Top places to see in Musandam
Dubai Musandam trip: The Strait of Hormuz, a water body separating Oman from Iran, is one of the world’s busiest strait with nearly 20-30 tankers and ships traversing everyday. There are magnificent islands and rocky formations that make the place extremely scenic. Among other things to do in Musandam, make sure you savour a cruise on a traditional dhow boat. Tourists can take a day or a night cruise too. They sail from the port in Musandam to small villages like Nadifi, Qanah, and Maqlab. These cruises are a perfect way to admire the ancient houses and the local culture and lifestyle of the fishermen. There’s also a cruise that takes you to the Telegraph Island. In the Khor Shem Fjords, stop to admire rock formations that resemble wild animals. Avid bird-watchers can spend some time at Bird Island. Dolphin watching is a favourite amongst tourists.
There are two types of dolphin that visit the Musandam waters; the Humpback dolphins (Sousa Chinensis), and the Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops Aduncus). Visitors can go watch the dolphins through a boat ride, or sail around them in a traditional Omani Dhow.
Nearly 30 tankers traverse the Strait of Hormuz from the day. Along the strait are magnificent islands and unique rock formations that create beautiful views along the way. The best way to enjoy the strait is to take a dhow cruise; you can take the day cruise or the night cruise – both are excellent. You set sail from the Musandam Port and sail over to small villages such as Nadifi, Quanah, and Maqlab. Check out the old houses, the wind towers and the cultural aspects of the villages as you pass by. The Khor Shem Fjords have rock formations that look like wild creatures. Bird watchers can have a whale of a time on Bird Island and dolphin lovers will be amazed at how many dolphins come to say hello.
Khasab is the starting point for dhow cruises down the wonderful Khawr Sham, the biggest fjord in Musandam, ringed with the craggy red-rock mountains. Half a dozen tiny villages lie dotted around the khawr, accessible only by boat. You’re also likely to see pods of dolphins frolicking around the khawr, chasing boats for fun. Halfway down the khawr lies the rocky little Jazirat Telegraph (Telegraph Island), named after the telegraph station established here by the British in 1864 along the route of the London-to-Bombay submarine telegraph cable. The foundations of the old British buildings can still be seen, and the island is a popular destination on dhow cruises. Find even more details on Musandam Trip Packages.