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TRIP OVERVIEW

6 days
SwimTrek Classic
6km/day

Trip Dates

31 Oct - 05 Nov, 2019
5 Spaces
05 Nov - 10 Nov, 2019
Available
11 Nov - 16 Nov, 2019
Full
17 Nov - 22 Nov, 2019
Full
23 Nov - 28 Nov, 2019
Full
02 Feb - 07 Feb, 2020
Available
08 Feb - 13 Feb, 2020
Available
14 Feb - 19 Feb, 2020
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20 Feb - 25 Feb, 2020
Available
26 Feb - 02 Mar, 2020
Available
29 Oct - 03 Nov, 2020
Available
03 Nov - 08 Nov, 2020
Available
09 Nov - 14 Nov, 2020
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15 Nov - 20 Nov, 2020
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Tour Highlights

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

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

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

  • Enjoy delicious lunches on board 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 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 have a basic understanding of open water swimming and be capable of completing the average daily swim distance of around 6km prior to the start of the trip.

What's included?

  • Fully guided swimming holiday in Oman
  • Swim guides and full safety escort on all swims
  • Technique advice with video playback
  • Five 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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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, where we’ll discuss the weeks swims that lie ahead, followed by a safety briefing. We then take an acclimatisation swim at the nearby Bassa 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 towards the fishing village of Nadifi, the first thing you notice is the sheer size of what you are entering. We swim a section of the the northern coastline of the khor towards Sham village. In this isolated location, the local dialect, Kumzari, is generally spoken, which sounds distinctly more like Farsi than Arabic, and is another reminder of the wide range of influences which have helped to shape the culture in this part of the world.

After a lunch of delicious local food on board our dhow, we attempt our first crossing of the khor by swimming across Nadifi Bay. It’s a stunning crossing of Khor Ash Sham. In the middle of the crossing, you can see down the entire length of the khor for the first time. 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

We begin the day swimming a full circumnavigation of Jazirat Shamm, an island which enjoys plenty of marine life in its surrounding waters. We then make the short crossing to Telegraph Island, the home of an old British repeater station. On reaching the island, we disembark and have the chance to explore this old symbol of the Empire. We take lunch on the island and here we enjoy unrivalled views along the khor.

We then finish the day with an east Shamm island Coastal Swim. This part of the khor is one of the most likely areas to spot the humpback dolphin, which is local to these fjords.

Day 4

This morning we head even further into the khor, crossing to its northern edge between peninsulas before reaching Seebi Island, famous for its golden white sands. You can see the bottom of the seabed the entire way around our morning circumnavigation of the island.

After lunch, we spend the afternoon making our way back west as we swim towards the entrance of the khor before heading back to Khasab.

Day 5

We have an early start this morning as we journey down the entire length of Khor Ash Sham, a distance of over 20 kilometres. We travel to the most remote village in the khor, Seebi, where the water is generally at its clearest.

From here, we swim along the coastline, where the cliffs plunge down into the sea. We’ll pass Turtle Rock and swim under the imposing cliff face of Mount Seebi. After lunch taken on board the dhow, there is an opportunity to walk up the side of the narrow isthmus which separates the Persian Gulf (Khor Ash Sham) from the Gulf of Oman (Khor Najd). It is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular views in the whole of the Middle East.

After finishing our last swim we jump back onto the boat and enjoy a cruise for the final time past this magnificent land and seascape.

Day 6

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, thus bringing to an end this unique swimming trip in the fjords of Musandam.

Trip Schedule

Start Point: Atana Khasab Hotel, Oman

Start Time: 16:00 on Day 1

Finish Point: Atana Khasab Hotel, Oman

Finish Time: 09:00 on Day 6

Trip Information

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
Swimming Goggles* (x2) Waterproof Jacket
Sunhat and Sunglasses Sweater
Waterproof Sun Cream (High SPF) Walking Shoes
Towel Aqua Shoes/Sandals
Additional layers for the evening** Lightweight conservative outfit***

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

**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 also bring an outfit that covers from your shoulders down to your knees out of respect for the culture of Oman.

