Oman has been ranked as one of the top six destinations for diving enthusiasts during the winter months, by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI).
The Sultanate has been placed alongside Spain’s Canary Islands, Malta, Mozambique, Jordan and Cape Verde, all figuring in a list of locations holidaymakers can head to in search of sun, sand and – most importantly – surf.
“With its vast deserts and a rich history, the Sultanate of Oman is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination,” wrote Dave Protheroe of the PADI.
“Oman’s coastline is relatively untouched and one can have a great diving experience near the capital city of Muscat.
“You can also head to Oman’s northernmost region of Musandam, which juts into the Strait of Hormuz,” he added.
“This rugged, remote land has nutrient rich waters that support a massive amount of diversity and an abundance of marine life.
“The best diving here is from October through May when the seas calm down and the water warms up. Perhaps it’s time to take a scuba diving holiday in Oman before the secret gets out.”
The view was unequivocally shared by diving centres across the nation.
“The Gulf of Oman has become an increasingly important diving destination,” said Nurhayati Mohamad, Marketing and Communications Manager at Six Senses Zighy Bay.
“The Musandam Peninsula is blessed with an incredible underwater world, marked by beautiful hard and soft coral reefs that attract a wide variety of marine life eager to feed on the plankton-rich waters.
“You can expect to see a myriad number of underwater species, ranging from angelfish to rays, turtles and even whale sharks, if you are lucky!” she added.
“Diving in Oman has been developing for the last 10 years. Earlier, there were not many facilities here for divers,” said Barbara Alessi of Extra Divers Worldwide. “It is good for those who are visiting Oman for diving because there are not so many boats and fellow divers out there.