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Dive Locations

6 recommended locations:

Daymaniyat Islands

The nine, tiny, uninhabited islands that comprise the Damaniyat Islands are the jewel in the crown for diving and snorkelling in Oman. The stunning coral reefs teem with a huge variety of life and the islands are also well known for nesting turtles.

  • Ideal for viewing: hawksbill turtle, common cuttlefish, whale shark, leopard shark
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Resort based diving, Reef diving

Hallaniyat Islands

Untouched and undiscovered, the Hallaniyat Islands are home to pristine corals, humpback whales and wrecks. The area is relatively new to divers, you can expect anything! The islands are reached only by liveaboard and in season from November to May.

  • Ideal for viewing: humpback whale, giant grouper, giant oceanic manta ray, honeycomb moray eel, common dolphin
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving

Jebel Sifah

A tranquil haven of relaxation, Jebel Sifah is just an hour away from Muscat. The scenic destination is fringed by white sandy beaches and the relatively unexplored turquoise waters of the Arabian Sea, surrounded by the majestic Hajjar mountains.

  • Ideal for viewing: black-tip reef shark, southern stingray, hawksbill turtle, green turtle, honeycomb moray eel
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving

Musandam

This remote peninsula offers spectacular scenery and dive sites ranging from dramatic walls to extensive coral gardens. A combination of plankton and strong local currents attracts large pelagic species such as mantas, eagle rays and whale sharks.

  • Ideal for viewing: whale shark, spotted eagle ray, common dolphin
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Manta ray

Muscat

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, Snorkelling

Salalah

Salalah is situated over around 950 kilometres south of Muscat and offers an invigorating lush temperate climate in stark contrast to the rest of the country, as well as relatively untouched dive sites. Salalah is also the starting point for trips to the Hallaniyat Islands.

  • Ideal for viewing: common octopus, giant grouper, common cuttlefish, common dolphin, humpback whale
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving

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Dive trips

Bursting with different and undiscovered dive sites, Oman is best explored by liveaboard and then by resort, or by travelling from one end of the nation to the other. Extend your trip and enjoy Muscat, the desert, and the wadis.
5 recommended trips. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Dive Daymaniyat

Discover the secluded UNESCO protected Daymaniyat Islands, home to an abundance of marine life, including turtles, rays and whale sharks. A rewarding trip for both divers and snorkellers.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,265 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Visit Oman

A great winter getaway for divers looking for sunshine, adventure and diving days away from the crowds. Sites range from shallow reefs to steeps walls, and marine life includes reef sharks, turtles and sting rays.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,525 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Oman Liveaboard Salalah & Hallaniyat Islands

Untouched reefs, whales and wrecks await pioneering divers on this unique dive safari, as the Saman Explorer heads to the Hallaniyat Islands in southern Oman for a week of discovery.

  • When to go: Dec-May
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,275 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

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 £1,745 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

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

When to go

Cooler temperatures make Oman more pleasant in winter and spring.

Seasons

  • Cool season

    Nov to May: While hot year-round, winter brings the most pleasant temperatures and good diving conditions
  • Hot season

    Jun to Oct: Summer months can be very hot in Oman and visibility can be lower due to plankton blooms

Wildlife events

  • Nov to May: Chance of Humpback whale encounters in southern Oman
  • Sep to Oct: Best months for whale shark encounters

Dive Resorts

Liveaboards