wadi Shab|
What To Bring
Change of clothes, sun still up. Don't want to get stuck there in the dark.
Tried to find food at wadi hotel, no luck (open for snacks only). Photo of on-ramp? Kids fell asleep.
Stopped for gas along the way. Back at hotel around 7. screen capture of three routes w/distances.
- Swimwear (I suggest something you're comfortable walking in for a few hours)
- Rashguard or other quick dry shirt, it will keep you warm when the canyon winds kick up.
- Aquatic footwear (toe shoes, aqua socks, sandals W heels/crocs.)
- Waterproof baggies for keys/phone/camera/snacks money (for the ferryman),
- Water bottle(s)
- A small mesh bag to carry it all (even if your swimsuit has pockets)
- Foam floats for kids 4-8. The hike is not recommended for kids younger than 4 as you'll have to carry them or help them over some tricky terrain.
- Towels, a change of dry clothes, and some after hike snacks that you leave in the car.