Muscat Diving Holidays: An Overview

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.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • The Daymaniyat Islands, in easy reach in a day from Muscat, are the jewel in the crown of Omani diving.
  • Stunning hotels like the Chedi, Al Bustan and the Shangri-La cater to many different tastes.
  • Combine some diving with a couple of nights in the desert and mountains at a luxury private camp to experience another side of Oman.

Our Guide to Muscat Diving Holidays

Oman 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. There are several top quality hotels and if you if you want something really special, what about joining one of our private, tailor-made desert and diving safaris?

From Muscat, the best diving is around the Daymaniyat 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 sea life ranging from dolphins to turtles.

Top picks for Muscat

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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.

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