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Try canyon cliff diving and waterfall swimming in Hattain Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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How to try canyon cliff diving and waterfall swimming in Hatta in Dubai
Hatta Pools and Hatta Wadi are unique nature masterpieces that are definitely worth seeing with your own eyes. Hatta Pools are natural waters, and Hatta Wadi is canyons beaten by rain streams in the Al Hajar Mountains. In some places they are quite deep and have fancily curved shape. This work of nature is situated 15 kilometers south from Hatta town and 120 kilometers from Dubai. The pools belong to Oman, but travellers and excursion groups are free to visit the place if they have their passports with them.

Earth-road leading to Hatta Wadi, Dubai
Photo: Earth-road leading to Hatta Wadi, © Boris Kolupaev

If you prefer to take a guided tour to the pools, you can take Mountain Safari excursion, in case you want to go here independently - it's good you are here, on Oddviser website. Here you'll get step-by-step recipe how to hit the road for twisted adventure independently. So, let's get it started!

How to do?

1. Dubai-Hatta Road
Your way starts on Road Dubai-Hatta highway towards Hatta. You'll pass by Big Red Sand Dune (remember, here you can try sandsurfing and go buggy driving).

Earth-road leading to Hatta canyons, Dubai
Photo: Earth-road leading to Hatta canyons, © Boris Kolupaev

2. Southward from Hatta
Go south from Hatta, an earth-road leads to the pools, take it and you'll reach Hatta Wadi. When it's a dry season it's not difficult to drive through the stream, and just beyond it you'll get the slope across which you'll see the pools. These natural bodies of water are cold even when it's hot summer, and their depth reaches 5-7 meters. If you come to Wadi in the period when it has been raining, you'll see a couple of small waterfalls under which you can swim.

Hatta canyon, Dubai
Photo: Hatta canyon, © Jean Jacques Schneider

3. Hatta Pools. Cliff diving
Canyons stretches out for hundreds of meters and ends with 8-meter deep cavities, so you'd better not take a risk until the bottom of the canyon is thoroughly checked. Relaxed travellers can just swim under refreshing waterfalls and admire picturesque view around.

Hatta canyons, Dubai
Photo: Hatta canyons, © Jim Reilly

Where to do?

#12Hatta Pools in DubaiHatta Pools

Gorgeous landscapes and crystal clear water - Hatta Pools favors with wonderful relaxation for both - your body and soul.

Location: Hatta Wadi

When to do?

Locals prefer visiting pools any time around the year, but the best season is summer. Besides swimmers, this place attracts thrill seekers as well. The most well-liked one is wadi bashing - driving 4×4 off-road vehicle along the river mouths, and thrill seekers drive also through water streams formed after rain season to get soaked with adrenaline better.

Hatta canyon diving, Dubai
Photo: Hatta canyon diving, © Michael O'Glyson

Hatta canyon diving, Dubai
Photo: Hatta canyon diving, © Michael O'Glyson

Tips and hints

A half of your way lies through Oman. So take your passport with you! You just transit the Sultanate of Oman, so you'll get your passport only checked, not marked.

Don't forget to leave a comment about your adventure on Oddviser website!
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