By Mohammed Said Al Busafi -
Photos by Ahmed Al MaamariTravelling to Wadi Dayqah requires a sturdy vehicle, primarily because the way to some of its hidden gems is unpaved and rugged at times. Set amidst remarkable gorges, the landscape has been sculpted over millennia by the winding flow of water and the patient caress of time.
Located in the Al Sharqiyah North Governorate in the Wilayat of Dima W’attayen in Ghubrat Al Tam, Wadi Dayqah is about an hour and a half drive from Muscat.
From Mehlah, the centre of the wilayat, the wadi’s winding road and the Ghubrat Al Tam Park are about 20 km away, and it is here where the real adventure begins.
Wadi Dayqah is the gathering point of water in the wilayat. Water from wadis like Dima, Imdah and Tmah all collectively head towards Dayqah and one of the reasons why the wadi consistently have flowing water throughout the year.
To enjoy the awe-inspiring sights of turquoise waters surrounded by towering cliffs, one must hike deeper into the wadi. A leisurely stroll alongside the meandering stream leads to lush date palm groves, where the sound of rustling leaves harmonises with the gentle babble of water. Furthermore, one will be greeted by hidden pools and cascading waterfalls, an amazing feature that has endeared this place to the locals who live in the area.
Whenever it rains around the area, the top of the mountains gets flooded, causing seasonal waterfalls that flow in every nook and cranny and eventually spill over to the many pools of Wadi Dayqah.
As the water from different wadis collides, it flows with mighty force until it finally reaches the Dayqah Dam located in Qurayat.
Many of the locals who have gotten familiar with the unique features of its cascading flow, usually bring with them tyre tubes and use them as floaters that take them from one end to the other end of the flowing wadi. Wadi tubing is an adventure that definitely everyone visiting Oman must try.
Wadi Dayqah can only be reached by four-wheel drive vehicles. Tourists ought to have 4WD cars to drive on unpaved surfaces, stones, and streams till they get to Dayqah. If you want to see the best of what the wadi can offer, hiking is necessary.
The hospitality and friendliness of Omanis in the area boast tourism in Dayqah. Tourists always feel welcome and never encounter any kind of disturbance.
Wadi Dayqah is definitely a place worth exploring. It has recently become a popular tourist destination, especially for those who admire swimming, hiking, mountain climbing, and camping. It is indeed a good choice for adventure and enjoying the natural views.
Capturing the Moment:
Tips for the Ultimate Trip
Timing is Key: The best time to visit Wadi Dayqah is during the cooler months, from October to April when the temperatures are more comfortable for exploration.
Pack Essentials: Load up on sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, comfortable hiking shoes, and plenty of water. The Omani sun can be intense, even in the cooler months.
Cultural Sensitivity: Remember that you’re exploring a place with deep cultural significance. Dress modestly, and always be respectful of the local customs and traditions.
Local Cuisine: Don’t miss the opportunity to savour traditional Omani dishes. Seek out local eateries along the way to truly immerse yourself in the culinary delights of the region.