Oman, exciting and different diving

Oman, formally the Sultanate of Oman is roughly 2/3 of Sweden's area in size and is located on the eastern part of the Arabian peninsula. The country has large reserves of oil and natural gas. Together with the mining industry, they constitute the country's main sources of income. Oman has a coast towards the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman. In addition to the main part of the country, there are also two exclaves, the largest of which, Musandam, is located at the tip of the Strait of Hormuz. The other Mahda is located as an enclave in the United Arab Emirates and formally belongs to the governorate of Musandam.

Musandam is located right where the Gulf of Oman merges into the Persian Gulf. The capital of Oman, Muscat, is located in the northern part on the Gulf of Oman and in the south is the second largest city, Salalah. Both of these cities have international airports and this is where you fly to for your diving trips to Oman.

Diving in Oman

For those who want to go on a diving trip and dive in Oman, there are land-based diving as well liveaboard. They start from one of the larger cities depending on the season. Here you drive different liveaboards depending on the season and the waters are rich in fish. Whale sharks, manta rays and even whales are here more or less permanently. The Daymaniyat Islands in the northern parts are very popular and whale sharks and manta rays are often seen here. In the southern parts and the islands of Khuriya Muriya with Al Hallaiyyah it is very common to see humpback whales and dolphins. The humpback whales here in the Arabian Sea are the most genetically distinct humpback whales in the world and may be the most isolated whale population on Earth. In addition to marine life, there are also several different wrecks. The diving centers can be visited all year round.

For those who want to go to Oman and dive, a liveaboard is clearly preferable, but it is possible to live on land and do day trips as well. Possibly, if you want, you can extend a few days and experience the beautiful and exciting nature. There is also a rich culture here and plenty of activities on land. It's easy to fly to Oman and it's not that far from Scandinavia compared to many other diving destinations.

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Travel information Oman

  • Time zone: GMT +4
  • Currency: Oman Rial
  • Language: Arabic
  • Water: Tap water and ice made from tap water can be drunk, but if you are unsure, buy bottled water instead.
  • Visa: As a tourist, you need to apply for a tourist visa in advance. It is possible to apply online and the visa is valid for a maximum of 30 days.
  • Health: Contact your nearest vaccination clinic for advice
  • Pressure chamber: Found in Oman in Muscat
  • Country code: +968
  • Electricity: 240 volts, 50 Hz. The power sockets are the same as in England so you need an adapter (Type G). On board liveaboards, it can be standard European sockets like in the Nordics (Type C)
  • Weather: In Oman, the climate is tropical desert almost everywhere, with some summer rain in both the northern and southern mountainous areas. January is normally the coolest month with temperatures down to 20-21°C, while summer can reach up to +50°C. Muscat is considered one of the world's driest cities.
  • Current water temperature and average sea temperature per month, Muscat
  • Current Water temperature and average sea temperature per month, Salalah
  • Tipping: Although tipping is not expected in Oman, it is important in the service industry. ... Of course it is a matter of discretion, but it is recommended to leave a 10% tip on e.g. a restaurant..
  • Dress recommendations: Oman is a Muslim country and as a tourist you are expected to follow their dress code. Long-sleeved clothes with t-shoulders and long trousers are considered appropriate. The dress code differs for men and women. Read more about clothing recommendations here. Out on a liveaboard it is less restrictive.