A Trip to Norway of Arabia
More than the desert landscapes, there are other beautiful places that are less traveled in Arabian lands. Filled with vegetation and ravines that carry fresh water down the mountains, terrains of Oman are a stark contrast from the desert sands. Most of the beautiful valleys in Oman are not accessible by road. Khasab and Dibba are the two favorite destinations for those who like to spend a day roaming the natural landscapes. Both are located in Musandam Governorate of Oman and accessible by roads. Musandam is popularly dubbed the Norway of Arabia by enthusiasts.
Oasis Palm offers amazing Musandam Tour packages to spice up your holidays. We provide the best services to make your trip exciting and memorable.
Duration: Approximately 13 Hour
Timing: Pickup: 6 AM | Drop-off: 7 to 7:30 PM
Location: Musandam Khasab
Duration: Full day
Timing: Pickup: 7:30 to 8 AM | Drop-off: 6 to 7:00 PM
Location: Musandam Dibba
Khasab is an exclave of Oman located ashore Arabian Gulf. It means one should pass through the UAE to get there if traveling by road. There are airports and seaports too, though flights and ships are very infrequent. Khasab is the capital of the Musandam Governorate. This mountainous region offers some of the best landscapes in the world. A Dhow cruise through the breathtaking fjords skirted by enormous mountains is unlike anything you have ever experienced. Deep valleys of Limestone Mountains of Khasab form long winding fjords trapping salt water from the Arabian Gulf. This also provides Musandam Khasab with a natural harbor.
Khasab is truly an amazing place. For the major part of the history, it remained isolated from the rest of the world. You will still feel like you have traveled back a few centuries when you visit Khasab. There was no road access to Khasab until a few decades ago. There are still a number of small fishing hamlets perched on the valleys of mountains inhabiting only around a hundred people in each. For the same reason, Khasab has the most pristine natural landscapes unaltered by men. The prehistoric rocks guarding the fjords contain the fossilized remains of ancient sea creatures.
A Dhow cruise through the famous fjords of Khasab takes you on a 7-hour flit through the crystal-like water. The traditional Omani Dhow is adorned with pillows and hand-made carpets for you to lay back and take in the view. There are occasional farmlands spotting the stretch of the dry mountains with green vegetation.
Dolphins swimming alongside the Dhows and sporadically leaping out of the water is a common sight in the fjords of Khasab. There is a Telegraph Island on the one end of the Khor. The ruins of the old telegraph station are still present here. This was the linking station for the telegraph line laid by the British in nineteenth-century connecting India and London through Iraq. Swimming and snorkeling are highly recommended on the beach near Telegraph Island. Musandam Dibba tour should be on everyone’s bucket list.
One of the best places in the region to spend your vacation enjoying the scenic beauty of the arid mountains swimming between marine wildlife and coral reefs. Surrounded by white limestone mountains of Hajar Mountain that borders UAE on one side and sea on the other, Dibba is a sparsely populated port city — a rather small coastal town. It has fantastic coral reefs, which are protected by the government and abundant marine wildlife. The Emerald green water of the sea entices anyone who goes near it. Much like magical waters of fairy tales. It is also brimming with beautiful sea creatures like the ones that you would put in a fashionable aquarium. Hafa beach near Dibba port is a habitat for large sea turtles. In the evenings, you can see a whole bunch of them crawling out of seawater to the land.
When you travel from Dubai to Dibba, you pass through the lush green scenery of Ras Al Khaimah and Masafi Mountains. On the way, stop at Carpet Market and Masafi mountains. Then cross Hajar Mountains bordering between the UAE and Oman to reach Musandam. Now, cruise along the coastline on board a traditional Omani Dhow from Dibba harbor. The Coasts are lined by massive steep white limestone mountains rising out of the water.
Take a deep dive into the clear aquamarine water. Swim and snorkel and peek at wildlife and coral reefs in the water for hours on end. We will provide you snorkels and life jacket to explore the sea safely. You only have to bring your swimwear. Watch out for dolphins that often pop out of the water.
Fishing is a popular activity in Dibba Sea. With its dense wildlife, there is a fair chance that you will get a good catch. You can try your luck, and there are hand-line fishing gears and baits for fishes onboard the Dhow for all of our guests. After finishing a delicious buffet lunch, you can go to Hafa beach to lay down under the sun. Just don’t forget to bring your sunscreen.