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Oman Aggressor

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Destination: Oman

Daymaniyat Islands, Musandam Peninsula & Hallaniyat Islands (7-10 Nights) | From $428++/night

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A liveaboard operating in Oman, offering 6 exciting itineraries. When you're on an Aggressor Fleet Oman scuba diving liveaboard trip, you'll discover that the sea is full of fascinating life.

 

Locations

  • 7-Night Daymaniyat Islands Itinerary:  Muscat, Muscat Airport (MCT); Embark/Disembark Port/Marina is Al Mouj Marina and the host hotel is Grand Millennium Hotel.
  • 7-Night Musandam Peninsula Itinerary: Musandam; Khasab Airport (KHS) Embark/Disembark Port/Marina is Khasab Port Marina and the host hotel in Khasab is Atana Khasab Hotel (Located 15 minutes from the airport).
  • 7-Night Hallaniyat Islands Itinerary: Salalah; Salalah Airport (SLL) Embark/Disembark and the host hotel is Juweira Boutique Hotel & Marina (Located 30 minutes from the airport).
  • 10-Night Daymaniyat & Hallaniyat Islands Itinerary: Muscat, Muscat Airport (MCT); Embark is Al Mouj Marina with the host hotel Grand Millennium Hotel (located 60 minutes from the airport) and Disembark and host hotel is in Salalah (SLL) at the Juweira Boutique Hotel & Marina (located 30 minutes from the airport).
  • 10-Night Daymaniyat Islands / Musandam Peninsula Itinerary:  Muscat; Muscat Airport (MCT), Embark is Al Mouj Marina and the host hotel is MYSK Hotel. Disembark Port/Marina is Khasab Port Marina and the host hotel in Khasab is Atana Khasab Hotel (located 15 minutes from the airport).
  • 10-Night Musandam Peninsula / Daymaniyat Islands Itinerary: Musandam; Khasab Airport (KHS) Embark Port/Marina is Khasab Port Marina and the host hotel in Khasab is Atana Khasab Hotel (located 15 minutes from the airport). Disembark Port/Marina is Al Mouj Marina and the host hotel is MYSK Hotel.

 

Dive Overview

Enjoy Oman's amazing marine life - whale sharks, humpback whales, sperm whales dolphins, manta rays, sharks, sea turtles, mobula, mola mola, moray eels, angelfish, stingrays, king mackerel, tuna, lobster, crayfish, and nudibranchs. More than 1000 different types of fish and shellfish call the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman home. Strict fishing conditions and large marine parks ensure that this valuable treasure is protected.

[See: Oman Dive Travel Guide]

 

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Accommodations

Types of Cabins, Amenities and Photos

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Oman Aggressor Accommodation Overview

Comfortable accommodations for 22 guests include 11 spacious staterooms each with an independently controlled air-conditioning, a private bathroom, picture window, large panorama window or porthole view, mirrored cabinet, hairdryer, fresh towels and volume controls. Each stateroom has a 32” flat screen TV offering a selection of over 400 movies, TV shows and documentaries. Guests will also be able to plug their computers into the TV screen to edit underwater pictures and video.

 

Oman Aggressor Cabin Details

  • Deluxe Staterooms (# 1 - 6)
  • A comfortable stateroom with two single beds, side by side, a private bathroom and shower, porthole and air-conditioned with an individual climate control.
  • Master Staterooms (# 8 - 9)
  • A comfortable stateroom with two single beds that can be combined into a king bed (upon request), a private bathroom and shower, picture window and air conditioned with an individual climate control.
  • Master Staterooms (# 10 - 11)
  • A comfortable stateroom with a king bed located on the upper deck, a private bathroom and shower, picture window, and air-conditioned with an individual climate control.
  • Suite (# 7)
  • A comfortable suite with a king bed, a panorama window, private bathroom and shower, and air-conditioned with an individual climate control.

