Oman Musandam - Nature's extravaganza
Musandam, an exclave of Sultanate of Oman is probably one of the most spectacular places in the Middle East. It straddles one of the world's most important shipping routes. Musandam covers an area of 1800 square kilometers and is separated from the rest of the country by the United Arab Emirates. It juts out into the Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf. The coastline of Musandam is caressed by serene seas. It is the only place where the sea of Oman, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea meet together creating a beautiful visual wonder. Musandam Oman has two most popular destinations, Musandam Dibba and Musandam Khasab that have fjords, Omani Dhow to attract tourists.
Musandam is often referred as "The Norway of the Arabian Gulf" because the inlets of Musandam are sandwiched by rugged mountains like the fjords in Norway. Oman Musandam offers some of the most remarkable and stunning scenery in the Arabian Peninsula. The magnificent Hajar mountain range dominates its landscape with its serrated cliffs and jagged peaks rising 2000 meters above the sea level and ending with Ru'us Al Jebal and then plunging into the sea. The Oman Musandam peninsula has a host of beautiful and secretive 'khors' - the fjords of Arabia - none more alluring than 'Khor al-Shim', the largest fjord in Oman Musandam which is more than 17 km long and reaches the Indian Ocean.
The Oman Musandam peninsula is surrounded by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman and has one of the widest bio-diversities of marine species that can be found anywhere in the world. Oman Musandam offers its visitors exciting deep-sea diving and snorkeling experience, so ideal that it almost replicates an outdoor aquarium, where shoals of fish weave in and around a kaleidoscope of iridescent purple, yellow and green-hued corals.
The amazing shoreline, attractive beaches, exotic marine creatures, flora and fauna, sea birds, turtles, wild dolphins and colorful corals contribute greatly to its natural charm. For the culture and history, the area abounds with watchtowers, mosques, artifacts and relics dating back to the Iron Age as well as little fishing hamlets that dot the landscape with their stone houses. The people of this region are very simple and most welcoming. The Oman Musandam peninsula is mainly inhabited by the 'Shihuh'a tribe of semi nomadic people who are fishermen and herdsmen. The mountains have isolated communities for centuries. At its nearest point Musandam is just 55 km from Iran and on a clear, sunny day one can see Iran across the strait. A visit to Oman Musandam offers a unique contact with the nature in its wild splendor.
Oman Musandam Tour