Wadi Bani Khalid was considered one of our favorite locations in Oman. We had a blissfully stress-free afternoon at this gorgeous desert oasis swimming within the emerald swimming pools surrounded by a rugged ravine and vibrant date palms.
We visited Wadi Bani Khalid after an evening in a Bedouin tent within the Wahiba Sands desert. After we turned off the principle street we drove by a sequence of tiny villages then up and over gorgeous rocky mountains.
From the automotive park it’s solely a five-minute stroll to the swimming pools, making it one of the vital accessible wadis in Oman—the opposite in style wadi, Wadi Shab, is a 45-minute hike from the automotive park.
Wadi Bani Khalid Foremost Swimming pools
After driving by the oranges and browns of the desert the wadi seems like an actual oasis, the inexperienced of the water and palms stunning after the bleakness.
Wadi Bani Khalid has been developed with a couple of bridges, seating areas, and a restaurant, but it surely doesn’t detract from its magnificence. It additionally makes it one of the vital handy wadis to go to as you should buy meals and drinks and use the bathrooms.
The primary pool is the most important. The wadi does get busy, particularly on weekends (Fridays and Saturdays in Oman), however on a Sunday afternoon it was simple to discover a quiet spot on the rocks to ourselves.
In December the climate was good for sunbathing—about 25ºC, splendidly heat however not too sizzling with vivid blue skies.
The swimming pools are stuffed with fish that provides you with a foot therapeutic massage in the event you dangle your ft it. The nibbling feels odd, however individuals pay to have this completed in Thailand!
Swimming within the swimming pools was splendidly refreshing—it felt chilly at first, however I quickly warmed up and cherished swimming across the large swimming pools, apparently adopted by a college of fish!
Higher Swimming pools and Cave
From the principle pool you possibly can swim (or stroll) underneath a bridge (the place many youngsters like to leap off) and right into a slim canyon with pale rocks looming above.
To get to the second set of swimming pools it’s a must to stroll—comply with the signal and stroll for about 10 minutes on barely slippy rocks (first rate footwear are really helpful). These swimming pools are quieter however a lot smaller.
You possibly can proceed for an additional 10 minutes to go to the Muqal cave—bringing a torch is a good suggestion.
Consuming at Wadi Bani Khalid
On the restaurant overlooking the swimming pools you should buy espresso (1 OMR), tender drinks (400 baisas), popcorn, and ice cream. It’s also possible to eat on the lunch buffet for four OMR, which is what we did. Vegetarian choices included dahl, vegetable curry, rice, french fries, and a primary salad. It was fairly bland however edible. They solely settle for money.
You’ll be higher off bringing a picnic. Omani supermarkets like Lulu have an incredible alternative of salads, hummus, bread and many others., however as we had been coming from the desert, there weren’t any supermarkets round.
What to Put on at Wadi Bani Khalid
It’s worthwhile to costume modestly at Wadi Bani Khalid as Oman is a Muslim nation. Ladies ought to keep away from bikinis and put on a t-shirt and shorts at the least. I wore capri leggings and a dishevelled t-shirt of Simon’s.
It appears OK for males to put on swimming shorts and not using a high, however some native males do put on t-shirts as nicely (simply keep away from skimpy briefs).
Wadi Bani Khalid Amenities
The bathrooms behind the restaurant are free and embrace western and squat kinds. They’re in first rate situation for altering however convey your individual rest room paper.
You possibly can hire towels from the restaurant for 1 OMR.
Wadi Bani Khalid Location
Some individuals go to Wadi Bani Khalid as a day journey from Muscat—you possibly can take a tour (like for extra ideas for planning your journey.
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