Areas in Musandam
When to go
We love the relatively cooler months (November to April), which still promise non-stop sunshine and warm weather. To make the most of the adventures on offer, you'll want to avoid the height of summer, when daytime temperatures can reach 40ºC.
PlanesIf you're visiting the south-east coast, the most convenient international airport by far is Dubai in the neighbouring UAE (www.dubaiairport.com) – about 90–120 minutes away. The airport at the region's biggest city, Khasab, is served by domestic flights from Muscat (with Oman Air), but it's a tricky onward journey from here. The international airport at Muscat (Oman's capital) is at least five hours away by car, involves two border crossings and an arduous mountain drive.
BoatsMany opt to travel around the peninsula like its seafaring residents – by boat. Speedboat transfers to Zighy Bay are possible from the port of Dibba on the Musandam-Fujairah border.
AutomobilesBook airport transfers - far less stressful. Driving is possible, but not a great idea if you're not familiar with the region or handy with an off-road vehicle; the remoter, unpaved roads take you far from civilisation (and petrol stations). If you're hiring, get a 4x4, carry extra fuel, plenty of water, and a fully charged spare mobile. From Dubai, you'll either head north through Ras al Khaimah, or east towards Dibba across the Hajar Mountains – and the Omani border, so you'll need your passport handy (UAE residents require a pre-arranged border pass).