Long Weekend GETAWAY to KHASAB(OMAN) FROM DUBAI

Khasab is a port city on Northern Oman’s Musandam Peninsula. From Khasab harbor, ancient styled wooden boats named as “Dhow”(Arabic word for wooden boats) cruises the Strait of Hormuz, offering rugged coastal views surrounded by rocky mountains and dolphins sightings in ocean.

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Musandam Peninsula has an enchanting Fjords or Khors, created by fragmented rocks stretching like a claw into sea and huge cliffs standing besides are splendidly reflected in the blue waters of Strait of Hormuz.

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fjords and khors of oman

The coast which meets Strait of Hormuz extends some 600 kms. These stunning Fjords have been named as “The Norway of Arabia”. Musandam area is divided into four parts – 1.) Khasab ( we stayed in Khasab)

2.) Bhuka

3.)  Dibba

4.)  Mudha.

10 Things to do in Khasab Musandam

1.)  Dhow cruise Trip to Musandam Fjords-  One full day tour by Dhow through a traditional Omani decorated dhow where visitors are comfortably seated on floor on cushions and carpets. Visitors are given opportunity to find the ancient towns and snorkel the waters of Telegraph Island & Seepi Island, going to Khor Shem, Qanaha & Maqlab along the way.  Also dhow stops at dolphin sighting view in middle of sea where dolphins comes along with us. Buffet lunch and refreshments are served on board. Snorkeling gear and towels are provided on board.  Timings of Cruise:-  10:A.M. TO 4:00P.M.

 

2.)  Camping in Musandam Beach- People take camping stuff and do a overnight camping on beach besides sea and mountains.  People take their caravans also.

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camping beach.

3.)  Overnight staying at  Dhow cruise under moon-light to enjoy nights in sea surrounded by cliffs. Dinner and breakfast provided onboard.

4.)  Mountain Safari to top of Fjords – You will need a 4 X 4 vehicle for this to reach Jebel Harim which offers most beautiful view from top at 2087m above ocean leve. Visitors enjoy the beautiful views of Hajar Mountains.

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5.) Snorkeling & Swimming in Clear Waters- Dhow Cruise stops in middle of sea for an hour and offers snorkeling and swimming in between the sea. 

snorkeling in blue waters of oman
snorkeling in blue waters of oman

6.) Natural Dolphin Watching along the Dhow Boat- 

 

7.) Banana Boat ride, Local Beach Access with sea gulls –  Local beach of Khasab is good for beach lovers and can access water sports.

 

 8.)  Kayaking and Fishing- There are many fishing points in Khasab area. Also lots of Kayaks can enjoy kayaking.

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fishing Point
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fish

9.) Khasab City Tour – Very small city on the borders of UAE & Oman with local Arabic Culture and a small fort in Portugese style.

10.)  Trekking – Explore the Mountains of Musandam. From top of mountains have a stunning views of Gulf of Arabia and Gulf of Oman.  On top of mountains camping can also be done. Many people lay down their tents and stay here. 

 

 

Nearest International Airports – Dubai in UAE and Muscat(Oman)

From Dubai it takes around 4 hours to reach here covering a distance of around 200kms by road.

Between UAE and Oman border there is checkpoint at border where are visa and passports are checked. Sometimes it takes lot of time because of huge rush on long weekends, so it is better to start early from Dubai so that Queue can be avoided. This place is favorite from UAE for day trips and long weekend trips.  Check visa formalities on Oman site before going. Driving after crossing the border to the Khasab city is very scenic.

 

After reaching to Khasab we stayed in local 4 star hotel Atana Khasab hotel offering the views of sea with mountains and swimming pool. Many rooms are facing sea and many facing only mountains. Hotel is located on rocks facing sea. It offers professional diving course also with professional instructors. Parking is free in hotel. 

 

Currency – Omani Rial

Food – Arabic and Continental

Atana Khasab hotel arrange cruise service and mountain safaris. These services picks up from hotel and drops also. 

Thanks for reading… Love travelling ……Love ADVENTURES………

Coming soon with new experiences.

Adventures in OMAN
Discover Oman

 

52 Comments

  1. The Dhow reminds me of the Kashmiri boats! The dolphins sighting is always such a pleasure!
    Camping beside the sea in such a location would be such an awesome thing to do.
    Trekking in this rocky terrain would be exciting yet very tiring!

