From whale sharks to endangered turtles, all sorts of marine species may be found exploding into activity below the waters of this area. The tropical waters are marvellous for the most colourful aquatic life, and this makes scuba diving in Oman a particularly delicious activity for tourists.
There are a good number of diving spots to visit off the coast of Oman. The first you might want to visit is Shark Island, a somewhat crescent-shaped outcrop of limestone a mere 4 kilometres from the coast. The rock of the island itself is gorgeous: the limestone is millions of years old, dating back to the Eocene period. One must remember that the island’s waters are protected, which means you shall have to acquire permission from the authorities to dive here: usually, your dive guides can arrange it for you, if you do schedule a trip here.
Then there is the reserve of Bandar Khayran in Muscat. This is a wonderful place: dolphins are actually seen here regularly, and they love nothing better than to swim right next to the boats passing through the area. Rocky, elevated projections of terra poke into the blue waters and create miniature bays and nooks almost completely bounded by land, creating well over 20 supreme dive spots for those eager to see marine life at its best. Corals abound here as well, found right beneath the lovely turquoise waters.
For those in the Dhofar region, a number of dive sites may be found as well. One need only look around the same spots as the excellent Dhofar beaches, which are known for their cleanliness. Since most of the beaches have actual roads loading to them from the cities and towns, they are among the easiest waters to access for those in search of spots to indulge in water activities.
You can also visit the five isles of Al Halaneyat, which are excellent for those looking to do some actual on-island exploration as well: some of the islands, like Al Halaniyah, are quite large and even boast some archaeologically significant structures. Birdwatchers may well be delighted by the species taking to air and nesting in the green parts of these isles.
Perhaps the most popular spots for divers in the country would be the Masirah and Al Dimaniyat Islands. The former is perhaps the largest of the Omani islands and is very well-known to tourists indeed, due to the richness of the tides surrounding it: they bring in a superb variety of marine creatures that range from the fairly common species to more exotic and even endemic as well as endangered ones (several rare turtles pass by these waters regularly). As for Al Dimaniyat, these islands are a nature reserve, so you can definitely expect some superb sightings here. The corals are fantastic, and some explosive colours can be seen in the area.
Now if you do choose to do some scuba diving in Oman, try to plan your trip around the months of April, June, and July-they are perfect for water activities. Some people plan for the winter instead, though, especially when heading to Al Dimaniyat: this is because the winter season is typically when divers camp around the place.