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Old Apr 19th 2009, 9:21 am
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Planning a boat trip to Mussandam and have a few options to choose from.
1. Boat leaves from Khasab (the harbour in Mussandam)
2. Boat leaves from Ras Al Khaimah
3. Boat leaves from Dibba

We are planning to be on the boat for a whole weekend. From what we can suss out we think Option 2, leaving from RAK might be best. It seems with this option we don't need to do the land crossing into Oman which would save some time and money, and we don't need to worry about getting special car insurance for our hire cars if we leave them in RAK.

Does anyone have any advice?

Many thanks!
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Confused by Option 1...if the boat leaves from "the harbour in Mussandam", then where exactly will it be going? And what is there anyway?
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Old Apr 19th 2009, 10:11 am
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The boat sails around the Mussandam pennisular, that is the aim with all 3 options
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Confused by Option 1...if the boat leaves from "the harbour in Mussandam", then where exactly will it be going? And what is there anyway?
Musandam is one of the most beautiful places in this part of the world...

The trip from RAK to Khasab by car only takes about 45 mins and the boarder crossing is painless.

I'd probably start from Khasab and then tour round the coast towards Dibba etc, checking out Telegraph Island etc.

Never gone the full way round (the bend) - but it should be amazing.



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Some nice photos on here for those (like me) having little idea of what the place looks like. Let us know how it goes.

http://linda.burgess.fotopic.net/c849946.html
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I did the same trip a couple of weekends back.
We stayed in the Hilton in RAK. The trip organisers picked us up from the hotel at 8am and then took us over the border (paid and sorted out the visa's etc) then drove us to the port. It's a great road from the border to the port (plenty of photo opportunities)
Make sure you snorkel and if possible SCUBA. The marine life was fantastic when we were there, even saw numerous groups of dolphins.
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I did the same trip a couple of weekends back.
We stayed in the Hilton in RAK. The trip organisers picked us up from the hotel at 8am and then took us over the border (paid and sorted out the visa's etc) then drove us to the port. It's a great road from the border to the port (plenty of photo opportunities)
Make sure you snorkel and if possible SCUBA. The marine life was fantastic when we were there, even saw numerous groups of dolphins.
Thanks for the advice......do you know which tour operator you went through? We have a few options but always good to have a few more!

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Originally Posted by mrskpd View Post
Thanks for the advice......do you know which tour operator you went through? We have a few options but always good to have a few more!

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It was Khasab Travel & Tours.
I thought they were very good and the food was good on the Dhow as well. We took a cooler with some beer in and became very popular on the boat!
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Have done this numerous times but only from Khasab. Think you will miss out on the best of the scenery and wildlife if you do it any other way. Cost and time differences are almost negligable I would say (unless you are trying to cross the border at the start of the Eid holidays or something) - you need to do which trip you think will be best and I would go for option 1.
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Have done this numerous times but only from Khasab. Think you will miss out on the best of the scenery and wildlife if you do it any other way. Cost and time differences are almost negligable I would say (unless you are trying to cross the border at the start of the Eid holidays or something) - you need to do which trip you think will be best and I would go for option 1.
Agree
If you stay in RAK and get the trip to pick you up from the hotel, the border crossing is sooooo easy as they take care of everything.
Let us know how it goes.
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What did you need visas for?

Been to Mussandam a few times from Dibba Dhow harbour and just popped across the "border" no hassle and no visa.
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What did you need visas for?

Been to Mussandam a few times from Dibba Dhow harbour and just popped across the "border" no hassle and no visa.
Cause Musandam is in Oman and you need a visa to get in...and out again???
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Cause Musandam is in Oman and you need a visa to get in...and out again???
I never have, just flashed my passport and UAE Visa at the border and they waved me through.
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I never have, just flashed my passport and UAE Visa at the border and they waved me through.
Who d'ya know?
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Who d'ya know?
Everyone of course.......apparently it depends which end you enter through.

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