MUSCAT AND MUSSANAH DIVING HOLIDAYS
Diving Holidays In Muscat
Divers of all experience levels can enjoy the dive sites accessible from Muscat, the capital of Oman. The diving here is well established, with over forty recognised sites. There are few currents and dives range in depth from ten to thirty metres, along coral flanked stony walls. Plankton rich waters attract a large amount of marine life, which includes many pelagic species Dive boats occasionally encounter both Pilot whales and Whale sharks. Five species of turtle are found in Omani waters, including the elusive Hawksbill. In addition to turtles, divers often see both Devil and Eagle rays. Ultimately though, the sheer amount of life and quality of different corals found on the reefs of Oman leaves the most lasting impressions on the memories of most divers
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Diving In Muscat
Just a few minutes away from the jetty there are 5 excellent dive sites at Bandar Jussa. They are shallow, sheltered dives, which are superb in all conditions and afford a great night diving experience. Fifteen minutes away from the centre, Bandar Khairan is an area of outstanding beauty, boasting rocky outcrops, deserted beaches and small islands accessible only by boat. The underwater scenery is similarly dramatic with picturesque walls and reefs festooned with healthy finger and fan corals in purples and green, teeming with marine life. In 2003 the Al Munnassir, a 3000 tonne vessel, was sunk at Bandar Khairan and is beginning to develop in to a beautiful dive. Off shore, 4Km from the mainland, Fahal Island boasts an incredible variety of coral species. There are two small wrecks, which draw a large amount of marine life, including the occasional black tip reef shark, various rays and turtles. The Daymaniyat Islands helped place Oman on the world dive map. This string of offshore islands North of Muscat has been placed under the protection of UNESCO and provides divers with pristine coral gardens, walls and abundant fish life. Various shark species are encountered here, including the occasional leopard sharks. The Daymaniyat Islands may be organised on request locally, according to conditions, minimum divers and available boats.
Diving Seasons In Muscat
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.
Things To Do In Muscat
Other activities include desert safaris, exotic bird watching and rock climbing.