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General Facilities

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Oman Aggressor Boat Features

  • Beautiful spacious salon
  • Large sun deck with shading,
  • Jacuzzi
  • Chaise lounges and deck chairs
  • Bar
  • Complete photo/video center
  • Selection of 400 classic & new release movies
  • Small library of books

 

Oman Aggressor Dive Facilities

  • Ample storage space for your diving equipment
  • 12 L aluminum tanks, weight belts, and weights
  • Up to 4-5 dives per day
  • Unlimited Nitrox: $100 7-nights/ $150 10 nights
  • Full line of Aqua Lung Rental gear available
  • Several diving specialty courses offered onboard 

 

Food & Drinks Aboard Oman Aggressor

The menu on-board is varied and plentiful, with a variety of Omani feasts and local cuisine. You will wake up to fresh fruits, hot entrees, cereals and juices. Lunches are buffet-style, featuring hot soups, homemade breads, salads and sandwiches and/or entrees. Dinners are chef prepared and served each evening and include salads, vegetables, seafood, beef or chicken with a fresh homemade dessert. The Aggressor’s selection includes fruit juices, soft drinks, iced water, iced tea, coffee, and a limited selection of local beer and wine, which are complimentary. We suggest you purchase your favorite liquor from the duty free shop at the airport prior to departing to Oman.

 

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Schedule, Rates & Availability

Oman Aggressor Schedule & Rates

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Prices are in USD, per person and are based on the lowest priced cabin. Port and park fees are not included.

[See also: Inclusions & Exclusions and Full Rates by Cabin Type]

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Oman Aggressor Rates

All prices quoted are per person in USD.

Dates

Deluxe

Master

Suite

January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019 (10 nights)

$4,285

$4,427

$4,570

January 5, 2019 - January 4, 2020 (7 nights)

$2,999

$3,099

$3,199

January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 (10 nights)

$4,285

$4,427

$4,570

January 4, 2020 - January 2, 2021 (7 nights)

$2,999

$3,099

$3,199

January 2, 2021 - January 1, 2022 (7 nights)

$2,999

$3,099

$3,199

April 21, 2021 - October 23, 2021 (10 nights)

$4,285

$4,427

$4,570

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Inclusions

  • Accommodations aboard the yacht
  • Diving
  • Compressed air tanks, weights & belts
  • All meals and snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, local beer and wine

 

Exclusions

  • Airfare (international and domestic)
  • Insurance
  • Equipment rentals
  • Nitrox fills
  • Certification or specialty courses
  • Dinner on final evening
  • Crew gratuity
  • Mandatory: USD 200 Park & Port Fee
  • Ground transfers (reservations are required for all transfers at least 14 days in advance)

 

RATES & AVAILABILITY

For more information on other departure dates, rates, and on availability email us at info@bluewaterdivetravel.com or call us at +1-310-915-6677 and we will gladly help you plan your dream dive vacation!

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Dive Information & Destinations

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Diving with Oman Aggressor

  • Manta rays, whale sharks, dolphin, abundant reef fish life, multiple macro critters, Mola Mola, Mobulas, sharks and beautiful coral reef diving
  • The visibility in Oman change change very quickly and be from 15 - 100 feet depending.
  • All dives from the mothership and 2 skiffs that carry 11 divers each for quick access
  • Water temperature: 74 - 86F, 24 - 30C
  • 5 - 7 mm wetsuit recommended
  • 7-night charters: up to 25 dives
  • 10-night charters: up to 35 dives

Itinerary Overview

Three 7-Night and three 10-Night itineraries are offered. Here's the sample itinerary (7-Night Charters are Sat-Sat, 10 Night Charters Wed-Sat):

  • Saturday: Arrival Musandam, Muscat or Salalah (according to the itinerary) boarding from 3:00 pm Musandam & Salalah: you may board anytime after 03:00 pm as the boat departs the dock Sunday approximately 06:00 am Muscat: you may board anytime between 03:00 – 09:00 pm as the boat departs the dock Saturday night approximately 10:00 pm.
  • Sunday: 6:00 am departure for 1st dive
  • Sunday – Friday Afternoon: Eat, Sleep & Dive
  • Friday Afternoon: 3:00 pm return to the port according to the itinerary
  • Friday Evening: Cocktail party 6:00 pm and dinner ashore at 7:00 pm (Friday night dinner is the only meal not included in the cruise)
  • Saturday, Check out 8:00 am
 

