Oman Adventures: Cliff Jumping in Wadi Al Arbaeen

by Gabby Beckford
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When you think of cliff jumping, what do you think of as the best locations for it? My first thought is Colorado in the United States, or maybe off of the coast of Australia.

Little did you know that Oman was recently declared the most underrated hotspot of cliff jumping and general outdoor adventure! (Recently declared as in, just now, by me).

My friends and I's most recent visa run was to the UAE's southern neighbor,  Oman. One of our stops during our four day trip was a hidden place called Wadi Al Arbaeen (وادي الـعـربـيـيـن). Wadi, in Arabic, means valley, and the Omani Tourism Board recognizes more than 23 unique wadi tourist areas in Oman!

Located in the Al Sharqiyah region of Oman, and would be a 6 hour drive from Dubai, or a 2 hour drive from Oman's capitol of Muscat. It's a bit dodgey getting there because a certain lack of signs, arrows, or general directions, and 4-wheel drive is a must, but part of the adventure is the journey!

The below photo was our view driving into the wadi, and you can see the steep descent (we took option 2 to get to theWadi).

Oman Wadi Arbaeen | Packs Light

Right after you turn of off the highway to Sur, descending into Wadi Al Arbaeen. What a sight!

How to I get there?

There are two ways to get into Wadi Al Arbaeen:

  1. Drive south/south-east on Highway 17 until you reach Dibab, and exit into the village. Follow the road for about 7km until you see the bridge over the wadi and drive up the wadi road to park your car.
  2. On the high-way to Sur, take a right turn where the sign says Wadi Al Arbaeen. The sign says 17 km to Wadi Al Arbaeen and will lead you to a straight road, the end of it you will see a turn to the right or left. This is where paved road ends and turns into dirt road!
    Take the left turn and then the second right turn. Keep driving on this road, don’t take the right turn that comes a bit later, you will eventually see a sign that points to Wadi Al Arbaeen to the left. Turn left and keep going on this rocky road—you will pass a small village on the left, pass it—and you will reach the Wadi!

Oman Wadi Arbaeen | Packs Light

The small village you will pass on the left if you arrive to the Wadi via Option 2.

Oman Wadi Arbaeen | Packs Light

Take a left at the local donkey, LOL. You'll see tons of them, and they're usually open to a little scratch on the head.

When you arrive the fun begins! You can park your car wherever there's room, just check the emergency break as it will likely be at an angle.

You can see in the above video (if you liked it, head over to my YouTube channel and give it a thumbs up!) video cliff jumping is very popular.

There are two points at which to jump off of on either sides of the deepest pool which looked about 4-5 meters deep . Aside from the deep pool we jump into there are shallow pools less than a meter deep where kids and mothers usually stay. When we went it was not that crowded, probably around 40 people there total including our group of 12. None of these pools have a strong current so don't be afraid of being washed away, you can bring a floaty and relax even!

At this wadi there were no signs of trash which was phenomenal, and everyone was enjoying themselves. We shared water with and talked to some of the locals that were there, them encouraging us to jump and us pushing them to do tricks!

Before you come, I would advise you to bring the following.

Oman Wadi Arbaeen | Packs Light

Preparing to come to Wadi Al Arbaeen:

  •  4-wheel drive on your vehicle is a MUST! Also make sure to fill up on gas well before you head here. I don't remember seeing an gas stations very close, and the walk out of the valley would be no bueno.
  • Swim gear: swim suit, goggles, towel, water shoes (optional, the water floor is sand and small rocks so you don't need them)
  • Plenty of water (it's hot, stay hydrated!) and snacks
  • First aid kit. We all got some small cuts and bruises from messing around on the rocks, it wouldn't hurt to have some bandaids and antiseptic on hand in the middle of a remote valley.
  • Sunscreen and/or hats
  • Camera for beautiful photos. If you happen to have a GoPro, this is the occasion to bring it!
  • A place to stay, if you need one. I suggest camping for sure, to get the most out of the wadis and Oman's nature.
  • Good spirits! Everyone we met this day was so welcoming and kind, be prepared to chat with the locals and make friends. Cliff jump together, introduce yourself, share stories! That's what travel is all about. 

What should I wear?

For ladies I would say a one-piece bathing suit, and for men swimming trunks are fine. If you do see local women there they will be in burkinis and covered, but it was no problem for us visitors to wear a one piece.

There were a majority men there, so I would say a bikini would have made me uncomfortable (not because of men's eyes, but because I would feel disrespectful).

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As I mentioned before this beautiful oasis was trash free  when we visited, so if you make it to Wadi Al Arbaeen PLEASE keep it that way. The locals pride themselves in the purity and natural state of the wadi, so help them keep it clean by taking all of your rubbish with you!

Most importantly, enjoy! Oman is a gorgeous country with kind locals, and having an entire canyon and natural waterpark to yourself doesn't happen to most every day.

Have you ever traveled to Oman, or would you like to after reading this article?

Let me know in the comments below. Extra points if you had already heard of Wadi Al Arbaeen!

Oman is one of the SAFEST countries in the world, and one of the most unknown for outdoor adventure!

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Gabby Beckford

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Julietta Kass November 7, 2017 - 12:16 AM

I’ve been living in Oman for two years and love wadi trips! This is one I hadn’t heard of before, so thank you!

Gabby November 11, 2017 - 11:53 AM

Thanks for reading Julietta!:)

Janey Lowes November 5, 2017 - 3:44 PM

Such a great post- I am so excited to see it first hand!! I am working for two weeks in Dubai in late June with a one week gap in the middle… do you think the wadis will be empty around this time or ok? Would love your advice as can’t seem to find much about it online! Thanks so much! Janey

Gabby November 11, 2017 - 11:55 AM

Hey Janey! I think in June it will be in the middle of the hot season, and it will be HOOOOT! Humid hot! It probably isn’t the best time for an outdoor adventure anywhere in the Middle East, and most of the wadis will end up being more empty. I hope that helps!

