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. The eleven cabins all feature twin beds, 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.
News: the Saman Explorer has recently been refurbished. All cabins and facilities have been upgraded. New images coming very soon!
October - 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 humbpack whale, manta ray and dolphin encounters. Enjoy colourful reefs, unusual topography and a prolific fish population at some of the more popular dive sites. The City of Winchester wreck is a 150 metre long British war ship from WWl. She's in excellent condition and rests on the seabed at 30m along with her resident lion fish. During the 2015 season, the wreck may be off limits due to scientific research of other wrecks recently found in the nearby area. However, the Chinese junk off the coast (usually the last dive of the trip) 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 - September: 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, colourful reefs and there’s a great chance of a whale shark encounter.
NEW! September - November 2015: The seven night itinerary begins in Sifah exploring the local area where whale sharks are a common sight.
The trip will include the dive sites of Fahal and the Munassir wreck but the highlight is the opportunity of whale shark encounters in this region at this time of year. The boat departs and returns from the new Sifawy Boutique Resort south of Muscat, fast becoming a favourite place to visit.
As the boat relocates from one region to the other (end of May and end of Nov), it's possible to be on board. 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.
- Trip type: Group tour
- Duration exc. international flights: 8 days