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

Please note that SwimTrek will supply swim hats and provide water and electrolyte drinks in shared water bottles on your safety boat. If you prefer to use your own drink bottle, please feel free to bring one along. If you would like to use a wetsuit, rash vest or fins during your swims, please ensure that you bring these with you.

Swimming Distances

Swim Distances
Nadifi - Sham 4km
Nadifi Bay Crossing 2km
Sham - Telegraph Island 4km
Qanah Coastal 2km
Seebi Island Circumnavigation 3km
Khor's End 2km
Maqleb - Seebi 4km
Seebi Village Crossing 1½km

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

There are small walks on this trip which are mainly to get us to and from the start and finish of a swim. Most walks take place on recognised paths and tracks, however there may be cases where we walk along trails or other unsealed surfaces and care should be taken in these areas.

Walk Distance
Khor Ash Sham - Khor Najd 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. There is always the option of not going on the walks should you so wish.

Temperatures

Month Water Temperature* Air Temperature*
February 21˚C - 24˚C / 70˚F - 75˚F 22˚C - 24˚C / 72˚F - 75˚F
November 25°C - 29°C / 77°F - 84°F 25˚C - 29˚C / 77˚F - 84˚F
  • Please note that these temperature 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.

Group Size and Boat Support

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 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.

Getting There

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.

While we have outlined various travel options below, they are subject to change and should be used as a guide only. We suggest that you use SkyScanner to search for alternative flight options for this trip. Whichever route you choose to take, we recommend confirming your flights and other travel arrangements as early as possible in order to avoid price rises and availability issues.

Travel Via Dubai, UAE

To search for available flights into Dubai International Airport, please visit SkyScanner.

Designated Transfer - Dubai Airport to Khasab

SwimTrek offers a transfer from Dubai International Airport (Terminal 1) to your accommodation in Oman which leaves at 10:30 on Day 1 of the trip. The transfer takes approximately 3-4 hours, however, please be aware that this journey time can vary considerably due to possible delays at the UAE/Oman border. If you would like to join this transfer, please contact the SwimTrek office with your flight details prior to your trip. 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. Please note that the prices below are for a one-way transfer from Dubai International Airport to Atana Khasab Hotel, Oman.

Number of Guests Price per person
4 Passengers (minimum required) OMR 35 per person
5-7 Passengers OMR 28 per person
8-10 Passengers OMR 25 per person
11 + Passengers OMR 20 per person

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 catching a connecting flight or ferry to Khasab. Please note that this option is often longer and more expensive than travelling via Dubai.

To search for available flights into Muscat, please visit SkyScanner.

From Muscat, you can also catch a domestic flight to Khasab with Oman Air, which has a journey time of approximately one hour.

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: NFC.

Practical Information

Accommodation

Perched on a rock face, the Atana Khasab Hotel is a 4-star resort 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 hotel shuttle bus into downtown Khasab town (Souq area) and back, available on request and free of charge.

Meals

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 5OMR (£8) while at the hotel, the price is closer to 15OMR (£25).

Extra Expenses

You should bring extra money with you to cover items such as dinners, drinks, entertainment, souvenirs, etc. The local currency is the Omani Rial.

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. All visitors require an Omani visa to enter the country. Whilst Omani visas are available on arrival to citizens of all E.U. member states, U.S.A., Canada, Australia and New Zealand, we strongly advise applying online in advance via:evisa.rop.gov.om/. This will help avoid any unexpected delays to your journey.

Citizens of the United Kingdom, all E.U. member states, U.S.A., Canada, Australia and New Zealand can apply for a free visa upon arrival at Dubai airport. This visa allows visitors to stay in the UAE for up to 30 days. The visa terminates automatically on departure and a new visa is issued on arrival each time the visitor returns to the UAE. For further information about UAE visas, please visit: Visit Dubai.

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. As above, although it may be possible to obtain your Omani visa at the border, we strongly advise applying online in advance to help avoid any delays.

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

Health Information and Recommended Vaccinations

For comprehensive health information for people travelling to Oman, including all recommended and required vaccinations, please visit Travel Health Pro. Please note that this information is subject to change and you should re-check this site regularly prior to your trip.

Travel Plugs & Electricity

For a useful source of information on the different electrical outlets, electrical plugs, and electric sockets, please visit worldstandards.eu.

  • 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