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Dive Review of Global Scuba/Chedi Hotel in
Oman/Damaniyat Islands

 
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Global Scuba/Chedi Hotel, Oct, 2013,

by Jeremy Cohen, IL, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 7358.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Galapagos, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Ni'ihau, Kona, Kauai, Florida, Bahamas, Socorro Islands, Sea of Cortez, N. and S. California and Channel Islands, Puget Sound, Little Cayman, Komodo and Alor, South Sulawesi, Florida, Honduras Bay Islands, Cozumel
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 83 to 88 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Surface within an hour with 500psi, but neither enforced.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Global has three "speed boats" in the 30-40 foot range, though one was out of service after an explosion during on-shore weld ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food N/A
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments Oman is a Sultanate on the Indian Ocean,friendly to Westerners, very much worth exploring,and only a 70 minute flight from from our Doha, Qatar home.

What a thrill to dive among big schools of fish and healthy hard and soft corals for three days while staying at the Chedi, a five star beach resort, then make camp in the high mountains one night and the desert among Bedouin goat herds and camels the next.

The Damaniyat Islands, low in the water and desert-sand barren, require a 45 minute day-boat crossing from Muscat. We dove for three days. Each morning's crossing was smooth as glass. We were joined one morning by a pod of 40 or 50 spinner dolphins, several leaping into the air. Omani fisherman in small dories are a common sight. A visit to the Muscat fish market reveals a scattering of sharks and rays, cuttlefish, and octopus as well as the local delicacy, kingfish. Fishing is a centuries old family trade, but small nets, hand lines, the absence of big commercial boats and protected marine sanctuaries appear to be successful nurturing a healthy balance.

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