This small museum is definitely worth a look. In various rooms around the fort's corner towers and walls, there are exhibits of traditional Musandam lifestyle and artifacts. These are explained with well-designed posters and showcases in the round tower in the courtyard; the region's archaeology and natural history is also mentioned. Three examples...more
This is pretty much the one unmissable tourist activity in Khasab. It really is a lot of fun, so unless you are completely anti-boat, do it! You can do a full-day (OMR 20) or half-day option, both of which include lunch. I chose the full-day version.We were picked up at the Khasab Hotel at 9 and were pushing off from shore around 9:40. Just over 30...more
Bassa Beach is definitely THE place to be on a Thursday afternoon. The place fills up with picnickers, a lot of young guys wearing sunglasses and driving what passes for hot rods (sorry dude, a Honda is not going to cut it with me!), the usual Omani complement of goats, and anyone else who wants to enjoy the water. You just drive your car right up...more
This tour is called a safari but considering that the only wildlife you'll see is goats, I'll just call it a tour. I got picked up by the Dolphin Travel Toyota 4x4 at 9 AM. The first stop was an centuries-old Omani house, half dug into the ground and made of stone, just so we could see how the local population lived before the country struck oil...more
I was in Dubai and had a free day , so I decided to visit this peninsula , that belongs to the neighboring country , Oman ,as an enclave , controlling the entrance of the Persian golf. My first idea was going to the capital , Khasab , but it was impossible because I had no multiple visa for the UAE. So , I found out other possible option : going to...more
While in Khasab, explore Khasab Fort, located at the end of Khasab’s harbour and built by the Portuguese in the 17th Century. Featuring three cannons, which face the sea, the fort was used until recently to signal the sighting of the moon – indicating the end of Ramadan and the beginning of Eid.During this period, the Straits of Hormuz was being...more
The best day we had in Oman was spent cruising around the khors (fjords) on a traditional sailing dhow. I usually am prepared to be underwhelmed for these type of activities, which obviously are targeted towards tourists- but on this occasion it was much much more enjoyable than we had expected.Collected by the Khasab Travel Company bus at 8am one...more
We hired a car, and drove along the mountainous coastal roads. There are charming old fishing villages to see, and beaches. The beaches are not fantastic for swimming- but good for a cooling walk. The beach is very pebbly, with crushed black volcanic rock.I was astonished at the amount of fishing dhows that we saw in the bay. I should not have been...more
The half day or full day dhow cruise is a nice way of relaxing at Khasab. The dhow is stocked with cold drinks, bananas and snorkeling equipments. Take your bathing suits to have a good time when the boat moores for half an hour at a nearby island. The fjords are quite blue-green and there are chances you can catch a glimpse of dolphins (we did not...more
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Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Families
Esra Hotel Apts are run by Khasab Tours and Travels. The house has 8 two bedroom apartments, good...more
best in area??? :)) as there is nothing else! :) Khasab - is only hotel in the area :) and only...more
It is not an easy thing to find a place to eat lunch in this town, particularly if you are a woman by herself. I drove around and looked at pretty much every place in Khasab before settling on the Diamond Plate. When I walked in it was populated by about a dozen Bangladeshi men, all of whom were consumed by breaking news on Bengali TV, and as such...more
There are not very good restuarants in Khasab- this one is worth a visit just for the view.We had lunches and a few early dinner snacks at this restuarant, which is one of a few at Golden Tulip. The location is wonderful- it commands a view of the whole bay- the hotel is perched on a rocky outcrop. Cappucino is situated on a terrace, overlooking...more
I wished I had a 4x4 on two occasions during my stay in Khasab--first to go on my own to the As Sayh plateau (you pass it on the mountain safari tour, on the road toward Dibba) and another time to go to the beach at Khor an-Najd (if you take the mountain safari tour, you'll probably go up to the top of this mountain pass, but not all the way to the...more
I drove from Dubai to Khasab in an Avis rental car. If you drive from UAE, it is necessary to buy additional insurance that is specific to Oman--you will be asked for it at the border. I took the drive in fairly leisurely fashion, stopping for gas, a little picnic, some photo opportunities, and border formalities, and in all it took just over four...more
From Dubai to Khasab by local transport is not quite easy but it is possible.There are regular bus service from Dubai to Ras al Khaimah, a pleasant local bus stopping at Sharjah and other emirates.At the bus station from Rasal Khaimah we had to bargain a taxi to the border, from US$50 it went to Us$15 it is also a nice drive.At the border there was...more
On the flight to Khasab I read in Lonely Planet that there were NO taxis available at Khasab airport. Potential disaster, because the airport is quite a way from the town. What to do???
We had of course made no arrangements at all, not even a hotel booking.
So after landing, I arranged my face into the most 'helpless little female look' and decided to enquire about a ride from any of the drivers of pre-arranged hotel pick-ups. The Omanis from up north are a great deal more friendly than Muscat area.
A kind gentleman was on his mobile phone in an instant- arranging not only for a pick up for us, but helping us with accommodation. He was actually the rep for Khasab Travel. I asked for his card, and next day we arranged with him for a Dhow trip to the khors(fjords).
So.......BE WARNED- ARRANGE YOUR OWN PICK UP AT AIRPORT.
We arrived in Khasab with a confirm reservation on the speed boat to Muscat,
we learned that it has been cancelled without notice !
Unique Suggestions: There is now a daily flight from Khasab to Mascat
(if the weather is cooperating)..
not flying when there is too strong wind.
In Musandam, this open plain with a large stand of acacia trees and a little playground is a picnic spot in the "in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king" kind of way. It's mildly pleasant, and there are plenty of shady spots to park your car and break out the lounge chairs and picnic basket for a spell. A nice breeze blows through. This is one of the very few spots in the whole area that have any permanent, natural greenery. As such it is a haven for birds, which are plentiful and varied. I stayed for hours, wandering around with my binoculars and "Birds of the Middle East" field guide, but most of the people I saw there just drove in for a short stay.
To get here, drive south out of Khasab on the one road that exists (signs point to Dibba). At the fork in the road where the Dibba road heads off to the right, stay left on the well-paved road. Al-Khalidiyah is about 12 km from there. It is where the paved road simply ends--drive onto the dirt plain to your right and just pick a place to park.