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Dive Review of Pavilion Dive - Al Marsa/AL Marsa Divers - Yellow Dhow in
Oman/Musandam

November, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by David Christmas, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (1 report)
Report Number 3734
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Mediterranean: Crete, Libya
UK: North Sea
Carribean: Jamaica, Gulf of Mexico, Cozumel, Yucatan
UAE - all over
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
26   to 28    ° Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
8   to 10    Meters  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Self Restricted 30m.  Max depth was 28m.  Surface Intervals 2hours plus.  4
dives on one day including a shallow night dive.  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 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
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Plenty of space - separate freshwater dip tank.  Sizeable salon with TV for
reviewing pictures.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
This was my third trip.  Excellent weather - flat calm for three days, blue
sky pleasant temperature.  We visited the northern point of the Musandam by
the Straits of Hormuz.  The dhow is modern, clean, and has excellent twin
cabins with en-suites.  Al Marsa crew is friendly, attentive and
professional.  The dhow was rented by Pavilion Dive from the Jumeriah Beach
Hotel in Dubai.  Divemasters present on evey dive were very knowledgeable. 
Flexible dive scheduling allowed plenty of time for sunbathing and
relaxing.  We did night dive off the dive deck of the dhow.  Most dives are
from a fast boat towed behind dhow to the anchor point in a quiet bay -
this is where gear is kept during the trip.  Food is plentiful and
wholesome.  The dhow is a diesel engined vessel but switches to a quiet
small generator when at anchor so that the peacefulness of this remote
location can be enjoyed.  Kayaks and snorkelling available for surface
intervals.  
Pristine coral beds and large shoals of Indian Ocean type fish.  Saw
several turtle; one we spent 15 minutes with while it was grazing.  Large
rays (Cow-Tail and Blotched 1.5m diameter).  Some coral damage in places
due to a cyclone earlier this year.  Mountainous rugged scenery.  Very
quiet and peaceful.  We will go back.  I visited with my daughter and two
other friends.
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