Anyone dived there/recommendations?
Anyone dived there/recommendations?
I live there! You can get an idea of the conditions from searching RAHSAC on facebook
Several commercial outfits around Muscat that can take you to the main dive sites and are all much of a muchness - Damaniyat Islands (nature reserve about 20km offshore which gives different diving), Bandar Khiran, Fahal Island. Mostly hard coral. There is a wreck - the Munasssir which was deliberately sunk about 12 years ago which is nice (90m LOA). Most stuff is in the 20-30m range. Water temperatures range from 30+ down to mid 20s with a highly variable thermocline. We get lots of fish, rays and whalesharks (in summer) viz is variable, not as good as the Red Sea generally but on its day superb - however I have given up trying to predict it!
New dive centre at Sifah - about an hours drive from Muscat - seems to be very busy with tourists staying at the hotel on packages (not tried it) and a liveaboard has been sighted too!
Very posh dive centre at the Shangri-La
Oman Dive Centre is currently closed and will reopen sometime under a new owner/manager - sailed past the other day and didn't see much evidence of refurbishment works!
In Mussandam diving is different - mainly rocky walls etc. and a few outfits dive from there - some UAE-based Dhows out if Dibba too. Currents can be a challenge.
In Salalah you can only really dive in the winter due to seasonal storms and there are only a very few outfits working there and getting a boat can be a challenge - the Marriott hotel at Mirbat has a dive centre that operates some of the time!
Energy58 pretty much covered it. If it's info on Musandam you're after, l can provide plenty as I used to dive it on a weekly basis for years.
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Extra Divers recommended. They have 3 sites in Oman. Al Sawadi Beach resort will get you close to Damanyat. Shangri will get you Bandar Khiran and Fahal. Weather deteriorating now so Fahal less viable from there because of wind and sea getting up in the afternoon. Euro Divers(similar name) best for Fahal but variable service. No cheap diving in Oman I'm afraid.
My memory of Oman was good dives but wishing for a thicker wet suit than what the dive shop supplied. Resorted to putting wet suit jacket over the one piece.
Check temps and plan accordingly.
Why is it that with everything in life I always find a more difficult way of doing it (and not intentionally)
I have been privileged to be diving the Oman coast since 2008. It' truly is a beautiful country
The people are friendly and above all it's safe.
The two main areas of diving although totally different are the Daymaniyats and the Mussandam both can be dived year long albeit both suffer from plankton bloom (this brings in the Whale sharks)
An hour drive north of Muscat or three hours from Dubai
Marine nature protected area consisting of eighteen small islands. Beautiful multi colours corols, shoals and shoals of fish, Rays, Turtles, Leopard sharks. Max depth 30m ish
Dive with SailOman staying at the Millennium resort hotel at Mussanah the hotel is on the harbour 50m from the dive centre.The compressor is only a couple of years old well maintained, filters changed regular with a filter log. Day boat two dives a day, first dive site an hour out from the harbour.
Doc's Wall, Mouse Trap, Aquarium a must
An hour and half from Dubai, four hours from Muscat.(boarder crossing)
For the most uninhabited rocky mountainous area stunning views. The topography under water replicates the suffice with the mountains reaching☺ down to the ocean floor (could just come straight off the front cover of National Geographic), with the Indian Ocean sweeping in and out of the Arabian gulf. Can lend it's self to some challenging diving, depth 6m to no bottom. (German U-boat 110m) big pelagic fish
Best way to dive thiis;
3/4 day Dhow out Dibba with Sheesha, cabins basic but clean, food good, compressor on board, oxygen decanter for nitrox. Dhow will take you up towards the Strates of Hormuz (for me this the best diving) 4 dives a day Neil a South African manages the centre a good guy.
Nomads dive centre Dibba with affordable accommodation, again basic clean accommodation (it used to be an old school with classrooms converted to bedrooms). A day boat is run from Dibba harbour up the coast . Nomads pricing system works on how far the boat travels from base on a 3 zone system, the top of the Mussandam being zone 3. Owned by Chris a french national good guy mum Silva sometimes helps out in the kitchen food excellent if Silva is in attendance
Hope above helps and makes some form of semblance. I have run a couple of trips out to Oman for my British club East Cheshire, if you need any help PM me
There are obviously other dive operations
Al Sawadi has been shut for over a year with extra and euro divers leaving well before
Dived the Red Sea many times from both the Egyptian and Saudi coasts IMHO the Oman coast is much better
A member of the BSAC Club here went on a liveaboard out of Salalah last year. It was his first dive trip but he raves about it still. Great boat and good diving apparently.
This might be the outfit: http://www.diveworldwide.com/group-t...aniyat-islands