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Oman is a popular place to learn to dive and this trip idea offers colourful corals, schools of fish, turtles and great value for money.

The Sultanate of Oman is located on the south-eastern tip of the Arabian Gulf surrounded by the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman, both attracting an abundance of marine life in their nutrient rich waters.  You can expect to see colourful corals, schools of fish and turtles in the calm waters off the coast of Muscat - a great sight for anyone learning to dive!

The purpose built dive centre at the Shangri-La has state of the art equipment, air-conditioned classrooms and an experienced team who conduct courses in a number of languages.

Suggested Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart UK

  2. Day 2: Arrive Muscat

    You will be met on arrival in Muscat and transferred to your resort for a week long stay. After lunch you will need to check in at the on-site dive centre. Rest of day at leisure.

  3. Days 3-6 : Learn to dive

    This morning you will begin your SSI Open Water Diver Course. The course is a mix of pool, classroom and open water diving modules over the next four days,  all taught to you by the experienced staff at the Extra Divers dive centre. Please note that your certification fee and cost of manual are to be paid locally.

  4. Days 7-8 : Day at leisure

    Continue diving (not included in price) or take one of many day trips out of Muscat to explore the desert, wadis or remote villages.

  5. Day 9: Return to the UK

    Transfer to airport for flight back to the UK, landing later the same day.

You should note: If you prefer alternative accommodation either in Muscat or surroundings (Al Sawadi or Jebel Sifah) let us know. It is possible to learn to dive from other resorts.

Key info

Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 9 days from £1,795 pp
  • When to go: Jan-Dec: Daily throughout the year
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Flights from the UK
    • 7 nights accommodation (breakfast)
    • Breakfast daily
    • SSI Open Water Diver Course
    • Tuition and equipment
    • Return airport transfers
Featured location:


Oman’s capital blends old and new, from traditional souks to the breathtaking Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Divers can enjoy healthy reefs and an abundant marine life with devil rays, leopard sharks and grouper, as well as dolphins and whales..

  • Ideal for viewing: hawksbill turtle, leopard shark, whale shark, devil ray, spinner dolphin
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Family diving, Learn to dive, Reef diving
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

Conveniently located near Muscat, this luxurious beachfront resort comprises two hotels and nestles between the Gulf of Oman and dramatic backdrop of the rugged interior mountains.

Sifawy Boutique Hotel

This stunning boutique hotel is located in marina town of Jebel Sifah, less than an hour’s drive from the Omani capital of Muscat, and blends European design with a traditional Omani influence.