Fjords of the Arabia - Musandam, Oman

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Impressive fjords

The Musandam Peninsula, a part of Oman separated by the Northern Emirates, is dubbed the Fjord of the Arabia and is comparable in its beauty to the fjords in Norway.

The 3.5hrs drive from Dubai, especially after passing the Omani borders, was very pleasurable as it took us along the breathtaking and winding coastal road and passing by several Omani bedouine villages before reaching the harbour town of Khasab.

From Khasab, we took the dhow cruise out the Hormuz Straits to Khor Sham through a majestic 25km fjord. The scenery was breathtaking with the naturally craved limestone mountains rising sharply out of the turquoise and crystal clear calm waters. Along the fjords, we past through several tiny villages that were so remote that they were only accessible by boats.

Impressive limestones of the fjords
The dhow boat also stopped at several spots where the visitors could snorkel and swim in the pristine waters teemed with colourful fishes.

Another highlight of this dhow cruise was the sighting of the dolphins at certain areas of the fjords. The dhow boat would speed around these areas for the playful dolphins to follow alongside the boat and to mesmerise all the visitors. It was so interesting to see how these adorable dolphins never fail to capture everyone’s attention, children and adults alike. Everyone would get really excited and would move to the side of the dhow where the dolphins appeared. It was really an enjoyable and highly recommended cruise!

Near the Khasab town in Musandam was an Acacia Forest. It was particularly interesting because everything about this place was barren and dry but out in the middle between the rocky hills as this “forest” with three or more trees grouped together. What a glorious and rare sight to see trees in such a barren place. Out there, I met the greediest goat that ate everything we fed him including used tissues paper!

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violasilva says:
Need more photos
Posted on: Oct 03, 2012
lauro says:
oh my god sue you had been to everywhere!!!!!!!!
Posted on: Oct 03, 2011
el_wray says:
Very nice photographs! I believe you had so much fun! =)
Posted on: Oct 02, 2011
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Impressive fjords
Impressive fjords
Impressive limestones of the fjords
Impressive limestones of the fjords
A playfurl dolphin swimming alongs…
A playfurl dolphin swimming along…
Playful dolphins
Playful dolphins
The playful dolphins swimming next…
The playful dolphins swimming nex…
Pelicans jumping into the water al…
Pelicans jumping into the water a…
Impressive limestones of the fjords
Impressive limestones of the fjords
A baracuda fish caught by the boat…
A baracuda fish caught by the boa…
An isolated village among the fjor…
An isolated village among the fjo…
Could you the shape of a cat in t…
"Could you the shape of a cat in …
Snokelling in the pristine turquoi…
Snokelling in the pristine turquo…
Fjords
Fjords
Beautiful silhouettes
Beautiful silhouettes
Beautiful silhouettes
Beautiful silhouettes
Silhouette of the mountains and th…
Silhouette of the mountains and t…
Just the wilderness
Just the wilderness
The Khasab valley
The Khasab valley
Acacia forest in the background
Acacia forest in the background
The three greedy goats of Khasab
The three greedy goats of Khasab
Goat feasting on bananas
Goat feasting on bananas
The greedy goat that ate the tissu…
The greedy goat that ate the tiss…
Yet another fish on my 3rd visit
Yet another fish on my 3rd visit
A laugh with the captain
A laugh with the captain
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photo by: vances