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A Wadi Bash - Full Day Safari

Duration: Full Day

a wadi bash - full day safari

When you think of taking a holiday in Oman, the first image that comes to mind is desert. Located on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula, and bordered by the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, it’s understandable why. This Middle Eastern jewel has over 1,000 miles of beautiful coastline, however, which overlooks three seas – the Arabian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea. Depending on the area you visit, the contrasting coastlines range from rocky shores, dramatic peaks, lush green wadis and coral reefs, to tranquil bays, busy fishing villages, ancient fort towns and palm-fringed, golden beaches.

This full day tour along Oman’s wild and rugged northern coastline to the ancient port town of Sur offers breathtaking vistas of rocky peaks and the deep blue waters of the Gulf of Oman, offset by idyllic white sandy beaches. On a clear, sunny day you may even get the chance to see whales and dolphins.

Our first stop is the Bimah Sinkhole, a beautiful limestone crater that is filled with blue-green seawater. A geological formation, this natural hole is believed to have been created when the ground above it caved in. Many of the locals swim here, and it’s also a popular tourist attraction.

Our next stop is Fin's beach, a pristine white-sand beach which is also known as the White Beach. Relax in the sun or enjoy a swim in the clear, turquoise waters. We then continue to the pretty coastal village of Tiwi, renowned for its lush green plantations and one of the most beautiful wadis (oasis) in Oman. Walk along the bottom of the steep gorge and take a welcoming dip in this natural blue pool. Most wadis are dry throughout the year until the rains come, but some wadis, such as Tiwi, have water flowing all year round. Ancient falajs (traditional underground waterways) are used to distribute water from the wadi to the local community. Surrounded by lush date palms, this beautiful oasis is a stunning contrast to the surrounding cliffs and dry, barren landscape.

On the way back, we will explore the ruins of Bibi Miriam's Tomb, a local noblewoman, in the village of Qalhat, one of Oman’s oldest sites.  Formerly a beautiful mosque, this tomb is mysteriously the only standing structure in Qalhat, after this once prosperous port town was destroyed by the Portuguese in the 16th century. This monument is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. We will also visit the busy fishing town of Sur, famous for its traditional dhow building yards, before we drive back to the capital of Muscat.

(Walking shoes recommended)

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