Wadi Bani Khalid
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  • AucklandWiz
    Auckland, New Zealand2,185 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A BEAUTIFUL WADI MADE BETTER WITH A GUIDE
    We pulled into the car park area and there was an old caravan there selling drinks etc. One of the boys sitting outside this place,(Yusef) sidled up beside us and befriended us and suggested a walk to the swimming hole that was cooler and out of the direct sunlight. Next minute he was walking with us and talking. He ushered us into the water and took over my mobile phone and took videos and photos of us, while we made our way through the canyon and up to the waterfall. In parts the water was very deep, and he skillfully swam and took photos and videos and chatted while I held my breath hoping the phone did not go for a swim. But no, he was well practiced and we ended up with some lovely photos we would not have otherwise had. He was not pushy at all, which I liked. The water is beautiful. Beautiful blue/emerald, green colour and just the right temperature. Very picturesque and worthy of several photos. The lower pool larger and not as pretty as further up. To get to the waterfall, it took some negotiation of rocks, some walking, swimming etc. and we would have not done this on our own I would think. We were fortunate to nearly have the place to ourselves. There were just a few people which was great. When we got back to the original point of entry, he walked back to the car park with us. I paid him a fee (undiscussed and just what I thought was fair) for escorting us and giving us some history and for taking all the wonderful photos that I would have never got. Turns out he is just a local who comes up, waits around and hopefully gets a guiding job now and again. It was such a lovely spot and a great respite from the heat and harsh landscape. I enjoyed this much much more than Wadi Shab which I think is overrated to be fair. Would recommend this Wadi definitely.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 November 2023
  • MarcusHurley
    Calne, United Kingdom10,280 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty walk with the option to swim if you're prepared
    Our visit to the Wadi was part of our Full-Day Wahiba Desert and Wadi Bani Khalid Group Tour. Our driver,Fahar was telling us about the flooding last month with a French honeymoon couple killed in a flash flood and 1m of rain falling in an hour! We drove through some minor fords before parking up and walking along the aflaj (irrigation system) to the wadi proper. We were very unsure about this trip but luckily the other couple on it were like us so we skipped the camel ride and none of us went for a swim either! It was quite lucky we hadn't planned to in fact as both men and women had to wear t-shirt and shorts in the pools which we wouldn't have been prepared for. I walked as far up the wadi as you could and it was a beautiful hike although the rock was quite treacherous in places and there was certainly nowhere to go if there was a flash flood. Deb stopped at one of the pools and dipped her feet in and lots of fish swam up to clean them for her, a mini pedicure. The frogs here were incredibly vocal but I only saw one of them and it was about the size of a doormouse and there were lots of large dragonflies. We then wandered back to the more open area where there was a cafe and were actually able to get an ice cream, kindly paid for by Fahar. A few people were paddling and one actually swimming but most seemed to just be enjoying the peace and the view.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 March 2024
  • siuling
    156 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very relaxing spot!
    Wadi Bani Khalid was an amazing stop! It was a bit of a drive out to get there but well worth it. The parking area was a short walk away, and lots of cars so it wasn't difficult to figure out. I don't know why people call it a hike... Following the irrigation system itself, we walked 5-10 mins to get to the first pool. Whilst it was pretty, we wanted to go further upstream. We found a spot that we enjoyed and decided to swim up from there. There was a mini waterfall that our kids loved playing in. There were locals there hoping to help tourists and to earn a bit if possible. Where we decided to swim, there were two pop up changing tents for people to change in and out of their swimmers. There was a cave further up but because we were tight for time, we didn't visit it.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 March 2024
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Dirk W
Alexandra Headland, Australia9,601 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
My visits to Omani wadis were the highlights of the country. Beautiful nature which allows you to literarily immerse yourself. I read that Wadi Bani Khalid can get very crowded, but I was lucky on the day ; we had some of the best swimming pools to ourself. Interestingly, you can get a free foot clean by sitting on the edge and allow hundreds of Garra Rufa or “doctor fish” to nibble the dead skin off.
Written 25 May 2024
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siuling
Hong Kong156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Wadi Bani Khalid was an amazing stop! It was a bit of a drive out to get there but well worth it. The parking area was a short walk away, and lots of cars so it wasn't difficult to figure out. I don't know why people call it a hike... Following the irrigation system itself, we walked 5-10 mins to get to the first pool. Whilst it was pretty, we wanted to go further upstream. We found a spot that we enjoyed and decided to swim up from there. There was a mini waterfall that our kids loved playing in. There were locals there hoping to help tourists and to earn a bit if possible. Where we decided to swim, there were two pop up changing tents for people to change in and out of their swimmers. There was a cave further up but because we were tight for time, we didn't visit it.
Written 31 March 2024
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WonderfulWorld59
Lee's Summit, MO442 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Wadi Bani Khalid is one of the most beautiful and most accessible wadis in Oman. It is quite easy to reach the entrance of this wadi with a standard car (rather than a 4x4). There is a large parking lot. Upon reaching the large lake, there are facilities such as rest rooms and an open air Indian restaurant. From the large parking lot, the walk-in takes about 15-20 minutes. Note, the walk begins as a lovely wide paved sidewalk. However, the sidewalk ends and walking across large stones, small areas of flowing water, and on rough dirt/mud paths is required to reach the lake and travel along either side. I saw several visitors confused as the sidewalk ended. Some turned back - never getting close enough to see the beautiful deep pools of water set in a stunning landscape. I was the only member of my group who proceeded to reach our destination for photos. On my exit from the Wadi, I attempted to find a better route on the other side of the lake and followed a worker pushing a wheelbarrow. Much to my surprise, we ended up walking on the rather narrow concrete edges of the Falaj irrigation system until we reached the sidewalk (a bit nerve-racking and not recommended). In summary, this is a beautiful wadi but visitors need to be prepared for the walk-in conditions. Visitor access to this site would greatly benefit from route signage and, if possible, better path conditions.
Written 21 March 2024
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MarcusHurley
Calne, UK10,280 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Our visit to the Wadi was part of our Full-Day Wahiba Desert and Wadi Bani Khalid Group Tour. Our driver,Fahar was telling us about the flooding last month with a French honeymoon couple killed in a flash flood and 1m of rain falling in an hour! We drove through some minor fords before parking up and walking along the aflaj (irrigation system) to the wadi proper.

