Diving in the blues of Oman

Posted by Racheal Jones
March 8, 2018

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The Sultanate of Oman, located in the Middle East, is bordered by the Arabian Sea, Saudi Arabia, Persian Gulf, Yemen and the UAE. Within the Middle East lies a tiny country, where marvels come by virtually, the dessert meets the sea and the sky kissing mountains meets the lush green valleys below. Being a part of the Middle East, which had always a major role to play in world affairs and is also the origin land of the world’s most dominant religions – Islam, Judaism and Christianity.

History has been one of the prime reason why people visit Muscat, the capital city of Oman, Muscat is ever bustling, clean and metropolis. The two Old Portuguese forts, Jelali and Merani exist alongside the coastal towns nearby that feature modern and commercial ambience. A great experience for those travelers who seek ancient with modern.

Along the coastline of Oman, scintillating beaches and its clear waters beckons scuba enthusiasts. You will find world’s renowned diving sites along its coastlines. A glorified traveler once said that ‘nothing quite beats diving when no-one else is around and it is exactly that prospect that saw me heading to the Sultanate of Oman’. Apply for a Oman Visa today as Oman Visas for Indians and see the steaming life beneath the waves. The large amount of plankton in these waters lowers visibility but brings more life beneath.

Diving in the blues of Oman is a lifetime experience that every travel buff is sure to experience Oman’s golden beaches and breath-taking mountain backdrops. Daymaniyat Islands, Banda Khairan and Fahal Islands are a few of the over 40 dive sites to visit off the coast of Muscat. With coral flanked walls, wrecks and deep drops it showcases a wealth of reef fishes. The cool waters allows an abundance of plankton, make this area a rich feeding ground for a large variety of marine life like the likes of turtles, reef sharks, dolphins, stingrays, barracuda and whale sharks.

Salalah, at the Dhofar region, is blessed with a long sandy palm fringed beach. The Frankincense trees are a found in the surrounding mountains of the region. The 40 km stretch of coast where the waters are extremely blue with have extremely good visibility, there are numerous diving sites. Schooling fish, moray eels, nudibranch, turtles, large groupers and a variety of rays are a priced watch along with table corals in this zone.

The Daymaniyat islands, a group of uninhabited islands located approximately 18 kilometres off of the Batinah coast, and is spread out across 20 kilometres is Oman’s only Marine National Nature Reserve. Stingrays, the occasional whale shark and pods of dolphins, are the highlights of this location.

The microclimate of the Dhofar region {end of May until the end of September}, locally known as the Khareef, brings high waves in the sea and visitors are restricted in the area. Seeing a variety whales, including sperm and humpback are common after the season of monsoon and high waves.


Ras Musandam East (Mushroom located inside Sheesha Bay}, Musandam, Red Island (N-W),

Ras Alull {at Sheesha Bay}, Ras Arous, {again at Sheesha Bay}, Ras Kaisha, Hard Rock Café and Umm Al Fayyarin are some of the prominent and amazing diving in the blue spots in Oman.

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