One reason to join a MeetUp group like Muscat Adventures and Social Club is to go to places that one would not dare to venture alone. The hike to Tahery Cave, in the Sharqiyah region of Oman, is one of these places. Firstly, you need a decent 4×4 skills to get to the trail-head. Secondly, the navigation to the cave is tricky. We wandered off our hike on the way back, despite being accompanied by a very experienced guide that visited the place handful of times. No videos from the hike, but you can check out some photo slides below.

Here are directions to the start of the trail. 4WD highly recommended.

And here is the map (one way only)

There is also a possibility to hike through the cave and spend a night inside. Probably the best is to join an experienced company like Husaak Adventures.

Visited in 2019

Oman Aquarium, Muscat ***

The Oman Aquarium started in 2019, it is a great place especially for kids to get close to various fishes and animals. The aquarium features a large number of local Omani fish and animals including sharks, sting rays, turtles, scorpions – as well as many non-local fauna such as penguins and crocodiles. The place is located in the Mall of Muscat. If you visit, do not forget there is an additional option to feed the fishes and turtles.

Short video from the visit to the aquarium
And the longer one…

Both videos were done using the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 and were edited in Final Cut Pro X. The music was composed using Garage Band.

Australia, National Park

Pros: Wildlife, spectacular mountain landscapes, a giant stone crater called Wilpena Pound, 4WD

Cons: Very hot in the summer, flies everywhere

One of the best national parks in Australia. It’s a long drive from Adelaide, but absolutely worthy. We recommend you take a 4WD car to enjoy Barachina Gorge. Also, although very expensive, take a flight over Wilpena Pound with one of the companies – we took an early morning flight. We didn’t go up Mount St Mary peak as it was too hot, and we also heard the walk is discouraged by the indigenous people. Please also check out the official website of the park.

Pros: protected forests, imposing sand cliffs, a chance to see a bison

Cons: not a great place on a windy and cold day that can happen even in summer (we visited in late August 2020)

You can visit the key highlights of the park in a day, but to truly enjoy it you may need so spend 2-3 days. Wolinski Park Narodowy contains a varied flora and fauna e.g. features European bison sanctuary. The park is a breeding place for white-tailed sea eagle (pol. bielik) which image you can find on the coat of arms of Poland.



Foraging wild mushrooms

I am not a mushroom expert, but my mom is. Picking mushrooms is not only her hobby since she was a child, but also the best way to find some vital ingredients for many of her best dishes – including pierogies. It’s a meditative activity that requires lots of attention and focus… For advise on which mushrooms are edible or poisonous please check other sources e.g. this or this one.

Here are some photos and videos from our short trip on a late September afternoon. Location: Wilga, Poland.



Crossing Oresund Bridge

We crossed the bridge in August 2020, so we were stopped in the middle as part of the covid precautions. The video below is 2x speed.


Øresund Bridge from the air in September 2015.jpg
Source: Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%98resund_Bridge

Pros: Beautiful forest, great cycling through the park, experiencing kayaking on the winding Wieprz river, Zwierzynic brewery, local food, close to Zamość

Cons: hard to navigate and travel if you don’t know Polish, difficult to enjoy when it rains

In the land of fir, beech and tarpan you can explore the natural beauty of Roztocze. Lots of hiking, cycling and kayaking opportunities. The park is well maintained. It’s worth visiting only if you consider exploring other places around including Zamość and Lublin.




Pros: close to Guadalupe Mountain NP, an opportunity to spot a kangaroo rat or endemic moth species

Cons: not too many activities to enjoy, also the park is surrounded by an active missile range

We visited the place back in 2004 when it was still a national monument. Since 2019 it’s a national park.

Official website


Iceland is one of the best places to visit for landscape beauty, exploration, and photos. We spent 7 days visiting Iceland in 2009… and wish could go again to drive around it and maybe even hike Hvannadalshnúkur.

Here was our itinerary:

  1. The Golden Circle (Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss waterfall),
  2. Mount Hekla – one of the most active volcanos in Iceland.
  3. Landmannalaugar
  4. Skaftafell National Park, now part of established Vatnajökull National Park
  5. Snæfellsjökull national park
  6. Glymur waterfall
  7. Blue lagoon
  8. Reykjavik

Salalah revisited

Our second trip to Salalah to visit few places that we missed during our 2019 Khareef trip. We still have to visit again, but here is the list of eight new places we visited in January 2020. Note: subjective rating from * to ***** based on appeal and beauty:

  1. Abandoned ship at Efftalqut ***
  2. The road to Shaat hidden beach ****
  3. Frankincense Wadi **
  4. Port of Salalah and … turtles **
  5. Canyonlands of Dhofar **
  6. Wadi Ayoon **
  7. The road to Hasik ****

Abandoned ship at Efftalqut


The road to Shaat hidden beach

On the way to the hidden beach, Shaat, Dhofar, Oman

Frankincense Wadi / Wadi Dawkah

Frankincense tree

Port of Salalah and … turtles

Port of Salalah

Canyonlands of Dhofar

Canyonlands of Dhofar

Ayoon wadi

Ayoon

The road to Hasik

Amazing coastline on the way to Hasik

We visited few canyons north of Salalah, Dhofar as part of our Salalah Revisited trip… great landscapes and lookouts, but no descriptions or general directions. One place to share is this one.

We had to cross one army check point to get there. Lots of places on the way to explore.


Wadi Ayoon

About 30 mins away from Salalah there is a nice camping spot with few lookouts. Here is the location. It is possible to go all the way down and explore the wadi further.



Port of Salalah

Port of Salalah, Dhofar, Oman

Port of Salalah is the largest port in Oman. The port operates both a container terminal and a general cargo terminal, and serves the local and regional community including humanitarian assistance to Yemen.

Interestingly, right next to the port there is a tidal river full of elusive turtles. Check out the video.