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Moynoq is a city in Karakalpakstan. This town used to be a prosperous fishing town, but since the Aral Sea disaster, it has become a poor town with lots of problems, not least health risks caused by pollution and unemployment, as fishery was the only resource.

Get in


You can get there from Nukus. Taxis charge about 600,000 som for a day-trip from Nukus, which can be shared among up to 3 passengers in comfort. In summer, be sure to hire a car with air conditioning, and always bargain politely over the price, which must be agreed before departure. For details about the bus station and marshrutkas, refer to the Nukus article. There are a few daily buses leaving, one departure is at least at 3pm. The journey takes 3 ½ hours. Arrive early as they get filled up quickly. The price is 20,000 som (October 2022).

Get around


On foot or by taxi — it is not a big town.


Map of Moynoq

A tour from Nukus will take you to all the interesting places.

  • 1 Aral Sea Memorial (ship graveyard). Monument near what used to be a bank of the Aral Sea with a board telling the history of Aral Sea. Al Gore visited this monument. There is also a fleet of rusted trawlers there, still lined up in the desert where once the quay stood. You can walk down to the old sea bed and explore the boats. A better-preserved trawler is nostalgically displayed at the bus station. The Aral Sea is over a hundred kilometres away, and still shrinking, the level dropping about a metre per year. The man who maintains the memorial might talk to you. He used to be the captain of a fishing boat - he last went to sea in 1978, which was the last time Moynaq had access to the sea. He will refuse donations, preferring that you spread the word about the sea.
  • 2 The Regional History and Aral Sea Museum. intermittent. Interesting exhibits on the history of the sea and the problems caused by its destruction. nominal.
  • The fish factory, which used to provide work and now is abandoned, the equipment left there to rust.










  • 1 Muynak Hotel, 30 Kazakhbayev str, +998 97 701 04 97. Don't expect anything comparable to western standards, but there is breakfast and, if the other options in town are closed, also dinner. Rates starts at 10,000 som.
  • 2 Hotel Ratmina 2, 1 Jarimbetov Street, +998 61 322 19 08. Seems to be the newcomer in town. UZS 349166.

Stay safe


Avoid drinking tap water. The water supply is heavily polluted with defoliants, pesticides and fertiliser.



Go next

  • 1 Muynak bus station (Avtovokzal) (Southern end of the main road). To get back to Nukus, come here. Marshrutkas go several times a day, usually 9am, 3pm and 6pm. Come early as they might depart as soon as they are full. Same price as from Nukus to Muynak.

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