A pristine peninsula, Musandam is situated on the northeastern tip of Arabia. A wide strip of UAE land separates Musandam from the rest of Oman. Considered to be the most scenically appealing region in the Gulf, the Musandam peninsula has been aptly nicknamed ‘The Norway of Arabia.’ The place boasts a stunning combination of maritime and mountain landscapes and a complex network of islands and cliffs, most of which can be accessed only through boats. The serene, clear waters of the coast are home to a wide range of marine species, including dolphins, sharks, and even whales. 

Musandam is a wild, untapped natural treasure. To learn more about the place, its top tourist attractions, and the local people, you can use our Tripety travel itinerary planner app.

  • Travelers enjoy camp on the magnificent Bassa beach.
  • mountains have natural highs and lows and multiple valleys, known as ‘Wadis’.
  • the Jebel Hareem Fossils were found in the Wilayat Khasab wadi.
  • Khasab Castle served as a prison in the Musandam Peninsula’s capital.
  • The Jebel Harim peak stands tall and proud at 2,087 meters.
  • Humpback dolphins (Sousa Chinensis), and the Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) live in waters near Musandam Fjords.
  • Khasab has some magnificent underwater treasures that are a must-see for divers.
  • Bassa Beach is ideal for swimming and diving.
  •  Musandam had no public schools, no hospital, no road, no electricity thirty years ago.
  • Camping is very popular in Musandam.
  • Telegraph Island is a very popular place to stay while cruises.

Set up camp on Jebel Harim: Standing at an astonishing height of 2,087 meters, Jebel Harim is the tallest peak in Musandam. The words Jebel Karim translate to ‘Mountain of Women.’ The history behind this name goes back to the days of colonization and piracy by the Portuguese, which forced Omani women to hide up in the mountains out of fear of molestation or kidnapping. Today, however, people visit the mountains to savor the breathtaking panoramic views of the neighboring villages and valleys. A spot tailor-made for adventure, the Jebel Harim peak is a treat for people craving a hiking, trekking, or camping expedition.

Sail across the Musandam Fjords: Until you step inside the dhow boat and witness the scarp cliffs contesting against the crystal-clear waters of the Arabian sea, your trip to the Musandam will remain incomplete. For maximum comfort, you can sit back on the comfortable, soft, Arabic cushions. The tour begins from the Khasab Harbor and has multiple packages, including overnight, half-day, and full-day tours. These deals are quite reasonable, considering they also include delicious servings of genuine local cuisine and even a snorkeling arrangement. 

Make friends with the whales and dolphins: This is a feature of the fjord tour discussed above. The amiable sea creatures will almost always pop up once or twice, and occasionally even tail your boat. However, if you want a closer and more extended encounter, there is a separate excursion that will take you farther along the coastline. Even though this tourism structure has not yet fully developed, you will probably still be able to find an operator who conducts such tours.

Paraglide over the Zighy Bay: If you think that Musandam is only about the sparkling water and golden sands, think again. You can have plenty of fun across the air as well, with the countless parasailing and paragliding options on offer. From an approximate height of a thousand feet, this is an excellent opportunity to experience a bird’s-eye view of the mountains, valleys, beaches, bays, and whatnot. Put on your straps because this adrenaline-filled tour will, quite literally, sweep you off your feet.

Oman’s tourism industry has skyrocketed over the past few years, and Musandam has been a critical driving force behind that. If you are looking to plan a trip to the picturesque ‘Arabian Norway,’ the Tripety travel planner app, with its user-friendly interface and comprehensive features, has you covered.

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