Apart from Muscat and Nizwa, Khasab is another unique city to explore for your vacation. There are plenty of outdoor activities, food and points of interest to explore while you are in the city. The city is located close to United Arab Emirates and is popular among tourists from the nearby country as well as locals from other parts of Oman. Khasab is well-known for its dolphin tours as well as other outdoor activities due to its strategic location and its beautiful mountainscapes as well as fjord-like craggy inlets. Pack your backpack and start traveling to Oman for an exciting vacation.
If you are in Khasab, the first attraction you need to see is the magnificent Oman Fjords. You should book your tour to enjoy the scenic views of the fjords. If you are the adventurous type, then go for the kayak tour. If you are traveling in groups, opt for the full-day dhow boat cruise. You will get to see not just the fjords but also coastal villages, marine life and the crystal-clear sea.
If you choose the dhow boat cruise tour, the guide will fetch you from your hotel on board a private vehicle. Then, you will head straight to the harbour to board the dhow boat. Bring along your camera and extra clothing. Enjoying the majestic fjords from the dhow boat cruise is a once in a lifetime experience. Do not miss such an opportunity while in Khasab. Remember to book your tour in advance.
Price: from 140 USD
Duration: About 12 hours
Khasab Castle is one of the important landmarks of the city. It is not just a castle as there is a museum in the building too. The original structure was constructed by the Portuguese in the 17th-century. Parts of the structure are still there and the locals constructed the present castle on the same site. Embark on an exciting trip to see the castle as well as the museum. Book yourself a half day city and fort tour of Khasab.
The circular tower at the castle as well as its strongholds are indeed unique and if you are here, you get to walk around the castle and enjoy the breathtaking views from here. Step into the museum and have a closer look at Omani handicrafts, the city’s history as well as the traditional life of its people in the past. There is plenty to see in the museum and if you are a history buff, then it is worth the trip for you.
Price: from 46 USD
Duration: Around 10 hours
Do you know that you can see various dolphins at Khasab? If you want to see the playful dolphins while on vacation, then book yourself a dolphin watching tour. The best way to see the dolphins is by dhow board. While the boat is cruising along the coast, you will see dolphins approaching near your boat to welcome you. They are very friendly too and like tourists very much. Get hold of your camera and snap some photos, so that you can show them to your friends.
Apart from that, the boat will take you past Telegraph Island. The island was formerly used by the British as a telegraph-cable repeater station. Remember to bring along your sunglasses and cap as the weather is humid. Wear light clothing when traveling and you will feel comfortable when moving around.
Dolphin Khasab Tours
Price: from 66 USD
Operating Hours: Monday-Sunday (8.30am-8.30pm)
Duration: About 10 hours
4. Khawr Najd
The Musandam Peninsula is also unique for its majestic lagoons. It is ideal for all travelers be it outdoor enthusiasts, adventurers or first-timers. The surrounding area will really surprise you with its magical vast land with beautiful lagoon, mountain and sea. You can also reach the lagoon by a 4WD vehicle or by dhow boat.
There is more than that. You can camp out for the night nearby as well as go fishing or hiking but always refer to your tour guides so that you will not get lost. This is a place to fall in love with and worth exploring in Khasab.
Website: Khawr Najd
Another exciting thing to do is diving. It is one of the top outdoor activities in the city and every tourist should enjoy it to the fullest. Time to explore what is beneath the ocean of Khasab and you will be in for a big surprise. Apart from coral reefs, there are reef sharks, tiger fish, king fish, jack fish as well as other marine life.
You do not need to bring your own scuba diving equipment as it is provided by the tour operator. Choose from various options available. Kindly refer to the tour website. You will dive together with your professional guides, so do not worry about getting lost. Just have fun and swim along with the dolphins as well as take snapshots of the underwater marine life.
Musandam Discovery Diving
Price: from 208 USD
Operating Hours: Monday-Sunday (8.30am-12noon, 3.30pm-7.30pm)
Duration: Around 1 day
6. Telegraph Island Restaurant
Photo is only for illustrative purposes
Located in Lulu Hypermarket, Telegraph Island Restaurant is a great place to stop by for a meal. They serve different cuisines so it’s a great place for picky eaters and those travelling in groups as it caters to most people. Do not be discouraged by its location, although technically in a mall, you can choose to sit on the terrace which overlooks the water.
Telegraph Island Restaurant
Address: Khasab Lulu Hyper Market, Khasab 811, Oman
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (9am-12am)
Facebook: Telegraph Island Restaurant
7. Al Shamaliah Grill Restaurant
Photo is only for illustrative purposes
There is always unique food to explore while on vacation. While in the city center, check out Al Shamaliah Grill Restaurant as it is one of the best eateries in Khasab. It is also popular among foreign tourists and locals. The food here is suitable for everyone including picky eaters. You need to try those Omani and Indian dishes as they are indeed delicious.
The recommended dishes you should order are grill chicken, masala fish, fish curry as well as seafood. Do not forget the juices too. Even kids will enjoy eating here. You can opt to dine in or take away depending on your preference.
Al Shamaliah Grill Restaurant
Address: Bani Mohamed Obaid Street, Khasab 811, Oman
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (9am-2am)
8. Bassa Beach
If you are looking for a place for a family picnic, Bassa Beach is the place you should go. The beach is within walking distance from the ferry terminal nearby. So, you will have no problem finding this beach while in Khasab. There are various activities you can do while you are here. You can either go swimming, take a stroll along the sandy beach or go beachcombing. Admire the beauty of the entire Musandam Peninsula while at the beach.
Website: Bassa Beach
Omani natural wonders and history at its best
Khasab is not just a port city. It is also a major tourist destination in Oman and the natural wonders, be it the beach, lagoons or geologic formations are totally breathtaking. It is also a city rich in history and culture. On your next visit to the Middle East, come to Khasab!
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