Unlike its extravagant neighbour, the United Arab Emirates, you
won't find high-rise buildings and man-made islands in Oman.
Instead, you'll discover sprawling mountains, enchanting wadis and
ancient settlements. However, this doesn't mean a luxury diving
holiday in Oman is without its comforts, as there are plenty of
high-end and five-star resorts to choose from. Our team can even
plan a tailored
private dive safari, combining the experience of a luxury
yacht, a private tented camp and, of course, some phenomenal
Our favourite spots for luxury diving in Oman are the Daymaniyat
Islands (30-40 minutes by boat from Muscat) and the Musandam
The Daymaniyat Islands have been protected by the Omani
Government since 1996. The small archipelago contains nine rocky
islands, with small white-sand bays and azure blue waters.
There are over 20 dive sites across the Daymaniyat Islands
Nature Reserve, but a couple of our favourites are Three Sisters
and The Aquarium. Three Sisters is a beautiful dive, with large
boulders encrusted with soft and hard corals. It's a great spot for
encountering green hawksbill turtles, and you may even come across
eagle rays and leopard sharks.
The Aquarium begins as a shallow dive at seven metres, gradually
sloping to 15 metres before reaching a steep drop-off that plunges
down 30 metres. It's a brilliant dive during the day as well as
night, with a whole host of critters such as honeycomb morays,
cuttlefish, nudibranchs and seahorses.
The Musandam Peninsula is another top contender for a luxury
diving holiday in Oman. The peninsula, which is completely cut off
from the rest of the country, boasts over 25 dive sites suitable
for beginner and advanced divers.
Lima Rock and Umm Al Fayarin are two of the best dive sites in
the area. The southern side of Lima Rock is a good site for
mixed-ability groups, with a beautiful boulder field lying
between 12 and 20 metres, decorated with a variety of soft and
hard corals. Advanced divers exploring depths deeper than 20 metres
will discover yellowmouth morays as well as leopard and whitetip
sharks resting on the bottom.
Umm Al Fayarin is another mixed-ability site with an abundance
of marine life. The rocky island is surrounded by sloping coral
reefs and vertical walls at depths of between five and 40 metres.
Divers can spot everything from colourful nudibranchs to several
species of ray (cowtail, torpedo, eagle). Divers at Umm Al Fayarin
also have a good chance of spotting whale sharks during the season
(May to October).
Luxury diving in Oman is a unique combination of the opulence of
the Middle East and world-class diving. If you're considering
visiting Oman for your next dive holiday, let our team assist you
in creating your dream itinerary.