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Oman Middle East Scuba Diving 2021 | Deep Blue Destinations
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Oman

With vast deserts and rich history, the Sultanate of Oman is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination. Until the 1970s, the country was almost completely closed to outside visitors but since it opened its doors, the scuba diving world is richer because of it. Oman’s coastline is relatively untouched and there is great diving near the capital of Muscat. You can also head to Oman’s northernmost region of Musandam, which juts into the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf. This rugged, remote land has nutrient rich waters that support a massive amount of diversity and abundance of marine life. Far to the south, the area around Salalah has a pristine coastline with seemingly endless bays and beaches. Here kelp forests appear during the summer, made possible by cool upwelling during the monsoon, and then slowly die back in late September. This makes it uniquely possible to dive in kelp and on coral reefs at the same sites for a short time. The best diving here is from October through May when the seas calm and the water warms up. Perhaps it’s time to take a scuba diving holiday to Oman before the secret gets out.

Best Scuba Diving Spots in Oman

Daymaniyat Islands, Muscat

Bander Khayran, Muscat

Fahal Island, Muscat

The Caves, Musandam

Lima Rock, Musandam

Mirbat, Salalah

Oman Sea Life

Although Oman does not offer vast pelagic life or ripping current, you can often encounter huge schools of fish and colourful and healthy reefs. Due to the Sultans progressive green policies, the fish life is improving annually. On particular dive locations around Oman you have the opportunity to encounter whitetip reef sharks, green and hawksbill turtles and even spinner and bottlenose dolphins. The reefs off the Omani coast can contend with the reefs of Egypt, with beds of vibrant table and bush coral. Although the visibility is not as clean as the Red Sea, the sheer amount of mackerel fish that school in the thousands is stunning.

How To Get There

Muscat can be reached directly by virtually all main international airports, however there are cheaper options when you fly via Dubai. Once in Muscat, Oman Air flies regularly to Salalah the only other airport in the country. Buses are a safe and cheap option for those who do not hire a car or have transport organised for them. Buses travel regularly between Muscat, Salalah, Sohar, Sur and Mizwa. By far the easiest and best way to see Oman is to hire a car, where you can cruise across the country through vast mountains, wadis, ancient villages and glistening seascapes.

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