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TRIP OVERVIEW

7 days
SwimTrek Classic
6km/day
Moderate

Trip Dates

2023
01 Feb - 07 Feb
Full
08 Feb - 14 Feb
Full
15 Feb - 21 Feb
Full
22 Feb - 28 Feb
Full
28 Oct - 03 Nov
Available
04 Nov - 10 Nov
Available
18 Nov - 24 Nov
Available
25 Nov - 01 Dec
Available
2024

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Tour Highlights

  • Experience a truly unique SwimTrek adventure among the stunning fjords of the Musandam Peninsula

  • Take in the dramatic landscapes, as imposing cliffs plunge into open waters

  • Marvel at the views from the isthmus which separates the Persian Gulf from the Gulf of Oman

  • Enjoy delicious lunches onboard our very own dhow

  • Soak in the panoramic views over the Strait of Hormuz from our 4-star hotel in Khasab

Unleash your inner adventurer on this stunning swimming holiday in Oman. Taking in the awe-inspiring fjords of the spectacular Musandam Peninsula, this trip gives you the chance to discover some truly breathtaking locations, many of which had never been swum in prior to SwimTrek’s arrival in the area.

Often described as the ‘Norway of Arabia’, the Musandam Peninsula is one of the Persian Gulf’s great wildernesses. Separated from the rest of Oman by the UAE, the peninsula lies at the extreme north-eastern tip of Arabia, where the steep red rocks of the Hajar Mountains plunge into the blue waters of the Arabian Gulf, creating a labyrinth of massive fjords (khors).

Our traditional local dhow is the perfect vessel from which to explore this area, and our swimmers are often accompanied by the friendly dolphins who frequently visit these waters. From the towering cliffs and incredible views, to the local culture and delicious cuisine, this trip allows you to experience this fascinating corner of the world from a truly unique perspective.


Who is this trip for?

This trip is ideal for swimmers who are looking for an adventurous swimming experience in one of SwimTrek’s most unique destinations.

Swimmers should also have a basic understanding of open water swimming and be capable of completing the average swim distance of around 3 km prior to the start of the trip. The average daily swim distance is around 6km (split over a minimum of two swims).

We have given this trip a 'Moderate' grading. Most swimmers comfortable in the open water will be able to take part and enjoy one of these trips.


What's included?

  • Fully guided swimming holiday in Oman
  • Swim guides and full safety escort on all swims
  • Technique advice with video playback
  • Six nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • All lunches

What's not included?

  • Travel to and from the start of the tour
  • Evening meals


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Daily Itineraries

Please note that the below daily itineraries are an example of the swims that may take place during the course of your trip, however, actual swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather and sea conditions. Your SwimTrek guides and local boat pilot will determine the most suitable swim locations each day and will communicate the plan with all guests as soon as possible.

Trip Schedule

Start Point: Atana Khasab Hotel, Khasab, Oman

Start Time: 16:00 on Day 1

Finish Point: Atana Khasab Hotel, Khasab, Oman

Finish Time: 09:00 on Day 7

Day 1

After checking into the hotel, you will have some time to settle in and explore before we meet later in the evening for our welcome meeting. Here we’ll discuss the week’s swims that lie ahead, followed by a safety briefing. We then take an acclimatisation swim at the nearby Beach, which is the perfect opportunity to get used to the local waters in preparation for tomorrow’s first day of swimming.

Day 2

We depart from our hotel and travel to Khor Ash Sham, the largest of the fjords in the Musandam Peninsula. As we set off, the first thing you notice is the sheer size of what you are entering. We swim a section of the coastline before stopping for lunch. After a hearty meal, we head towards Hamsi Village before carrying out our first crossing.

On arrival back at our hotel overlooking the sea, we carry out a technique advice session and stroke recording in the hotel pool, complete with stunning views of the surrounding landscapes, to be reviewed with video playback

Day 3

This morning we head even further into the khor, as we explore the waters from shark point towards Seebi Island. Famous for its golden white sands, rocky islets and outcrops. Large colonies of seabirds, including cormorants, terns and gulls can be spotted here. It’s a real highlight swim. We finish the day circumnavigating the Seebi island before heading back to the hotel.

Day 4

This day sees us complete our circumnavigation in the morning before an afternoon off. We head towards Telegraph Flag Sham Island, home to a variety of fish species and hump back dolphins have also been spotted previously in this area.

