Musandam Holidays

One of Oman's most remote and beautiful regions.

Perhaps the least visited but most scenic areas of Oman, the Musandam Peninsula coastline has natural beauty in abundance. This is Oman at its most spectacular. Here you will witness sheer-sided khors (fjords), towering mountains rising from the Gulf coast up to 2000 metres above sea level, and sweeping bays backed by majestic peaks and dotted with quaint coastal villages accessible only by boat.

The unique geological features prove equally spectacular whether from beneath the waters rich in marine life at Telegraph Island, or from a high mountain vantage point on Jebel Harim. Despite its remoteness, there is plenty to see and do here. Kayak the khors, snorkel the waters from a dhow boat cruise, learn about the indigenous Shihuh people and discover ancient rock art and petroglyph sites.

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Where is Musandam? Musandam is located in Oman. It is set on the northern tip of the Arabian Peninsula and split from the rest of Oman by the United Arab Emirates. It’s a 2-hour road transfer from Dubai International Airport.

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Dramatic fjords The best way to experience the grandeur of the khors (fjords) is by boat. Take a traditional dhow boat cruise to pass the mighty fjords or hire a kayak and explore the secluded beaches and coves that are hidden between the cliffs. One of the most popular tours is to Telegraph Island. Located at Khor Ash Sham, it gets its name from the repeater station built here for the telegraphic cable running between London and Karachi. Now Telegraph Island is a great place for swimming, snorkelling and dolphin watching.

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Shihuh cultures The indigenous Shihuh are the main people of the Musandam Peninsula who move between the mountains and the coastline dependent on the seasons and temperature. To survive in the remote mountain landscapes, they live in stone houses, grow crops and keep livestock whilst in the summer months the Shihuh head to the coast where fishing is the main source of income.

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Explore Khasab Musandam’s capital city of Khasab is the perfect base from which to explore this remote area. The city itself sits on a natural harbour that was developed in the 17th Century by the Portuguese and, until recently, it was only accessible by water or air. From Khasab you can visit the Bedouin village of Sayah, see petroglyphs that are believed to be over 3000 years old and head to the peak of Jebel Harim, the highest on this rugged peninsula.

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