One Day Tour
Full Day Dhow Cruise to The Fjords of Musandam:
Timing of the trip: 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Enjoy an unforgettable day cruising to the “Fjords of the Musandam” on board our traditionally decorated Omani dhow, where you can sit comfortably on cushions and carpets while feasting your eyes on the striking scenery. A dhow trip offers an insight into the fantastic landscape. Discover ancient villages and swim and snorkel in the clear waters off Telegraph Island and Seebi Island, visiting Khor Shem, Qanaha, and Maqlab along the way. There is a strong possibility you may see dolphins. Buffet lunch and refreshments are served on board. Life jackets and towels are provided.
09:45 AM – Meet and greet at our office and transfer to our Dhow.
10:00 AM – Depart from the Khasab Port to the fjords of Musandam on our traditionally decorated Omani Dhow.
10:30 AM – Khor Shem: Khor Shem is a sheltered 17km long fjord. The water is crystal clear and calm, very inviting for snorkeling and swimming. The mountains rise out of the sea and reflect back on the water. There are almost always dolphins playing and following the boats as they cruise around the villages.
10:45 AM Nadafi: The first village we will pass by with around 50 inhabitants mainly fishermen. There is no land access so most of the villagers own small speedboats. The children travel by boat to school and stay over in Khasab from Sunday to Thursday. You will see here that there are water tanks near the beach. The Oman Government provides fresh water free of charge on a regular basis.
11:00 AM Qanaha: A small fishing village where the stone houses blend into the cliffs, made from the local stone. In the old days, this was the first line of defense, not to be seen.
11:15 AM Maqlab: A mountain village where the people are earning their living by goat-herding and fishing, the main occupation of the area. This small village is made up of only around 10 houses. This area is the shortest distance to the east coast and can be reached by climbing over the Jabel Maqlab.
11:30 AM Telegraph Island: (Jazirat al Maqlab) is the most famous landmark in this area. Here the British laid the first telegraph cable in 1864, it ran from India to Basra, Iraq, and the island was manned for some 10 years. Snorkeling here is a treat, don your masks and enjoy the clear, calm waters. Watch out for butterfly fish and groupers; coral growth is among the best in this fjord. The dhow is anchored at Telegraph Island for1-1/2 hours for Snorkeling. Lunch would be served on board.
1:00 PM Sham: Another village with around 50 inhabitants.
2:00 PM Seebi Island: This village is located at the end of the fjord and has around 60 inhabitants, very secluded. This area has many species of sea birds nesting on the cliffs. On the island take a plunge into the crystal clear water. The dhow is anchored at Seebi Island for around 1 hour for Snorkeling.
3:45 PM Return to the Khasab Port.