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Dive Review of Extra Divers Musandam in
Oman/Musandam (from Khasab)

 
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Extra Divers Musandam, Nov, 2009,

by Dan Clements, WA, USA (Contributor Contributor 15 reports). Report 5246.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Puget Sound, British Columbia, Monterey, Guadalupe, Mexico, Kona, Maui, French Polynesia, Marquesas, Galapagos, Florida Keys, Bahamas, Dominica, Martinique, Isle des Saints.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 77 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30 to 45 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None. After a multi-day check out I was allowed to solo dive with my photography gear.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments While there was limited rinse facilities on board, staff were extremely accomodation towards myself and my large DSLR rig. After several days of diving, and being buddied with a very competent Sweedish diver, I was allowed to solo dive with a group and concentrate on the excellent photo opportunities.

Good rinse area and gear storage at shore facility.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I spent two weeks diving the northern portion of the Musandam Peninsula, which forms the southern side of the Straits of Hormutz. The first week was with Extra Divers in Khasab, the second as part of a Reef Check study with Biosphere.

Diving exceptional, people exceptional, geology amazing, lots of endemics, including rays, dolphins, nudi's, and some of the most pristine coral I have seen.

There are hundreds of miles of coast line, and one operator in the area. Only other divers we encountered were on the south-east side of the Peninsula, originating from Dibba.

Khasab is an easy three hour drive from Dubai, which is a long 15 hour flight from San Francisco. Plan on returning to this spectacular, relatively unexplored area.
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