image Trip to Musandam, Oman

Geographically, the Musandam peninsula juts into the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow entry into the Persian Gulf, from the Arabian Peninsula. The Musandam peninsula is an exclave of Oman, separated from the rest of the country by the UAE. Its location gives Oman partial control, shared with Iran, of the strategic strait. In the northern section of Musandam, around Kumzar, the language is Kumzari, which is one of the south-western Iranian languages and a sub-branch of  Persian. The Musandam Peninsula has an area of 1,800 square kilometers (695 sq mi) and a population of 31,425 people.

Wikipedia

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Musandam in Oman is one of my favourite destinations and I can recommend it to anyone. If you like sailing, camping and diving, this place is just for you.

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You can reach Musandam by car from Dubai – you need just few hours drive. Once you reach the high rocky mountains, you need to drive through a lot of curves before you reach Khasab city. Your compensation for the dizziness caused by the curving roads, is the unforgettable view of the blue sea below.

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Once you reach Khasab, you need to go to the harbor, which is the meeting point for all boats and from there you can start your unforgettable sea journey. You can hire a boat for half a day, or for the whole day the price is 150 AED per day  including soft drinks and tasty lunch. If you search for a romantic getaway you can rent one boat for the two of you, otherwise you can have fun and join other people – usually there are 15-20 people in one boat. And do not forget your swimming suit!

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We took one whole day journey and explored Musandam by boat. It was wonderful! The weather was nice for April, sunny and not so hot as in UAE. We were passing through magnificent views and explored interesting animals and trees…

Birds…

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Dolphins, swimming next to our boat…

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As well as passed next to different old boats on our way…

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We saw fishermen…

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As well as the small villages in the mountains where they were living…

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In the end of our journey we reached beautiful clean waters, with different red, yellow and blue fishes, which you could see from the boat. We were given the opportunity to dive and look down the interesting sea creatures from close by

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or if you prefer you can camp outside in fresh air and greet the sunrise in the open. There are not a lot of nice hotels to stay over for the night in Khasab area. The only one is Golden Tulip, so if you prefer to overnight in a hotel, head to this place. The staff is very polite, and the view from the rooms to the sea is amazing.

Of course if you prefer more luxurious trip around Musandam, you can always rent a yacht too…

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Hope you have enjoyed this travel destination on my blog, and see you soon for the next post from the Middle East.

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Text and photography:

Sylvia Trifonova 

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