Throughout our trip Jake and I kept commenting that Oman’s climate is pretty similar to that of Phoenix. While the camels and dunes are visibly missing from the Sonoran Desert, both locales have very warm temps and are fairly dry and typically sunny. But there’s one big difference that gives Oman a leg up….
WATER!! This amazing place is Wadi Shab, a valley where fresh water cascades down from the tops of the mountains and meets the sea water on the banks, creating shallow pools of perfectly clear water. There’s no road leading into the wadi; we took a small boat to reach the start of the hike and from there, we started seeing the pools 20-30 minutes later. About 45 minutes in, we reached the last pool, at the end of which is a little keyhole that you swim through to reach a cave with a waterfall….
…that you climb and jump off the boulders on the other side. (A little grainy since these are stills from the GoPro, but you get the idea. No video since two-thirds of it is me trying to work up the nerve to jump. The splash in the photo on the right is the end result.)
Lunch at the beach after the wadi. Just us and a pack of goats who seemed to be the sole inhabitants of the nearby village.
LOOK AT THAT. Water this clear is meant for….
Um hm. The old snorkels, which coincidentally made it into our suitcases. The next day we chartered a boat for the morning and went to scope out the marine life off the coast:
Happy campers after spotting, awaking and following the turtle around for a half hour. Never gets old!
And then came the bittersweet end to the trip. We spent the last day in Sifa dining at an open air seafood restaurant on the beach and strolling along the water. (I should mention the food in Oman is awesome. I’m not one to typically take photos of my food but even I channeled my inner-Asian and whipped out my camera a few times to take pics.)
Another adventure in the books. Loads and loads of love and thanks to the DPs… see you in Phoenix, guys! <3