You must see Musandam at least once: Located in Zighy Bay, the Six Senses Zighy Bay is probably the world’s only village-style resort that lets you check-in by paragliding. The 20-minute paragliding journey, after showcasing breath-taking sights from hundreds of meters above the ground, ends at the resort’s private beach. Of course, there’s an alternative way to reach the property from the mountain top, that is by driving – but that’s too normal, isn’t it! Zighy Bay, on the Musandam Peninsula, is a picturesque region flaunting the Hajar Mountains and an untampered coastline to all. Here, you can enjoy the culture of Oman and buzz of the UAE simultaneously. With both contemporary and traditional attractions, you are bound to make your travel experience truly extraordinary.
Musandam is an Omani peninsula separated from the rest of the country by a piece of land from the UAE. Located in the northernmost point of Oman and surrounded by two gulfs; the Arabian and the Omani, the governorate has a lot of natural and architectural wonders. Here are the best things you can do and see in Musandam.
The Jebel Harim peak stands tall and proud at 2,087 meters. It’s the highest peak in Musandam. The words Jebel Harim literally means the ‘Mountain of Women’. It’s been named this way given that during the days of piracy and colonization by the Portuguese, Omani women would hide up the mountain fearing kidnap and molestation. Enjoy spectacular views from the top of this peak, of the surrounding valleys and villages. You can also camp on this mountain, and trek or hike to your heart’s content.
The 28km (17-mile) coastal road from Khasab to Bukha is Musandam’s only surfaced connection with the outside world, a spectacular feat of engineering which winds dramatically around the sea cliffs and khawrs of the coast. The first few miles out of Khasab are particularly fine, blasted out of the feet of the mountains around Khawr Qida and revealing vivid bands of sedimentary layering. On the far side of the bay, Wadi Tawi has petroglyphs featuring camels, sheep and hunters pecked into the rocks. From here the road climbs up to the village of Al Harf at the highest point of the ridge, offering spectacular views over the Strait of Hormuz – on a clear day you can see Iran. It is another 12km (7 miles) or so from here to the quiet town of Bukha, home to an impressive seafront fort. Discover even more details on Musandam Trip Offers.