Musandam Governorate, Oman
The Musandam PeninsulaJutting out into the crystal clear waters of the Hormuz Strait you’ll find Oman’s sleepy exclave, Musandam. The striking landscape and phenomenal coastlines here provide the ultimate destination for thrill seekers and culture lovers alike.
The magnificent waters of the Musandam coast are just begging to be explored, and thankfully there are more than enough opportunities to do so. Take a peaceful cruise on a dhow, a traditional Omani river boat. Lie back and relax as the serene landscape drifts past, just don’t be surprised if a playful pod of dolphins decides to accompany you. For the more hands-on explorer, I’d say try scuba diving into the depths of the turquoise coastal waters, where you'll discover the kaleidoscopic coral reefs that lie just below the surface.
When you finally come up for some air, remember there’s still the dramatic terrain to be discovered. By mountain bike or foot, climb to the giddy heights of Musandam’s labyrinthine mountains. Experience one-of-a-kind rock formations and fjords, not to mention some incredible views. Mother Nature at her best.
If it’s a taste of culture you’re craving then look no further than Khasab, Musandam’s main town. Full of remarkable architecture, serene palm groves, and souks, Khasab really celebrates the rich heritage of Oman. A visit to the castle is a must. With many colorful exhibits and one-of-a-kind artifacts, this cultural stronghold is sure to leave you intrigued and inspired.