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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.