MUSANDAM DIVING HOLIDAYS

Why You'll love Diving in Musandam !

  • Stunning scenery both above and below the surface with impressive drop offs and an incredible diversity of healthy corals
  • A great range of pelagic species, which includes both manta and eagle rays, along with whale sharks
  • A remote area with dramatic landscapes
 

Diving Holidays In Musandam

The Musandam peninsula is separated from the rest of Oman by a stretch of the United Arab Emirates. The Musandam peninsula has remained isolated from the rest of Arabia and is still very remote. Sparsely populated by the Shihuh tribe, who for centuries have been eking a precarious existence from the seas. Some of their villages are only accessible by sea the capital of Musandam is Khasab accessible by road.

Geographically, the area is a huge pale limestone massif characterised by large strata crossed saw tooth mountains which dramatically descend into the sea. The coastline itself carved into spectacular fjord like sunken valleys (khwars) giving Musandam its other name of the Norway of Arabia. The stunning scenery above the surface is reflected underwater by impressive drop offs and an incredible diversity of healthy corals, encouraging strong currents

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Diving Musandam

The waters surrounding Musandam and the Straights of Hormuz provide very fine coral reef diving, deep walls and coral gardens. The combination of plankton and strong local currents attract a great range of pelagic species over 900 species of fish, ranging from cleaner wrasse through to whale sharks and includes both manta and eagle rays. Diving in the North of Musandam is from Khasab. On the eastern coast diving is from Zighy Bay (and south of this at Fujairah, one of the seven emirates of the UAE)
 
The dive sites of northern Musandam offer world class adventurous diving diving out of the remote town of Khasab. There are over 25 established dive sites within 60 minutes boat ride, subject to local conditions. As the region is remote and commercial fishing is not permitted, the volume of marine life is very noticeable and leaves a lasting impression on divers. Numerous shark species can also be encountered, as well as most species of turtle.
 
The dive sites themselves range in character from walls to extensive coral gardens. The combination of plankton and strong local currents attract a great range of pelagic species, which includes both manta and eagle rays, along with whale sharks. The dive centre's boats are often accompanied by dolphins, which like the calm waters of Musandam’s fjords. Numerous shark species can also be encountered, as well as most species of turtle.

Dive Sites In Musandam

Top 5 dive sites from  Khasab:

Coral Garden at Abu Sarr Island;

Located north of the Musandam Peninsula, approx. 15 nautical mile from Khasab Port. This site offers one of the best hard coral gardens of Oman. What you can see: Turtles, bat fish, stingrays, scorpion fish, different kind of eels, squid, nudibranchs and on occasion Leopard sharks and eagle rays. Drift dive, suitable for all levels of diver . Depth: 10-25m

Beechams Bay at Al Khayl Island;

Located north of the Musandam Peninsula, approx. 18 nautical mile from Khasab Port. A huge bay with plenty of hard coral and massive boulders. What you can see: Turtles, bat fish, stingrays, scorpion fish, different kind of eels, lobsters, lion fish and on occasion Leopard sharks and eagle rays. Drift dive, suitable for all levels of diver. Depth: 7-40m

Abu Rashid Island; 

Located north of the Musandam Peninsula, approx. 20 nautical mile from Khasab Port. Huge terraces and walls overgrown with hard and soft coral until 40 m deep. What you can see: Shoals of barracuda, jack fish, bat fish, turtles, different species of nudibranchs, mobula, eagle rays and on occasion Leopard sharks and whale sharks. Drift dive, recommended for advanced divers only because of the strong current. Depth: 5-40m

Deep Purple at Musandam Island;

located north of the Musandam Peninsula, approx. 22 nautical mile from Khasab Port. The dive site is unique because of the amount of purple soft coral. Beside the corals and the big boulders the site has a huge plateau where you can spot silver tip sharks. What you can see: Shoals of barracuda, jack fish, bat fish and silver tip reef sharks. Drift dive recommended for advanced divers only Depth: 10-40m

Salamah Island;

Located north of the Musandam Peninsula, approx. 24 nautical mile from Khasab Port. This site offers a sloping reef covered in hard corals which are perfectly unspoiled. Drift dive, recommended for advanced divers only because of the strong current. Shoals of barracuda, turtles, lobsters, jack fish, bat fish and different type of reef sharks. Depth: 5-40m

Diving Seasons In Musandam

Temperatures remain high throughout the year.  The coastal areas have a hot and humid season from May to September (average 32-40 degrees C). The humidity during the hottest months can affect air visibility. From October to April air temperatures are pleasant during the day and cool at night.  The annual rainfall in most parts of Oman rarely exceeds 125mm and generally the weather is good.

Activities

Other activities include desert safaris, exotic bird watching and rock climbing

Entry Requirements

Please always check your own entry requirements regardless of your nationality. Your passport should always have at least 6 months validity on date of return from travel. Always check for last minute chances in entry requirements and other nationalities should check with their consular office.
 

Health Requirements

Vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure.  For the most up to date advice please consult your travel clinic or GP.  There are no compulsory vaccinations for travel to Oman, but we recommend protection against typhoid, tetanus, hepatitis A and polio.

Resort Summary

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