WHY VISIT musandam
Musandam Peninsula is a remote enclave of the sultanate of Oman, separated by the east coast of the UAE. Otherwise known as the ‘Norway of Arabia’ due to its sheer mountain scenery, small villages, narrow inlets (fjords) and blissful, deserted coves, this is a destination that people say is their true 'secret escape'.
Its rugged mountains rise up to 2'100 meters above sea level and the coast, which juts into the Strait of Hormuz, has a spectacular fjord like look. Reaching Musandam used to be an arduous journey but now with much improved roads you can make it there in an easy three-hour drive from Dubai. Alternatively if touring Oman it is a six to seven hour drive from Muscat or if preferred a short flight or overnight boat journey.
Most visitors come here to escape from their busy lives or for some rest and relaxation after a tour of Oman. Musandam is truly a peaceful, secluded spot where the only sound you can hear is a gentle lapping of waves. However, if it’s not total tranquillity you are searching for there is a mind boggling array of spirit-lifting diversions from cookery classes to canyoning.
The other reason people come to Musandam is to see the population of humpback dolphins. During a stay here it is easy to join a tour on a traditional dhow, to include a picnic lunch, wildlife watching and even kayaking, snorkelling and diving.
- Take a traditional dhow cruise through the spectacular fjords and look out for dolphins from the bow.
- Visit a local fishing village to see a traditional way of life and see Telegraph Island.
- Explore the Khasab Fort and the prehistoric rock paintings at Wadi Tawi.
- Take a 4x4 up the Jebel Harim, the highest mountain in Musandam, visiting Sayha Village and Birkhat Khalidiay Park with its acacia trees.
- Dive the unspoilt reefs or take up water-skiing.
- Canyon in rocky wadis or paraglide from the cliffs.
- Hike up goat paths, rock climb or microlight.
BEYOND THE ORDINARY
Treat yourself to a few nights at the Six Senses Zighy Bay but arrive by Hang Glider or sleep under the stars on the deck of your dhow.