Off-Roading & Canyoning in Wadi Showka w/ Volkswagen

Canyoning in the UAE

Who says you need a big beast car to be able to off-road? Well Volkswagen took us away from the Skyscraper Dubai City to do some off-roading at Wadi Shawka in Ras Al Khaimah. We tested out the VW Tiguan for its 4×4 capabilities along the rocky roads of the wadi!

Along with the amazing VW Middle East Team and few cool Dubai peeps Bijal, Tara & Paris, we geared ourself up to go canyoning with the Adventurati Outdoor UAE guys! There were some basic rock climbing, canyoning and jumping off few meter cliffs in the Wadi Pools!

It was an amazing experience to be able to drive the smooth new car and rough it up on the rocks! Gotta say I usually let the hard work of off-roading to Mitch, but I felt surprisingly confident with the Tiguan to go through the rocky road! Not to mention, my first cannoning experience was a gem, mostly because of Fadi, the founder of Adventurati Outdoors and his colleagues!

How is Canyoning in the UAE?

To be honest, you can’t do it after March. Seriously you would burn under the sun. Okay, some people do it, but personally I wouldn’t after the Middle Eastern heat hits up! Level we were on was quite basic and easy; the difficulty level of these canyons is 1/2 out of 10… can’t wait to go with Mitch on a more challenging one. Good thing with these Adventurati Outdoors guys, you can share your level and they would suggest you the right adventure to jump on!

When is the best time to go Canyoning in the UAE?

Our preference is from December to February as it is not hot and humid, but they are quite available year long to the treks! Just check with them on the dates you want and they will get back to you with something custom!

Do I need to be fit to do from Canyoning?

A minimal good fitness level is required as it is not just a walk in the park! You need no rope skills or technical gear is required. Limited amount of swimming is involved. Depending on the weather, the water is mostly waist deep, other than the major pool at the beginning of the hike, in which by the way you can cliff jump!

How to get to Wadi Showka?

It takes 1 hour drive to Wadi Showka and 1 hour return back to Dubai. To drive closer to the starting point of the trek, you will need a 4×4, or at least a car that can go off-road like the new Volkswagen Tiguan! The Entry-level model, Tiguan S has 17-inch steel wheels, 8 speakers, multi-function display / on-board computer, off-road option and much more… you can check the Volkswagen Middle East product line up here!

  • Have you ever done canyoning before?
  • Do you like to off-road when you have the chance?
  • Did you know a Volkswagen Tiguan could even off-road?!

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  • Guy Crotty

    Love a bit of good canyoning and how amazing you get to do it while checking out some new wheels. Love the clarity of your photos BTW!

  • Suruchi Mittal

    Wow! This looks like so much fun. We love off roading and would love to try Canyoning in UAE. Your pictures are great.

  • Jennifer @ MatDifference

    How did I miss this while I spent two months in the UAE? This would have been amazing to do, yet I missed it.

  • Tamara Wilcox

    I had no idea you could go off-roading with this Volkswagen! It sure looks like a great adventure!

  • This is surprising – both the volkswagen and the canyoning in UAE! I didn’t expect that VW can do off-road and there is canyoning activity with gushing water in a country known for its deserts. With your photos, it is obvious that you had a great adventure!!!

  • Wow! I’ve never envisioned canyoning in the UAE. I definitely think I’d have the level of fitness to do this activity and enjoy it! Though I agree with no going after March. I would totally melt into a little puddle, haha.

  • I have never been canyoning, but it looks like an awesome adventure. I’d love to give it a try. I’m saving this post for when I plan my upcoming UAE trip.

  • TravelforStamps

    I’d consider myself the type that’s up for anything and this trip sounds like a lot of fun! I haven’t been to the UAE yet and I didn’t know that things like this were available to do. Great post!

  • I went canyoning last year in Turkey and it was so awesome. The water was really cold even though the temperature was boiling. Was that the case here? We had to wear wetsuits so suspect it may not have been so cold for you guys. Love this type of thing

  • Wow this is all so much fun!!! As a owner of a Jeep Wrangler I can definately appreciate the off roading part for sure. I would love to do off-roading in UAE.

  • What a fun adventure! I’d love to do this in the UAE and it’s not something that I would think of straight away!

  • Reshma

    I love off roading but surprised to see that it is possible to do in the UAE! Canoeing is another adventure that I would really love to try! Loved your pics.

  • This is never anything I’d think to do in the UAE but it looks fun! I would love to do this sometime. Your pics are great.

  • Cat Lin

    Canyoning sounds super fun! This is one activity that is at the top of my list. Looks like you had a great time with the Adventurati Outdoors guys!

  • Monica Suri

    Not done canoeing in UAE yet but looks like lots of fun. Your pictures are very beautiful and it doesn’t look like it’s in UAE. You have shown wet side of it which is very refreshing. Saving it on my TO do list when in UAE next. Thanks for sharing

  • myrthe

    I’ve always wanted to go canoeing, it looks so much fun. Nice pictures you have there!

  • Marissa Abao

    Where did you go canoeing here? It looks like a great place for a hike. I like your outdoor gears. The VW Tiguan is appropriate for going to off-the beaten paths even though it looks a bit fancy.

  • I’ve only been to the UAE once and like most people, was confined to one of the mega-cities (in my case, Abu Dhabi). I think it’s so important to remember that every country has amazing natural resources and ways to explore them. Even if they’re mostly famous for indoor skiing and high end shopping!

  • There is hardly much water, canoeing here must be super interesting. Does one really require those floats or they must use gear for the activity. Loved these funfilled pics. Looks like you had a great time with friends here.

  • I’ve been wanting to do canyoning for a long time! I’m a bit squeamish with heights but I think in combination with the water and ropes it could be great fun!

    Happy continued travels!

  • Kim Bui

    I wouldn’t have guessed this was somewhere in the Middle East! I’ve never been canyoning, but would definitely go if given the chance. Looks like you guys had a blast!

  • Claire Summers

    This looks like such a fun day out! I have never been canyoning, but now I want to! I also had no idea that you could off road in a Tiguan! Vauxhall are making some incredible outdoor adventure ready cars! If only I lived in once place long enough to buy one. Next time I hire a car I’m making sure its a Vauxhall though!


    For mountain crusing really you need 4 X 4 vehicle and you have chosen the correct vehicle. I have went to Ras al Khaimah but never to Showaka. Thanks for writing such a beautiful and informative post as I will go to Showaka this time but in winters. Canyoning is really fun and adventure.

  • Kevan Toombs

    Having the right vehicle to get you to your destination is a must. This hike reminds me of a hike through some slot canyons we took a few years ago near Las Vegas. Just like in the UAE, they shut the Arizona Hot Springs after March because of the blistering Mojave desert heat.

  • I can imagine canyoning in the summer is quite tough with the heat but a fantastic workout! I must confess I had no idea there were canyons in UAE, I learn more about the Emirates everyday! My dad lives off roading so he’d live this part of the excursion. I’ll make sure I visit Wadi Showka next time I’m in Dubai.

  • Lois Alter Mark

    What an amazing adventure! We visited UAE a few years ago and never realized canyoning was an option! It looks like you had a blast!

  • Danik Bates

    I didnt even know you could go canyoning in the UAE. Totally loving the photos and so would love to try this when I eventually get there 🙂