I lived in Dubai, UAE for around 4 years from 2000 till 2004 and during this time one of my main hobbies was scuba diving. The tropical waters in the gulf where Dubai was located was a little boring so occasionally we would hire a dhow and do a diving trip up the coast to Musandam in neighbouring Oman.
The Musandam Governorate is a mountainous Omani peninsula projecting into the Strait of Hormuz, separated from the rest of the country by the United Arab Emirates. Its jagged coastline features fjordlike inlets called khors, and its waters are home to dolphins and other marine life. Dhow cruises are a popular activity. In Khasab, the capital, the 17th-century Khasab Fort houses museum displays.
After a leisurely cruise up the coast we would find a beautiful inlet to anchor the dhow and then have our first dive of the day.
Surrounded by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman, Musandam has one of the widest bio-diversities of marine life in the world. The unique deep drops‐offs and cool water upwelling provide an abundance of plankton, making this a rich feeding ground for a huge variety of marine life and coral gardens.
After one or two dives we would stop and have a sumptuous lunch onboard all freshly prepared and cooked on board.
We would then move to another location for some further diving or snorkelling in the late afternoon.
Then it was a case of relaxing and drinking as we sailed back from Musandam. A long and tiring day but most rewarding.
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