We were very unsure about this trip but luckily the other couple on it were like us so we skipped the camel ride and none of us went for a swim either! It was quite lucky we hadn't planned to in fact as both men and women had to wear t-shirt and shorts in the pools which we wouldn't have been prepared for.

I walked as far up the wadi as you could and it was a beautiful hike although the rock was quite treacherous in places and there was certainly nowhere to go if there was a flash flood. Deb stopped at one of the pools and dipped her feet in and lots of fish swam up to clean them for her, a mini pedicure.

The frogs here were incredibly vocal but I only saw one of them and it was about the size of a doormouse and there were lots of large dragonflies. We then wandered back to the more open area where there was a cafe and were actually able to get an ice cream, kindly paid for by Fahar. A few people were paddling and one actually swimming but most seemed to just be enjoying the peace and the view.
Written 18 March 2024
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Paul P
Marlow, UK10 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Over crowded with 1 single changing tent for many people. Whilst large and impressive swimming area it was not the place for us. We prefer smaller less crowded Wadi’s.
Written 25 February 2024
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Renson F
Muscat, Oman30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
One of the must visit places in oman . Nice refresh and beautiful nature.Clean blue water in wadi and walk through to cave is adventures.enjoyed natural live fish foot spa in wadi is a memorable experience.
Written 2 February 2024
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Yorkshire Lad - The Original
York, UK1,610 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
So this was Wadi number 2 on our trip. Wadi Shab, good but not brilliant and that pretty much goes for Wadi Bani Khalid as well.

I’m still at a loss as to why this appears to be a must visit in most guide books. The ten minute walk to a large pool is pleasant enough and the onward 10 minute scramble over some rocks close to the wadi water was fine. But go for a swim…. Er don’t think so as people everywhere. Lots of noise and very little respect from western women as to what they should wear. Bang out of order if you ask me and commented upon by locals who, like me, were far from impressed. An hour was enough and we were gone.

So why so popular? I'm not sure why. My advice for what it is worth, get there early before the masses otherwise be prepared to be underwhelmed largely because mass tourism simply does not work in confined areas of natural beauty.
Written 24 January 2024
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RebeccaAbravanel
Amsterdam, The Netherlands44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Not to miss for a nice refresh and enjoy the nature. Be aware that it can become a bit crowded at some hours.
Written 22 November 2023
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AucklandWiz
Auckland, New Zealand2,185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family

We pulled into the car park area and there was an old caravan there selling drinks etc. One of the boys sitting outside this place,(Yusef) sidled up beside us and befriended us and suggested a walk to the swimming hole that was cooler and out of the direct sunlight. Next minute he was walking with us and talking. He ushered us into the water and took over my mobile phone and took videos and photos of us, while we made our way through the canyon and up to the waterfall. In parts the water was very deep, and he skillfully swam and took photos and videos and chatted while I held my breath hoping the phone did not go for a swim. But no, he was well practiced and we ended up with some lovely photos we would not have otherwise had. He was not pushy at all, which I liked.
The water is beautiful. Beautiful blue/emerald, green colour and just the right temperature. Very picturesque and worthy of several photos.
The lower pool larger and not as pretty as further up. To get to the waterfall, it took some negotiation of rocks, some walking, swimming etc. and we would have not done this on our own I would think.
We were fortunate to nearly have the place to ourselves. There were just a few people which was great.
When we got back to the original point of entry, he walked back to the car park with us.
I paid him a fee (undiscussed and just what I thought was fair) for escorting us and giving us some history and for taking all the wonderful photos that I would have never got.
Turns out he is just a local who comes up, waits around and hopefully gets a guiding job now and again.
It was such a lovely spot and a great respite from the heat and harsh landscape. I enjoyed this much much more than Wadi Shab which I think is overrated to be fair. Would recommend this Wadi definitely.

Written 21 November 2023
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Dave_Lob
Sevenoaks, UK478 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
After reading some of the mixed reviews on here we almost didn't make it to Wadi Bani Khalid but so, so glad we did - we had an amazing time spending almost 4 hours exploring the wadi and cave!
To be fair, initial impressions of the firts big lake weren't great - quite busy and not super pretty, but as we set off to explore further on we were "befriended" by a local guy (obviously an unofficial guide) who showed us all the most fun and exciting ways to climb the wadi (both in and out ofthe water); took us into the cave down to the hidden lakewhich we could never have done alone), then guided us back stopping off for a backmassaging waterfall before a 250m swim all alone back to the start point!!!
All in all a magical experience, massively enhanced by having a guide!
Written 16 November 2023
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