Oman Dive Sites
A liveaboard to Oman offers many itineraries covering the uncrowded destinations. Surprisingly diverse and plentiful marine life awaits you here.
Oman dive sites are uncrowded and still being explored in some areas. The Oman liveaboards have several different itineraries to cover the whole area with seasonal variations according to the marine life and national park areas.
The topography includes wrecks, reefs, walls and swim-thoughts with crevices and plateaus.
Marine life is just as varied with many diverse corals and fish life, some endemic to the area.
There are nesting grounds for both hawksbill and green turtles in the marine reserve meaning a large population of not only these two species but seven in total. Humpback whales are resident, and there are predictable seasons for the plankton feeders including whale sharks. Mola mola, manta rays, mobula rays, leopard and reef sharks are all sighted regularly. Macro life is also present. Seahorses, nudibranchs, and crustaceans are also in the waters surrounding Oman.
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Oman Dive Sites - 3 LIVEABOARDS
Blue Dhow Liveaboard in Oman is a 23m traditional vessel that can cater for 12 guests in her four cabins. All of the cabins are en suite and climate controlled with a range of bed set up from triple, double and a master cabin that can accommodate four guests. She has an air-conditioned saloon with an entertainment system. Dining is alfresco with shade from the sun, and she has a large sundeck.Book Now
Brown Dhow Liveaboard in Oman is a 22m traditional vessel that can cater for 12 guests in her six cabins. All of the cabins are en suite and climate controlled with a twin bed set up; four of the cabins are side by side beds, and the other two have a bunk style. She has an air-conditioned saloon with an entertainment system. Dining is alfresco with shade from the sun, and she has a large sundeck.Book Now
Red Dhow Liveaboard in Oman is a 23m traditional vessel catering for 14 guests in her eight cabins. Her five standard cabins are bunk style twin beds, plus another that is slightly smaller that can be used for a single traveller, they share one bathroom with other cabin and are located on the lower deck. The two en suite cabins are the same style but have their en suite bathrooms. She has an air-conditioned saloon, an outside dining area and a large sundeck.Book Now
Oman has diverse and uncrowded dive sites suitable for all levels of divers. There are a few shipwreck dives to satisfy wreck enthusiasts. Resident humpback whales, predictable whale shark sightings and pristine reefs all make Oman an exciting new destination.
Wreck Dives in Oman
There are some great wrecks in Oman with new ones being discovered each year.
Al Munassir Wreck
The royal navy scuttled the vessel in 2003 to form an artificial reef at Bandar Chairman. Lying at 26m, she is within the recreational dive limits and rises to a shallow point of 8m. Already coral coverage is forming on her structure, and large schools of snappers, groupers, morays and stingrays reside around the structure. Turtles will also come to visit.
City of Winchester Wreck
The 120m well preserved British ship that was sunk in WWI and now sits at 30m of depth. The cargo ship has excellent soft coral coverage with many anemones and sea fans. Her hull is covered in scorpion fish, lion fish and the distinctive honeycomb morays. Located in Hallaniyah Islands, she can have whales passing.
This is a 100-year-old wreck of a steamer that is in very shallow water, just 6 to 9m with no currents, making it an ideal structure to explore for all divers. Her structure is coral covered, and the boiler and propeller are clearly visible. Puffers, barracuda and morays reside inside.
The 2nd of the steamer wrecks at a depth of 12m. The propeller, two anchors and boilers are visible, and she can have nurse sharks under the structure. Look for honeycomb moray eels and schooling jacks and fusiliers.
The limestone island of Fahal has some exciting swim-throughs and is often called shark island. Black tip sharks are unsurprisingly found at the sandbanks on the 40m dive sites. Eagle rays, whale sharks and schooling fish can be seen in the blue water. There are some swim throughs inside a cave for adventurous divers to enjoy.
Fahal West Bay
A massive rock formation with a fantastic topography. Large table corals are found here with schooling barracuda, snapper and triggerfish. In the sandy sub straight there are stingrays and turtles and morays are located on the reef.
A Small wreck in the north of the bay is found at 28m on the sand bottom. Soft corals cover the structure that schools of fish surround, and there is a giant resident grouper. It is possible to see turtles, barracuda and stingrays.
South of Muscat there are more than 30 dive sites in the series of coves and bays that range form shallow reefs to swim throughs and drop-offs. The topography is walls, reefs and fallen boulders with fantastic colour provided by the corals and swarms of tropical fish life. Stingrays and turtles are on the reefs with many picturesque nudibranchs.
The Daymaniyat Islands
The first Marine Reserve to be made in Oman these islands cover over 50km of water and have nesting green and hawksbill turtles. The small rock islands north of Muscat are surrounded by coral reefs and have 12 dive sites, over 100 species of corals are found here with 10% being unique to Oman. Over 280 species of fish are here including the whale shark from July to September each year.
This is considered the best dive site of the Daymaniyat Islands with a vast variety of marine life, here the name. The density of fish life sometimes obscured the reef itself. Schools of jacks, snappers curious batfish, barracuda, fusiliers and triggerfish are present in huge numbers at this shallow site. For sharks look for leopard, bull and guitar species with eagle rays and stingrays. Summer can also bring the whale sharks to Aquarium. On the reef, there are many moray eels, scorpionfish, seahorses, cuttlefish, lobster and nudibranchs. A fantastic dive that divers of all certification levels can join.
