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Snor­kel­ing In Oman Snor­kel­ing is the per­fect activ­i­ty for peo­ple who love ocean sports but are not nec­es­sar­i­ly inter­est­ed in the many chal­lenges and expens­es of scu­ba div­ing. Snor­kel­ing is a won­der­ful way to wit­ness the many species and land­scapes under­wa­ter at more shal­low depths, and while a lit­tle instruc­tion and a few tips are need­ed, cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and expen­sive tanks are not. Almost any­one can snorkel if they have a mind to. If explor­ing bays, coves and shore­lines holds allure for you, snor­kel­ing in Oman is an option you should consider. Plen­ty of spots around the globe get lots of atten­tion for their ocean access and snor­kel­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties, includ­ing Flori­da, Cal­i­for­nia, Por­tu­gal, Aus­tralia and count­less oth­er loca­tions. Oman is a place that isn’t nec­es­sar­i­ly the first that springs to mind for a hol­i­day cen­tred on boat­ing, swim­ming and snorkeling. But it’s time Oman got its due. The coun­try’s gor­geous coast­line is about 1,700 kilo­me­tres in length (approx­i­mate­ly 1,056 miles) and has lots of spots that are ide­al for snor­kel­ing. It runs along the Gulf of Oman and the Ara­bi­an Sea, and shares land bor­ders with Sau­di Ara­bia, Yemen and the Unit­ed Arab Emi­rates (UAE). Oman’s cap­i­tal is Mus­cat, and the coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion is just over 5.1 mil­lion. But those are just bits of data – none of which com­mu­ni­cates the breath­tak­ing beau­ty of the coun­try’s crys­tal blue waters. And while all of the Ara­bi­an Sea is gor­geous, ocean enthu­si­asts agree that the nation’s finest spots for snor­kel­ing are along the Oman Coast. In this arti­cle, we explore some of the coun­try’s best loca­tions for snor­kel­ing and oth­er water sports, and offer a few tips if you’re head­ing out on your first snor­kel­ing adventure. But before delv­ing into those loca­tions in Oman, here are a few sug­ges­tions for first time snorkel­ers. It isn’t a dif­fi­cult sport, but you should have some­one with expe­ri­ence demon­strate a few things to help you get ful­ly prepared.

Tips For First-Time Snorkelers:

1) Don’t Reach For The Least Expensive Equipment

When you rent your gear, be sure you get good qual­i­ty fins and a mask that fits prop­er­ly. Noth­ing ruins a snor­kel­ing adven­ture more quick­ly than a leaky, fog­gy mask and fins that wob­ble around your feet or slip off because they don’t fit well. If you have to spend a lit­tle more to get good equip­ment, go for it.

2) Have Someone Show You How To Wear a Mask Properly

Again, take a lit­tle time to learn how to keep the mask snug to your face, which pre­vents leak­ing. Hav­ing water seep in and cloud your vision is guar­an­teed to ruin your outing.

3) Choose a Dry Snorkel

These have a cov­er­ing that clos­es when you go under­wa­ter, and that pre­vents your snorkel from fill­ing up with water. These also have what is known as a purge valve, which allows water to drain if a wave or some­thing else caus­es water to fill the snorkel.

4) Experts Suggest Getting Equipped In Advance Of Your Trip

Expe­ri­enced snorkel­ers say doing this goes a long toward ensur­ing that all your gear fits prop­er­ly. It also allows you to prac­tice a lit­tle before head­ing out on your first real adventure.

5) Familiarize Yourself With The Waters

A lit­tle knowl­edge ahead of time helps pre­pare you for snor­kel­ing. Learn about the depths and tem­per­a­tures of the places you are about to explore. What are the species you’re like­ly to see? Fear can set in if you sud­den­ly come upon a large whale shark you weren’t expect­ing! Ask the locals and read as much as you can before set­ting out on your trip.

Where To Go in Oman

snorkeling in oman Okay, you’re all set with gear, some­one with expe­ri­ence has giv­en you the advice you need and you’re ready to head out to the Gulf of Oman. Where to go?

1) Locations Near The Capital

There are sev­er­al wor­thy loca­tions not far from Mus­cat. Mar­jan Beach is a pub­lic spot that offers a great oppor­tu­ni­ty for begin­ners to get their feet wet, so to speak. But there aren’t amaz­ing coral reefs here or lots of dif­fer­ent marine life species. Still, this is a place wor­thy of a vis­it if you’re stay­ing in or near the capital.

2) Other Locales Near Muscat

There are two that you should vis­it: Ban­dar Jis­sah and Ban­dar Khayran. Both must be accessed by boat, but these spots are where you’ll find abun­dant coves, coral reefs and inlets that offer begin­ner and expe­ri­enced snorkel­ers won­der­ful oppor­tu­ni­ties for under­wa­ter adventures.

