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Your Guide to Diving Oman

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Oman Seasonal Dive Planner

Bordered by desert and the Arabian Gulf on one side and the Indian Ocean to the south, this is a sun-blasted country where daytime temperatures can pass 100°F (40°C) in summer. All the buildings and cars are air-conditioned, and nobody goes out in the heat unless you are diving, in which case you will often be disappointed by poor visibility in green water that’s as warm as the soup it looks like. Even in the notional winter, air temperatures stay around 95°F (35°C). That’s what Middle Eastern deserts are about!

Diving Oman Reader Reports and Feature Articles

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Saman explorer Report in Oman/Hallaniyat Islands
"Oman,cold, Eels paradise."
filed Nov 8, 2018 by jean chatelard (Experience: 501-1000 dives)
3 stars

Moray eel paradise,every dive ,a lot of them. Was January trip and water was cold (72) degrees . Dive master was temporary,so we got ... ... Read more

Musandam Discovery Diving/Atana Musandam Resort Report in Oman/Khasab
"Diving on the Strait of Hormuz"
filed Oct 10, 2017 by David Cook (Experience: 101-250 dives, 3 reports, Reviewer )
3 stars

A great getaway trip with awesome dives. We went to the northernmost island in Oman and did a drift dive along its western side. The bo... ... Read more

Global Scuba/Shangri-La Al Waha Report in Oman
"Daymanyiat Islands diving Oman - very nice!"
filed Jul 10, 2017 by Graham McGregor (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 39 reports, Top Contributor )
4 stars

My son and I stayed at the Shangri-La Al Waha and mainly dived with their on-site dive operation, Extra Divers Qantab. See separate rep... ... Read more Photos available

Extra Divers Qantab/Shangri-La Al Waha Report in Oman/Muscat
"Good diving in Oman"
filed Jul 10, 2017 by Graham McGregor (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 39 reports, Top Contributor )
4 stars

My son and I had a short dive trip to Oman. With residual concerns about security in the Red Sea, Oman is a realistic medium haul dive ... ... Read more Photos available

QANTAB Report in Oman/MUSCAT
"MUSCAT OMAN 22 years after"
filed Nov 27, 2016 by CAUSSIOL (Experience: 251-500 dives, 5 reports, Reviewer )
3 stars

return to the Muscat area after ...22 years . Alas , climate change and pollution once again have taken their tolls : coral bleaching ,... ... Read more

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Diving Oman Articles - Liveaboards

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Oman Aggressor Continues to Cancel Trips, 6/18
MV Saman Explorer, Oman, Arabian Sea, hot, damned hot; dives with highs and lows, 9/17
Oman, 9/17

Diving Oman Articles - Land Based

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Not Getting Enough Time Underwater?, 10/19
Oman, Fiji, Hawaii, Bahamas…, need a change of pace? check out these dive sites and operators, 4/10
Dive Instructor Jailed for Being Alone With Her Boss, 7/09
Barbados, Oman, Puget Sound, Samoa, updates on far-flung diving locales, 3/08

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Editor's Book Picks for Scuba Diving Oman

The books below are my favorites about diving in this part of the world All books are available at a significant discount from; just follow the links. -- BD

Reef Fish of the East Indies Reef Fish of the East Indies
by Gerald R. Allen and Mark V. Erdman

It's got a list price of $250 and a weight of 14 pounds, but the price and the poundage will be worth it to add this three-volume set to your library. Renowned marine biologists Gerald R. Allen and Mark V. Erdman have combined 60 years of surveys, fieldwork and research to create the most definitive guide of the Coral Triangle to date, perhaps forever. The 1,292 pages of text and 3,600 photographs (40 percent of which are of fish not seen before in print) gives comprehensive information on every known reef fish species from a region known as the global epicenter of marine biodiversity. An essential reference for any scuba diver.

Click here to buy it at Amazon.

