The Dive Centre is a hub of activity for divers and non-divers alike, and offers diving courses, fun dives, snorkelling trips, kayaks, body boards, dolphin watching trips, coastal tours and even sunset cruises.
The 30 Barasti huts are directly situated on the beach among a sea of desert plants and flowers. Each Barasti is a spacious double room with its very own open air bathroom and shaded terrace, as well as air conditioning, fan, safety box and mini bar. The walls of the open-air bathrooms are built with rocks from the surrounding m ountains, and the front terrace provides the ideal setting to sip a glass of wine before dinner. In line with ecological concerns, the Barasti huts of the ecolodge are built in traditional Omani style. Similar huts are found in fishing villages along the coast as well as in the date plantations of Jabal Akhdar.
The waters surrounding Muscat provide fine tropical coral sea diving and the nutrient-rich water attracts a wide variety and quantity of marine life – 85 genera of hard and soft corals are found here including table corals, beautiful black coral, colourful whip and teddy-bear corals.
Certain endemic species of coral grow and reproduce only here, in this very unique plankton-rich envir onment. Water temperatures range from 22°C in winter to 30°C in summer, with a thermocline at around 15m to cool you off during the summer’s hotter months. Visibility can reach 30-metres, although at times the massive presence of plankton reduces it notably. However, even when visibility is low, the sheer abundance and variety of species in Muscat waters is enough to keep divers coming back.
Oman Dive Centre is an SSI training facility. SSI is one of the largest and most reputable scuba training agencies in the world and complies with the strict safety standards dictated by the Recreational Scuba Training Council (RSTC). Your SSI certification is accepted worldwide. ODC qualified instructors teach all kinds of courses from beginner level up to the professional level of ‘Dive Control Specialist’. Just choose how far you want to go! Upon request, PADI courses can also be taken.
The dive centre is located in the Golden Tulip hotel in Khasab, which is the capital of the most northerly province of Musandam. This province is a peninsula just on the Strait of Hormuz, 3 hours by car northeast of Dubai and is separated from the rest of Oman by the stunningly beautiful fjords (long narrow strips of sea between high cliffs), small villages and dramatic mountain-hugging roads.
The wild rugged beauty of the Musandam coastline and fjords is a national heritage of great value and is only 1 hour Domestic Flight away from Muscat with OmanAir.
This is the only dive center in the whole area…so lots of fish and few divers! Turtles, rays, nudibranchs, dolphin, barracuda… you name it!
The dive center has been open since January 2005 with new equipment, compressor, tanks, dive shop, dry room for guests, multilingual instructors (German, English, French, and Dutch), a workshop… plus a great terrace for chill-out after diving.
There are also two brand new speedboats with:
- 2 x 150 HP Motors (33 knots/hour)
- water shower
- tank holders
- First Aid, Oxygen etc.
Dive Centre Main Tract · Room for rental equipment · Room for equipment of guests · Compressor room · Rinsing/wet and dry areas · Workshop · Reception · Showroom · Office · Classrooms
Boat Excursions · 2 dives in the morning · 1 dive in the afternoon · Wreck diving · Night diving · Full day excursions · The dive sites can be reached within 10 to 60 mins.
Diving Courses: Extra Divers is offering all SSI & PADI courses from Bubblemaker for kids up to Assistant Instructor license as well as Intro Dives for people who just want to try!