In my humble opinion, Wadi Tiwi is one of the most overlooked wadis in the country. It’s located about halfway between Quriyat and Sur and with so much to do and see along this coastal route, from the Bimmah Sinkhole to Fins beach and Wadi Shab, Wadi Tiwi can – and often does – get missed out.
This stretch of coast is renowned for camping and snorkelling, both of which I have sampled extensively on many different trips, but I’d never heard of Wadi Tiwi until a friend suggested I visit recently.
After passing Wadi Shab, the turn for Tiwi is signposted and the village isn’t too hard to find. Travelling through the village and under a huge bridge to the point where the blacktop road ends and the dirt track starts, I parked my car and began to walk. If you get lost at any point, ask any of the locals and they will be happy to point you in the right direction.
It was another glorious day in Oman and just as with my Destination last week, the sky was once again a fantastic blue. Without descending too much into tedious photography talk, I’ve realised the key to capturing this brilliant blue is to arrive early in the morning and focus on filtering and getting the right amount of light in the frame to ensure the shot is not overexposed.
One of the first things I noticed about the wadi was the birdlife. I saw several herons standing majestically on their long legs surveying the surroundings. Although I did my best to catch a shot of them, every time I got too close they would take to the air and retreat a little further to safety.
When I entered the valley properly, I was surprised at the amount of palm trees there were on either side of me. It was beautiful and I certainly didn’t expect to be greeted by that sight. I thought it would just be mountains, but the trees added a nice splash of colour to the sandy-coloured surroundings.
The wadi snakes its way through the jagged mountains with flowing water that opens out into several crystal-clear pools along the way. I presume the water can be traced all the way back to its source, but that would be a good few hours of trekking and more than I was prepared for with just a meagre set of supplies.
A number of the pools were deep enough to cool off in and made for a pleasant place to dip your feet and refresh from time to time.
The walk was challenging at times, with a bit of scrambling required every now and again, but I enjoyed the exercise. The temperature was mild enough to walk, climb and scramble in comfort, although the rocks did get a bit slippery in places.
You could walk for hours inside the wadi, but I spent a little over an hour taking in the spectacular landscape. I didn’t want to venture too far into the wadi on my own, purely thinking of my safety in case I got into any trouble.
When the walk got a bit easier, I began to relish in the quiet of the day. I only saw three tourists the whole time I was there and I can’t decide whether this was a good thing or not. With mountains, rocks and water, Wadi Tiwi is the full package and could be in danger of losing some of its quaint charm if it were to go down the same route as the Sultanate’s bigger and more popular wadis. Let’s keep it our little secret.
From Muscat, take route 17 towards Sur. Take the exit for Tiwi and loop back on yourself to pass under the large bridge. If you’re feeling extreme, you can start your trek from here.
GPS location of Wadi Tiwi: N22° 48’ 13.565” E59° 14’ 44.153”