Why Choose a Cruise to Khasab?
Khasab is the main gateway to the Musandam Peninsula which is home to remote bays, beaches and spectacular mountains.
Often coined the ‘Norway of Arabia’, Khasab’s landscape is sculpted with craggy fjords, scenic coves and dramatic mountains. An exotic mix of bright blue water, swaying palms and sandy desert, Khasab’s unusual geological landscape and gorgeous wildlife are best discovered by water.
Detached from the rest of Oman by the United Arab Emirates, the peninsula is a rocky headland jutting into the Strait of Hormuz, shaping one of the most strategic shipping lanes on the planet.
A Guide to Khasab’s Hotspots
Arguably one of the best hotspots in Khasab is its famous fjords on the east coast. Adventurous? Go for a kayak tour or if you’re travelling in a group, plump for a full-day dhow boat cruise. Not only will you see the fjords, but also coastal villages, sea life and pristine waters.
Be sure to visit Khasab Castle, which was built by the Portuguese in the 17th century. You’ll also find a museum in the building, perfect for history buffs wanting to know more about the city’s past.
What’s more, you’ll also spot playful dolphins in Khasab, so book yourself a tour. You’re most likely to see them on a dhow – sometimes they approach your boat to welcome you! The boats also take you past Telegraph Island, formerly used by the British as a telegraph cable repeater station.
An outdoor enthusiast? Don’t miss the Musandam Peninsula’s majestic lagoons. They’re best reached in a 4×4 or by dhow. If you’re up for an adventure, why not camp out for the night nearby then go fishing or hiking?
If you’re diving mad, explore what’s beneath the ocean of Khasab by going scuba diving. You’ll discover everything from coral reefs, reef sharks and tiger fish to jack fish and king fish.
Cruise Lines That Sail to the Port of Khasab
The Best Time to Visit Khasab
The main seasons in Khasab are summer and winter. Visiting Khasab between the winter months of October and April is a pleasant time, as there’s a cool breeze and temperatures range between 24°C and 30°C.
June, July and August are scorching summer months, which are best avoided, as temperatures can hit between 35°C-39°C. However, the warmest time of year tends to be mid-July where you can expect highs of about 42°C, with temperatures only dropping to 34°C at night.
Did You Know?
- Khasab is one of the world’s rare exclaves. It’s completely separated from the rest of Oman by the United Arab Emirates one side and by rough seas on the other
- The town is known for being a smuggling hotbed
- In ancient times, Oman’s most valuable commodity was frankincense, derived from the sap of the Boswellia tree.