While in the UAE, it is a must to visit Musandam, the beautiful northern province of Oman, the country east of the UAE. This 11-hour day trip, beginning in Dubai, allows you to relax and enjoy the stunning views of rugged mountains, charming villages, beautiful beaches, and dolphins playing in the sea.
Musandam is isolated in an extremely beautiful area of Oman, cut off by the UAE’s border; it is considered one of the best tourist destinations in Oman due to its isolated nature and geographical position. The mountainous area in Musandam has hosted secluded communities for centuries and many coastal villages can only be reached by boats or traditional vessels called dhows. The capital of Musandam is Khasab, which has a population of over 29000 people, and is comprised of irregular mountain peaks and surrounded by Wadis.
Enjoy a pick up in Dubai at 8 AM and drive north passing old towns and small colourful markets; the car will stop at the Friday Market, which is popular for its fruits and vegetables located in the Masai Village, to allow you to explore. Continuing on, cross the border into Oman and arrive at the port where you will board the traditional double-decked Omani dhow and enjoy Arabic tea and coffee as a welcoming drink. Enjoy an hour on board to sunbath, relax, spot dolphins, and admire views of the mountains, date palms, and stone houses built into the cliffside. After this, if you wish, grab snorkeling gear and dive into the water to explore the world beneath the waves. Oman is known for its splendid marine and coral life. After drying off, feast on a delicious continental lunch (vegetarian and non-vegetarian) with refreshments before continuing with your activities: dive back in the water, enjoy the music on board, take photos of the lovely scenery, or grab a fishing pole and try your luck at catching some fish!
After docking at 5:30pm, relax in the car as you drive back and reach your destination in Dubai at 8:30pm. Bring your camera so you can capture the many wonderful experiences you will surely enjoy on this day cruise in Musandam.
Cruising in a traditional Omani wooden boat
Pick-up and drop off from a central Location in Dubai
Continental vegetarian and non-Vegetarian buffet lunch
Snorkeling and Fishing Equipments
Refreshments and fruit
Permission process cost
What's Not Included
Sunblock and hat
Pick-up service from hotel
USD 87 for
The tour begins at 8.00 AM with a pick-up service from your destination in Dubai. Drive along the highway in Emirates towards Dibba Fujairah, one of the Emirates of United Arab Emirates, and along the way notice an interesting and fascinating old town dotted with a small colorful market; this is called the Friday Market, which is popular for fruit and vegetable, located in Masai Village. Take a little time to explore the market and get a feel for local produce and items.
The Masafi is a popular venue on the edge of the Hajar Mountain range where you will have an opportunity to take photographs of the magnificent views of the mountains and surrounding area. After reaching Al Darah, the border of Oman, and completing the entry formalities and process, you will enter the Sultanate of Oman and head directly to the Port of Traditional Omani Boat. A fascinating part of your tour begins when you board the boat: enjoy the taste of different flavors of Arabic tea and coffee to welcome you on board.
The double-decked wooden traditional dhow (boat) is clean and well equipped with restrooms, dining space, and a sitting area. The cruising time on the boat is around 45 minutes to 1 hour providing you an opportunity to enjoy sunbathing, relaxing, and admiring the stunning views of the rugged mountains, charming villages, and beautiful beaches – make sure to keep an eye out for dolphins!
After enjoying the dhow cruise, the boat will come to a stop allowing you to grab the snorkeling gear on board and dive into the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. The professional crew will equip you with life jackets and snorkeling equipment to enjoy the day swimming and snorkeling.
Later on, the crew will invite you to feast on the continental buffet lunch with both vegetarian and nonvegetarian dishes. After lunch, there is still a few more minutes to enjoy swimming and snorkeling, or you can stay on board and relax with some music or take photos of this memorable experience. The crew will offer everyone handline-fishing equipment to try their luck at catching some fish! All the while, keep your eyes peeled for dolphins playing in the sea!
At around 5:30 PM, arrive back at the port and climb into a car to be driven back to Dubai where you will be dropped off at your destination at 7:30 PM.