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Musandam

The waters surrounding Musandam and the Straits of Hormuz provide awesome coral reef diving with more than 30 dive sites. Plankton rich waters attract over 900 species of fish, ranging from cleaner wrasse through to whale sharks. The marine life is very noticeable and leaves a lasting impression. Walls and extensive coral gardens are the characters of the dive sites. The combination of plankton and strong local currents attract a great range of pelagic species, manta, eagle rays, dolphins, along with whale sharks. Mola Mola, sharks and as well as most species of turtle can be encountered. The caves look like the ocean has eroded a series of chambers and tunnels into the surrounding limestone rock, which provide hiding spots for spiny lobster, cleaner shrimp and other creatures. The sandy bottom of the caves is the perfect daytime resting place for rays and sharks. Coral walls to depths of 20m/66ft along with caves and crevices created by erosion of the limestone substrate. Schools of jack and tuna prowl the open waters adjacent to the rock. The trade-off for the high concentrations of larger marine life is underwater visibility, which lies in a range from 40 – 100ft/ 12 - 30m.   Daymaniyat Islands - The Daymaniyat Islands are the jewels for diving in the Gulf of Oman. This string of small, rocky islands north of Muscat are encircled with awesome coral reefs down to 100 feet/30 m and tons of fish. Coral reefs cover up to 70% of the dive sites seabed with more than 100 different species of soft and hard coral of which no less than 10% are unique to Oman’s waters. Marine life is abundant with 280 different species of fish, varying from stingrays, turtles, moray eels, leopard sharks whale shark. Green sea turtles & hawksbill turtles are common residents of the

 

Daymaniyat Islands.

Bottlenose dolphins, spinner dolphins and sometimes humpback whales can be encountered. The islands are a nature reserve and an important turtle nesting site as well as a sanctuary for migrating birds.   Hallaniyat Islands - Located off the southeastern coast of Oman. The islands are the paradise of untouched dive sites and home to pristine corals, wrecks and whales. New dive sites and wrecks can be discovered all the time. Diving highlights are undoubtedly the opportunity to see the resident population of humpback whales but also includes encounters with manta rays and sperm whales. Huge schools of dolphin are often seen as well as green turtles. Giant oceanic manta rays, giant groupers, giant catfish and mobulas are commonly encountered. The islands boast a healthy marine life with awesome coral garden and you will see fish in their thousands. Hallaniyat Islands are an undiscovered diving region where you can expect everything!   Daymaniyat Islands - Bandar Khayran - Fahal Island - Hallaniyat Islands - Sailing from Bandar Khayran to Hallaniyat Islands you will discover new dive sites with pristine corals, healthy marine life and wrecks in a nearly undiscovered diving region. Here you can expect everything!

 

Hallaniyat Islands 

Hallaniyat Islands are located off thesouth eastern coast of Oman. The islands are the paradise of untouched dive sites and home to pristine corals, wrecksand whales. New dive sites and wrecks can be discovered all the time. Diving highlights are undoubtedly the opportunity to see the resident population of humpback whales but also includes encounters with manta rays and sperm whales. Huge schools of dolphin are often seen as well as green turtles. Giant oceanic manta rays, giant groupers, giant catfishandmobulas arecommon encountered. The islands boast a healthy marine life with awesome coral garden and you will see fish in their thousands.Hallaniyat Islands are an undiscovered diving region where you can expect everything!

 

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Boat Specifications

  • Year Built: 2016
  • Construction material: Steel Yacht
  • Length: 148 feet 
  • Beam: 28 feet
  • Engines: Twin diesel on all steel and aluminum yachts
  • Generators: Twin generators, 110-208 ac voltage
  • Passengers: 22
  • Number of cabins: 11
  • Number of bathrooms: 12
  • Crew: 13
  • Tenders: support dinghies
  • Watermaker: with ample storage

 

Practical Information

  • Time Zone: GMT+4
  • Local Currency: Omani Rial (OMR)
  • Language Spoken: Arabic and English
  • Electricity: 220 volt
  • Payment Onboard: Cash (no personal checks, no traveler's checks, no credit cards)

 

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Reviews (1)

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I had the opportunity to dive with the Oman Agressor in the Musandam province. Arriving to Musandam can be a challenge as there is only one flight per day in and one out going from the Muscat airport to Khasab, which normally means one has to stay a night either at arrival in Muscat or departure at Khasab and accommodations can expensive if one expects high quality, or for a reasonable price for a not so nice hotel. They have a preferred host hotel, however he accommodation at either Muscat or Musandam has to be arranged personally, it is not part of the service.

