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Oman, Red Sea and Middle East

Scuba 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 chance 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.

Our recommended accommodation, the Sifawy Boutique Hotel and the onsite PADI dive centre is located at Sifah, 40 km south of Muscat. Here the reefs and steep faces of Ras Abu Daoud are close to the resort and accessible by a short boat trip. Oman does not offer the visibility of the better known Red Sea resorts but has an easily accessible reef and wall dives for novice divers with hard and soft corals, large shoals of fish and reefs in excellent condition. The Al Munasseir wreck, an artificially sunk warship is 90 meteres in length and the offshore Fahal Islands are 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, sting ray, squid and cuttlefish as well as a variety of turtles and dolphins. At times Whale shark are seen passing through the straits.

Culture and Activities
Oman has now become more popular with more tourists and scuba divers. The coastline is relatively undeveloped and offers spectacular landscapes from rugged coastlines to dune filled deserts. In Sifah, the beaches and the port are 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. 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 highlights. 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

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Best Time: October to April.

Average Air temps: 22-38/50°C

Average Water temps: 22-25°C due to thermoclinics on Liveboard, up to 30°C close to shore.

Visibility: 15-30m.

Top Dive Sites:  Ras Abu Daoud, Al Munasseir wreck, Daymaniyat and Fahal Islands, The Caves and Lima Rock in Musandam, Mirbat in Salalah.Deep fjords of Musandam, Daymaniyat Island off the coast of Muscat and Hallaniyat Islands off the coast of Mirbat .

Great Reasons to Dive in Oman

  • Easy and shallow coral reefs with hard and soft corals.
  • Wall diving.
  • Wreck diving.
  • 1000 variety of fish and shellfish.
  • Turtles, rays, mobulars, mola momal, shark, dolphin.
  • Whale shark, humpback and sperm whales.
  • Combine land-based hotels with Liveaboard diving.


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.

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