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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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It was about time Fadi Hachicho created Adventurati – A Nomad Blog. An outdoor lover, an adrenaline junkie, a lover of life. “Living on the edge makes me feel alive, I have always tried to meet people with like-minded mentality to share my adventure spirit with and get to learn more and share experiences” The blog came alive in hopes that it covers all activities and adventure travel in the region. And that’s how “Adventurati” which is the Lebanese word for “My Adventure” came alive. He is based in Dubai, UAE.

Here is his diary

Destination Oman

Having been in Dubai few months at that time, the trip details sounded very exciting to me and I saw a chance to discover Oman through driving off-road in all terrains and camping in different habitats from rocky mountains to sandy beaches covering a distance of more than 1700km over 3 days and experiencing hiking, canyoning, and long distance road trips. This to me was the chance I have been waiting for since I moved to U.A.E.

Stayed in The closest thing to a hotel was my mini sized tent. Starting our first day after a 6 hour drive from Dubai, we started offroading though rough rocky terrain ,at foothills of the eastern Al Hajar Mountains, all the way up to Salma Plateou at an altitude of 1300m. The rocky peak was our accommodation for the first night. It was cold but the bonfire and deliciously cooked BBQ kept us warm sipping Moroccan tea prepared fresh by our Moroccan friend was the icing on the cake. The sky was so clear we got see the Milky way with our bare eyes. Mindblowing!

Month August

In your suitcase

– Sun-screen
– Food, snacks and plenty of drinking water
– Swimming clothes and a towel
– Sturdy water-proof footwear
– Camera and waterproof bag
– A flashlight
– Tent
– Sleeping bag

Shopped at Passing through Muscat you can visit some tourist attractions that are very interesting. You can find activity early in the morning at the Local Fish Market followed by some natural history at Natural History Museum to know more about the Omani terrain and wild life before exploring its natural wonders. If you are into star gazing like I am then the PDO planetarium is a must visit. The curator of Planetarium is a passionate man that will lead you in imaginary trips between the stars. They also provide Star Gazing trips that leave you speechless!

Diary Waking up to the sunrise watching the sun go up from a 1300m was the wakeup call for our second day adventure. On our way down the mountain we stopped by the village of Fins in Willyat Qurayyat to gaze upon one of the greatest and most beautiful natural wonders. It was one of the largest underground caves in the world called “Majlis Al Jinn”. The name stands for itself.
The area of this enormous cave is 58 thousand square metres and its capacity is 4 million cubic metres. The length of Majlis Al Jinn Cave is 310 metres and its width is 225 metres. A dome-shaped ceiling tops the cave at a height of 120 metres. Geologists put the age of this cave at fifty million years.

Passing through Wadi Tiwi, our adventure continued and in no time we reach one of the most spectacular natural attractions in Oman, “Wadi Shab”. Wadi Shab has a set of amazing natural pools & waterfalls in the midst of the desert, and all of that with a crazy turquoise water colour. Crossing through the other side of the bay by a small fishing boat, we then started for 45min trekking forward through the Wadi canyon jumping pools and climbing cliffs until we reached a point were we had to dump our backpacks and dive underwater to reach the inside of a hidden cave and a waterfall. An experience I had never encountered before and made me feel like a champion! Once we reached inside it was all fun and games, jumping of cliffs and swing the ropes like Tarzan. Everyone had found the child within.
As if we hadn’t had enough of jumping cliffs, there was one worth the challenge. Leaving Wadi Shab behind we headed straight towards Bimmah Sinkhole, located in Hawiyat Najm Park (literally meaning Meteor Fall Park in Arabic) very close to Al Sharqiyah region just off the high way to Sur, few kilometers before Tiwi. The Sinkhole is so deep that apparently its connected to the sea through an underground tunnel. This was the perfect excuse for most of us to jump off a 25m high cliff straight into the turquoise water. Knowing I still had much more to see from this trip I personally decided to settle for the 10m cliff jump. A daring jump that was worth it!

Diving cliffs can only be topped by watching giant sea turtles, at Ras Al Jinz Beach Reserve, nesting under the full moon bright light. It was an amazing experience to watch the turtles lay eggs and learn how it nests and guide little sea turtle that had hatched find its way back to the ocean. Nature is such a beauty!

Further to Sur we had called the night and camped on the bays of Ras AlHadd to have a rest after a day full of adventure. The night would not end before one more surprise as it started to rain. A mix of camping, full moon, beach, and rain in the mids of summer is truly a moment not to be forgotten.

On our last day heading back towards Dubai, we stopped by Wadi Bani Khaled known for its unique rocks, crystal clear blue pools and beautiful water falls. The most exciting things about this Wadi is Muqil cave located beyond the water pools and waterfalls. Trekking through the cave was totally a different experience all together. We had to really crouch and kneel to pass through, while holding a flashlight, not very comfortable if you are claustrophobic. It was very humid inside, you end up encountering some bats and you are able to hear a waterfall somewhere.

Dined at Not much of high end restaurants or known fast food dinners through these small towns and villages. Besides the BBQ we had prepared for ourselves, we only cam across a local Shawarma kiosk and a local mini market. It was the perfect place to refuel our body with tasty food before the long drive back home.

Tip  Make sure you plan the routes ahead and research all the attractions ahead of time. You don’t want miss out on something you were close by. It not everyday you can drive 7-9 hours to visit natural wonders. But most importantly drink a lot of water and stretch after every few ours of driving. Adventure is meant to be crazy, so have fun and make the best of each moment.

Mode of Travel We drove all the way from Dubai to Oman. It was a very long drive but totally worth it and I’d do it again any day without hesitation.

Majlis al Jinn 2 Salma Camp Salma Camp Salma Plateau salmah Plateau Sinkhole Jump Sinkhole Oman Wadi Bani Khalid Cave Wadi BAni Khalid Climb Wadi BAni Khalid Dive SONY DSC Wadi Shab 1 Wadi Shab Boat Ride Wadi SHab Cave Wadi Shab Cave2 Wadi Shab route Wadi Shab3

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  1. Abdullah AlShamsi says:

    Amazing journey! Keep it up, I like the blog, the pictures are mind blowing!

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