Musandam (Khasab)

A few weekends a go I took a diving trip to the Omani enclave of Musandam, from the map you can see that Musandam is detached from Oman and is strategically placed in the Straits of Hormuz.  It is part of the globe which is very rocky and barren but with a surprising amount to see and do.  Below are my photos from the trip; enjoy.

Khasab

The town of Khasab is a small little but with big development plans, the town is connected to Ras Al Khaimah from the south, a Jebel road from the south east to Dibba (passage only by permission) and a ferry terminal to Sohur and Muscat.  The below photos were taken with my Hasselblad 503cw.

Jebels (khasab hike)

Once you get into the jebels (mountains) in Musandam and up Whadi Whasab, it really starts to get interesting with great views from every angle.  We did a 10k jebel run/ hike, i'll put the track up later for anyone who wants to follow it.  The below photos were taken with my Hasselblad 503cw.  Below the picture is the route that we hiked/ran, so people can see where we went.  The hike started at the junction of the main road near an animal enclosure, we climbed the hill till we reached the UAE/ Oman boarder and skirted this till the next peak then headed down the tracks back to the car.

The hike started at the junction of the main road near an animal enclosure, we climbed the hill till we reached the UAE/ Oman boarder and skirted this till the next peak then headed down the tracks back to the car.  The gps co-ordinates can be downloaded below in .kmz format for google earth of any other mapping software like maps.me.

 Jebel hiked near As Sayh

Jebel hiked near As Sayh

Picture of As Sayh

The flatter ground in the jebels the wadis (rivers) provides pasture land during the cooler months and even now in the height of summer.

Diving

The main reason for the trip was to go diving in Khasab, we went with Extra Divers Musandam, who were professional, well priced and great fun.  We were lucky enough to see a whale shark on the first dive.  Swimming next to such a huge and graceful creature was a real treat. 

Getting Around

On this particular trip i took a flight from Qatar to Dubai, using Qatar Airways new shuttle service, then drove to the Ras Al Khaimah boarder with Musandam, the customs process and passport control with a car is very easy just makesure you have the relevant documents; passport, car registration card, insurance and if you're renting the car and letter from the rental or owner of the car.

The drive along the coast to Khasab is really scenic, well worth doing during the drive and with plenty of camping spots along the way.

The drive into the jebels follows one simple dirt road all the way so there is no getting lost, the road starts as you travel south past the airport, follow signs for Dibba.  However be careful during the winter when flash storms are likely.

Any questions please email me on thomas.kercel@yahoo.co.uk