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Oman NEW, Red Sea & Middle East

Diving in Oman offers a year round, warm weather beach holiday destination which offers scuba divers of all levels and their non diving travelling companions a change to expore the beautiful coastline. The Sultanate of Oman is located on the Arabian Sea, on the western coast of the Gulf of Oman. The gateway to the Persian Gulf, Muscat is the most well known diving destination with range of diving sites accessible for all levels of diver and wide variety of marine life.

Diving
40 km south of Muscat our recommended accommodation, the Sifawy Boutique Hotel and onsite PADI dive centre is located at Sifah. Here the reefs and steep faces of Ras Abu Daoud are close to the resort and accessible by boat in a short time. Oman does not offr the visibility of the better known Red Sea resorts but has easily accessible reef and wall divers for novice divers with hard and soft corals, large shoals of fish and the reefs in excellent condition. The Al Munasseir wreck, an artificially sunk warship is 90 meteres in length and the offshore Fahal Islands a must visit. 8m depth at the top and 26m at the bottom it is accessible for all levels of diver and covered in coral and and numerous fish. Underwater photographers will have to adjust for the greenish plankton rich water but will have a chance to capture eagle and sting ray, squid and cuttlefish as well as a variety of turtle and dolphin. At times Whale shark are seen passing through the straits

Culture & Activities
Oman has now become more popular with more tourists and scuba divers. The coastline is relatively undeveloped and offers specatular landscapes from rugged coastlines to dune filled deserts. In Sifah the beaches and port with local fishing boats is ideal for a walk and some sightseeing.Oman is a friendly country and welcomes visits. However it is a conservative coutnry and visitors should respect local customs and dress modestly. It is recommmend to cover the upper arms and legs while in public areas. At only 40km away a trip to old Muscat to explore the ancient 16th centry Portuguese forts, narrow streets and buildings is highly recommended. Three carved gates in the ancient walls, the Ali Mosque, the New Mosque and the Sultan's palace are all hightlights. The Oman Museum and the cultural area offer an insight into the archeology, history and culture of the country.

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Diving Conditions

Boat Diving Liveaboard Wreck Diving

Suitability:

Beginners 

Intermediates 

Advanced 

Technical 

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Best Time: October to April.

Average Air temps: 22-38/50°C

Average Water temps: 19-28°C

Visibility: 15-30m.

Top Dive Sites: Ras Abu Daoud, Al Munasseir wreck, Daymaniyat and Fahal Islands.

Great Reasons to Dive in Oman

  • Easy & shallow coral reefs with hard and soft corals.
  • Wall diving.
  • Wreck diving.
  • Large shoaling fish.
  • Wide variety of Nudibranchs
  • Turtles, rays, shark, dolphin & occasional Whale shark.

 

Dive Holidays Sportif

Sportif Dive is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of diving holidays all over the world. Our choice of destinations is extensive from established locations in the Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean and the Far East to the exotic and unusual such as Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, Wakatobi, Truk, Palau, South America & the Pacific. Whether you are looking to for a Learn to Dive course, group expedition or trip of a lifetime we can help. With over 30 years experience and a personal approach, we can advise on the ideal location to suit your needs, at a price to suit your budget.

Our extensive knowledge of the destinations means we can recommend the right location for you. Our diving centres are selected for their excellent standards of service and safety. Whatever your priority, whether starting out or wishing to dive a technically challenging site we can recommend a range of options offering the best diving for when you wish to travel. We can organise all your travel arrangements for you, pre-book equipment and diving packages in advance to maximise your time when you get there.

As an independent tour operator, we select only the hotels, liveaboards and diving centres that offer the best standards and quality of service but at the right price. Without the overheads of a large mass market operator, we can offer the best value diving holidays often with great discounts and special offers.

Our consultants have many years experience in travel and are divers. They are able to closely match your needs and take time to recommend from a carefully selected range of accommodation and diving packages. With first hand knowledge, they are passionate about diving and travel and providing the perfect holiday for you.

Sportif also have a specialist multisport division offering instruction and rental packages for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. Our specialist centres are located in some of our diving resorts, often minutes from the Dive Centre for easy coordination of activities. Packages offered included taster and learn to right through to intensive coaching weeks up to expert level. Children can start from 8 years.

Sportif Dive are an ATOL bonded operator which means that every element of your holiday is secure. With the worry of disruption to your holiday plans from weather disruption or airline failure you can be sure that we will be there to help every step of the way.