Claudia February 11, 2017 - 7:37 PM

Honestly Oman looks amazing! I have met so many people who have told me about the beauty of the country and about how friendly the people are! It`s such a shame that there is that negative stigma about the country, just because it`s in the Middle East! I would literally love to go there!

Cali February 11, 2017 - 6:35 PM

I’ve been hearing about Oman more and more lately. From your photos and description I can definitely see why! It is on my list!

Paige Wunder October 18, 2016 - 4:03 PM

What a great post! I definitely wouldn’t have thought that of cliff jumping when I heard Oman, but this looks absolutely beautiful! I love that you included what to wear. I wore a bikini in rural Cambodia (every other woman was wearing a shirt and shorts at least) and I felt uncomfortable, not because anyone said anything or made any comments or gestures, I felt totally disrespectful and wished I had a one-piece (which I have since purchased). Yours is super cute, btw!

Cori October 18, 2016 - 12:47 PM

What a beautiful place! Honestly, I’d never thought of visiting Oman, even though I’ve been to the UAE. This is on my travel list now.

Kevin Wagar October 17, 2016 - 4:26 PM

Wow, I would have never thought of Oman as a place to experience swimming and water holes. These are great, I love getting my splash on and I’m sure my kids would love it too!

Jo October 17, 2016 - 12:47 PM

Yes you are right, I would never consider Oman for a scenic cliff jumping experience but that’s because I have little knowledge about the place and have never visited, sadly. Thanks for the info and I can’t wait to get there and stand tall at the cliff, waiting for someone to encourage me to jump haha (slight fear of heights).

Anne October 17, 2016 - 12:06 PM

I visited the Musanem peninsula in Oman which is truly stunning. It’s pretty untouched and we saw no other tourists. The coolest place

Kristine Li October 15, 2016 - 5:46 AM

So fun! I can see you’re having a great time in UAE! Will be there in one month though it’s just a short trip between Abu Dhabi & Dubai, can’t wait to explore places!

Gabby October 15, 2016 - 5:59 AM

Definitely feel free to email me if you’d like to meet up while you’re here for coffee or something! 🙂

Tasha October 15, 2016 - 5:45 AM

This looks like an amazing experience! I love hearing about new places so enjoyed reading your post 🙂

Eulanda October 15, 2016 - 4:51 AM

I love articles like this that really provide useful tips that address cultural norms, whilst giving me a major case of wanderlust. We went to ATM in Dubai this year, and saw the Oman stand. Now I’m wishing we’d stopped by! Great work and beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing!

Brigitte October 15, 2016 - 4:31 AM

I compeletely agree with you, Oman is absolutely wonderful!! I admit that I had never heard of this wadi, but there are countless really beautiful places there! Have been all over the Middle East, but if I have to pick one country that is the most beautiful, it would probably be Oman!

Brittany Hemming October 15, 2016 - 4:23 AM

Thanks for posting!! This looks like an amazing adventure! I don’t know if I’m brave enough to cliff jump but I’ve always wanted to visit Oman, it sounds wonderful and your photos are stunning!

Jessica October 14, 2016 - 9:59 AM

I hadn’t thought about cliff jumping in Oman. Looks like fun and the photos are really nice. Hopefully one day we can visit the Middle East.

Jessica October 13, 2016 - 5:13 PM

Cliff jumping is my new fear to conquer! Looks like if you are in the right place, it is a breeze! I hope you had a blast, and thanks for sharing this little-known site of adventure

Nadine October 12, 2016 - 4:17 PM

Cliff jumping isn’t the first thing that pops into my mind when thinking of Oman! I’m still not sure I’d be brave enough to try it – even though it looks like such fun 🙂 Even so, the scenery has given me enough reason to put Oman on my travel radar – thanks!

Laura October 12, 2016 - 2:05 PM

Ah i am still yet to drive to Oman! So many of my friends go and have told me how amazing it is, ill be going very soon! Also your YouTube video was fab! 🙂 Looks like so much fun!

Gabby October 12, 2016 - 4:26 PM

Gotta make the trip girl! It is SO gorgeous, and the people were the nicest people I’ve met since I went to Turkeu 🙂 Thanks for the kind comments!

Caroline October 12, 2016 - 1:03 PM

Never thought of Oman as a cliff jumping spot! Cheers for all the tips, I’ll be sure to check this place out if I’m ever in the area 🙂

Jess October 12, 2016 - 11:45 AM

Sounds like an amazing adventure!

Ankita Kumar October 12, 2016 - 6:58 AM

Great post Gabby. I like the way you’ve listed directions to places, very helpful. Looking forward to visiting Oman after reading this 🙂 Keep up the good work!

Gabby October 12, 2016 - 4:26 PM

If you do certainly let me know! 😀

Theresa October 12, 2016 - 6:24 AM

Yes! Oman is definitely on our list of places to visit while we’re living in the Middle East. Wadi Al Arbaeen looks beautiful (and fun)!

Esther October 12, 2016 - 6:16 AM

Never thought on visiting Oman before! That seems an awesome place to go and jump for a bath! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

Courtney Jones October 12, 2016 - 6:02 AM

First of all – great video! Second – that donkey is freaking adorable!!

Great tips on what to wear and how to get there. I love hearing about ‘underrated’ destinations that are actually fab 🙂

Gabby October 12, 2016 - 4:27 PM

Riiiight, that donkey was adorable lol! Oman is the definition of underrated, such a gorgeous, peaceful, kind country 🙂

Sumti Bhadani October 11, 2016 - 4:38 AM

Nice Photographs !! The post is also informative loved reading it !!


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