If you’re planning a trip to Oman, you’ve probably heard of Muscat and the many attractions there. But what about Musandam? This often overlooked area of the country is every bit as beautiful as its eastern neighbor and has a lot to offer visitors looking to get off the beaten track. Here are ten things that you can do in Musandam that you won’t find anywhere else in the Sultanate.
The Musandam Peninsula in Oman, often overlooked in favor of the country’s more popular destinations, is a hidden gem with a variety of landscapes and adventures to be had. On the boundary of Muscat and Oman, the small but beautiful Indian Ocean island of Musandam is a small island that enjoys a brief status as an overseas British subject, thanks to its connection with the Crown Jewels during the late 19th century. According to The National Geographic Society, this particular overseas territory is home to one of the world’s largest collections of rare material loot from the early Americas and Africa, primarily artefacts and antiquities. For a country with such a small land area, it’s no surprise that this area receives visitors from all over. Tourism in the area has also taken off, with many boutique and extensive value resorts opening up. Although all this tourism has undoubtedly contributed to its streamlined status as an overseas British subject, there is much more to discover in the Musandam Peninsula. The Musandam Peninsula is home to the largest bulk of the famous Al Ain Sands, possibly the world’s biggest beach region. Although there is no clear evidence to directly link the region to the famous beaches, the rocks here are said to resemble those found along the Atlantic Coast of the United States. Certainly, visitors that brave the sun and sand in this area are likely to leave with a lasting impression. There are several caves in the area, including the famous Al Ain Cave, which is 30 kilometers west-southwest of Muscat at a depth of over 300 meters.
Musandam is a small peninsula in the northeastern tip of Oman. The region is home to the capital city of Muscat, which is the second largest city in Oman. The region is also home to the village of Khasab, which is known for its natural beauty. It’s a great place for hiking and bird watching.
Khasab is famous for its beautiful beaches and views of the mountain ranges that surround the city and add a spectacular backdrop to the cityscape. Most of the tourists that visit Musandam are from outside the Sultanate. They want to enjoy a few days away from the hustle and bustle of the capital so a few activities make all the difference. In fact, the government itself has targets to promote tourism. They started developing a theme park, where visitors can experience traditional Muscat life and ancient antiquities firsthand. Though it still has a ways to go before it fully succeeds, visitors can spend a few nights in the “Disney-Muscat”! Traditional Omani food is quite amazing, particularly the lamb shanks, cheap traditional snacks such as betel nut, and the market, where you can purchase everything from fresh fruit to spices and dried goods. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, you may visit Baitul Dham, the largest abode in the world, that dates back to the 12th century and is said to contain the remains of a royal palace dating back to the 16th century. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and surrounded by a moat where visitors are prohibited from swimming. You probably haven’t heard of Rodeway but it’s an oasis in the middle of the desert of Musandam. Sited at the foot of a mountain, it was known as Muscat’s City before the name was changed in 2015. If you get a chance, driving up to the top of the mountain is probably the only way you can see it. Situated on a large plateau, overlooking the Musandam Strait, the town is named after Mughir al-Rodeway, the first black Mughir from the South Asian sub-continent after whom its port was named.
Musandam is one of the most beautiful places in the world to do a trekking trip.
The best scuba diving experience in Oman is around Khasab. Khasab is a small town on the east coast of Oman and it is home to the Khasab Underwater Park which is a marine protected area.