Khasab Musandam

A few weeks ago we went on a day trip to see the beautiful Musandam fjords in neighbouring Oman. We booked a half day dhow cruise to Khasab Musandam as we wanted to see dolphins. According to tour operators Khasab Musandam that borders Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) is where you can see dolphins and not in Dibba Musandam that borders Sharjah.

On the D-day we left Dubai at 6 am, drove on Emirates Road and reached RAK in two hours. From then on there was a visible change in the landscape as we spotted waterbodies, more patches of green and old houses. Post a 45 min drive we reached the UAE Oman border, paid AED 50 as exit charges and AED 30 as visa expense.

The magic really begins from here. The Musandam landscape is picturesque with mountains on one side and the pristine blue green ocean on the other side of the road. Each curve reveals views of serene Musandam waters dotted with dhows. After asking for directions we reached the dock from where the dhows start the cruise. Ours was a small traditional dhow with colourful red and black Arabic majlis cushions. We took our seats and munched on fruit and juice. Once the cruise began we got closer to the magnificent Musandam fjords. Even as we were enjoying the cool breeze and our close tryst with nature the sailor let out a shrill whistle and yelled, “here come the dolphins.” That was it, everyone on the dhow ran to either sides for a glimpse of the playful dolphins who swim along the dhow. We saw many of them at various junctures — swimming solo and in groups —  jumping  at top speed competing with the dhows while enjoying all the attention. After an hour and a half the dhow docked near a rocky mountain for everyone to take a dip in the refreshing waters. With snorkeling equipment one could see small colourful fishes really close from here. Soon it was time for the dhow to head back and for us to be left with some lasting memories and spectacular shots that I share here:

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Musandam Khasab
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 14:25:59

    It’s a great site to see. That will help for improvisation of me. Will definitely marked as Bookmark

    Reply

  2. Musandam Khasab
    Mar 09, 2013 @ 13:59:59

    Have some experience of MUSANDAM KHASAB .I am sure that you will enjoy it.

    Reply

  3. Richa
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 15:40:30

    The pictures look great. We were also planning on a day trip. Could you give me the name of the travel co. you hired??

    Reply

  4. Tessy
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 13:44:36

    Hi Richa it was khasab tours. wishing you a grt trip

    Reply

  5. Richa
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 16:15:41

    Hey thanks for the prompt reply. Will plan a trip soon! 🙂

    Reply

  6. dubaidhowcom
    May 13, 2013 @ 16:15:22

    Musandam Khasab is one of the best places to spend a wonderful day out along with your family and friends.

    Reply

  7. Murali Kobonaty
    Aug 07, 2014 @ 15:25:28

    Great, nice post. i heard about musandm khasab but not yet visited. next summer i will be visit this place and enjoy a dhow cruise trip.

    Reply

  8. Murali Kobonaty
    Aug 07, 2014 @ 15:26:16

    Great, nice post. i heard about musandm khasab but not yet visited. next summer i will be visit this place and enjoy a dhow cruise trip.

    Reply

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