It is necessary to arrange transportation from the airport in Musandam to the boat with the staff of the Oman Aggressor, since taxi service is not available in the surroundings, and if you happen to find one, it can be expensive. The transportation with the boat is also not cheap, but is guaranteed and safe. If you arrange it with the Oman Aggressor staff, once at the airport, a service car will be waiting for you to take you to the boat with a sign or a list.

There is also the option to fly to Dubai and drive from there to Musandam, either with a rental car or with a taxi, but according to the experience of the people that did it, driving that region can be very challenging, you can get lost easily as there are no signs or these are in Arabic. Taxi from Dubai can be expensive. It is around 200 km and a 3 hr drive.

The boat is docked at the Musandam marine, which is a restricted access by the government. Booking the service from the Oman Aggressor also saves you the trouble to explain at the gate why you are there.

The boat was big, clean, and with enough amenities to entertain around 20 guests. Sun chairs, sofas, places to rest in the shade and a jacuzzi on the top deck filled at the request were available for use. The dinner room was ample and comfortable and always clean.

At arrival, we were taken photos to be displayed at the screens so everyone knew the rest of the people by name. This was not only for the guests, but also all the crew and staff photos were portrayed so we could name everyone on the boat.

The rooms were comfortable and spacious enough to store the necessary luggage, equipment and clothes for the trip. The shower was big and hot water was available all day long. The service to the rooms and the common areas was impecable and kept clean at all times. I stayed in a double room with twin beds, and there was space enough for both divers luggage. Airco was available, as well as reading lights and enough electrical plugs to connect several devices.

The staff of the Oman Agressor was diverse and friendly, as well as helpful at all times. The divemaster was experienced and the two support dive guides were also very experienced and know the area quite well. Unfortunately, it is the policy of the Aggressor that they do not offer "guided dives" so we had 3 different diving teams and most of the time only 2 guides were with us, so one dive group was going solo. This was not much of a problem for us as we had a mix of experienced and adventurous divers that were looking to go on their own. But overall I always prefer to have a guide that knows the area can show us the secrets hidden in the diving sites.

For the dives they offered air as well as Nitrox mixture for the tanks, the briefings were clear and useful to get an idea of the dive sites, and the crew was very helpful in checking the equipment, getting the gear on and off, maintaining and cleaning the gear. If you have any kind of injury they also help you carry your gear onto the dingy.

They have a dry area in the middle of the deck for all the sensitive devices like cameras, torches, computers, etc. This is very helpful to keep order in the boat during the preparation for the dives. Each diver also gets a shelf where they can leave their belongings like sunglasses, towels. t-shirts and smaller objects before the dive and pick them up easily at their return. Two showers with hot water were available on the dive platform to rinse after the dives.

I had heard from a friend that Oman had a lot of big fauna to see and enjoy, however in Musandam and for our trip, this was not really the case. There was a lot of small fish and critters to look at, but not much of the big ones. The diving sites can be challenging and not suitable for beginner scuba divers, as the current tends to be strong and in the blink of an eye this takes them away from the group.

It is therefore always recommended to have a buoy to signal the boats at the surfacing site if one gets carried away. Visibility is Ok and the temperature is comfortable for a 5 mm suit, for somebody that is always cold like me. Many divers used to colder waters were even just with a 1 mm suit or even shorts.

The food was ok, the breakfast had a variety of continental breakfast with eggs, fresh fruit and bread with butter and jams and honey. Lunch and dinner were varied every day with a mixture of international western and middle east combination, also with options for vegetarians. Nothing exceptional but mostly fresh and tasty.

Drinks, such as coffee, tea water, and sodas as well as snacks were available at all times in the dining room. They also offered local beer and some wine at no additional cost. However, you could bring your own bottle of alcohol and ask them to store it for you.

We had 2 different anniversaries during our stay, and the staff and chef were kind enough to bake a cake for all of us to celebrate.

Overall the experience in Musandam with the Oman Aggressor was good.

Visited on 10/2018 - Submitted on 06/25/2020

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