Separated from the rest of the Omani territory by a territorial zone that is part of the Emirate of Sharjat in the United Arab Emirates, the Musandam Peninsula is an hour flight north of Muscat. The gateway to this Omani enclave located at the northern tip of the United Arab Emirates is Khasab (approximatively 400 miles north of Muscat). The city is bordered by the Persian Gulf to the west, the Strait of Hormuz to the north and the Gulf of Oman to the east. The best place to see dolphins is in Khasab. Located in the north of the peninsula, this is also where you will find the Golden Tulip Resort.
The impressive fjords of Musandam are conducive to amazing boat rides, in particular on traditional wooden dhows. Once you have seen the unique landscapes of the desert mountains plunging into the sea, spotted a few fishermen's houses here and there, encountered some schools of tuna, and photographed the dolphins that follow your boat, the picnic at the heart of the fjord is simply splendid. Don't forget to dive into the underwater world and swim with the stingrays and the turtles.
Recently restored, the beautiful and imposing fort of Khasab was built in the 16th century by the Portuguese and overlooks the bay and the harbour. It is home to an interesting museum on the traditions of the Sultanate (restored boats, reconstructed houses, etc).
The most spectacular fjord in the region is that of Khor al Sam, which you travel along leaving from Khasab.
Musandam is a very isolated region. There are no direct flights so you will have to transit through Muscat or Dubai.
The National Ferry Company (NFC), owned by the Omani government, operates catamaran connections (6h) between Muscat and Khasab (Musandam) 4 times a week. These boats are big enough to take on vehicles. An interesting alternative to driving since you will be able to avoid all of the visa formalities at the border of the United Arab Emirates.
During the period of Ramadan, try to avoid drinking water, eating and even smoking in public places. Don't take pictures of women even if they are veiled and especially not without their permission.
Lebanese mezze, Asian and Indian specialities, the catch of the day. Meals often end with an excellent mint tea that is just as tasty as in Morocco.
The most fabulous incense in the world! Other than in Yemen and Ethiopia, you can only find frankincense in Dhofar, a city in southern Oman. Extracted from the dried sap, it is burned on coal and the resulting scent is a sweet fragrance that can be found in our churches. The smoke from the incense kills flies, mosquitoes and other insects, and also removes unwanted odors. It is an excellent gift! You can discover all sorts of things at the stalls in the souk of Khasab.
Benefitting from an ideal location facing the sea and close to ...