On Thursday, November 3rd, I headed for the airport straight after work. I was meeting up with the UAE Trekkers for a weekend trip to Oman. We arrived in Muscat and found the others who had flown in from Dubai and Bahrain. We were a group of about a dozen. Our bus driver took us for dinner then we headed south on the 17. The drive to Wadi Tiwi took about 1.5 hours. Our destination was a local farm/recreational property that had a couple buildings including one above the property made to look like an old fort. There was also a working falaj running through the property. Most people chose to sleep inside, but I set up my tent on the roof of one of the buildings.
The next morning, we made the short drive over to Wadi Shab and left the bus. We had to ferry across the entry to the wadi in small boats run by the locals. It was a beautiful walk up to the point where we dropped our bags and stripped down to our swimmers. From there we had to swim/walk the rest of the way up to the cave. You have to swim through a narrow slit to reach the cave which has a waterfall inside. There are also ropes you can use to climb the waterfall to reach a few cliff jumping points. Once done in the cave we swam back to our bags and had a nice lunch. Note: Wadi Shab was the site of the 2012 Red Bull Cliff Diving Final.
That afternoon we headed over to the nearby Bimmah Sinkhole in Hawiyat Najm Park. This sinkhole is a result of carbonate erosion and is about 500 m from the sea so the water in the bottom is salty. It took some encouragement from the local kids, but I made the 23 m jump into the hole. That night, we drove into the coastal city of Sur and had a traditional Omani meal.
On Saturday, we walked out from the farm house and headed up Wadi Tiwi. We stuck to the road most of the way, but when we reached one of the villages we met our pre-arranged guide, Yasir. He took us on a short cut to bypass the road’s switchbacks and we arrived at the last village along the road. It was a short climb down through the palm grove to get to our final destination, an amazing waterfall. We scaled down the rocks and had a swim under the falls. After lunch, we started back, but this time along the wadi bottom.
Back at the farm house, I broke camp and had a quick shower. We drove back to Muscat and had a couple hours to spend at the famous Mutrah souq. From there, it was off to the airport and back to the UAE.