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Dive Review of Oman Dive Centre/Shangri-la (Al Bustan) in
Oman/Muscat

January, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Angela Gostling, W4 3SS, UK (2 reports)
Report Number 3193
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Palau, Similans, Maldives, PNG,Cozumel, Belize, BVI, Caymans, Red
Sea, Galapagos, Saba Bonaire, Truk, Cuba, Comores, Kenya, St Vincent,
Bahamas, Turks/Caicos, BoraBora,   
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
windy  
Seas
choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
23   to 25    ° Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
10   to 20    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
The sites were not deep anyway.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
We did not stay at the dive resort but at the Shangri-la as we were there
over the new year break and decided to head for some luxury.
The hotel provided us with complimentary transfer to and from the dive
centre every day.

The centre was well appointed with good rinsing and storage facilities, so
we were able to leave our gear to drip at the dive centre overnight and
didn't have to cart it back to our luxury accommodation to make pools in
our bathroom.

As far as the diving was concerned, it was interesting topology comprising
enormous boulders, some corals and some real giants, such as Honeycomb
Morays.  We also spotted a number of creatures endemic to the area, such as
Arabain Angel Fish. The very windy conditions made diving risky in the
afternoons when the conditions became more difficult.  Diving was cancelled
on one occasion because the conditions were not safe.  

The festival of Eid meant we were very healthy divers as the hotel did not
serve alcholic drinks over the two days of the festival.  We felt very
virtuous during this short period.

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