Sultanate of Oman is a fascinating and beautiful country situated
at the far eastern edge of the exotic Arabian Peninsula.
diving in Oman is the best in the Gulf, with intact coral and
plenty of big fish. Dolphins can be seen in the hundreds following
tuna and you can also see whales and whale sharks depending on
the season. There are many wrecks and opportunities for drift
and other specialised dives. Oman is nothing like Egypt's Red
Sea resorts of Sharm el Sheikh or Hurghada as you will not find
throngs of tourists.
The diving in Oman is not spoiled the by thousands of divers,
the corals are intact and fresh. Underwater you will see turtles
and big morays, depending on the dive site, Black tip reef sharks
and other types can be seen. There are some nice big devil rays
at 8ft (2.5m) and there is a full range of small fish like groupers,
lion fish, golden cardinals and if you are observant you can spot
frog fish and sea horses. There are even occasional sightings
of whale sharks.
Oman has just recently opened its doors to tourism. Good roads
stretch for thousands of kilometers and are very well maintained,
the hospitals and schools and food outlets are very clean and
safe. The government has a strong hold over environmental marine
issues for industry and enforces them. More new marine and land
reserves are to be formed to protect turtles and birds. The first
thing you will think about Oman is how clean, how calm and friendly
the people are.
Climate Muscat 66-100F 19-38C Interior areas can reach 130F 54C
Water Temps Average 80F 26C
Visibility 65+ ft 20+ m
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