Following the circumnavigation, we head back to Khasab, where the afternoon day is yours to do with what you wish. There are a wide range of activities that you can choose from and book through our local supplier, for example mountain safari, city tour or excursions in the Kumzar region of Mussandam, overlooking the Straits of Hormuz a trip. Please note the Kumzar excursion is a 6 hour trip.

In Khasab itself you could visit the local souq and Khasab Fort which sits proudly overlooking the maritime approaches to Khasab. They can arrange a city tour, Out of town, there is an opportunity to visit Khor Najd, a stunning yet isolated fjord which faces towards the Gulf of Oman. Other options are diving/snorkeling

Day 5

Today we journey down the Khor Ash Sham, for our morning coastal swim towards shark point. A chance for you to explore what the coastline has to offer. After lunch taken on board the dhow, we will then cross shark point towards Sham.

Day 6

We make our way to Osprey Point Five Bays for the morning swim, before an optional climb up to a view point to take in a view of the week’s beautiful swims. We take lunch onboard our dhow as we begin to make our way back and head for Telegraph Island. Our final full swim of the week is a circumnavigation around Telegraph Island. After finishing this last swim, we jump back onto the boat and enjoy a cruise for the final time along this magnificent land and seascape.

Day 7

After the exertions of the week, it’s time for a relaxing swim directly in front of our hotel. We head towards Bassa Beach, a popular spot with local swimmers. We’ll swim a loop of the reef before returning back to the hotel, bringing to an end our unique swimming trip in the fjords of Musandam.

Location Summary

Musandam

Geographically, the Musandam Peninsula juts out into the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow entry into the Persian Gulf, from the Arabian Peninsula.

Khasab

Our base for the trip is in the sleepy town of Khasab. Lying on a plain nestled between the mountains and the sea, this is the starting point for our trip to the Khor Ash Sham fjord. With Iranian traders loading up goods in the Old Souk to take back across the Strait of Hormuz, it feels like a real frontier town.

Khor Ash Sham Fjord

Khor Ash Sham is the longest and most dramatic of the many fjords in Musandam. All the fjords (khors) are actually flooded valleys, formed as a result of Musandam’s progressive decline beneath the Eurasian continental plate. Craggy cliffs litter the landscape along with small island communities which are accessible only by boat.

Telegraph Island

Telegraph Island was once a crucial hub in Britain’s link with its empire. At the centre of the telegraph line between London and Bombay, it was originally known as Jazirat al Maqlab and it offered a refuge from the potentially hostile local tribes of the mainland.

Trip Grading

We have given this trip a 'Moderate' grading. Most swimmers comfortable in the open water will be able to take part and enjoy one of these trips.

Swimming Distances

Swim Distances
Dolphin Coastal 4km
Hamsi Village Crossing 2km
Shark point - Seebi 4km
Seebi Island Circumnavigation 2km
Telegraph Flag Circumnavigation 4km
Sham coastal 4km
Sham crossing 2km
Five Bays 3km
Telegraph Island Circumnavigation 3km

Swimming Conditions

Swimming in the sea is a fantastic experience, however you should be aware that certain marine life such as sea lice, jellyfish, sea urchins and coral could be present during the swims. In all cases we will work on reducing your contact with these creatures, however if you suffer from anaphylaxis, please consult the office prior to booking.

Walking Distances

Walk Distance
View point climb (~400 steps) 1km

Due to the inaccessibility of the fjords, the walking is limited. The one walk is a steep walk up the side of the isthmus separating Khor Ash Sham from Khor Najd. Good trainers or walking sandals would be required, and it is essential that they are closed toe shoes. There is always the option of not going on the walks should you so wish.

Temperatures

Month Water Temperature* Air Temperature*
February 22-24°C / 72-75°F 22-24°C / 72-75°F
November 26-30°C / 79-86°F 26-30°C / 79-86°F
  • Please note that these temperatures are indicative and should be used as a guide only.

Weather Caveat

For safety reasons, we rely on decent weather conditions when carrying out our swims. As a consequence, open water swimming holidays require a certain degree of on-trip flexibility which can result in changes to the planned itinerary. These changes often add a touch of uniqueness to your trip and will be communicated to you by your SwimTrek guides as quickly as possible.

Trip Information

Group Size

This trip has a maximum group size of 15. The group will be split into a maximum of three groups, based on speed, with each group being accompanied by their own safety vessel/escort. 

