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KHASAB, OMAN

Delightful Dhow Cruise

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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.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

Posted by Swenigale 10:54

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