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Oman’s Ultimate Dhow Cruise Guide

The Sultanate’s coastline is bursting with life– and we bring to you the 3 best dhow cruises worth sailing along.

by RABIA QAISER

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Daymaniyat Island: Since 1996 the beautiful Daymaniyat Islands have been a protected nature reserve, located further out to sea between Barka and Seeb. Take in its natural beauty from traditional dhows, million miles removed from the hustle of the city. And If you’re lucky you’ll come across turtles, dolphins, corals, as you spend the afternoon snorkeling or diving in Oman’s prime dive spot. Since the island is a protected reserve, access is only allowed from May until the end of October; however, a permit is required during other times of the year.

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Khasab, Musandam: Cruise by Oman’s Musandam Peninsula from Khasab, surrounded by stunning scenery as you wind down on a traditionally decorated wooden dhow. Secure your spot on a dhow and set sail to Khor Sham, highlighted by its scenic setting, white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters.

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Dolphin watching: Our hidden gem of a country has some of the world’s premier locations for snorkeling, with its colorful sea turtle population. As underwater adventures require costly gear, leave it to our amazing dhow tour companies to provide you with all the equipment. Take a plunge into Oman’s sparkling bay of Bandar Khiran with your fun squad. Be entertained by acrobatic dolphins as you cruise through the majestic coastal areas surrounding the capital.

 

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