Oman : Musandam

The Musandam Peninsula is the northernmost part of Oman jutting out into the Strait of Hormuz and guarding the entrance to the Persian Gulf. Musandam is separated from the rest of Oman by part of the United Arab Emirates which stretches across to the coast. Often referred to as the Norway of Oman, the Musandam is characterised by dramatic fjords stretching up to 15 miles inland with mountains either side rising to over 6000 feet and then dropping almost vertically down into the surrounding waters. The mountains have isolated communities which have been trapped in time and the only way they can be reached is by boat. The mountains are also one of the last refuges of the very rare Arabian leopard.

The waters around the peninsula are teeming with marine life and this is the main attraction to the area. There are only a few diving operations in the area so the reefs are completely undamaged, many unexplored and the only company you are likely to keep are a few local fishermen and a whole load of fish!

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Dhow trip

For the more adventurous looking to explore a rarely visited part of Oman, we can organize dhow trips around the Musandam Peninsula. These vary from day cruises with lunch to 1 - 7 nights live-aboard. The dhows are fully equipped with all the facilities for diving trips (including a limited number of PADI courses) and other watersports. Non-divers are also catered for with plenty of opportunities to explore the coastline, and the dhows take you to beautiful remote spots for swimming and snorkelling. You'll enjoy delicious freshly cooked meals.

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