Separated from the rest of Oman by the east cost of the UAE, Musandam is a land of beautiful Khors (bays) and is dubbed the “Norway of Arabia”, small villages and amazing mountain hugging roads. If you enjoy a true taste of wilderness, this beautiful archipelago with its cultural eccentricities is a must visit when exploring Oman.
Musandam is a scuba divers paradise with over 25 dive sites available all year round; these diving spots are accessible for divers of all experience levels while a few drift dive sites are recommended only for experienced divers. While diving you be able to get up close and personal with a wide variety of sea creatures such as green turtles, marbles sting ray spotted eagle ray, king fish, king barracuda, reef sharks, obtuse barracuda and many more, The most notable sea creature most divers encounter is the gentle whale shark which grow up to 8 meters
For photographers the sea
For the history buffs a visit to the Khasab Castle would make a nice pit stop on a tour of Khasab, the capital city of Musandam with interesting tit-bits about the region allowing you to take a glimpse of the hardships and history of the people of Musandam, Oman.
The Bimmah Sink hole is another great tourist destination to visit when traveling through Musandam. Located at the Hawiyat Najm Park this unique geological wonder has amazed visitors with the beauty of its crystal blue waters and mystifying rock formations that seem to invite you in for a dip. You’re sure to find tourists jumping into the pool from the top but for the faint of heart the Omani government have provided steps to walk right in. Another plus point of taking a dip in the waters of this sink hole (apart from the unmistakable refreshing feeling one gets afterwards) is that you get your get your feet cleaned by the little fish that live in the ocean. So one gets a fish spa treatment while having a lovely dip!
Nature lovers, we would recommend going dolphin watching on a traditional Oman Dhow, these boats fixed with Arabic finishing and carpets offering an almost endless supply of Arabic tea will also provide you with the most wonderful dolphin watching experience, they (the dolphins) come and swim alongside the dhow putting on a show and many even respond to the captain’s whistles, keep in mind that these creatures are still wild, but over many generations have formed a relationship with the local fishing community.
For the 4×4 enthusiast Musandam has a number of mountain roads to test your skills. One of which even takes you way high up to 1800m at Jebel Kiwi. This track in particular is made in a wadi (dry river bed) thus allowing you to explore the full capabilities of your 4×4
Apart from all the activities mentioned above, some of the other outdoor activities one could indulge include an overnight camping tour, a trip to the evening fish market and a boat tour of the Musandam sea coast which would provide some fantastic sights including a closer look at the Omani fjords which are only accessible by boat
So with all this and many more natural wonders to behold at Musandam can one really miss out this nature’s paradise when traveling through Oman?
Oman Air flies daily from Muscat to Khasab.