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Petit Futé's opinion on WADI SHAB

Plate millesim 2022

It is one of the most famous wadis of the sultanate for its superb freshwater basins of a beautiful emerald. As always, you are advised to take precautions before venturing out. Don't venture out without a sun hat, sun cream and of course water, as the heat can be overwhelming; and above all, check the weather forecast to make sure that no thunderstorms are expected that day, as the risks of flooding and drowning are real in the wadis. To access the more remote pools, you must first swim across the arm of the river or simply go by boat. Some kids propose this crossing of a few meters. Opposite, a dirt path drowned in palm trees leads to the heart of the wadi along the river. Very quickly, the water disappears and we find ourselves walking on the rock, between mountains with steep walls. Big boulders and touches of greenery: a wild and rather masterful environment, especially when the water shows up again, in the form of punctual basins of incredible green! The most beautiful ones are at the bottom, about 40 minutes walk away on a pseudo path that one loses and finds again at random luck (but, impossible to get lost, since one is so to speak "stuck" in the dry river bed). After about 20 minutes, keep to the right and go up a few meters overhanging following the cliff face and in particular a black pipeline. The path goes down naturally and you must then walk until you spot some abandoned stone constructions, a little higher up, on the left. Further on, there are several pools lined with small pebble or coarse sand beaches: an idyllic setting to spend a few hours. The highlight of the walk is there. It's not really a secret: in informed circles, we all talk about "the famous wadi Shab cave". But still, if you don't know, you can't find it! It is by swimming to get there, following the pools to the bottom, where the mountain forms a sort of cul-de-sac. Slightly on the left, a corridor of a few meters offers itself as a notch, which allows only the passage of the head (the rest of the body remains immersed, which allows to progress while swimming). One enters it with a little apprehension, with one's eyes riveted on the light, at the bottom. Suddenly, the reward is there: an open-air cave into which an adorable waterfall falls! A basin of a few meters in diameter, but abyssally deep, set in its rocky setting.

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Crossing by boat at 500 bz per person round trip.

Members' reviews on WADI SHAB

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Miabella93
4/5
Visited in december 2019
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Superbe wadi, mais pour info la traversée coûte 1 rial, ce qui est vraiment chère. Ce n'est plus des petits jeunes qui tiennent ce commerce. Seul 1 coffee d'ouvert, le sandwich au poulet est pas trop mal ( compté 400 cts de rial). Magnifique visite :-)
BenP
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Visited in march 2019
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Superbe !
Quelle superbe endroit ! Cette rivière émeraude au milieu des montagnes arides ne peut que vous enchanter. Et la petite grotte au bout du wadi sera la cerise sur le gâteau de votre journée !
josper
4/5
Visited in september 2018
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Endroit qui se mérite quand la température est à 42° mais ça vaut le détour. On traverse en bateau (ou à la nage),on marche à plat et on crapahute pour découvrir ce superbe wadi. Rochers, eau turquoise, cascade, malgré les visiteurs assez nombreux cela reste un incontournable !
Marc_1960
4/5
Visited in march 2018
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Parking à l'ombre sous le pont, traversée en bateau 500 baiza/personne A/R (+- 1,10 euros mars 2018). Sur l'autre berge démarre une belle randonnée au milieu des montagnes avec de superbes point d'eau. Randonnée parsemée de passage uniquement dans l'eau et se terminant à la nage pour accéder à la "grotte".
J-ML
4/5
Visited in october 2017
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Sur la route du sud en venant de Mascate, notre 1e wadi : parking sous le pont de la voie rapide (à l'ombre!), de jeunes hommes attendent avec leur barque (1omr A/R, il suffit de les appeler), çà m'étonnerai fort que certains traversent à la nage et une balade de moins de 2h A/R le long de la rivière au milieu des rochers. Assez impressionnant! Prévoir beaucoup d'eau, en octobre il fait très chaud. Au retour, un sandwich à l'une des 2 buvettes, une sur chaque rive. A faire bien sûr!
futedumonde
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Visited in december 2015
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L'un des meilleurs site visités en Oman. Accessible uniquement à pieds après une traversée du wadi en barque, ce site conserve son authenticité malgré un chemin piéton plutôt bien aménagé. Lorsque le chemin s'arrête, continuez à la nage vers la grotte : sublime !!

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