Wadi Bani Khalid, Oman

Located around 200km from Muscat, on the road to Sur is Wadi Bani Khalid. It’s one of the many wadi’s Oman has, but certainly one of the most beautiful. The wadi is a welcome stop for a refreshing dive while traveling through the Sultanate of Oman.

When approaching the wadi, you’ll pass through a small village and eventually arrive at a small parking lot where you’ll have to walk another 5-10 minutes to reach the wadi.

The spot is spectacularly surrounded by colourful rock formations. All year round, water flows from a natural spring (an ayn) in the upper reaches of the wadi, supporting the abundant vegetation that makes this a beautiful spot.

The water is clear and has a nice temperature. There are not many places to change clothes, so take my advice and have your bathing suit or shorts on underneath your clothes. That way you’ll only have to change once. Furthermore take your own towels and if you have water shoes, it makes it more pleasant to enter the water.

The tiny fish pick at you while you take a swim, at first it feels a bit strange, but they are harmless and you’ll get used to it. It’s perfectly safe for children to swim in. My children loved the adventure and even jumped from the rocks like the local children did. Something I was not very happy with to say the least.