Musandam is justly renowned for its rugged inland beauty, but it is just as famed for the extraordinary landscape out at sea. The whole northern coastline is deeply incised with inlets that are so convoluted it's easy to get disoriented when navigating them by boat. Known as khors, these fjord-like deep-water bays are home to dolphins that often accompany dhows and tour boats as they potter around the coast.
The most popular boat trip is from Khasab to Khor Al Sham, but it's also possible to visit Kumzar, the peninsula's isolated northern settlement. A few other tiny fishing villages are scattered across the tip of Oman, but mostly this is a sparsely populated region. Only one khor is accessible by road – Khor Al Najd – and it features on inland tours of the peninsula, but to experience the khors at their best, a boat trip is a must.