Boat Support

Boat support on this trip includes one main boat (a traditional local dhow) and two support boats to be piloted by your SwimTrek guides and a local boat pilot. Please note that this boat support is subject to change without notice and cannot be guaranteed.

Extra Activities

If you wish to explore the beautiful surroundings of Musandam further, our partners in Khasab offer a range of tours including cultural tours, fishing trips and mountain safaris. For further information, please visit www.dolphintour.net or contact dolphint@omantel.net.om.

Equipment Checklist

In addition to your daily non-swimming clothes, we also recommend that you bring the following items:

Item Item
Swimming Costume (x2) Small Daypack / Dry Bag
Swimming Goggles* (x2) Waterproof Jacket
Sunhat and Sunglasses Sweater
Waterproof Sun Cream (High SPF)** Walking Shoes / Aqua Shoes / Sandals
Towel Additional layers for the evening***
Personal Drink Bottle (x2)

For more information, please visit our Packing List page on the website.

*Try to bring one clear lens and one tinted lens for different light conditions.

** It is difficult to purchase sun cream/sunblock on location, please ensure you bring it with you.

***It can often be quite cool on the dhow and in the evenings, so we also recommend bringing a few extra layers to put on after your swims and during evening meals.

Please note if you are wanting to visit a mosque, guests are expected to cover up in appropriate clothing.

Your normal swimwear will be perfectly suitable for the swims, but a long-sleeved rash vest is advisable for additional UV protection.

SwimTrek will supply swim hats, water, and electrolyte drinks. The guides will no longer distribute shared drinks bottles but will fill your personal drink bottles. Please ensure these are clearly marked to help our coaches identify yours. If you would like to use a wetsuit, rash vest, snorkel, or fins during your swims, please ensure that you bring these with you.

Getting There

As SwimTrekkers come from all over the world, and join our swimming holidays in numerous destinations, we don't currently offer flights as part of our SwimTrek packages. We do however want to do as much as we can to ensure that our guests get the best deals when travelling to one of our trips so check out our SwimTrek flight tips page on the website.

While there are various options for travelling to Khasab at the start of your trip, we recommend flying into Dubai and catching the SwimTrek transfer which departs from Dubai International Airport, Terminal 1, at 10:30 on Day 1 of your trip. If you would like to join this transfer, please contact the SwimTrek office with your flight details prior to your trip.

SwimTrek Transfer - Dubai International Airport to Khasab

SwimTrek offers a group transfer to your accommodation from Dubai International Airport; Terminal 1 outside Starbucks. Please note there is a Starbucks in Terminal 3 so ensure you take the metro to Terminal 1.

Number of Guests Price per person
4 Passengers (minimum required) OMR35 per person
5-7 Passengers OMR28 per person
8-10 Passengers OMR25 per person
11+ Passengers OMR20 per person

*Please note that the cost of the transfer varies depending on the number of travellers and can be paid using the local currency, Omani Rial. Other currencies such as US Dollars, British Pound Sterling and UAE Dirham may be accepted but rates cannot be guaranteed.

The transfer leaves at 10:30 outside Starbucks and takes approximately 3-4 hours. Please be aware that this journey time can vary considerably due to possible delays at the UAE/Oman border. Due to the length of travel, please ensure you have plenty of food and water to last the transfer.

During the transfer, you will drive to the Oman/UAE border. On arrival at the border, you will be asked to exit the vehicle to pass through immigration. There is a fee to exit Dubai of 35 AED (OMR 3.700) and an Oman entry fee of 5 OMR. Initially it may be paid by the driver who will require reimbursement on arrival at the hotel, so please ensure you have the correct cash.

Private Transfer - Dubai International Airport to Khasab

If your travel plans do not coincide with the designated SwimTrek transfer, it is possible to arrange a private transfer through our partners in Oman. To book a private transfer, please email the team at Dolphin Travel via dolphint@omantel.net.om.

Return Transfers - Khasab to Dubai International Airport

A return transfer from Khasab to Dubai International Airport is available on the final day of your trip and can be arranged with your fellow guests once you are in Oman. Please note that this transfer generally arrives at Dubai International Airport at approximately 12:00, however, it is subject to delays at the UAE/Oman border and your arrival time cannot be guaranteed.

Please note that you will need to allow enough time to check out of the hotel with enough time to catch this transfer back to Dubai and it may be best to arrange this with the hotel reception the night before your departure.

