Musandam, a peninsula sticking into the Persian Gulf, is the most northerly point in Oman and makes an excellent getaway from Dubai. It has been described as the “Norway of Arabia” with it’s impressive fjords.

I’m mentioning Dubai because Musandam is a good place to go for the weekend, or a very long day trip.  It’s a popular place to visit to see dolphins from a traditional Arabian dhow boat in the fjords, camp by a wildfire on the beach, go kayaking, and visit remote villages with their own traditions.

Cruising on the dhow boat and spotting dolphins is the best part!

Driving from Dubai it takes around 3 hours to reach Khasab, from where you can take the dhow boats into the fjords.

Dhow boat cruise.

Spotting dolphins.

Getting close to dolphins from a kayak.

In a fjord.

The traditional dhow boats used are generally of a small design but good for a day trip. However if you want to really treat yourself there is a stunning boat called Rubba designed by a local man based on a traditional dhow boat design. It’s huge and very luxurious. You can even take it out for multiple nights with it’s comfortable cabins to sleep in.

Relax and take it easy. Go fishing. Cruise around the fjords.

The boat is run by Musandam Sea Adventures.

The Rubba.

If you don’t want to rush back to Dubai then consider camping overnight on a beach with your friends/family. You can have some tasty barbecued fish while enjoying the peace of being around the fjords.

Camping on beach.

The main reason to go to Musandam is the adventures on the water but you can also do a mountain safari inland for a few hours to the Peninsulas highest peak and spot old sea fossils.

Jebel al Harim, the peninsulas highest peak.

Back in Khasab itself there isn’t much to do, but there is an interesting castle to go and visit.

Khasab castle.

You can also go to some remote villages accessible only by boat and learn more about the seafaring culture of the region. The most northernly village in Oman is here called Kumzar and is a good one to see.

Traditional boat decoration.

Children fishing in Kumzar.

But aside from the adventure and cultural activities that you can do another great reason to be in Musandam is the friendly local people.

They have an interesting culture and are very welcoming.

Local wedding ceremony.

If you are living in Dubai, or on holiday there, Musandam makes an awarding trip for part of your adventure in the region. Visiting Musandam is easiest done from Dubai.

If you’re coming from Dubai you can do it on a weekend getaway for example, as well as many other places in Oman. Maybe you want to treat yourself to somewhere nice to stay in some luxury hotels in Oman, including Musandam.

Go and visit! You won’t regret it.

This is my travel guide for all of Oman.

I personally used Musandam Sea Adventures for my trips there and can highly recommend them. They are very professional, decently priced, and the staff are so friendly to deal with. You can book a dhow boat cruise and other activities with them at their website here – Musandam Sea Adventures.





Jonny Duncan is a travel blogger and freelance photographer. He specialises in adventure and budget travel with over 20 years of experience. He started blogging in 2013 to give advice for other travellers. He has lived in Japan, Amsterdam, Kiev, and more.

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