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

November, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Dan Clements, WA, USA
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Report Number 5246
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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