Wadi Bani Khalid
Wadi Bani Khalid is located 203 kilometres (126 miles) from Muscat. Take the Bidbid -Sur Road in Al Sharqiyah South Governorate, which forks into a side road leading to wilayat Bani Khalid , then weaves up across the eastern AlHajar Mountains to Bida village deep in the mountains. There you can enjoy the spectacular views of the fertile valley with its spreading trees and abundant water that tumbles down as waterfalls in some areas to form natural pools of water.
The road then cuts through the valley to reach Muqal town, well known for its cave. To explore this cave, you'll have to exercise great caution as you may need to crawl or even scramble in some places. Here the gushing waters creates a loud rushing sound and collects in pools, only to dissipate and gather - once again in small lakes which the villagers have used to fill three irrigation canals.
Being one of the most east to access wadis, over weekends and public holidays to pools can get quite busy, but there are lifeguards on duty to make sure everyone is enjoying the wadi safely.