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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.

Get ready for an exhilarating trip to Jebel Harim, the ‘Mountain of Women’ – at 2,087m, it’s the highest peak on the Musandam Peninsula.

Setting off from the pier in a 4-wheel drive vehicle, the paved roads of Khasab town will soon change as you drive along the gravelly mountain terrain. As you wend your way up, you’ll pass 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 around 900m. Take in the palm grove surroundings on a photo stop.

You’ll continue towards the summit, where grand views await. Take time to absorb the tranquillity and admire the spectacular vista. You’ll return via the same mountain road on your way back to the pier.

Essential information

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

Khasab and Surrounds

Activity low

Duration: 3¼ hours

From ancient forts to coastal views, discover the highlights of Khasab and the stunning Musandam Peninsula.

Setting off from the pier, an orientation drive of Khasab will lead you to your first stop, 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. Its original construction featured teakwood from India and a roof fashioned from a mix of palm leaves and clay; the structure as it stands today is the result of extensive restoration work carried out in the late 20th century.

Leaving the fort, you’ll head to Bukha, which borders the Emirate of Ras al Khaimah – sit back, relax and admire the dramatic scenery as you drive along the coastal road. If time permits, a few photo stops will be made along the way.

You’ll enjoy a short visit to Bukha Fort before returning to Khasab via the same coastal road, with a brief stop in Khasab town before making your way back to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There are several sets of steps to negotiate at Khasab Fort to reach the upper level. At Bukha Fort, there are steep steps with no handrail to reach the upper level; extra caution should be taken. Flat, comfortable, non-slip 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 from the tour. Guests do have the option to remain on the ground floor.

Omani Fjord Dhow Cruise

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 3¼ hours

Discover the rugged beauty of the Omani fjords aboard a traditional dhow.

Khasab is known as the ‘Norway of Arabia’, owing to its stunning fjordic landscape. Take it in from a traditional dhow as you cruise Musandam’s longest fjord.

You’ll head into the fjord after boarding your dhow at the pier. Admire the limestone cliffs, clear waters and small remote fishing villages, in the distance and keep an eye out for dolphins.

You’ll cruise towards Telegraph Island, where a telegraph-cable repeater station was built in 1864 to aid communication between Britain and India. The dhow will anchor nearby, allowing you to swim, relax and enjoy the scenery. You’ll be offered a soft drink while on board, and after your day in the sun, you’ll enjoy a leisurely cruise back to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion operates by dhow. This tour has limited walking, however guests must be able to undertake a walk of around 10 minutes to and from the ship to reach the dhow departure point, which is relatively flat. The cruise will last around 2½-3 hours. 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 shaded areas and a toilet facility. If you wish to swim, please wear swimwear under clothing and take a towel. It is advisable to take sun protection. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

 

A selection of cruises to Khasab

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