  2. Oman is a country I have never been to but is on my list so I’m jealous you visited Oman! Good tip about setting off early from Dubai to avoid the queues, I wonder how is the visa process is for UK nationals? The images you shared are stunning, fjords are the last thing I’d expect to see in Oman.

  3. I actually didn’t know much about Oman at all before reading this post. But now you’ve made me want to add it to my bucket list! I’d love to do all 10 of things you suggested. I love snorkeling, kayaking and would love to go dolphin watching! So cool!

  4. When I think of Oman, I would think of the dry desert mountains, but I would never have thought of dolphins and especially fjords. Such a diverse and beautiful landscape. The dhow boat rides look like an unique way to experience the area and a must for me if I make it to the region for a visit. You have brought to life a vibrant area that I know so little about.

  5. What gorgeous natural scenery! I would love to see dolphins in real life someday! I had never heard of this destination before.

  6. Such beautiful photos of the fjords; something I always associate with cold countries! A dhow boat trip looks like an absolute must. How lucky to see dolphins! I would definitely go snorkelling here too – I bet it’s great.

  7. What a gorgeous place! Love the dolphins, most people only see them in captivity and not in the wild. I’m not really a camping person but must say, I wouldn’t mind camping on the beach!

  8. This is so amazing. THis post is right in time as I am planning to travel to Dubai in July for work. I can definitely make use of some of this information.

  9. well, first of all, your photos are truly stunning as you were able to capture the ambiance perfectly.. those huge rock formation are truly mind blowing and I would love to witness them in my own eyes.. same thing with those marine creature encounters!
    thanks for giving us a quick tour through your wonderfully captured photos
    hopefully I will get a chance to experience and visit this place in the future

  10. Your photos are absolutely beautiful with such incredible views. I’d love to take an adventurous trip like this and will add it to my bucket list. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Ok, I was totally unaware that there are Fjords in Oman! Amazing. This trip with dolphins and snorkelling seems so fun. Thanks for bringing this story to me – very cool indeed!

  12. Khasab sounds amazing! I love to read about other interesting places in the Gulf area, there is so much more to it than just Dubai, although Dubai is amazing as well. This looks like a very picturesque place, perfect for the activities I love most – trekking and snorkelling! I want to see the dolphins!

  13. What a great list of fun activities to do in Khasab! Dolphin watching sounds especially interesting. The view from atop the fjords is spectacular!

  14. I love the scenery. The water is so clear and blue! Oh the roads from the aerial view photo are really tight curves. Real hairpin curved roads!

  15. Goodness this looks beautiful. I adore an active holiday where you have plenty of energetic opportunities. Big fan of dolphins! Been Whale watching before, but would really like to see the dolphins!

  16. You made some amazing photos! Sounds like you had a great adventure. I sure would love to do the same. The water is just beautiful.

  17. Wow that brings back so many memories. Lived in Dubai for two years and loved trips to the musandam. Did you take a dhow trip? Great post

  18. I would love to take the cruise around the fjords. Were you able to jump off the boat at any point and go for a swim? Looks like there’s a ton to do here between the snorkeling and hiking – I could easily stay here for a week.

  19. The Dhow cruise looks wonderful! This is one region of the world I know nothing about, but would like to see it for myself. The Hajar mountains are beautiful, you’re so lucky you went there!

  20. This is such a great read! I love learning about new places to visit, and I am definitely adding Musandam beach on my list of places to camp. Hooray!

  21. What a dream destination. So exotic! I have heard a lot of good things about Oman. But never about the fjord. Camping is my thing so I would problably do that. And snorkelling, hiking and dolphine watching. Must be an awesome trip!

  22. Oh man this just makes me even more excited for my travels I cannot wait. I love the look of the fjords and khors of oman, they are stunning. What camera did you use to capture your shots? x

  23. So beautiful. Dubai is at the top of mu bucket list of places to visit. I’ve heard so many good things about it, especially that it is beautiful. Your adventure sounds like it was a great getaway for the whole family. Nice.

  24. Beautiful Dubai ! That’s the word that I can describe about this place after reading your post . I like the port and cruising them with wooden boat . So artistic and ancient style , love it

  25. Beautiful pictures and the trip looks fun too. Oman is indeed a place on my bucket list and now after reading this i am even more excited. also it would be great if you shared your budget for the trip along with the post, just for us prospective tourists.
    Peace!

  26. This looks like a great place to visit. I really love the natural scenery, so impressive. I love seeing dolphins. That is once in a lifetime experience.

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