Dhow cruise in the Musandam Peninsula
Trip Start Sep 03, 2007
104Trip End Apr 06, 2011
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When we finally did get on our dhow (and after some confusion with booking's and companies) we set sail. Out onto the Strait of Hormuz and around into Khor ash-Sham. The waters were aqua blue and inviting surrounded by rocky mountains and craggy cliffs. We snorkeled in a little bay with a sunken barge which had a plane on it. We saw dolphins swimming and we stopped by Telegraph Island, which was home to a British telegraphic relay station in the 19th century. It is believe that the term "going round the bend" originate from this tiny island because it was tucked around the bend of this remote khor and drove many of the workers mad.
After a lunch of biriyani, chicken, salad and beans, washed down with cold beers, we all lazed around on big comfy traditional cushions and just relaxed in the hot sun, occasionally stopping to take a quick dip.
When we finally made our way back into Khasab it was dark (making up for time lost this morning) and we all fell exhausted into our cars to make the trip back (and some of those went onto find a patch of beach to camp on for the night). We had to head back to Dubai and after making the windy trip back to the border, we found the same mess as we did this morning (and still just on the UAE side). By the time we reached home we were tired but happy.