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Delightful Dhow Cruise


Khasab is a small city within the Sultanate of Oman, right on the Strait of Hormuz. The fast speed boats coming and going in the port carry on the local commerce – smuggling goods to Iran.


The sheep and goats are brought into Oman from Iran (as payment?).


Never saw such a thing – they were tossing the sheep and goats up onto the dock and then herded them onto the waiting trucks.


Our excursion for the day was on this comfortable Omani dhow – we headed out into a nearby fjord.


The coast of Oman is often called the “Norway of Arabia” – dry and barren, perhaps, but still spectacular!


We snorkeled near Telegraph Island, which is surrounded by corals and reefs. In 1864, the British built a telegraph station on the island. They laid an underwater cable from India to Basra in Iraq to get a telegraph connection between England and India. The island was manned for only a short period of time.


The absolute highlight of the day was when dolphins raced along side our boats in the crystal clear water!


We headed back to the port in the late afternoon light, and our Omani boat crew offered us tea, coffee (which is more like tea flavored with cardamom), fruit and dates.


A fisherman holds up one of his catch for us to see – he had a boatload (Blue Fin Tuna?).


The old and the new – motoring back to the Serenity.

Posted by Swenigale 10:54

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