Leave the resort and explore the natural surrounding and the fascinating history of the area.
Influences of past empire builders can be seen at Khasab Castle, an impressive edifice built in the 17th-century by the Portuguese. The remain of the fortress include towers at each corner and an old round tower in the courtyard. There's also a museum that has exhibits on the importance of the Musandam region and the local ways of life.
Rocks that rolled
Ancient rock carvings (petroglyphs) on large boulders that have fallen from the mountain above are scattered by the roadside near the village of Tawi not far from Khasab. Showing representations of boats, animals and warriors, these pre-Islamic artworks give an enigmatic hint into the region’s earliest inhabitants.
With some major roads no more than twisting dirt tracks, a dhow cruise offers the most relaxing way to view the region. Huge rocks and jagged cliffs tower over the crystal clear waters and little villages that are only accessible by boat reveal a bygone way of life. Dolphin watching cruises, diving trips and excursions to the biggest fjord, Khawr Shamm, are available through the tour desks in most hotels.