Travel Via Muscat, Oman

It is possible to travel to Khasab by flying into Muscat and then catch a connecting flight or ferry to Khasab. Please note that this option is often longer and more expensive than travelling via Dubai. From Muscat, you can also catch a domestic flight to Khasab with Oman Air, which has a journey time of approximately one hour. This flight does not normally operate on a Friday.

Muscat to Khasab - Bus and Ferry

It is also possible to book a bus and ferry from Muscat to Khasab which takes approximately 7-8 hours. Please note that this bus/ferry service does not run every day. For schedules, departures and other timetable information, please visit: www.nfc.com.

Accommodation

Perched on a rock face, the Atana Khasab Hotel is a resort hotel offering panoramic views of the Strait of Hormuz and the spectacular Musandam shoreline. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning and en suite bathrooms and are sold on a twin-share basis. There are a limited number of single supplement rooms which can be reserved during the booking process, subject to availability. The Atana Khasab runs a return shuttle bus into downtown Khasab town (Souq area), available on request and free of charge.

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation and Trip Extension Options

If you would like to book additional nights’ accommodation at the start or end of your trip, please contact the hotel directly via email stay@atanahotels.com.

Food and Drink

All breakfasts and lunches are included in the price of your trip, however, please note that evening meals are at your own expense. This gives you a fantastic opportunity to either eat at the hotel restaurant or explore and experience the local cafes and restaurants of your choice over the course of your trip. The price for eating out in Khasab varies depending on the restaurant. The average price of a two-course dinner in Khasab town is around 10 OMR (£20) while at the hotel, the price is closer to 20 OMR (£41).

For more information, please visit our food and drink page on the website.

Travel Advice

For more information on any of the following sections please visit the Travel Advice page of our website.

Money, Extra Expenses and Tipping

You should bring extra money with you to cover items such as dinners, drinks, entertainment, souvenirs, etc. The local currency is the Omani Rial. In some countries, tipping (gratuities) is not part of the culture - in others it has become an expected norm. We believe that tipping is done entirely at your own discretion. If you have been provided with excellent it may be something you wish to do. Your SwimTrek Guides can advise on local norms for service providers like boat crew, waiters or taxis. Nothing is expected for your SwimTrek Guides but many groups like to present something to the Guides at the end of the trip.

Responsible Travel

SwimTrek is conscious of the importance of protecting the world’s natural wonders. We are acutely aware of our responsibility to not only take care of the natural environments which we are lucky enough to explore, but also to educate our guests about the importance of conservation efforts and responsible tourism. It’s for this reason that we have worked so closely with our partners to ensure that our trips are conducted in the most responsible and sustainable way possible, working tirelessly to minimise the impact of our presence on local marine life and the natural habitat.

For more information, please visit our Responsible Travel page on the website.

Passports and Visas

The Musandam Peninsula, including Khasab, is part of Oman. Non-Omani citizens require a full passport to enter the country, which should be valid for six months beyond the expected length of stay. Nationals of 103 countries and regions are exempt form requiring a visa for stays up to 14 days if you meet the following criteria; evidence of a confirmed hotel booking, appropriate health insurance to cover your stay and you have a return ticket. Exempt tourists are listed here: fm.gov.om/visitors/entry-visas/. They are identified as “Person from G1 Special Countries” if you want to check your visa requirements here: evisa.rop.gov.om/en/types-of-visa.

For other nationalists, visas may apply: evisa.rop.gov.om/en/types-of-visa. Please follow the process to confirm which visa you require and then return to the home page evisa.rop.gov.om/en/loginportal to apply. We strongly advise applying online in advance to avoid any unexpected delays to your journey.

Guests travelling via Dubai, or any other airport in the UAE, may need to obtain a UAE visa or satisfy the conditions for no visa. Please check at Visit Dubai as it may require an advanced application.

If travelling on the SwimTrek designated transfer from Dubai to Khasab, you will drive to the Oman/UAE border, where you will pass through the immigration offices of the UAE. There is a fee to cross the border of OMR 3.700 (35 AED). Initially it may be paid by the driver who will require reimbursement on arrival at the hotel, so please ensure you have the correct cash.

Please note, visa regulations are always subject to change and it is important that you check your own visa requirements prior to travel.

Travel Insurance

We consider comprehensive travel insurance to be essential, and we strongly recommend that you purchase insurance which includes, but is not limited to, cover for illness, accident, emergency repatriation, ambulance, air ambulance, helicopter rescue services, cancellation, lost luggage and delays. Your travel insurance should also cover you for open water swimming and any other activity listed in your trip itinerary (including races and competitions, where applicable). Please read your policy details carefully and remember to take them with you on your trip for your own reference.

