SULTANATE OF OMAN, MINISTRY OF TOURISM

SULTANATE OF OMAN, MINISTRY OF TOURISM

SULTANATE OF OMAN, MINISTRY OF TOURISM

Monday, 22 September 2014

Adventure travel in Oman: Snorkelling and Scuba Diving

The waters surrounding Oman are rich in wildlife and natural beauty. From dhow cruises and scuba diving to sailing and snorkelling, there’s plenty to keep lovers of the sea active all year round.



Snorkelling and Scuba Diving

With 3,165km of coastline coupled with warm waters and shallow reefs, Oman’s shores provide both snorkelers and scuba divers the chance to savour life under the waves. It is common to see rays, turtles and dolphins. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a sperm whale or two. Favourite snorkel and dive spots include:



  • The Dimaniyat Islands nature reserve, a UNESCO site with coral reefs, endangered hawksbill turtles and a spectacular array of tropical fish
  • The secluded coves, mangroves and creeks of Bandar Khayran. This reserve hosts 22 top-notch dive spots, yet is just a 20-minute boat hop from downtown Muscat
  • Fahal Island, or Shark Island, a popular nesting ground for sharks. Located 4km off of the Muscat coastline, Fahal Island is a protected nature reserve
  • The northern Musandam Peninsula, where sites like Lima Rock host barracuda, turtles, sunfish, parrotfish, reef and whale sharks
  • And the unspoiled beaches and rocky coastline of southern Salalah.

Discover more about Oman: www.omantourism.gov.om