The Fjords of Arabia
- Trekking & Hiking
our UK team
On arrival in Dubai a member of the Kandoo team will meet you at the airport. We transfer by private vehicle to Khasab on the Musandam Peninsula and check in to our hotel. Tonight you can meet your guide and the rest of your group and there will be a briefing before we start our adventure in the morning.
This morning we start the preparations for our adventure, organizing our gear and checking our kayaks. We leave in the late afternoon and paddle for around 2 hours to a secluded bay where we set up camp in a creek bordered by a sandy beach. This gentle start is a great opportunity to get used to paddling your kayak. Once we have set up camp, we can go for a swim under the stars in the warm waters of the Khor Ash Sham (Sham Fjord).
For the next 4 days we will be entirely self sufficient as we explore the most remote and quiet corners of Sham Fjord. We paddle among towering cliffs and tiny coves and the occasional fishing village. The bay is renowned for its exceptional wildlife including green turtles, dolphins, eagle rays and reef sharks (harmless). Bordered by two lines of bare rocky mountains, the inviting blue waters of the fjord offer a surreal contrast with the surrounding rocky landscape.
In the mornings we glide quietly through the clear waters, sheltered from the tumult of the open sea. In the afternoons when the sun is at its hottest, we enjoy swimming and snorkeling among multi coloured corals. In November the sea temperature is roughly 30 degrees. In the evenings we invite you to learn how to fish, in these abundant waters fresh fish for our evening meals is guaranteed!
At the end of each day we find secluded spots to set up our camp for the night and settle down discuss the days events. There will also be 1 or 2 short hikes up into the mountains for spectacular views across the bay.
This is 4 days of complete freedom and peace. An immersion in the mountains and waters of Oman that will make you forget you ever existed anywhere else. An experience of a lifetime.
This our final day of paddling on the Fjord as we make our way back to Khasab. There will be opportunity for a final swim before we leave behind our kayaks and check in at our hotel.
We transfer back down the coast to Dubai, arriving in the early afternoon for a guided tour of the city. We start by inhaling the rich aromas of the souqs before taking a taxi boat to the other side of the “creek” to explore the heritage district. We then gaze up at the unfathomable heights of Burj khalifa, the tallest tower in the world and a truly remarkable sight.
We can enjoy dinner at a local restaurant to mark the end of our trip before transferring to the airport for a night flight home.
Although this adventure is not overly
demanding it is still important that you are in good physical condition. You will be required to paddle for up to 6
hours a day for 6 consecutive days. Paddling a kayak for extended periods of
time will place strain on the lower back and abdominal muscles. Previous
kayaking experience is not required as your guide will provide you with
training. You will also take short hikes into the mountains which could be on
loose and steep terrain and care should be taken to avoid slips and trips.
To ask about your suitability for this
trip and what you can do to prepare please feel free to give us a call.
love the local cuisine in Oman! It is not always easy to carry fresh products
on board kayaks but we are proud of the hearty and varied menus we deliver each
enables us to provide for ourselves during our adventure so expect to eat fresh
fish very regularly (possibly caught by you). You can also expect buffet style
lunches, hot evening meals and local products including houmous, pita beds and
you have special dietary requirements please call and let us know as soon as
possible before departure. We will do everything possible to accommodate your
Whilst out kayaking on the fjord you will
be wild camping in secluded locations. You will be provided with a mattress and
a 3 man dome tent to share with one other person. Blankets are also provided.
Our hotel in Khasab is an apartment hotel
with comfortable twin or double rooms and shared bathroom facilities. There is also a swimming pool and free WiFi is
available in public areas.
During this trip you will be carrying
your luggage with you in your kayak at all times. We recommend that you choose gear which is as
small and lightweight as possible. The weather is going to be hot so there is
no need for bulky sleeping bags or jackets or heavy duty walking boots. Go for a flexible duffel bag or backpack
and not a rigid suitcase. A small day pack could be useful on the hikes and as
cabin luggage on the plane.
The currency in Oman is the Omani Rial
(OMR). In Dubai the currency is the United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED). For the
latest exchange rates please see www.xe.com
On the Musandam Peninsula the United Arab
Emirates Dirham is commonly used. We recommend using Dirham rather than Rial.
ATMs are widely available or you can exchange money at Dubai Airport.
Tipping is always appreciated - it is not
obligatory and should be left to the discretion of each individual. We
recommend an amount between $35 and $45
per participant based on the service you feel you have received.
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