Musandam’s major town, KHASAB sits at the far northern end of the peninsula in a narrow plain squeezed in between the mountains – one of the few sizeable areas of flat coastal real estate in the entire peninsula. It’s a small but lively place, and one which feels a long way from the rest of Oman, the slightly Wild West atmosphere stoked up by hordes of locals charging around in pick-up trucks, bands of Iranian traders loading up goods in the Old Souk and the occasional roar of an Omani airforce jet or the daily flight from Muscat coming in to land.
Khasab is the obvious place to base yourself while exploring the peninsula. The town is also home to virtually all Musandam’s accommodation while its location and the number of tour agents in town makes it a good base for dhow rides out into the khors, diving trips and 4WD excursions into the mountains. Many visitors to Khasab are here on day-trips from Dubai and the people who do stay tend to stick to the Golden Tulip hotel. You’ll see surprisingly few visitors in town after around 4pm in the afternoon – which is perhaps all the more reason to stay the night.