Visiting a wadi is one of the must-do things in Oman. Surrounded by green date trees and jagged, arid mountains, they are tremendously beautiful natural wonders. In this article, we will talk about another splendid wadi you must visit.
With stunning water springs and ever-flowing waterfalls throughout the year, Wadi Hoqain Rustaq is a superb place for entertainment. It is an iconic wadi in Oman for spending a relaxing leisure time, picnic venue, and above all else, swimming!
How to Get There
Wadi Hoqain is easily accessible, especially from Muscat. Situated in the Rustaq town, this place is 150 kilometers far from Muscat. It will take you only around two hours to reach from there. After arriving at Rustaq, chase the road further towards Wadi Sahtan. After a few kilometers, you will get the road moving right directly opposite the way of Sahtan. You will encounter a gray landscape on the left while driving through this road. Local houses will be on your right side. Keep moving forward to reach Wadi Hoqain.
Perfect Time to Go
The main attraction of this place is water. Fortunately, most of the water springs flow all year round. You might get less yet cold water flows from them even in the peak summer. Considering this, you can visit Wadi Hoqain any time of the year.
No matter what season you choose, always avoid national holidays and the weekends- Friday and Saturday if you want tranquility. The wadi becomes very crowded these days with the people coming from each corner of the country to see the stunning waterfall.
- You will see some water crossings on your way to Hoqain. No need to worry. Any 4WD vehicle with standard clearance should comfortably get you in.
- Wadi Hoqain is in a residential area. It is appreciated to be stuck with good behavior and attitude. While visiting any village, please put on conservative attire to show respect to the local culture.
- You must not miss the recently renovated Al Hazm Fort anyway. It is one of the beautiful castles in Oman. The best advice is to get an audio guide to enjoy the local narratives and stories.
Attractions of Wadi Hoqain Rustaq
This place was never short of entertainment elements to amuse the tourists. Here, we will mention some of the key attractions.
One of the striking features of Wadi Hoqain and its surroundings is mind-blowing beautiful views. You will get to enjoy the green palm trees on both sides of the road during the drive. You can also stop to explore both old and new villages.
In case you miss any thrill during the drive, no need to worry. You will get many other attractions to enjoy. A rock castle will arrive after a while in the middle of the wadi. For this, the place is surrounded by water when the water level rises.
Unlike other parts of Oman, this place is quite greenish and vivid. Even at noon, you will get cold and freshwater breezes. At that time, sitting beside a water spring will give a great relaxation experience. Overall, you will not get bored for a single moment during your stay for the tremendous display of natural elegance.
Blue Pools of Hoqain
To go to the Blue Pools (Google Map), you have to enter into a tiny canyon. It will require some walking before going there. If you have a fitness issue, it is better to avoid this. However, you do have an alternative option.
The first pool is the largest in the area and also very deep. In the beginning, you may find the water light green instead of crystal. But eventually, you will find the white water. You can swim to move ahead or also walk through the right side. There are around 300 meters of space you have to swim in. Again, we will not recommend it if you do not know swimming or have small children.
After a while, you will find a waterfall on your left side. This part is comparatively shallow than the first pool. You can easily walk here with water shoes since the rocks under are small and smooth. The opposite of the canyon will lead you to another separate pool. You will get to enjoy the timeless beauty of this place if you could get in there.
For people missing this place, there is another alternative pool that is easily accessible. Here is the location on the map. You will find it just beside the road. It is a great family picnic spot and BBQ place since the rocks are flat and smooth. People having children will find this place more suitable than the canyon pool.
Hoqain Waterfall (Google Map) is probably the most recognized attraction here. You will find tons of beautiful photos of this place floating online. The flow of water is not equal throughout the year. You will get to see the most authentic form of the waterfall if you go immediately after a rainfall. However, it is not a wise option for safety issues. Wadis can be very dangerous after heavy rain due to strong water flow.
No matter what the water flow is, this is a place you must visit. A large number of green trees on the left side add another dimension. Roaming around this place and sitting under the shower will give you heavenly pleasure. You cannot compare anything with the cold water and breeze flowing at hot noon.
Despite being small, Hoqain town has a lot of surprises. This area is full of date trees which is rare in North Al Batinah. There are many beautiful and eye-catching mosques. You will also find some ruins near the mountains proving that this area is protected well from the past.
The houses here have unique local designs that will seem unusual to a western look. The fascinating thing about these houses is their decorated gates. You will find many colorful paintings on the walls that add a different look.
Camping (Google Map) is not so familiar for the tourists who visit here. However, this camping spot beside a small mountain is easily accessible if you want. It is less than half an hour’s journey from the waterfall. You can trek to reach here.
On top of the mountain, you can see the whole area from a 360-degree angle. Also, the peaceful breeze will comfort you. On your right, several green trees are making the place a scenic beauty.
The summer season is not the best time for camping. Due to high humidity, temperatures may feel up to 40 degrees Celsius.
Things to Carry
There are certain things you must carry to make your journey at Wadi Hoqain comfortable. Below we listed some essential things you should not miss to bring with you.
Water Shoes or Flip Flops
Water shoes are a must if you want to get inside the canyon. Though the rocks are small, yet they might hurt your feet. Putting on water shoes or flip-flops will prevent any possible injury.
Waterproof Phone Cover
It is another vital object when you will go to the blue pools. Especially if you want to take pictures keeping the azure canyon water in the background, you must carry it. Many people miss capturing the alluring beauty inside for lack of this.
Always bring sunshades like sunglasses and a hat. Also, do not forget to apply sun cream to protect your skin from sunburn.
We would recommend you to try camping. Doing this at the mentioned place above will complete the tour. You can rent camping gear with tents from the travel agencies in Rustaq.
Bring paracetamol or mild painkiller with you. Keep in mind that the closest pharmacy is quite far away in Ibri. So, carry all the prescription drugs before coming.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I cover the whole tour with daily sports shoes?
You can trek with it. But once you reach near the pools, it is better to put on water shoes or sneakers.
Is Wadi Hoqain safe for kids?
It is safe for kids to have a bath in the waterfall. However, you have to be careful about the kids while going near the pools. In some areas, they are very profound.
Can I make a transaction through an ATM?
You will not see any ATMs near the waterfall area. Payment through an ATM is not allowed here. Take sufficient cash before going there.
There are endless reasons to come visiting Wadi Hoqain Rustaq. Adventure through a canyon, relaxing in cold water, picnic beside waterfalls, light trekking- this place covers everything. It is also a popular holiday destination for the Omanis. They come with their family to enjoy a relaxing vacation here. What can be a better place to know the Omani culture along with a mind-blowing refreshment?