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Salalah is situated 600 miles south of Muscat in the Dhofar region and offers an invigorating lush temperate climate in stark contrast to the rest of the country. Its dive sites are relatively untouched and new ones are being discovered all the time.

The Khareef (southeast monsoon) brings the rain from Jun-Sep creating a unique lush green landscape set against a dramatic backdrop of the Jebal Dhofar. Here you can find an abundance of wildlife, breathtaking scenery, coconut groves, banana plantations and frankincense trees.

White sandy beaches fringe the plain to the south, stretching for kilometres along the vast expanse of the Arabian Sea. Dive sites are relatively untouched and new sites are being discovered all the time. A fantastic variety of rays, moray eels and nudibranch along with large grouper, turtles and dozens of fish schools can be seen as well as a Portuguese shipwreck. Salalah waters are unusual in that small areas of kelp forests can also be found, especially post Kahreef season. Diving here is seasonal (Oct-May).

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Key info

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

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 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.