Musandam, Oman – May 1, 2017 – What better way to say goodbye to the stresses of modern life than by escaping to another century on a classic Omani dhow? Inspired by the word, dhahab, which means golden in Arabic, this handcrafted vessel is reminiscent of the golden age of Arabian voyages as it cruises the rugged Musandam fjords at a comfortable 10 knots.
Developed by Six Senses Zighy Bay and their team of specialist designers, the private cruiser is furnished in a relaxed artisan style in tune with its resort roots. Dhahab hosts up to six guests in three well-appointed cabins (one king and two twins), and is perfect for families or a group of friends looking for something out of the ordinary.
Don’t let its homely splendor fool you – from bow to stern the vessel offers all the mod cons including air-conditioned saloon, sun decks, dining areas, cinema and large open galley. The crew, including a chef and butler, ensure exceptional service levels throughout the odyssey.
Aaron McGrath, general manager at Six Senses Zighy Bay said, “We are thrilled to launch this beautifully restored classic dhow to our guests. We are committed to offering unforgettable memories and look forward to welcoming visitors onboard this exceptional experience.”
Setting sail from the resort, Dhahab explores the coast of Musandam where the Hajar Mountains tower over quaint fishing villages, stopping to rest along the way in secluded bays bursting with marine life.
Time can be spent kayaking, fishing, beach combing, swimming or doing absolutely nothing. There are also options to take a cooking class with the chef, book a bespoke dive or bring a spa therapist on board.
The three-day, two-night tailored itinerary is priced at USD 22,000 and includes all meals and non-alcoholic beverages.
Fantastic underwater experiences can also be enjoyed with us*
The waters off the Musandam Peninsula are blessed with incredible hard and soft coral reefs that are bursting with a wide variety of marine life. Our experienced international divers will guide you through the crystal-clear waters to the best spots for meeting friendly turtles and stingrays.
Weather permitting, there is a chance to snorkel in a big overhead cave along the coast of Sanat during your shared or private two-hour trip on a luxury speed boat.
Dive the renowned Gulf of Oman
For a world-class experience, you need first-class expertise. Our experienced international divers conduct SSI and PADI courses, privately or in groups in English, French, German and Dutch. Your equipment is state-of-the-art and you’ll access the dive sites on board a small fleet of powerful boats, including two Royal Craft 35 vessels that can accommodate up to six divers.
We cater for all levels – from Bubble Maker dives for children as young as eight, right up to PADI Divemaster courses.
Bespoke experiences include:
Try dives: No certification required, guests can experience diving for the first time along with a certified instructor. They will gain diving knowledge and will dive to a maximum depth of 12 meters.
1 tank refresher dive: For certified divers who have not been diving for over a year and would like to refresh their memory. We offer a customized and thorough briefing prior to the dive, along with some underwater skills as necessary.
1 tank dive excursion twice daily: With two departures daily (morning and afternoon), our small group of divers will explore beautiful sites along the Musandam coast during a 50-minute dive.
2 tank dive excursion daily: Divers will leave the marina in the morning for a four and a half hour excursion along the coast of Musandam. Our small groups of divers will explore two dive sites 45 minutes north of Zighy Bay, with lunch served during the surface interval.
Underwater photography (camera rental): Keen photographers can capture their memories and submarine adventures, as we provide underwater cameras and instruction from our professional divers.
SSI and PADI courses from Bubblemaker to Divemaster: Anyone who is interested in becoming a diver, with or without previous experience, from 8 to 98-years old, can join us for SSI or PADI courses. Our professional instructors provide all courses in a safe and fun environment.
*Underwater experiences are not inclusive in this package and can be booked as an additional option with us.