Oman’s coastline is relatively untouched and there is some fantastic diving near the capital of Muscat. Oman's northernmost region of Musandam is also great for diving - this rugged, remote land has nutrient rich waters that support a massive amount of diversity and abundance of marine life.
Divers relish the opportunity to dive over gorgeous reefs with mesmerizing marine life, including the elusive whale shark. Far to the south, Salalah has a pristine coastline with endless bays and beaches and the chance to dive through forests of kelp.
The best diving conditions in Oman are in October through May when the seas are calm and the water is warmer.
In summer, kelp forests appear in Oman made possible by a cool upwelling during the monsoon, and then slowly die back in late September. This makes it uniquely possible to dive in kelp and on coral reefs at the same sites for a short time.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
Muscat can be reached directly by virtually all main international airports, however there are cheaper options when you fly via Dubai.
Once in Muscat, Oman Air flies regularly to Salalah the only other airport in the country. Buses are a safe and cheap option for those who do not hire a car or have transport organised for them. Buses travel regularly between Muscat, Salalah, Sohar, Sur and Mizwa.
By far the easiest and best way to see Oman is to hire a car, where you can cruise across the country through vast mountains, wadis, ancient villages and glistening seascapes.