Diving in Musandam?
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Dec 10, 2012 4:51 AM Last Post By: mercedes10
Dec 9, 2012 10:46 AM
Diving in Musandam?I am looking to go to Musandam for a short trip (perhaps 3 or 4 days) to scuba dive. Is it best to dive from Dibba or Khasab? and can anyone recommend companies that do liveaboards? I live in Southern Oman but this will be my first trip to the Musandam peninsula. I'm thinking of incorporating a trip to Dubai. That being the case would it make most sense to fly from Muscat - Dubai, then head to Khasab overland before flying (or taking ferry) back to Muscat? Any input would be greatly appreciated as it's an area I'm not at all familiar with.
Dec 9, 2012 10:43 PM
1The best diving is on the north-east side of the Mussandam - from Lima all the way up to the straits of Hormuz, which means that you get the best diving from Dibba rather than Khasab.
Extra Divers in Khasab are a perfectly good operation, (and I think they have their own guesthouse in Khasab now, so you dont have to stay at the Golden Tulip for extortionate money), but they dont tend to go round to the far (eastern) side of the peninsula as its too far for their boats. If I were going to the Musandam to play with the mountains, and wanted to do some diving while I was there, I would use Extra Divers. But when I want to dive in the Musandam as the main focus of my trip, I go to Dibba.
The best people to dive with from Dibba are Sheesa Beach - I have no financial association with them, so I'm not touting for business here, but we've been diving with them on a very regular basis for more than 10 years now, and they are excellent. I cant recommend them highly enough. They have fast boats for day diving, 2 deck dhows custom built for diving (both day trips and overnighters, sleeping on deck), and they also have a couple of air conditioned live-aboards that take up to 16 people. They regularly run 2-3 night trips both from the dhows and the liveaboards, so it would be best to give them a call or mail and see what they can offer for your dates.
I'm pretty sure you can fly Salalah - Sharjah direct these days, so if I were you I'd probably do that, and then arrange transport for the Dubai/Sharjah - Dibba drive.
Dec 10, 2012 12:59 AM
Dec 10, 2012 3:06 AM
3You get amazing views of the mountains and fjords.
For me, the best thing about the Musandam (other than the diving, which is exceptional) is the remoteness, and you get a much better sense of that on the boat. On the overnight dhow trips the boat crew will drop you off on one of the tiny sheltered beaches in the evening to have a BBQ and chill out under the stars. They normally use Red Island up in Sheesa Bay up in the north - it comes up if you search for it on Google Earth - take a look, its fantastic.
And of course, all the dive sites are close in to the shore, so you get to see plenty of the amazing rock formations and strata that make the place so beautiful.
I've been diving in the Musandam for almost 20 years, and I still get excited about it (proper hug yourself with anticipation excited) before every trip. In my eyes its one of the most special places in the world.
Dec 10, 2012 4:51 AM
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