Sultanate of Oman – Musandam’s fjords

A  Sea Kayak Adventure in Middle East

We offer a 10 day trip including 5 days of sea kayaking in the fjords of Musandam north of the Sultanate of Oman and 1 half day paddling in Dubai.
Go with us to the land of Sinbad the seaman, where the ocean embraces the desert and the mountain. Then discover Dubai, paddle around Palm Jumeirah Palm Island and visit this amazing city after spending the night in Dubai Marina.
A trip very accessible and full of contrast, in the heart of the Persian Gulf.
 

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Your flight arrives in Dubai, from where we reach Khasab the capital of Musandam. After 3 hours drive through the desert, we enter the Sultanate of Oman. After a visit to the city and a good night’s rest at the hotel, we launch our kayaks on the beautiful waters of the Persian Gulf and explore the Sham Fjord.
During these 5 days of navigation you will discover incredible landscapes. A sea kayak trip in a protected area, where the turquoise waters are surrounded by the mountains of the Strait of Ormuz.


Next departure:

from 17th to 26th january 2020


Surely, the beauty of the region will mark your mind. Small hikes will also punctuate our  days and allow us to fully appreciate the beautiful surroundings of our trip.
Perhaps, you will have the chance to meet dolphins or whale sharks that frequent the rich waters of Musandam. No doubt you will see some eagle rays and many other fishes during our snorkelling session along the trip.

After 5 days spent in this remote area, we return to Khasab to spend a comfortable night at the hotel before returning to Dubai.
 

 
   
Then, we will visit this city of excess … During the afternoon we will paddle around the island of Palm Jumeirah (the palm tree island). From the water we will enjoy a different point of view on this incredible structure of sand. We  will have time to visit the emblematic places of this futuristic city (the Burj Khalifa tower, the old Dubai and its souks. ..)
A huge contrast after the 5 days of sea kayaking at the bottom of the desert fjords of the Strait of Hormuz .. The route and the conditions of navigation are very easy and accessible to beginners. It is therefore an ideal stay to start the activity but also to improve in the warm waters of the region.
 

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There are no single kayaks available on the spot at the moment. To allow you to fully enjoy your kayak trip, we use our own fleet for this trip. The single kayaks are the new Trak 2., an expedition folding kayak from Trak Kayak and the two-seater from Nautiraid. The paddles are from Werner Paddles with carbon sleeves (ergo or straight). These kayaks are folding kayaks and they can travel as normal luggage, so we go on a plane with kayaks from France, which limits the weight of your personal belongings to a dozen kilos. But do not worry, in Oman it’s hot so it’s easy to travel light. In the event that your departure point is different from that of the accompanying guide, we will send you your kayak and the equipment to your home. A few days before your departure, you will receive via UPS your kayak in his bag. So you can fly with and meet other participants and guide directly to Dubai. When you return, simply return the boat to us using the shipping slip we have given you.


 

Program: 

10 days trip including 6 days of sea kayaking: 

Day 1: Departure from France, 

Day 2: Arrival in Dubai, Transfer to Khasab, Visite of the city. Night in Hotel 

Day 3: Departure of the kayak hike, taking in hand of the boats and departure in kayak of sea, night in bivouac. 

Day 4: Kayaking in the Sham Fjord night in a bivouac under tent 

Day 5: Kayaking in Sham Fjord, Telegraph Island, short hike. night in a bivouac under tent 

Day 6: Kayaking in the Sham fjord, hiking on the ridges that will offer us an exceptional panorama on our course. night in a bivouac under tent Day 

7: Kayaking in Sham Fjord, Return to Khasab. Night at the hotel . 

Day 8: Transfer to Dubai in the morning. Kayaking on Palm Jumeirah (the palm island) in the afternoon. Dubai Night Tour (Burj Khalifa Tower, Dubai Fountain). Overnight in 4 * hotel in Dubai Marina. 

