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These nine, tiny, uninhabited islands lie about 17 kilometres off the Batinah coast and are the jewel in the crown for diving in the Gulf of Oman.

The diving around the Damaniyat Islands is spectacular with walls, drop-offs, submerged reefs, swim-throughs and caves. Coral reefs cover up to 70% of the dive sites with more than a hundred different species of soft and hard coral. Marine life is abundant with prolific numbers of colourful reef fish, stingrays, occasional turtles, leopard sharks and on rare occasions a whale shark.

With the vast variety of sea life and coral close to the surface, snorkelling is also a particularly rewarding experience here.

The Daymaniyat Islands offer a safe stop off point for migratory birds and are home to sea eagles and the graceful osprey; the beaches and cliffs come alive in the summer months with nesting birds and turtles returning to lay their eggs on the white sand beaches.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: hawksbill turtle, common cuttlefish, whale shark, leopard shark

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itinerary:

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 £1,395 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Our suggested liveaboard is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Saman Explorer

This spacious liveaboard operates to the Hallaniyat Islands in the winter months, home to pristine corals and exploratory diving. In the summer it heads to the Musandam and the Daymaniyat Islands for whale shark encounters.