We were picked up on time in fact early from our hotel. The journey to the Oman border took approximately 2 hours from Dubai. Our transport was a dedicated mini-van, so perfectly comfortable. My only critisiscm of this part of the journey is that our driver was seriously addicted to his mobile phone and couldn't leave it alone.
Upon arrival, we boarded the large, well equipped Dhow, together with approximately 40 other guests. This isn't a personal private cruise.
As for the tour itself, our hosts were very attentive, providing a constant supply of tea, coffee, water and soft drinks. Beer is available, but for and additional supplement.
The scenery of the Oman coastline was quite stark, but strangely beautiful and provided a pleasant background to the cruise. During our stops, we made use of the snorkelling equipment around the boat and explored the small bays. Watch the sea urchins, as they are everywhere. We also went on a short powerboat tour of a small cave, which was ok, but nothing spectacular. Other guests took the opportunity to sunbathe on one of the beaches, whilst others were content to stay on the boat.
The food provided was certainly welcome and consisted of plenty of Middle Eastern style dishes, flatbreads, chicken, fish and pasta for the less adventurous.
Onboard, we could buy traditional fragrances and other small gifts and trinkets.
Travelling to and from Oman, together with the tour itself took pretty much a whole day, so make sure that you leave enough time in your itinerary.
Overall, this was a pleasant experience and something I would recommend to others to try.
Fantastic guide explained everything to us in great detail, stayed with us throughout the day and made sure he spent time with all of the group while on the cruise. Beautiful scenery and great food on the dhow as well. Would have done it all again if I've been here long enough.
This was a wonderful experience, not only the cruise on the dhow but the drive from Dubai was brilliant, the scenery was so different and we felt we were seeing the real desert. We had a great swim in the Arabian Sea and a very relaxed experience. I would highly recommend this tour. It is a long drive but well worth it with so much to see.
Hamada and the crew were the perfect hosts! Hotel pick up was right on time, we received lots of interesting facts about the Emirates on the way to Musandam. Water, juice, biscuits, fruit and a delicious lunch were included. Definitely recommended :)