Scuba Diving in Oman

Diving in Oman is a chance to discover a bright and pristine world, untouched by human hands. The stunning and colorful landscape can take your breath away. The diversity of Oman's underwater world is striking. Crabs, coral, marine angelfish, dolphins... these are just some of the local inhabitants. The water is transparent from May to June. However, it gets muddy near autumn since the plankton population greatly increases.

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The Musandam Peninsula is located in the north of the country. The territory of the United Arab Emirates separates this deserted area from Oman. The local waters are rich in beautiful coral gardens. This place is suitable for experienced divers and drift divers. You can fully enjoy discovering colorful reefs and watching various Invertebrates in small local bays. The large plankton population attracts fish of all kinds. Also, this area is a favourite place for larger marine inhabitants, such as dolphins and turtles.
The underwater world of the southern coast of Al Jazeera island is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Magnificent underwater arches made of purple coral lure divers. And diving in waters of the nearest cape will open a kingdom of motley coral reefs. The beautiful underwater landscapes of Al Jazeera will astonish even the most experienced diver.
Divers come to Oman to watch underwater inhabitants that are not afraid of people. Some interesting dive spots can be found in the Daymaniyat Islands. Here, you will come across unique butterflyfish, clownfish and many schooling fish. Cliffs hide moray eels, and spiny lobsters fuss around in crevices. Be careful because you can run into a dangerous stinging catfish or a venomous cuttlefish.
The Daymaniyat Islands are a national nature reserve. They are called the Pearl of Diving. Landing on the island is prohibited, and boats with divers sail here from Muscat. People actively engage in scuba diving and snorkelling here. Only here, in the islands' waters, will you see so many fish in the wild. Honeycomb moray eels, several species of rays, octopuses, butterflyfish, triggerfish, spiny lobsters and scombers will captivate the imagination of divers.
A bay located about half an hour away to the southeast of Muscat hides the best wreck in Oman. This is a nearly 100-meter-long vessel Al Munnassir, which was deliberately sunk by the Omani government in 2003. The ship that lies 30 meter deep serves as an artificial reef. It has become home to turtles and rays. Here, you can also see giant moray eels and shoals of rockfish and red mullets.
Memo Notes
Currency OMR - Omani Rial

Dive Shops in Oman

The majority of Oman's dive shops are lined along the coastline of the Arabian Sea. The most popular regions are Muscat, Musandam and Salalah. Here, you can rent equipment, book a guide and take a training course.

Сlimate & Seasonality
Spring

Spring is pleasantly sunny and mostly dry. The number of rainy days a month is minimal (1 to 2 days). The average water temperature varies between +25 and +29 °C.

Summer

In the summer, the weather is hot and there is no precipitation. There is a chance of brief rains in August. The average water temperature varies between +30 and +31 °C.

Autumn

Autumn is a good time to visit the country. The weather is hot during this time, and the chance of rain is minimal. November is the most comfortable month. The water temperature in the sea reaches +28... +29°C.

Winter

Winter is called the rainy season here. But in fact, it's a great exaggeration since there's just 2 or 3 rainy days a month. The weather is mostly sunny and comfortable. The water temperature varies between +20 and +26 °C.

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The Best Dive Sites

The Daymaniyat Islands are the most popular dive site in Oman. It's a protected area, full of wild marine life. Caves dive site occupies second place thanks to its caves and tunnels. As for other interesting spots, there are the island of Fahal with various shark species, Bandar Khayran with Al Munnassir Wreck at a depth of 30 meters, Lima Rock, Ras Lima and Mirbat.

Health & Safety

The healthcare system in Oman is well-developed. Its quality varies from region to region. Hospitals in large cities have modern equipment. Healthcare costs can be high depending on the medical procedure. Dengue fever, Leishmaniasis and other insect-borne diseases are widespread here. Malaria is controlled, but there's a constant risk of infection because of the hot and humid climate.
The crime rate is low, and you can take a stroll even at night.

Dangerous Marine Life

The Arabian Sea is not very dangerous. Sharks, such as tiger sharks and bull sharks, pose a potential threat. Experienced divers say that it is difficult to get close to sharks because they swim away and hide when they see a diver. You should follow standard safety measures if you meet a predator.

Eat & Drinks

Omani cuisine is rather simple. It is based on meat dishes. Shuwa, a whole char-grilled lamb, and Uzi, goat meat with rice, are some traditional dishes. Usually, they are served with vegetables or bamia (okra). Those who like fish and exotic dishes should definitely try Shorbat Uaal, a soup made of dried shark meat.
Coffee is Oman's traditional beverage. It is served with cardamom and date seed powder. Be careful if you decide to drink some alcohol. It is prohibited to drink it outside. Since tap water here may be unsafe to drink, it is advisable to consume only bottled water.