Location ✦ Wadi Al Arbeyeen, Suwayh
Region ✦ Muscat, Hajar Oriental
Country ✦ Oman
Difficulty ✦ v1-a2-II
Max recall ✦ None
Duration ✦ 2h to 4h (round trip)
Interest ✦ ★
Access to the place
Map & topo
Hiking to the start 30'
Cross the wadi Al Hail to the left and climb up under the terraces to aim for the falaj further up. Follow the falaj through the palm grove until you reach the end. Return to the bed of Wadi Al Hail, where the canyon begins.
It's a one-way trip, so you don't need any equipment and there's no major difficulty, at least up to the elbow. There's a lot of water, so a wetsuit is recommended except in summer.
Part 1: up to the elbow
There's a path with cairns on the right-hand side, which sometimes crosses over to the left or into the bed of the Wadi AL Hail. Sometimes it's even cairned on both sides. In short, there's no difficulty, and it's easy to find your way, even if you have to climb or unclimb large boulders in places, or look for the best passage.
Further on, you come to a tight spot with a reach that you must swim for around 50m or avoid by crossing on the left-hand side (V, with grip). Then continue without having to go into the water. After about 1h30 from the end of the falaj, you reach the point where the wadi bends 90° to the left. Here you'll find a splendid swimming pool and the possibility of jumping from the ledge above.
Part 2: up to the giant dice
This section can be completed either by avoiding the pool at the left-hand bend, or by swimming up the waterfall (knotted rope visible).
Simply retrace your steps for a similar amount of time.