Reef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific Reef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific
by Paul Humann and Ned Deloach

Paul Humann and Ned Deloach have done it again, releasing a definitive identification guide to 1600 extraordinary reef creatures of the Tropical Pacific. with this 500+ page softbound guide, you get upwards of 2000 exceptional photos of shrimp and crabs and stars and worms and lobsters and nudibranchs and slugs and squid and bivalves . . . well, all those invertebrates that move along the reefs of this region without fining, so it seems. There are several photos of some creatures to help you identify them during different life stages, and about ten percent of the book is descriptive copy so you can tie down your identification. Even if you have no plans to go to the tropical Pacific, just to thumb through the pages, gawk at the complexity and uniqueness of these animals, and read a thumbnail sketch will give any serious diver vicarious thrills for endless hours.

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Four Fish Diving Indonesia's Bird's Head Seascape
by Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock

This dynamic duo's book describes 130 dive sites of Raja Ampat, Triton Bay and Cenderawasih Bay, while offering practical information about the area. The detailed descriptions of the sites, complete with GPS coordinates, explains the terrain, how to dive the site, and the kinds of animals, coral and critters you can expect. Excellent photographs will help you identify many of the critters you will encounter.

If you have been to Raja Ampat, or dream about going, this thoughtful and well-illustrated book is for you.

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Diving Southeast Asia Diving Southeast Asia
by Beth & Shaun Tierney

This just-published, 302-page, soft-bound guide by Beth and Shaun Tierney, is a must for anyone contemplating diving in Indonesia, Malaysia or Thailand. Where is Sipadan? Raja Ampat? Komodo? Richeliu Rock? Maps make it easy to pinpoint dive destinations and travel routes. Destination and 250 dive site descriptions (with tables on depth, visibility and currents) help you determine whether you’ll see big fish in the blue or pygmy seahorses in the muck. There’s a lot of supplemental information such as travel tips, health tips, and resorts and liveaboard descriptions.

Click here to order through Undercurrent and you’ll get Amazon’s best price -- and our profits will go to save coral reefs.

Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Field Guide
by Gerald R. Allen, Roger Steene.

I was trying to pack light for a change. Surely the Solomon Sea would have good identification books aboard. Not so; the only book on the boat belonged to a fellow passenger. It was one that I had not seen before, the Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Field Guide, by two of the best fish guys around, Gerry Allen and Roger Steene. The problem was this fellow passenger kept it in a plastic baggie most of the trip and I had to beg to see it. Great book, good traveling size, and it covers everything from fish, shells, marine plants, mammals, corals, and invertebrates to sea birds and more. Now I've got my own, and it won't do you any good to beg me to borrow it. This is one of two books that I will not travel to the Pacific without. Good for travel to the Red Sea, East Africa, Seychelles, Mauritius, Maldives, Andaman Sea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Australia, Micronesia, Polynesia, and Hawaii, it has 1,800 color illustrations in a 6x8 1/2 paperback format with 378 pages. $39.95.

Malaysia Macrolife A Diver's Guide to Underwater Malaysia Macrolife
by Andrea and Antonet La Ferrari

We just discovered the ultimate guide to Indo-Pacific macro life. It was published late last year by marine photographers and writers Andrea and Antonet La Ferrari, who have several other winning books in their portfolio. They picture and describe in full detail 600 different species, focusing on those found in the South China, Sulu, and Sulawesi seas. From colorful nudibranchs to cleaner shrimps and pipe fish, to larger species like cuttlefish and clown fish. Each description offers an insight on distribution, habitat, size, life habits, and U/W photo tips. Illustrated with more than 800 extraordinary color photographs and written in a clear, concise, informative style, this book is both a macro and fish field guide for all serious divers from the Maldives to Australia. A must for traveling divers.

Click here to buy it at Amazon.

Reef Fish ID Reef Fish Identification: Tropical Pacific
by Gerald Allen, Rodger Steene, Paul Humann, & Ned Deloach

At last, here's a comprehensive fish ID guide covering the reefs of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The generous 500-page text, displaying 2,500 underwater photographs of 2,000 species, identifies the myriad fishes that inhabit the warm tropical seas between Thailand and Tahiti. The concise text accompanying each species portrait includes the fish's common, scientific and family names, size, description, visually distinctive features, preferred habitat, typical behavior, depth range, and geographical distribution. This is an essential book for every diver traveling westward. 6x9 inches.

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Diving Southeast Asia There's a Cockroach in My Regulator
by Undercurrent

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