The Saman Explorer is a 34 metre steel vessel, operating a unique dive safari to the Hallaniyat Islands in southern Oman, home to pristine corals and humpback whales, as well as the Daymaniat Islands and Sifah in season, providing year-round itineraries for diving Oman.
Accommodating 22 passengers and a crew of eight, there is plenty of room for everyone. Refurbished in 2015, the new look spacious boat features ten twin bed and one master cabin with a queen bed. All offer fantastic sea views and come equipped with air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. Facilities on board include a spacious salon, large sundeck and ample room on the dive deck. Alcohol is not always available on board, but you can bring your own duty free bought from Muscat Airport (not available at Salalah). Nitrox is available. Marine Park fees are paid locally. Most trips depart on a Saturday.
November - May: The seven night itinerary explores the Hallaniyat Islands in southern Oman.
This popular trip has been operating for a few seasons (it began in 2011) and continues to offer adventurous diving to the untouched Hallaniyat Islands, where you are likely to still help discover a new dive site. Diving highlights of the trip include humpback whale, manta ray and dolphin encounters. Enjoy colourful reefs, unusual topography and a prolific fish population at some of the more popular dive sites. There are a few wreck diving opportunities here which include The City of Winchester, a 150 metre long British war ship from WWl (sometimes off limits for research) and a Chinese junk off the coast (usually the last dive of the trip) which houses an amazing number of schools of fish and is an enjoyable dive. There are still plenty of sites in the area waiting silently for you, the pioneering diver. This is an adventure for experienced divers, as the waters are still relatively unknown and tourism undeveloped in the region.
August - October: The seven night itinerary explores the famous dive sites of the Daymaniyat Islands and Muscat area.
Explore the Ras Abu Dhaut region, south of Muscat and the Daymaniyat Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the north. Diving highlights include the wreck of the Al Munassir, the drop-offs of Ras Abu Dhaut, Fahal, Bandar Khayran and of course, the famous Daymaniyat Islands, the jewel in the crown of diving in Oman. Expect to encounter plenty of fish, turtles, leopard sharks, colourful reefs and there’s a great chance of a whale shark encounter.
Join the boat on the All of Oman trip as she relocates from one region to the other (Muscat to Mirbat and vice versa, May/Nov). These 9/10 night trips are great for adventure divers wanting to explore new areas. Ask the Dive team for further details on dates.
- Length: 34 metres
- Maximum guests: 22
- Nitrox available
Diving suitable for:
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 to May
- Duration inc. flights: 9 days
- Price inc. flights: From £1,945 pp
- Trip type: Group tour