Oman Diving Holidays: An Overview

Oman couldn't be further removed from its somewhat ostentatious neighbour, the UAE. Having not seen the same extreme level of development it has retained its cultural integrity and charm, while its spectacular natural landscape is the jewel in its glittering holiday crown; towering mountain ranges; cavernous canyons; sleepy coastal stretches and burnt orange sand dunes. For an authentic Arabian experience, look no further.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • The Daymaniyat Islands, close to Muscat, offer some genuinely excellent diving without the crowds.
  • Our private Oman desert, mountains and diving safari is a stunning way to see the country. A redefinition of the word camping!
  • There's a hotel for everyone: families will love The Shangri La and The Al Bustan, cool couples should head to The Chedi's and Zighy Bay, on the Musandam Peninsula is simply breath-taking.

Our Guide to Oman Diving Holidays

Oman has some excellent and - relatively - unspoilt diving along long stretches of its coastline, and there are sure to be new dive sites discovered in the coming years. From Muscat, the best diving is around the Damaniyat Islands, just to the west of the capital. The islands are uninhabited, with a bird sanctuary and sea waters surrounding the islands, they are rich in sealife ranging from dolphins to turtles.

In Musandam (to the north and cut off from the rest of the country by the UAE), the Six Senses Hideaway Zighy Bay is the perfect base for exploration of some stunning diving, with the incredibly wide biodiversity of marine creatures. Some of the diving can be a bit more technical, thanks to strong currents, but this is still an ideal place for beginners and experts alike.

Oman diving offers a genuine alternative to the often overcrowded waters of the Red Sea and is just as easily accessible. The visibility may not be as good but the fish life and the fact that there is no-one for miles around more than makes up for it. And what better way to enjoy the land and waters of this fantastic country than by joining our private, tailor-made desert and diving safari.

Did you know

  • Oman is one of the oldest known inhabited places on earth - humans are known to have lived in this region for at least 106,000 years
  • Before 1970, there were no hotels in Oman but tourism has grown so much since it will soon be one of the largest industries in the country

To land, think spa treatments, snorkelling or peaceful dhow trips along the coast, or for something a little more active there are watersports, including excellent diving, while a Dive in Style exclusive private guided safari into the desert and along the coast takes in some of the best scenery that the country has to offer.

Despite the lack of the aforementioned over-development, the capital Muscat is a decidedly modern, elegant city, managing to strike the balance perfectly between ancient charm and contemporary sophitication.

Top picks for Oman

Mosque in Muscat



Great hotels, good diving and very few crowds. It's easy to see why Muscat is a viable alternative to the more crowded Red Sea.

Where to go

Musandam Peninsula, Oman

Musandam Peninsula


Dramatic underwater landscapes and abundant marine life make the Musandam a must for divers looking for something different.

Where to go

Six Senses Zighy Bay, luxury hotel in Oman

Six Senses Zighy Bay

Musandam Peninsula

Paraglide into a dramatic landscape where Six Senses Zighy Bay is enveloped in a magical desert setting. Based on a traditional Omani village, escape to an oasis by the sea.

Where to stay

Pool at Shangiri- la Barr al Jissah, luxury hotel in Muscat, Oman

Shangri-La Barr al Jissah


Nestled between the rugged Hajar Mountains and the Gulf of Oman, you wouldn’t guess the secluded Shangri-La Barr al Jissah is located a mere 15 minutes from the vibrant capital of Muscat.

Where to stay

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