For further information, please visit our Travel Insurance page on the website.

Here at SwimTrek we pride ourselves on our focus on safety and the well-being of all our guests. As we operate in some beautiful and remote locations medical facilities are not always easily accessible. SwimTrek Guides, and many staff working for our local partners, are first aid trained. However we ask that you read our Travel Health page to ensure that you are informed about general Travel and Swim Health precautions.

Travel Plugs & Electricity

There is complimentary Wi-Fi internet access in the hotel bedrooms but service could be limited.

For a useful source of information on the different electrical outlets, electrical plugs, and electric sockets, please visit: https://www.iec.ch/world-plugs.

  • A fantastic trip to Oman practically had the place to ourselves which was very special. Dramatic scenery, great guides and a good variety of swimming conditions and styles ie coastal / crossing / circumnavigating etc. Finally a great bunch of swimmers who make the trip. Would highly recommend. Thank you!

    Tasmin C, UK - 2022
  • Excellent experience for my first swimming holiday, perfect conditions, stunning location and most important such a lovely group of people to spend a week in the water with!

    Katja Gysin - 2021
  • Never fails to deliver.

    Lawrence Thomas Richards - 2021
  • Swimming the Oman Fjords was a trip of a lifetime. The most stunning, rugged and barren mountains reaching out between the glorious fjords offering aquarium-style coastal swims and deep blue crossings. John ensured every aspect of the trip exceeded my expectations.

    Helen Cavendish - 2021
  • What a memorable trip in so many ways. The magical fjords of Oman enveloped us whilst we swam in perfect conditions. John offered a healthy dose of professionalism and fun which made the experience enjoyable.

    Lucy Halliday - 2021
  • A time out of time, resulting in a complete physical, emotional, mental and spiritual reboot.

    Emma P, France - 2019
  • An unforgettable experience, a jewel in the Arabian gulf and the holiday of a lifetime!

    Monica B, Hong Kong - 2019
  • Swimming the Oman fjords was a brilliant experience, made more enjoyable by having two professional and practised guides, a vessel that was fit for purpose, and a pleasant and supportive crew.

    Chris W, Australia - 2019
  • Being dwarfed by the sheer rugged beauty of Oman Fjords, made it the most memorable swimming holiday ever.

    Roger W, South Africa - 2019
  • The whole trip was fabulous. The majesty and location was superb. It really doesn’t matter if you are the fastest or slowest you are treated the same, and a bonus you meet likeminded people who become friends.

    Elaine B, UK - 2019
  • The Khors are spectacular. The contrast of the often glass flat water against the harsh and unyielding mountains towering above you as you swim is humbling. The mountains keep changing colour as the day progresses and the sun shifts, casting long shadows into the water. Dolphins accompanied us on our expeditions briefly popping up to say hello before disappearing down into the depths. A truly majestic experience.

    Kari G, Australia - 2018
  • Swimming in Oman was unique and incredible, a huge adventure!

    Anne-Marie B, UK - 2018
  • An amazing opportunity to improve my swimming and have a holiday!

    Jo S, UK - 2018
  • Such a luxury to be able to swim and swim and swim knowing that somebody is always looking out for you, and as for the daily dolphin fix …that was breathtaking.

    Viv, P, UK-2018
  • Swimming in the Omanian fjords was an extraordinary chance to experience our planet in all its glory. Thanks to SwimTrek for finding and making accessible this breathtaking water.

    Lynn, S- USA, 2018
  • The Oman trip was beyond my expectations. Mind blowing scenery, the scale of it, the show ... and the dolphins alone made this my biggest swimtrek adventure so far.

    Keren L. UK- 2017
  • SwimTrek made me fall in love with swimming all over again!

    MacKenzie D. Canada- 2017
  • This was my first Swimtrek and I was quite nervous about both the distances and also my speed, being the slowest in the group. But after some excellent swim tips I ended the week feeling like a hero and really enjoyed swimming and making friends with all the other participants. Thanks to Swimtrek and our guides Ricky and John for making it such a memorable week !

    Steve L. NLD- 2017
  • The Omanian fjords were majestic!

    Tisha. Malaysia- 2017
  • If you're looking for an otherworldly experience, this is the trip for you!

    Leslie W. CHE-2017

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