Wadi Bani Khalid, Ash-Sharqiyah Governorate

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Dip in an emerald green pool amidst limestone cliffs fringed with vegetation at Wadi Bani Khalid, a striking landscape cut into the Al Hajar mountains. Admire waterfalls pouring over boulders, explore caves with strange light, and snap photos of the green and red rocks--the result of copper oxide and iron ore. A scenic hike will take you to natural springs, through plantations and villages. A traditional Omani village en route has all the basic tourist facilities. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Wadi Bani Khalid by using our Ash-Sharqiyah Governorate vacation planning tool .
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  • We reached the wadi from Sur at around 11 am. The parking was almost full as it was the day after Eid. First we went till the end of the trail which takes to the cave. The cave opening is so narrow th...  more »
  • A beautiful place in the vicinity of Bidiyyah (signpost note or advance store GPS coordinates). We were however not the only ones who knew that this place is beautiful. Fortunately we were early in the morning on their way, but against the middle of the day, the place is overrun with tourists. It is early enough, swimming in lukewarm water (from the mountains!) opportunities surrounded by fish. Dreamy. Unfortunately - as well as other places where tourism in Oman awakened - one is exposed here also the reading tests and Bettelleien. We have food as a gift to travel for this purpose, but here rials seem more likely to be in demand. Conclusion: go early, enjoy a memorable experience, and leave before the crowds show up.
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  • The OASIS, very frequented by locals, is reached by a short walk. The water has beautiful colors and is easy and pleasant to swim. I would suggest not to stop at the first puddle (which is the largest) and continue for a few tens of meters up to the next two: smaller and decidedly more suggestive. There is also a small café.
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Most visitors looking to stay overnight in Ash-Sharqiyah Governorate do so for the experience of sleeping out in the dunes. The primary place to look for such an experience lies to the south of Bidiyah. Here, you'll find a number of desert campgrounds, with some more budget-friendly camping options sitting alongside groups of large, luxury tents and huts with Jacuzzis, restaurants, and bars. While some accommodations lie in the main urban areas of Ibra and Sur, many travelers to Ash-Sharqiyah Governorate opt to stay in the capital, Muscat, located an hour's drive to the north from Ibra.
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