3) The Daymaniyat Islands

These nine islands form an arch­i­pel­ago that is the gold stan­dard of snor­kel­ing in Oman. This chain of islands and the waters sur­round­ing them were Oman’s first marine pre­serve, and the count­less colour­ful fish, coral reefs and oth­er sights are visu­al delights that leaves vis­i­tors breath­less. Sur­geon fish, clown­fish – like Nemo, the tit­u­lar char­ac­ter in Dis­ney’s “Find­ing Nemo” — dot the under­wa­ter land­scape, along with incred­i­ble green sea tur­tles that look like crea­tures from anoth­er era. The visu­als are stun­ning, and the pris­tine islands and clear waters are untouched and unspoiled by 21st-cen­tu­ry con­cerns. One of the islands, Fahal Island, is also known as Shark Island because of the numer­ous whale sharks that silent­ly swim below the sur­face not far from the shore­line. There is a bay on the south­west­ern side of the main island that is ide­al for begin­ners. Beds of sea­grass sway not far below the sur­face, and green sea tur­tles eat and rest there. This is the per­fect place to get your first look at one of these pre­his­toric-look­ing marine ani­mals. On the north­east­ern side there is a bay where vis­i­tors can explore coral reefs, but tourism web­sites cau­tion that – while beau­ti­ful – the reefs here are not colour­ful the way reefs are else­where in Oman. The Day­maniy­at Islands are not far from Mus­cat – sev­er­al hours by boat. Most vis­i­tors hire one to take them out, and spend sev­er­al days swim­ming and snor­kel­ing from the boat. Depend­ing on the weath­er, it takes between five and six hours to reach the islands from Mus­cat. And don’t for­get that in order to vis­it the marine pre­serve, you need vis­i­tors’ pass­es, so either ask at your hotel how to arrange them, book these with your trav­el agent before you go to Oman, or ask your boat’s cap­tain for help when you reserve his vessel. And speak­ing of weath­er… What is the best time of year to book a snor­kel­ing hol­i­day in Oman?

Be Weather-Wise When You Book

snorkeling in oman Oman is hot all year round, but some months are more com­fort­able than oth­ers. A vaca­tion cen­tred on water activ­i­ties like snor­kel­ing means you’ll be in the hot sun for hours at a stretch. The time to vis­it is between Novem­ber and April, when tem­per­a­tures are a lit­tle less scorch­ing. If you hire a boat for two or three days, meals are orga­nized by the cap­tain and crew. These spec­tac­u­lar islands are unin­hab­it­ed, so it’s up to you to bring your own food and water – and leave noth­ing behind.

What Should You Do Before Travelling To Oman?

No mat­ter where is it that you call home, if you live in North Amer­i­ca, the U.K., or Europe, you need a valid pass­port to trav­el to Oman. Here are some oth­er tips to keep in mind: 1) Take clothes designed for hot weath­er. You’ll be spend­ing a lot of time out­side and on the water, so don’t for­get your sun hat and sunscreen! 2) See if your coun­try has any trav­el alerts in effect before you go. 3) Learn about local cus­toms and tra­di­tions, and learn how to say hel­lo and thank you in Arabic. 4) Check the cur­ren­cy exchange rates well in advance.

In Summary

Oman is a beau­ti­ful coun­try with much to offer any­one who loves the nat­ur­al world and water sports. Snor­kel­ing is the per­fect activ­i­ty to enjoy in Oman. It isn’t an expen­sive activ­i­ty, and the fun­da­men­tals are easy to learn. If you’re look­ing for an adven­ture like this but you haven’t trav­elled to the Mid­dle East before, we sug­gest you talk with an expe­ri­enced trav­el agent. Con­sult­ing with a knowl­edge­able trav­el pro­fes­sion­al will ensure that you have a fab­u­lous expe­ri­ence. They can guide you through scads of infor­ma­tion about hotels, cui­sine and tourist activ­i­ties, and make rec­om­men­da­tions based on your tastes and preferences. This is the ide­al vaca­tion for any­one who loves oceans and all their mar­vel­lous crea­tures, and wants to go snor­kel­ing in a pris­tine envi­ron­ment. You’ll get to see things you may only have seen before in books or in online trav­el blogs. The best months to trav­el to Oman are just around the cor­ner. Start research­ing Oman now, and book a call to your trav­el agent. Putting your­self in the hands of a pro­fes­sion­al who’s well-versed in jour­neys to the Mid­dle East gen­er­al­ly, and Oman specif­i­cal­ly, is the best way to ensure you have a glo­ri­ous time snor­kel­ing in this nat­ur­al paradise.

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