Intro to Oman - The Sultanate of Oman is located on the peninsula of the Arabian Sea. It borders the United Arab Emirates in the northwest, Saudi Arabia in the west, and Yemen in the southwest. With its rich heritage, varied wildlife and friendly people, Oman definitely offers more than just the desert!
Water Temperature: Water temperatures range from 19-28°C/66-82°F.
Visibility: 15-30 m/50-100 feet
Depth Range: Typical maximum depths range from 20-28m / 66-92 feet
Daymaniyat Islands, Muscat – This area circled by coral reefs and is a nature reserve and an important turtle nesting site. You’ll be surrounded by abundant fish and glide over lush coral reefs down to 30 meters/100 feet. Aside from turtles, you'll also see rays and reef sharks.
Fahal Island, Muscat – This small island offers excellent diving with reefs down to 40 meters/130 feet. Due to frequent sightings of sharks on the adjacent sand banks, people also call it Shark Island.
Bander Khayran, Muscat – While the diving is mostly on shallow coral reefs, the area also features a few drop-offs and one of the best wreck dives in Oman - the Al Munnassir. This 276-foot vessel was sunk by the government as an artificial reef and now lies upright about 100 feet of water. The vessel is now home to giant morays, large schools of snapper and goatfish, turtles and rays.
Lima Rock, Musandam – You’ll find coral encrusted walls to depths of 20 meters/66 feet along with caves and crevices created by erosion of the limestone substrate. Schools of jack and tuna are common in this area and whale sharks may be seen in the cooler months.
The Caves, Musandam – This site provides hiding spots for spiny lobster, cleaner shrimp and other creatures from the turtles cruising by. Rays and sharks find perfect daytime resting place at the sandy bottom of the caves.
Best Time to Dive - Although you can dive year round, the best time to go is from April to October with visibility well over 10 metres. September and October are considered as the 'whale shark season'. The winter months are not the best time to dive as the water temperature falls below 68 degrees F and the visibility can be quite bad.
Topside & Non-Diving Activities
✓ Historic forts
✓ Oman's rugged mountains, offering some stunning scenery and great opportunities for driving in dry wadis
✓ Huge desert dunes
✓ Nice beaches
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