MY Oman Explorer

 Destination: Oman

Daymaniyat Islands, Sifah, Mirbat & Hallaniyat Islands (6-10 Nights) | From $240++/night

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Explore some of the best diving in Oman with the Oman Explorer (formerly the Saman Explorer.) Fully refurbished in 2015, the vessel offers 11 spacious cabins that can accommodate up to 22 divers comfortably. Perfect for guests who want a more secluded destination away from the crowds, Oman offers a genuine alternative to the Red Sea.

 

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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MY Oman explorer Accommodation Overview

The Oman Explorer offers guests 11 cabins that are fully airconditioned and that come complete with an ensuite bathroom. Cabins 1-6 are located on the lower deck, while Cabins 7-11 are on the upper deck. The Master Cabin is located on the main deck. All cabins come with single beds and porthole windows, except for the Master Cabin which comes with a double bed and 2 windows that can be opened. The portable windows on the upper deck can be opened; however, those on the lower deck cannot be. A TV, desk, and minibar are also available in each cabin.

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Lower Deck Cabins (L) and Upper Deck Cabins (R)

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Master Cabin (L) and Ensuite Bathroom (R)

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General Facilities

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my Oman explorer Boat Features

  • Beautiful salon
  • Library with fish ID books
  • Lounge area
  • Refrigerators with chilled drinks
  • TV for evening briefings and movies

  

Food & Drinks Aboard my Oman explorer

Guests are served three buffet meals a day, snacks, and fresh fruits aboard the MY Oman Explorer. Various soft drinks such as Coca-Cola, Sprite, and Fanta are also available; however, no alcoholic drinks are provided. Should guests wish, it is possible to buy alcohol after entering the country and bring it onboard. Water, tea, coffee, and juice are available and free of charge at the "refreshment corner."

 

MY Oman explorer Liveaboard Deck Plan

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Schedule, Rates & Availability

MY Oman Explorer 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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my Oman explorer Rates

All prices quoted are per person in EUR.

DatesItineraryNightsShared Double CabinUpper DeckMaster Cabin
03rd of December to 24th December 2022 
Hallaniyat Islands7N
1.650
1.750
1.750
02nd April to 7th May 2022 & 27th August to 19th November 2022
Best of Daymaniats, Fahal and Bandar Khayran:
7N
1.160
1.250
1.330
8th May to 17th May 2022 
Highlights of the Year: Sifah (MCT) – Mirbat (SLL) 
9N
1.450
1.450
1.625
20th November to 30th of November 2022 
Highlights of the Year: Sifah (MCT)– Mirbat (SLL) 
10N
1.625
1.700
1.790
25th December 2022 to 3rd January 2023 
New Year`s Trip Hallaniyat Islands Mirbat – Mirbat (SLL) 
9N
1.660
1.750
1.830

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Inclusions

  • Airport transfers
  • Full board
  • Water, coffee, and tea
  • Diving (3-4 dives per day except first and last day) 

 

Exclusions

  • Oman Visa (20 OMR)
  • Dive permit (4 OMR due per diving day, 6 OMR at the Daymaniat Islands)
  • Nitrox (22 OMR per week, 30 OMR for 9 nights, 33 OMR for 10 nights trips)
  • 15l tank (15 OMR per week)
  • Port fees & fuel surcharge for all trips (125 Euro for all 7-night trips / 150 Euro for all longer trips)

 

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 in oman

Oman is not as well-known for diving as other destinations. However, if you like to avoid the crowds and be almost alone at the dive sites, Oman diving offers a genuine alternative to the Red Sea. The destination is also quite easily accessible from Europe. The maximum depth of the dive site varies between 15 and 30 meters and both, beginners and advanced divers, get their money’s worth with diversified dives. In Oman, you expect the unexpected! The fish life and the abundance of fish are amazing, as the waters are filled with plankton and attract large schools of fish. Large groupers, leopard sharks, stingrays, barracudas, turtles, sepia, and rare moray eels can be encountered during the dives. At the right time of the year, even a friendly whale shark might pass by. In the Southern part of the Hallaniyat Islands, you can even see humpback whales! Also, the macro life with nudibranchs in various colors, sea horses, shrimps, and other critters is amazing. Divers encounter a mixture of walls and rocky landscapes with small wall sections. The reefs are covered with colorful hard and soft corrals. Due to the plankton and the thermocline, the visibility varies between 5 and 20 meters but the mass of fish and richness of species surely make up for it. As the water temperature might vary between 26 degrees on the surface and 22 below the thermocline we recommend at least a 5mm wetsuit and an extra hood for the diving.

 

Best of Daymaniat - Fahal and Bandar Khayran: from/to Sifah (airport Muscat)

During the summer and fall, Saman Explorer operates in the central area, in the capital region around Muscat. These tours start and end in Sifah, divers spend three days at the popular Daymaniat Islands, one day in Fahal, and one and a half days in Bandar Khayran. The Daymaniyat Islands are a chain of 9 inhabited islands. Numerous dive sites for all levels of divers are sites are located around the islands. The area is a protected nature reserve with incredible masses of fish, leopard sharks, lots of turtles plus, with a bit of luck, chances of meeting whale sharks. Fahal Island is a large island around 4 km offshore from Muscat. The bays contain many varieties of hard and soft corals and on the sandy bottom, there is a chance to spot sharks and stingrays. The wreck of Al Munassir at Bandar Khayran is another highlight of this trip as it is populated with moray eels, lobsters, many nudibranchs, and huge schools of fish. 

 

Transfer Trip Sifah - Mirbat / Mirbat - Sifah

The transfer trip of the Oman Explorer offers guests onboard a complete insight into the diversity of the Sultanate of Oman. At the beginning of the tour, the fabulous dive sites Al Munassir Wreck and Fahal Islands are explored. Along the coast, it's the end of November in 10 days towards the South. The tour ends with wonderful dives to the famous Hallaniyat Islands: There is a chance of seeing humpback whales and dolphins from the boat. While diving, you’ll mainly encounter different species of smaller rays, leopard sharks and lots of cuttlefish, moray eels, and don’t forget to watch out for turtles hiding and nudibranchs crawling between the corals. Even off the coast of Mirbat, the last stop of the crossing, there are beautiful old wrecks and the masses of fish that make Oman a unique destination! The trips back from is usually in early April, when we head back from Mirbat up to Sifah.

 

Hallaniyat Islands: from/to Mirbat (airport Salalah)

The winter belongs to the southern tour, which leads along the coast to the group of Hallaniyats which are probably the most diverse diving area of the Sultanate! These islands promise extraordinary biodiversity and an incredible abundance of fish! Those 5 islands are located in the open ocean, around 40 to 70 km south of Dhofar and only one of the islands is inhabited. Beautiful bays between rugged cliffs make the crossings between the islands even above water an experience! With a bit of luck, you can meet the resident population of humpback whales and even huge pods of dolphins on the way back to Mirbat! The untouched Hallaniyats boast a healthy marine life with huge fish schools and a beautiful wreck. Sometimes you can also encounter even mantas and mobulas. The Hallaniyat Islands are the perfect winter destination where you can expect everything.

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Other Information

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Boat Specifications

  • Year Built: 2015 (refurbished)
  • Length: 34m
  • Width: 9m
  • Engines: 2 x 720 hp Daewoo each
  • Power: 2 generators, 220 V
  • Passengers: 22
  • Number of cabins: 11
  • Tenders: 2 Dinghies (5.5 m) each 40 hp 

 

Practical Information

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

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Call us today at +1-310-915-6677 or email us info@bluewaterdivetravel.com

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