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Oman, exciting and different diving

Oman, formally the Sultanate of Oman, is just over 2/3 the size of Sweden and is located on the easternmost part of the Arabian Peninsula. The country has large resources of oil and natural gas. Together with mining, these are the country's main sources of income. Oman has a coastline on the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman. In addition to the mainland, there are also two exclaves, the largest of which, Musandam, lies 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 Musandam governorate.

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

Diving in Oman

For those who want to go on a scuba diving trip and dive in Oman, there is both shore based diving and liveaboard diving. They depart from one of the major cities depending on the season. Here they run different liveaboards depending on the season and the waters are rich in fish. Whale sharks, manta rays and even whales can be found here more or less permanently. Daymaniyat Islands in the north are very popular and whale sharks and manta rays are often seen here. At the southern parts and the islands of Khuriya Muriya with Al Hallaiyyah, humpback whales and dolphins are very common.  The humpback whales here in the Arabian Sea are the most genetically distinct humpback whales in the world and may be the most isolated population of whales on earth. In addition to marine life, there are also several different wrecks. The dive centres can be visited all year round.

For those who want to go to Oman and dive, a liveaboard is definitely preferable but it is possible to stay 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 and plenty of activities on land. Oman is easy to fly to and not that far from Scandinavia compared to many other dive destinations.

Travel information Oman

  • Time zone: GMT +4
  • Currency: Oman Rial
  • Language: Arabic
  • Water: tap water and ice made from tap water are fine to drink but if in doubt buy bottled water instead.
  • Visa: As a tourist you need to apply for a tourist visa in advance. You can apply online and the visa is valid for a maximum of 30 days.
  • Health: contact your nearest vaccination clinic for advice
  • Pressure chamber: Available in Oman in Muscat
  • Country code: +968
  • Electricity: 240 volts, 50 Hz. Electricity sockets are the same as in the UK so you will need an adaptor (Type G). On board liveaboards, it may be standard European sockets as in the Nordic countries (Type C)
  • Weather: In Oman the climate is tropical desert almost everywhere, with some summer rain in both the northern and southern mountain areas. January is normally the coolest month with temperatures down to 20-21°C while summer can be up to +50°C. Muscat is considered one of the driest cities in the world.
  • Tipping: Although tipping is not expected in Oman, it is important for the service industry. ... Of course, it is a matter of discretion, but it is recommended to leave a 10% tip in a restaurant, for example.
  • Dress recommendations: Oman is a Muslim country and as a tourist you are expected to follow their dress code. Long sleeves with covered shoulders and long trousers are considered appropriate. The dress code is different for men and women. Read more about the dress code here. Out on a liveaboard it is less restrictive.

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