See Khasab’s jutting fjords, and the dolphins playing in the emerald waters, and it’s forgivable to think you’ve stumbled across a surreal Norway. The burning sun and scorched earth, serve as a constant reminder that you're a long way from Europe, however - although the Portuguese roots mean there's a colonial tint to the city. Sitting on the Northern coast of Oman, reaching across towards Iran, this is an isolated and fascinating destination to explore. View more
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Enjoy a ride by 4 WD on this half-day excursion, to the highest mountain of Musandam, Jebel Harim (meaning Mountain of Women) which is approximately 2,087 metres (6847 feet) high. You will experience some of the most stunning views in Oman including the terraced mountain villages and lush Acacia forests and Wadis.
Your tour begins with a brief introduction before climbing aboard your 4 WD vehicle headed for some of Oman's most stunning sceneries. Stops along the way allow you to gather with the guide to learn about the culture, history and geography of this area.
After about an hour's drive, pause at the Bedouin village of Sayah for photographs. Located at an elevation of 3,608 feet (1,100 metres), the village is known as one of the most picturesque of the Musandam Peninsula. Continue with the drive up the mountain to admire the grand panoramic view from its summit.
The return journey includes a brief stop at the Khawr Najid viewpoint overlooking the Indian Ocean.
Your tour concludes back at the pier to re-join the Silver Cloud.
Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking; however, guests must be able to get in/out of the vehicle with minimal assistance or that of their fellow travelling companion. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Tour operates in 4-wheel drive vehicles (closed and air-conditioned).The duration of the drive between the pier and Harim Mountain is approximately 1.5 hours in each direction. Parts of the drive are along winding and bumpy road and this tour may not be suitable for guests who suffer from motion sickness, guests who have neck/back problems or women who are pregnant. Driving conditions may affect tour duration. Vehicles operated by drivers with limited command of the English language. We recommend guests dress smart casual and conservative. No shorts, beachwear or sleeveless outfits. One English speaking guide will accompany the tour, providing explanations at various stops; only one vehicle will have an English speaking guide and explanations will be carrier at the various stops. Participation is limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
The Musandam Peninsula has an abundance of sheltered fjords, some only connected to the mainland by narrow cliffs. Fjords, or khors, created by fragmented rock stretching claw-like into the sea and massive overshadowing cliffs towering above are magnificently reflected in the water below. Explore these khors from a traditional-style dhow, or motorised sailing boat.
Board the dhow either from alongside the ship or the pier. For many centuries, boats that sailed on the Indian Ocean have been called dhows. Traditional dhows are known for two distinctive features - the triangular or lateen sail, and secondly, its stitched construction of hull boards sewn together with fibres, cords or thongs. The dhow today is covered, with a ladder to allow you to take a dip in the sea.
Cruise toward Musandam's longest and most spectacular fjord, which is often referred to as 'Norway of the Middle East'. Admire the breath-taking scenery, with mountains over 2,000 feet (610 metres) high rising straight from the sea and calm, turquoise waters contrasting with creamy white limestone cliffs.
Along the way, pass the ruins of Telegraph Island, formerly a British telegraphic cable base from 1864-69. Cruise by small fishing villages.
While the dhow anchors, enjoy a swim, snorkel or just sit back and sip soft drinks, tea or coffee while admiring the scenery. Keep an eye out for dolphin, often sighted in the area.
Then, cruise back to the Khasab jetty.
Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking for approximately 500 metres (1640 feet); however, guests must be able to manoeuvre in and out of the boat via a 6 step ladder while exercising some caution. This tour is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. This tour must be reserved within 72 hours of arrival in Khasab. The dhows are covered, providing shady seating and motorised, but are very basic. You may swim while the dhow is at anchor. Swimwear should be worn under your clothing as changing facilities may not be available. Remember to bring a towel and sun protection from the ship. Participation is limited. The route of this tour is not the same as the cruise ship, therefore the views not duplicated.
This half-day excursion provides an introduction to the Musandam Peninsula and its small capital of Khasab, situated on its northern tip. Depart the pier in air-conditioned coaches and begin the tour with a visit to the town's main attraction, the Khasab fort.
This impressive stronghold was built by the Portuguese in the 17th century when they were seeking dominion over the maritime trade in the Strait of Hormuz. Teak wood from India was used for its construction and the roof was fashioned from a mix of palm leaves, clay and stone. The structure you see today is the result of extensive restoration work carried out since the late 20th century. A circular building in the centre of the fort served as a kind of back up defence for additional protection. From the site of the fort you can enjoy excellent views and photo opportunities.
Bukha Fort and Tower
Leaving Khasab, drive along the panoramic coastal road to Bukha, which borders the Emirate of Ras al Khaima. During the approximately one-hour drive, see spectacular scenery and make several stops for photographs of this ruggedly beautiful region. Upon arrival in Bukha, visit the 200-year-old fort. Its attractive location overlooks the sea and includes a backdrop of mountains. In addition to the fort, tour one of the watchtowers rising above the small village of Bukha.
From here, begin the return drive to Khasab with a stop at the Esra Hotel for refreshments before concluding the tour back at the pier.
Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking for approximately 500 metres (1640 feet) on uneven ground and with some steps at both forts. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Transportation and guides are the best available. Proper attire is required to visit the temple. Shorts, short skirts, beachwear and sleeveless outfits are not allowed. Photo and video are prohibited at Khasab Fort. Please ask locals for permission to take their photographs. The tour sequence may vary.