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The two luxurious hotels of the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa nestle against the dramatic backdrop of the rugged interior mountains and the spectacular waters of the Gulf of Oman.

Located along a kilometre of warm golden sand, this fully integrated resort comprises two hotels with a total of 460 rooms and suites, a variety of dining experiences and a range of facilities and activities for all ages and interests, including a kids’ club, CHI spa, dive centre and private marina.

An oasis of luxury awaits at Al Waha, the family dedicated part of the hotel featuring well appointed superior rooms and suites overlooking the pools and tropical gardens.

Known as 'the town', the 5-star Al Bandar section is the focal point of the resort featuring sea facing deluxe rooms and suites with their ornate balconies depicting Old Muscat architecture. It’s here that seven of the nine restaurants can be found. Dining options range from Arabian to Italian and anything in between. WiFi internet access is available throughout the resort. 

The resort features a host of facilities including a large range of restaurants and cafés, shops, bars, the Cool Zone kids’ club, adventure zone, mini golf, three pools (a lazy river connects two of them), fitness centre overlooking the sea, tennis courts, activity centre, Omani heritage village and state of the art conference and meeting rooms. It’s possible to arrange dolphin and whale watching trips as well as enjoy a range of diving and snorkelling activities from here. 

The resort features the secluded turtle beach and the Turtle Care Project employing a dedicated ranger to ensure the safety of the nests as well as raise awareness amongst the guests and local communities. Visit between January and August for your best chance of seeing the green turtles nest and hatch.

Extra Divers Qantab

The on-site SSI and PADI affiliated dive centre is located in the marina and offers a full range of diving courses (multi-language), daily boat dives, snorkelling and dolphin watching trips. Optional afternoon and night diving can be arranged locally. The dive centre has ample stock of Aqua Lung equipment to rent.

Underwater highlights include a spectacular variety of marine life living on the colourful corals around the 25+ dive sites of Bandar Al Khairan, Fahal Island and the Al Munassir wreck. Expect to see honeycomb moray eels, stingrays, eagle rays, hawksbill and green turtles and if luck is on your side, several species of shark including white-tip and nurse. Keep an eye out for spinner and bottlenose dolphin and, in season, sperm whales and orcas.

The average water temperature is 25C and Nitrox 32% is available.

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Key info

  • Ideal for:
    • Non-divers
  • Diving suitable for:
    • Beginner
    • Intermediate
  • Nitrox available
  • Dive boat: Custom dive boat

Dive trips

This accommodation is featured in the following itineraries:

Explore Muscat

An ideal trip for divers looking for a short, good value holiday. Spend a week exploring dive sites near Muscat, with plenty of healthy corals and large pelagics. Wreck enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the Al Munassir.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,695 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Learn to Dive Muscat

The warm nutrient rich waters of Oman attract an abundance of marine life, and you can expect to see colourful corals, schools of fish and turtles. This is is a popular place to learn to dive and offers great value for money.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,795 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Oman’s capital blends old and new, from traditional souks to the breathtaking Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Divers can enjoy healthy reefs and an abundant marine life with devil rays, leopard sharks and grouper, as well as dolphins and whales..

  • Ideal for viewing: hawksbill turtle, leopard shark, whale shark, devil ray, spinner dolphin
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Family diving, Learn to dive, Reef diving