31 Oct – 11 Nov 2016 £2135
Join Big Squid to be one of the first to explore the Hallaniyat Islands in southern Oman on this 10 night dive adventure.
We will be joining the Saman Explorer from the 1st Nov 2016 and sailing from Muscat, through the Daymaniyat Islands, along the coast, and south to Salalah and the Hallaniyat Islands.
As well as taking in Oman’s most iconic dive sites, this also includes some exploratory dives along the way, making for a very exciting trip.
Muscat and the Daymaniyat Islands
The Ras Abu Dhaut region, south of Muscat and the Daymaniyat Islands, (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) to the north.
Diving highlights include the wreck of the Al Munassir, the drop-offs of Ras Abu Dhaut, Fahal, Bandar Khayran and the Daymaniyat Islands.
Expect to encounter schools of fish, turtles, and colourful reefs and there’s a chance of a whale shark encounter.
Salalah is situated 600 miles south of Muscat in the Dhofar region and offers an invigorating lush temperate climate in stark contrast to the rest of the country..
White sandy beaches fringe the plain to the south, stretching for miles along the vast expanse of the Arabian Sea.
Dive sites are relatively untouched and new sites are being discovered all the time. You are likely to see a variety of rays, moray eels ,nudibranch ,groupers and turtles.
Home to pristine corals, whales and the City of Winchester wreck. The 150m long British war ship from WWl is in excellent condition and rests on the seabed at 30m.
There is the possibility of seeing humpback whales, manta rays and grouper or even discovering new wrecks.
The waters here are relatively unknown and tourism is undeveloped in this area.
The islands are reached only by liveaboard from November to May each year.
This 34 metre steel ship began operating this unique dive safari in central Oman in Sep 2012. Accommodating up to 22 passengers and a crew of eight, there is plenty of room on board.
The eleven cabins all feature twin beds, air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. Facilities on board include a spacious salon, large sundeck and ample room on the dive deck including an open air locker each for charging your batteries.
Humpback whales, manta rays, grouper, turtle’s, sperm whales, whale shark, dolphins, moray eel’s and nudibranch.
Certification Level for this trip
Advanced Open Water Diver and above.
Full board on the Saman Explorer, flights, transfers, tanks, weights and air.
Oman is a dry country and the Saman Explorer does not serve alcohol.
You can buy your own alcohol at duty free and take it on board the boat.
Nitrox is available for US$85 for the trip duration