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Home to pristine corals, wrecks and whales, the Hallaniyat Islands offer untouched dive sites, and new ones are being discovered all the time.

This small archipelago is located off the south eastern coast of Oman the two main islands being Al Hallaniyah and Al Sawda. Relatively untouched and undiscovered, the rugged and barren islands rise from the deep and are home to some small fishing communities.

Tourism in the area is relatively new and the islands are only visited by liveaboard, giving you the chance to be one of the first to explore this untouched area. Diving highlights are undoubtedly the opportunity to be in the water with the resident population of humpback whales but also include encounters with manta rays and sperm whales. The islands boast a healthy marine life and you’ll see huge schools of fish at most dive sites. Huge pods of dolphin are often seen as are green turtles. There are also opportunities to explore some wrecks. The diving in the area is exploratory and suited to experienced divers.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: humpback whale, giant grouper, giant oceanic manta ray, honeycomb moray eel, common dolphin, green turtle

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itinerary:

Oman Liveaboard Salalah & Hallaniyat Islands

Exclusive 2018 departures

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: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,450 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard Group trip
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Mirbat Marriott Resort

This luxurious resort is located 80 kilometres from Salalah, on the white sand beach of Mirbat Cove, and is an ideal choice for anyone looking to relax, dive or explore the spectacular Chofar region.

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.