Oman is a largely undiscovered diving paradise. Warm waters, pristine dive sites and a multitude of marine life make this a remarkable liveaboard dive holiday.
Surrounded by the Arabian Gulf, the Sea of Oman and the Arabian Sea, Oman boasts an abundance of healthy coral varieties and a vibrant abundance of marine life. Numerous moray eels, scorpion fish, nudibranchs, turtles, leopard shark, eagle rays and sting rays are constant companions. Whale sharks and bull sharks can also be seen. Liveaboard.com offers great itineraries on the best Oman liveaboards. The Daymaniyat Islands, off the coast of Muscat, is the crown jewel of Oman diving. Oman's only Marine National Nature Reserve provides scuba divers with unspoiled, substantial coral gardens and abundant marine life including rare fish species. Diving on an Omar sea safari among these islands is a spectacular experience. Musandam, Oman's northernmost region, juts into nutrient rich waters. With astounding diversity and abundance of marine life, an Oman diving cruise to this area has something for everyone. Fast moving drift dives or lazy reef exploration offer amazing underwater adventures. These untouched dive sites harbor turtles, rays, nudibranchs, dolphins and barracudas among drop-offs, walls, reefs and coral gardens. The area around Salalah has a pristine coastline and is packed with fish, vibrant coral gardens, lobster, tuna and octopuses. The “Chinese wreck”, an artificial reef, hosts unbelievable swarms of fish. The region is also well known for its kelp forests that create feeding grounds for a fantastic variety of marine life. An Oman liveaboard diving holiday along the coast of Salalah gives dive enthusiasts an awesome opportunity to encounter a vast range of marine habitats.
The best months for diving in Oman are from April to July, but diving can be enjoyed at all times. Water temperatures range from 19-28C and air temperatures are between 22-37C. With depths ranging from shallow to 40 meters, water visibility can vary greatly. However, average visibility ranges from 15-30 meters. Lower visibility is often caused by high nutrient concentrations, attracting numerous marine life.