Oman offers simple and calm diving that is perfect for beginners. Oman’s dive operations are a working progress, with a rapidly expanding dive industry Oman is not yet a mecca for tech divers but a destination that offers a relaxing holiday where you can dive in the morning and visit the desert Wadi in the afternoon.
The waters of the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea are a constant comfortable temperature for divers, and only a 3mm full wetsuit is needed. Through October to February, the ideal months for both diving and land excursions, the water temperatures reach 83F (28C). The winter months are an ideal time to visit Oman due to the improved visibility and more varied marine life. The average visibility on dives hovers around the 50ft (15m) mark, however with favourable upwelling and currents the visibility can exceed 85 ft (25m). Although the visibility does not seem vast to some, the reason for the visibility is nutrient blooms that attract shoals of fish.
A perennial favourite for divers are the Daymaniyat Islands, 62 miles (100km) north-west of Muscat. The Daymaniyat Islands offer the best of Omani diving. The islands are closed from May to October each year allowing the marine species to flourish, however from November to February each year the waters are teeming with life from miniscule nudibranchs of all colours to the occasional whale shark. The islands are a nesting ground for turtles from March till June, so sightings of endangered hawksbills are a common occurrence.
Although the dives around Oman do not usually exceed 100ft (30m), there are sites that offer the more advanced divers chances to explore swim through, caves and the occasional deep wreck.