This Hidden Omani Wadi Has Baby-Blue Waters Sohar

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05 Sep 2019 Posted By Y Magazine

Overview

Paul Reddington heads westbound on his adventure to the ends of Oman, pausing at the baby-blue waters of Al Ain Sahban – long-known for their medicinal properties.

Imagine a world without colour, the Earth chalked up in shades of grey. From the blue skies to the green trees and the flamboyant flowers – everything would look singular.

But that’s not the case and, here in Oman, it blessedly allows us to find ourselves in pursuit of the rainbow.

It’s exactly what we did this week as we chased tales on the baby blue waters of Al Ain Sahban.

With rumours of its locale supported by countless pictures to back up its beauty, we headed on an adventure to the outskirts of the country in search of this storied spring, thoughts of “Can its waters really be that blue?” always in the back of our minds.

The journey to Al Ain Sahban took a good three hours – and the drive can be a bit monotonous (if you’re travelling alone). The spring lies nestled safe outside the cities and is dissected by both Sohar and Buraimi.

Though, it was a drive worth the effort if we could indeed find this elusive spring in all its glory.

Once you get close to the coordinates, there’s quite a distance to travel on foot (if you don’t have a 4×4). This got quite exhausting for the three of us who had to walk the rocky terrain in the mid-30-degree-Celsius heat.

Some 10 minutes into the trek, we stumbled on the gold… or, rather, we should say ‘blue.’

Momentarily awestruck, we quickly grabbed the camera and began snapping up images of the water – though photos couldn’t do its pristine cobalt water justice. A local man, scouting the area with his friends, even chimed in to tell us how the water was laden with sulfur, thereby giving it its ethereal light-blue hue.

To us, it seemed like the work of a child or an amateur editor who had just learned the art of Photoshop.

The bright hues and highlights alongside the still waters emanated an atmosphere of calm tranquility, the water snaking through its natural boundaries and into the man-made aflaj to feed the nearby villages with fresh water.

Al Ain Sahban is still a relatively discreet spot with hardly a single soul (but for our Omani guide) in sight for miles. That’s partly because it remains hidden, with no signboards leading there and, also, because many are wary of the sulfur content in the water.

Google, however, refutes the latter. In fact, swimming in sulfur-rich water could allegedly have several health benefits, such as relief from arthritis and skin diseases such psoriasis and eczema.

Whether any of that’s true is for you to believe – but what we can tell you is the warmth of the water touching your body after a walk in the sun was nothing short of soothing.

A quick dip was all it took to dispel any stress in our body. Think of it as nature’s very own sauna and a way of detoxifying yourself from the grips of the city.

There’s something humbling about spending time in Al Ain Sahban. Its solitude and magnificence embraced us within its eco-system – an eco-system we hope will remain unspoiled for as long as possible.

Yet, there’s just no getting past its status as a location worthy enough to warrant a few intrepid tourists every year to help boost the local economy. After all, Al Ain Sahban can easily star as a key attraction in a country that’s long been known for its natural splendour.


How to get there?


Take the road from Muscat to Sohar. After arriving near Sohar, take the turn that leads to Al Buraimi. Follow the road until you find a brown mosque.Enter the small tunnel to your right and follow the GPS coordinates to reach the destination.

GPS Coordinates:  24°11’13.1” N; 56°18’58.0” E

Location

Sohar
Length:
Difficulty: Medium
Dist. from Muscat: 200kms


GPS Location

24°11’13.1” N; 56°18’58.0” E


Known For

Adventure, Great drive, Hiking


TRAVEL GUIDE

Take the road from Muscat to Sohar. After arriving near Sohar, take the turn that leads to Al Buraimi. Follow the road until you find a brown mosque.Enter the small tunnel to your right and follow the GPS coordinates to reach the destination.


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