Diving the Daymaniyat Islands, Oman.

The Daymaniyat Islands lie about 15 Nautical Miles or 30-50 minutes by boat, Northwest of the prestigious ‘Wave Development’ on the mainland near Muscat. His Highness, The Sultan Of Oman, declared the Daymaniyat Islands a Nature Reserve in 1996, preserving this amazing underwater environment. The Islands themselves are made up of 9 rocky outcrops in three groups that stretch over 11 Nautical Miles, roughly from West to East and are connected by incredible coral gardens.

At first glance, the islands appear barren but look closely and you will find bird colonies that have made the islands home, as well as sea turtles that come back year on year to nest. Access to the Daymaniyat’s is restricted, and you’re not allowed to land on the islands from the beginning of May until the end of October. Although fishing is not permitted around the islands, unfortunately, fish cages have been spotted underwater, along with discarded nets. We do regular clean ups to help this issue, anybody is welcome to help! We just want to keep diving Oman and keep it clean!!

Visibility varies throughout the year from 10m and 40m – At times, the plankton can be quite heavy, but on the upside, this is when we have the opportunity to see Whale Sharks (Rhincodon Typus) The reefs themselves are in excellent condition with more than 100 species of hard and soft corals and around 70% coral cover on many of the dive sites. Fish life is abundant – much more so than many Red Sea locations, with colorful reef fish, stingrays, leopard sharks and sea turtles among the marine life.

Water temperatures vary from around 18 to 22 degrees in winter and 29 to 31 degrees in summer, ideal for diving and snorkeling. The dive sites all make for fairly easy diving, with usually little current and depths rarely exceed 25 meters.

One of the best things about the Daymaniyat is that diving is possible all year around!

Dive Sites by Name:

1. Clive Rock
2. Sira Island
3. Mousetrap
4. Junn West Wall
5. Junn Center Wall
6. Coral Garden
7. Walid Junn
8. Doc’s Wall
9. Garden of Eden
10. 1000 Rocks
11. The Loops
12. Titto’s Run
13. Cyprea Reef
14. The Blue Route
15. Black Tip Reef
16. Guno’s Trace
17. Police Run
18. Three Sisters
19. The Noodle
20. Hayut Run
21. Aquarium North
22. Aquarium South
23. The Rockies
24. . Rocky Ridge
25. Sam’s Reef
26. Market Garden

About Al Fahal Island

Al Fahal Island (Shark Island) is situated around 4km directly from the mainland and 13 nautical miles from out marina and has an area of just 2.24 km2.

Many islands fall within the territorial waters of the Sultanate of Oman. They are havens for Oman’s diverse fish and coral species. Some such as Fahal Island are

Fahal Island is a protected nature reserves requiring permits for access or scuba diving. With a fossil limestone formation, composed mostly of around 55 to 35 million year old Eocene limestone and marl. This limestone was originally part of the sea floor but is now exposed on the surface due to uplift and change in sea levels.

It is made up from the shells of marine organisms such as bivalve shellfish, coral and algae, deposited in a shallow marine environment. The island rises as a steep sheer sided pinnacle from Gulf of Oman, and offers a steep drop offs, caves and remarkable underwater topography. This is a good place to meet sharks, turtles, barracuda, eagle rays and dolphins are some of the more open ocean species that are seen here. Occasional orcas have also been seen passing through this region.

Dive Sites by Name:
1. Bills Bumps
2. Deep Reef
3. Hamburger Bay
4. Ray Bay & Cave
5. Shallow Reef
6. Shark Point
7. Tug & Barge

Interested in joining us to enjoy Oman’s fantastic diving opportunities? Please contact our team for details.

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