With abundant soft corals, this colourful site has a diverse marine life. Stingrays, angelfish and morays are commonplace, and there is a cave at 12m full of the dark loving fish. In the sandy bottom, there are leopard sharks and stingrays and even passing bull sharks. Mola mola and kingfish can be seen with the batfish.
Garden of Eden
Massive coral blocks are covered in soft corals of all colours creating the garden effect for coral lovers. Leopard sharks swim around the area that is also a whale shark site in the summer months. On the reef, there are many morays, turtles, snapper, batfish and nudibranchs.
This is a site with many of the magnificent table corals, soft corals and tropical reef fish in huge numbers. The summer can provide whale shark encounters.
The stunning wall covered with soft purple coral descends to 20m and has many overhangs and hiding holes for critters. Lionfish, rays, moray eels and plenty of nudibranchs can be seen here.
Is the dive site to go to for leopard shark sightings as they are found sleeping during the day. Stingrays, morays and turtles are seen in the interesting topography.
A shallow coral garden that covers the seabed floor. Turtles are found in this area, and large batfish follow divers for the dive. Leopard sharks can be seen on the sandy areas along with stingrays.
A shallow reef site with fantastic coral coverage including starburst coral. Manta Rays, leopard sharks and eagle rays are some of the larger pelagic life seen here. Turtles, stingrays, schools of snapper and nudibranchs are on the reef structure.
Off the southeastern coast of Oman, the islands are relatively untouched with pristine coral, wrecks and whales on offer.
The small archipelagos highlights are the resident humpback whales, but the appearance of manta rays and sperm whales make this area a must visit.
Marine life is profuse with schools of fish that are immense, mobulas, dolphins, giant catfish and turtles. Sites here are still being discovered so unexpected finds can happen at any time in this new tourism area.
Musandam and the Straits of Hormuz
This area has fantastic coral reefs over the 30 or more dive sites. A combination of plankton-rich water and sometimes strong currents attract pelagic species along the walls and coral gardens. Manta rays, eagle rays, mola mola and whale sharks can be seen here among the 900 species of fish. Caves and tunnels are carved into the limestone rock creating interesting topography and crevices for crustaceans.
Ras Musandam East
A wall dive with amazing soft corals that descends to 35m, generally completed as a drift dive. Here kingfish, turtles snappers, jackfish, barracuda and fusiliers are found with eagle rays in the blue. Leopard sharks are also known to appear.
A soft coral sloping reef structure that descends from 10m down to 25m. On the reef are scorpionfish, damsels, batfish and honeycomb morays, Stingrays are in the sandy area and schools of fusiliers, barracuda and jacks.
The site is sloping reefs with soft coral coverage down to 25m where schooling fusileers and jacks are common. Leopard sharks and white tip reef sharks are also present with turtles and stingrays.
A sloping coral reef with stingrays, jacks, turtles and even eagle rays seen here. There can be mild currents, but the site is suitable for all diver levels.
A stunning wall dive with a soft coral covering that descends to 35m. Currents can be found here with up and, so it is for advanced divers only. Lionfish, batfish, turtles, and kingfish are common here.
Hard Rock Café
A small rock away from the mainland with a beautiful coral garden at 5 to 15m of depth. Schooling jacks and fusiliers with angelfish and batfish surround the reef. Marble rays, eagle rays, stingrays and leopard sharks are around the rock.
Umm Al Fayyarin
A sloping wall dive to 40m covered in soft corals. The ridge at 10m has a beautiful field of table corals. Giant trevally barracuda, batfish and turtles are common here.
A wall dive with coral gardens descending to 40m. Stingrays and marble rays along with white tip reef sharks and the schooling jacks, fusiliers and barracudas.
A sloping reef to a sandy bottom with plenty of soft coral coverage. As well as the usual schooling fish this site is known for the large population of seahorses.
A mix of a wall and reef site with seahorses. Turtles, barracuda and stingrays can also be seen here.
Lima Rock is divided into three dive sites.
North - a sloping coral garden down to 25m with turtles, stingrays, scorpionfish, stonefish and stingrays.
South - a wall and reef dive with similar life, schooling jacks and fusiliers, notorious for the strong currents.
Ras Lima - soft coral covered reefs with stingrays and jacks being the most common species.
A wall with a coral garden where electric rays are common. Some white tip reef sharks and leopard sharks can be seen here.
A shallow ridge dive surrounded by sand where eagle rays, cuttlefish, lobsters and the occasional sleeping nurse sharks.
Located at Abu Sarr Island this site is one of the best hard coral gardens in Oman. Many species of eels, turtles, nudibranchs and squid. Occasionally leopard sharks and eagle rays are seen.
Abu Rashid Island
A deeper site with terraces of hard and soft corals and schooling fish. Turtles, mobula rays, eagle rays and the occasional whale sharks are seen here.
A unique site covered in the soft purple coral as the name suggests, the plateau of the site is where the silver tip reef sharks can be seen circling.
The unspoiled hard coral reef has turtles, lobsters and batfish as well as many types of reef shark.
Black Tip Reef
Located off Kasmah island, reef sharks are seen around this site. Also here are mola mola, leopard sharks, morays, kingfish, stingrays, turtles, snappers, batfish and groupers.
Marine Park and Conservation in Oman
The nine Daymaniyat Islands are a sanctuary for both migrating birds and a nesting ground for turtles. The nature reserve was formed in 1996 by The Ministry of Environment. At the moment they are the only marine national reserve in Oman. Park wardens monitor boat traffic and are present on Police Island.