a great leisurely trip.
The transfer from Dubai to Al Khasab takes about 3 hours. Then you participate in a 6 hour show cruise around a fjord in the Munsandam peninsula, have to opportunity to swim and snorkle twice the water is very transparent and there's an abundance of fish, drink some coffee/tea, eat a tasty lunch and in general relax.
Warning! This trip was advertised as 9 hours , it took 14 with a 4 hour drive each way reaching 140km per hour through Dubai traffic.
We were charged an additional 300 AED cash which we paid direct to the driver ?? to see the dolphins. Our pick up was late and we missed the start of the cruise being raced to catch up in a speed boat. The cruise itself was pleasant but certainly not worth the 8 hour drive. We had approximately 5 minutes with the dolphins. We had a flight out of Dubai the same night and had difficulty leaving the country because something went wrong in the visa process.
Friendly staff on the boat and transfer, great food - fantastic to see dolphins up so close, and feeding the fish while swimming.
Crossing the UAE/Oman border took longer than I expected and the transfer from Downtown Dubai to Musandam took longer than expected.
Would recommend but it is a long day.
The trip itself, once we made it there, was definitely great. However, getting there was quite an ordeal. The driver picked us up on time and made it to the UAE/Oman border in a reasonable amount of time, but it took over two hours to make it across the border. This possibly had something to do with some of the other travelers in the group, but the driver never let us know what the issue was. The trip is also advertised as a 9 hour trip, but we were picked up from our hotel at 0625 and did not return until 2115 that night, so it was a few minutes shy of being a 15 hour trip. I still would do it again because it was a once in a lifetime experience. However, the time length needs to be changed to a more accurate number. I can not see how anyone could legally drive that far that fast and return along with crossing the border and taking a 6 hour boat ride in 9 hours, it's impossible. The crew of the boat were fantastic and them along with the experience of being there made up for the border and time issue, but the time definitely should be changed to a minimum of 11 hours to better reflect the reality of the border crossing and awful Dubai traffic.
I was a bit disappointed with this package deal for a couple of reasons. Although the transport that took to the destination port in Oman was good and comfortable, we were told the road trip was going to be 2.5 hours each way from/to Dubai. This was not true as it took 4 hours each way. The boat was good and comfortable, there was enough space for everyone, however, with the amount of money we've paid, the food could have been of a better quality and quantity. One more thing I was very disappointed with is that over the 5.5 hours of boat trip, we were allowed to swim twice for 1/2 hour each time at two locations which were not great. The one place that was good for snorkeling Telegraph island we were told we could not stop as the boat was too big and there was a risk of damaging the corals. Overall the staff was friendly and professional, however, they could have been a bit more honest with the times and activities to allow guests to make their informal decision about the trip. My suggestion if you decide to go for it, choose to stay overnight to make it worth the 8 hours drive from Dubai.
This was a fascinating trip. Extremely scenic. Tour Guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. Crew was most helpful.
Would suggest that the cruise be shortened by about one hour as it gets rather chilly towards the evening. Two stops for swimming and snorkeling were not necessary. One stop of 45 minutes would have been more than enough.The participants should have been advised in advance to bring along very warm clothing as it gets terribly chilly towards the end of the cruise.
The drive from the Oman border to Khasab on the mountain road was just as exciting as the cruise itself.
We really enjoyed the tour. They left a message to reconfirm the pick up time and tour details to our hotel on the prior day of the tour, which was nice. Also, drivers and crews were very friendly and nice! We really enjoyed scenery of musandam and trip, watching dolphins and swimming in the sea! The boat had clean toilet and even showers, so you may enjoy the confirmable trip with them.
We loved this trip! The drivers were amazing! They were knowledgable, friendly and thoughtful throughout the trip. Khasab was more beautiful than I could have ever hoped for! The water was pristine! Immigration was taken care of by the driver and it was smooth and quick. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone!