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About Khasab

Khasab is the capital of Oman's stunning Musandam peninsula, which is isolated from the majority of the country by the neighbouring United Arab Emirates. Sometimes dubbed the 'Norway of Arabia' due to its fjord-like craggy inlets and mountain-lined coast, the region's terrain is dramatic and beautiful. And don't worry, the weather here is typical of its true location rather than Scandinavia!

If you're feeling active, mountain safaris reveal breathtaking views across the region, while kayaking tours are a great way to see the magnificent coastline from a different perspective. You could relax on a dhow cruise instead, soaking up the sun and snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters off Telegraph Island. You may even spot dolphins if you're lucky.

In the city, the well preserved 17th-century Khasab Fort and its inner museum offer a fascinating window into local history and culture. The Old Souk is nearby, but the New Souk is the bustling heart of modern Khasab and you'll find it about a mile away.

 

Shore excursions in Khasab

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Jebel Harim by 4-Wheel Drive

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

The highlight of any visit to Khasab is a journey up to Jebel Harim, ‘The Mountain of Women’, by 4- wheel drive.

Step aboard a 4 wheel drive vehicle and get ready for an exhilarating and breathtaking trip to Jebel Harim, the Mountain of Women. Reaching a height of 6,260 feet, it’s the highest peak on the Musandam Peninsula. Setting off from the pier, the tarmaced roads of Khasab town will soon change as your journey takes you along the gravel stone mountain terrain. As you wend your way up, you’ll pass by chalky limestone verges and towering rock faces. After a little over an hour, you’ll reach the small Bedouin village of Sayah, located at an elevation of 3,000 feet. A photo stop will be made for you to enjoy the palm grove surroundings, which offers a contrast to the mountain road scenery.

Afterwards, it’s the last leg of your journey as you continue towards the mountain summit, where a grand panorama awaits. Upon arrival, take time to absorb the tranquillity and admire the spectacular view.

To round off your tour, you’ll return via the same mountain road, before heading back to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion operate by 4 wheel drive and on foot. This tour operates in convoy with 1 lead driver who will provide a short commentary at each stop en route. Due to limitations in the pool of drivers English speaking skills there will be no commentary en route. This tour is not suitable for pregnant women or children under the age of 8 years. Those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by a bumpy ride, should not participate. The mountain road is chalk limestone and passengers will experience dusty surroundings generated by the 4 wheel drive vehicle. There are no toilet facilities available during the tour. This tour involves some winding roads at height and is unsuitable for passengers with vertigo. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

Jebel Harim by 4-Wheel Drive

Khasab and Surrounds

Activity low

Duration: 3½ hours

Discover the surrounds of the Musandam Peninsula and Khasab.

Setting off from the pier, your tour will commence with an orientation drive of Khasab, before visiting the Khasab Fort. Built in the 17th century by the Portuguese who sought power over the maritime trade, its purpose was to prevent attacks from the sea. Teak wood from India was used for its construction and the roof was fashioned from a mix of palm leaves and clay. The structure you see today is the result of extensive restoration work carried out in the late 20th century.

Leaving the fort, you’ll head along the coastal road to Bukha, which borders the Emirate of Ras al Khaima. Sit back, admire the dramatic scenery and enjoy several photo stops along the way. A stop will also be made at the Bukha Fort, for a short visit, before taking the same coastal road back to Khasab.

To round off your tour, a short stop will be made in Khasab town, before the return drive to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There are several sets of steps to negotiate at the Khasab Fort to reach the upper level. At the Bukha Fort, there are steep steps to negotiate to reach the upper level, which have no handrail and extra caution should be taken. Flat, non-slip comfortable shoes are recommended. The level of walking is minimal; however due to the topography of the forts a degree of agility is required to derive full enjoyment of the tour. Passengers do have the option to remain on the ground floor.

Khasab and Surrounds

Omani Fjord Dhow Cruise

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 3½ hours

Discover the Omani Fjords aboard a traditional dhow.

You’ll board your Dhow at the pier and set off on a relaxing cruise towards Musandam’s longest fjord. Often referred to as the ‘Norway of Arabia’, with the distinctive difference of rugged creamy white and grey limestone cliffs.

As you cruise along, admire the clear waters that contrast with the coastline and the small remote fishing villages in the distance. Keep an eye out too for the local marine life, as dolphins can often be spotted.

You’ll cruise towards Telegraph Island, where the British laid the first telegraph cable in 1864. It ran from India to Basra, Iraq and the island was manned for some 5 years. The dhow will anchor nearby Telegraph Island, allowing you to take a swim or just sit back and enjoy surrounding scenery. During your time on the dhow, a soft drink will be offered.

Afterwards, it’s time to cruise leisurely back to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion operates by dhow. Passengers will be required to take a short walk from the ship to reach the dhow departure point, which is relatively flat. This tour has limited walking, however agility is required to board the dhow. The dhows vary in style and size, with some seating low to the floor, and are berthed side by side. The furthest dhow will be boarded first and it is necessary to cross other dhows to reach your specific vessel. Each dhow has areas of shade and a toilet facility. If wishing to swim, please wear swimwear under clothing and take a towel. It is advisable to take sun protection. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Omani Fjord Dhow Cruise
 

A selection of cruises to Khasab

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