The term wadi is derived from the Arabic language and can be translated as «valley» or «ravine». Wadis are mostly of ephemeral nature meaning that they are normally dry, apart from during the raining season. The wadis in Oman range from immense canyons to small crevasses in the rock face and many have streams and pools throughout the year that invite visitors to take a plunge.
Wadi Bani Khalid
Wadi Bani Khalid is one of the most popular wadis with tourists as it is easily accessible and lies between Muscat and Sur. It is one of the only wadis with facilities such as a restaurant and restrooms. From the main pool you can swim under the bridge to the upper area and from there take a ten-minute walk to the second set of smaller pools which tend to be quieter.
Wadi Nakhar is often referred to as the Grand Canyon of Oman and is 200 metres deeper than its namesake. One of the favourite things to do at the Wadi Nakhar is to hike along the «balcony walk». Starting at Al Khatym the walk is about four hours return trip and a waterfall marks the end of the trail. The balcony walk is on the Jebel Shams mountain. Although there is nowhere to swim at this wadi, it still deserves a place on that Oman must-see list.
Wadi Al Hoqain
This wadi is roughly a two-hour drive from Muscat and belongs to the most dazzling wadis in Oman due to the yearlong waterfalls and springs that flow into larger bodies of water. This wadi is a great place for a picnic which can be enjoyed surrounded by a palm trees in the oasis. The area is also home to the renovated Al Hazm Fort where visitors can discover secret passageways and ancient water systems.