Khasab

Khasab is the local capital of the Musandam Peninsula, located on the Strait of Hormuz, at the mouth of the Persian Gulf.

The khors of Khasab (Oman)... cruise to the ‘Norway of Arabia’

The city of Khasab is situated in an exclave of the country of Oman; Khasab is the local capital of the Musandam Peninsula, located on the Strait of Hormuz, at the mouth of the Persian Gulf. The area is dubbed the ’Norway of Arabia’ due to the rugged, glacier-like coastline, its towering mountains and clear, glittering fjord(known as khors).

Founded in the 17th century by the Portuguese, Khasab is built around a natural harbor, which gives shelter from the sea.

MSC cruise ships call at Khasab during our Middle Eastern cruise itineraries. Join us on one of our varied cruise excursion packages and enjoy the best deals on local sights and attractions. Swap your luxury MSC cruise liner for a traditional Omani ‘dhow’ and sail along the magnificent coast of Khasab; you are likely to be joined by friendly dolphins and can experience the fjords of Arabia from the comfort of a boat strewn with oriental rugs and cushions.

Holidaymakers that wish to immerse themselves in local history whilst on vacation will enjoy the Khasab city tour; learn about the lives and traditions of fishermen and the Bedouin way of life, admire the Khasab fort and the handicrafts display in Khasab Museum. This whole region is steeped in ancient history and the nearby villages of Wadi Tawi and Qadah boast 2,000 year-old drawings of boats, animals and warriors carved into the rock face.

Cruise travellers who were unable to experience Dubai will have another opportunity to do so in Khasab, as the two destinations are just a 2.5 hour drive away.

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 KHS01 - CITY TOUR OF KHASAB & BUKHA (approx. 3.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Explore Khasab and its surrounding areas from the comfort of an air-conditioned coach or microbus. The tour begins with a visit to the picturesque Fort Khasab, built in the 17th century by the Portuguese in an attempt to control maritime trade in the Strait of Hormuz. The fort was erected to prevent attacks from the sea. Teak wood from India was used for its construction and the roof was fashioned from a mix of palm leaves and clay. Within its low, crenellated walls, the fort contains a large central tower which is thought to pre-date the fort itself. The structure you see today is the result of extensive restoration work carried out in the late 20th century. The fort’s location offers excellent views and photo opportunities. Leaving the keep, the tour continues along the coastal road for about an hour to Bukha, which borders the Emirate of Ras al Khaima. On the way, enjoy the spectacular scenery along this ruggedly beautiful coastal route and hone your camera skills at various photo stops. Overlooking the sea and with a backdrop of mountains, the Fort at Bukha is the final stop of the tour and affords more breathtaking views from its gorgeous setting. Please note: guides for languages other than English are limited. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. Due to the marked differences between outside temperatures and those found in the places visited as well as the air-conditioned tour vehicles, it is recommended that you take a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort. As this tour involves long periods of walking on uneven ground, it is unsuitable for guests with mobility problems or who use a wheelchair.

Price per person $53.00 Adults $40.00 Children

   


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 KHS02 - DHOW CRUISE TO FJORDS (approx. 4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Panoramic tour  No guide available  Recommended for families  Discover the beauty of the fjord-like waters of Musandam – also known as the “Norway of Arabia” – plus pretty fishing villages and Telegraph Island on this relaxing cruise aboard an engine-powered dhow, a traditional Arabian vessel made of wood. As the dhow makes its way through these beautifully calm, turquoise waters surrounded by pure white cliffs, you can take a refreshing dip when the boast anchors in the vicinity of Telegraph Island. And if you are lucky, a friendly dolphin may even stop by to keep you company. And if not, there are always the breathtaking views of mountains rising in the distance to keep you entertained. Please note: the order in which sights are visited may vary. Due to the marked differences between outside temperatures and those found in the places visited as well as the air-conditioned tour vehicles, it is recommended that you take a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort. This tour is not suitable for guests who use a wheelchair.

Price per person $92.00 Adults $69.00 Children

   


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 KHS03 - SAFARI DRIVE TO JEBEL HARIM (approx. 4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  No guide available  This tour will take you through some of Oman’s most stunning landscapes – and all from the exhilarating comfort of a modern four-wheel drive vehicle. Get ready for a breathtaking trip to Jebel Harim, which literally translates as the “Mountain of Women”. At a height of 2,097 m, it is the tallest peak on the Musandam Peninsula. The trip to Jebel Harim will take you past incredible vistas, including terraced mountain villages, lush acacia forests and seasonal watercourses, the so-called wadis, which are typical of the region. After about an hour’s drive, a stop will be made at the Bedouin village of Sayah, which is located at an elevation of 914 m and surrounded by palm groves. It counts as one of the most picturesque villages on the Musandam Peninsula. After a stop to enjoy the idyllic setting and take photographs, the tour continues to Jebel Harim. There will be time to admire the grand panorama from the mountain’s summit. On return from Jebel Harim, drive towards Khawr Najid, stop at the crest for a magnificent view of Khawr Najid overlooking to Indian Ocean side. Please note: the driver will provide information in English. Due to the marked differences between outside temperatures and those found in the places visited as well as the air-conditioned tour vehicles, it is recommended that you take a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort. As this tour involves travelling over rough and bumpy terrain, it is unsuitable for guests with neck/back problems, for pregnant women and for guests who use a wheelchair.

Price per person $104.00 Adults $94.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.