Day 9: Visit of Dubai, souks district, Dubai Creek crossing by boat, visit of Mall of Emirates with its indoor ski slope. Return flight to France at the end of the day 

Day 10: Arrival in France 

Price per person :

1500 euros all inclusive (excluding air flights)

Next trips:

– from 17th to 26th january 2020-

 

Flight prices for Dubai are around 400 euros

Of course we give you the flight references to book

This rate includes:

    • The supervision by a sea kayak instructor full certificated
    • Specific equipment: sea kayak, paddle, lifejacket, Div 240 compliant safety equipment, etc …
    • All Transfer by minibus from Dubai to Khasab (both way)
    • All meals during sea kayaking
    • D2 and D7 nights in Hotel (3 *) in Khasab (breakfast included)
    • The night of D8 in Dubai Marina in Hotel (4 *).
    • Transfer Airport Hotel.
 

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The Sultanate of Oman, not easy to locate on a map for most people. Located in the eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman has 1700 km of coastline and a very strong maritime history. Their dhows, have for centuries, furrowed the Indian Ocean and traded well, from India to Zanzibar. These traditional boats, are still very present on the water because they continue to transport goods and recently tourists …

The Musandam, which is the northeastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula and is 200 km north of Dubai, is an Omani enclave in Emirati territory some 45 km from the Iranian coast. In the middle is the Strait of Hormuz, through which transit30% of world oil production. We are here in a highly strategic place and therefore very safe.

Rocked by the waters of the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf, the Musandam Peninsula is an extraordinary place with unique landscapes. Presenting an extremely steep terrain, made of high mountains and fjords, the few villages are accessible here only by the sea. This very marked relief is the fruit of the tectonic activity: the Arabian plate sinks under the Eurasian plate and the valleys of the Musandam Peninsula is gradually sinking into the sea, giving this coastline very cut, a real paradise for the kayaker. Fjords with turquoise waters surrounded by peaks over 1000 meters high, mountains where the words “mineral” and “verticality” make sense. Despite the harsh climate, the man was able to settle and the Musandam has several villages nestled at the foot of the cliffs or at the bottom of the bays, enough to make beautiful encounters …

Khasab is “the city of Musandam” and it is here that the main infrastructures of the region are: school, airport, hospital, port … It is an excellent starting point for a sea kayak expedition and is the most easily accessible place. Built along a palm grove, surrounded by mountains, the city has its charm and the song of the muezzin immediately puts in the atmosphere. Welcome to the Orient, the adventure can begin!

The fauna and flora are not very present on earth, the extreme drought limits the vegetation to a few rare trees and bushes that serve as a goat for the goats that we meet almost every bivouac. Some palm groves located in the course of some Wadi (dry rivers 99.99% of the time) provide shade suitable for some crops as well as dates that are part of all meals. Underwater, however, is the explosion of life: the shallow waters of the region are home to exceptional wildlife. Marine biodiversity will surprise us as the days go by. A real contrast in this desert of stones and rocks … Eagle rays that jump from the water a few meters from the kayaks, dolphins who come to say hello to us a few meters from the beach, while we drink a coffee in enjoying the first light of the sun. Evenings to play with the bioluminescent plankton that illuminates the water with each movement. Snorkeling sessions to cross parrot fish, barracuda, lemon sharks and other clown fish. Not bored here, at every break the masks and snorkels are unsheathed and we go to explore this aquatic world. The mountainous terrain can also take the height, in a few minutes of hiking, the ridges offer us a magnificent panorama of our route, in the distance the island of Sibi and its turquoise waters, to the west Jebel Sham overlooking Telegraph Island. The colors change over the hours, changing the landscapes. This mineral world is not monotonous, on the contrary.

If you form your own group (from 2 people),
this trip is feasible on a private trip
totally à la carte (modifiable duration …) and other dates.

For more information and to get the complete road book of the stay
Contact us
info@voyage-kayak.com