Musandam, the Attraction
Just an hour and a half out of the concrete maze that is Dubai, lies an area with majestic scenery, incredible marine biodiversity and is possibly one of the most strategic pieces of land on the planet. An hour and a half away in another country and a different time is on every traveller’s or residents’ bucket list.
Sheesa Beach operates eight dhows, numerous speedboats and a 180-bed camp. Our offices are conveniently located in the port. From half day trips, seven day/seven night trips and speedboat trips, we offer it all. The most popular trips are our weekend getaway safaris over two days and nights. All our dhows have on-board watersports activities from diving, kayaking, banana boat rides (the flying fish to be introduced shortly), snorkelling and traditional Omani hand-line fishing. We have hotel trained on-board chefs to whip up sumptuous meals and they cater to dietary requests as well.
The Dive Centre
We operate a licensed PADI dive resort that offers diving for everyone. From beginners who want to experience diving for the first time, we run the ever popular Discover Scuba Diving experience. The waters in the Musandam are marine rich and you are guaranteed to have a more thorough and professional experience with us on your initial voyage into the blue than you will in the murky waters of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. For the experienced divers and those who have just started out, we have dive sites to suit everyone`s need. From the Quoin Islands in the Straits of Hormuz, to quiet bays and colourful reefs — a dive site to suit every palate. The instructors/guides at Sheesa also offer a unique blend of having come from different backgrounds and thus are able to impart a wealth of knowledge, safety and enjoyment to our clients.
Personally I think that some of the most important considerations for one looking to do a course are:
- Location – Diving in marine heaven
- Our own fleet – We cut out the middleman and thus make the training more affordable.
- Knowledge/Professionalism– Simply we are the best of the best – try us!
- Personality – Fun and learning are part of our ethos.
- Package integration and cost – You can do a two-day live aboard safari and complete your chosen course for virtually the same price as you would find completing your course at a local dive centre in Dubai or Abu Dhabi.
The eight dhows we operate afford us the opportunity to provide our clients with tailor-made itineraries. We specialize in group bookings and we run sharing trips for our clients as well. We are also the only centre to run a three-day/three-night sharing trip that showcases the far northern sites and places where fish don`t know your name. Our captains are owners of the company and know areas that are very infrequently dived – besides us of course. Our speedboats trips run up to the top of the peninsula as well and they provide a great day out for those who only have a day spare. In the cooler months our camp provides a great overnight option before choosing your preferred trip the following day.
We offer a half day pleasure cruise every day as well as overnight safaris for those who just want to get away and spend time with loved ones and friends. Kayaking, banana boats; discover dives during the day and an evening under the Musandam stars.
For bookings and other information visit www.sheesabeach.com
Words By: Neil Murphy