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

October, 2013, an Instant Reader Report by Jeremy Cohen, IL, US
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports, with 7 Helpful votes)
Report Number 7358
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
1 stars
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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
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Food
N/A
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Snorkeling
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Beginners
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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.    


We had heard mixed reviews of Oman diving and have first hand k
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