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Dive Review of Al Boom Diving in
United Arab Emirates/Khor Fakkan, Gulf of Oman

July, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Phil Hamilton, Texas, USA
Report Number 27
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
90   to 91    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Hot water - a lot of plankton, etc.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
Al Boom diving is located at the Sandy Beach Hotel in Khor Fakkan, having
just moved there about 3 weeks ago. 
Soon we were on their boat, heading for nearby Shark Island. 

Shark Island   - 45ft  36 min 

Shark Island is just off the coast from Khor Fakkan. The air temperatures
were in the 120s F, and the water was 
just as warm here as in the Persian Gulf at this time of year. Because of
the location in the Gulf of Oman, open to 
the Arabian Sea, the fish life was much better than the Persian Gulf, 

I found the Clownfish I have been seeking for so long, and in abundance.
Everywhere I looked were
anemones, each fiercely guarded by its clown. We also found a Moorish Idol,
some Oman Butterflys, a Moon
Wrasse, Orange Dottyback, Bridled Triggerfish, and several Bluetail
Boxfish. In the summer, the hot
water is clouded with bacteria and plankton. I assume much better photo
opportunities exist in cooler months. 

As we circled the small island, we found even more beautiful specimens.
Yellow ear Angelfish, Gardeners
Butterflys, Two Bar Bream, and an exquisite Collare Butterflyfish are among
the many examples that we found
on this dive.

Diving in the UAE is relatively cheap, once you get here. I paid about 200
Dirham in Dubai, and a little less in 
Khor Fakkan, which equates to about $50-55 US, including most of the gear.
I took my regs, computer, mask 
and camera only. These prices may be low season prices, as it is definitely
the low season in July and August. The
temperatures are quite high at this time of year - the busy season is over
the winter as Europeans (primarily from
the UK) come here to escape the miserable northern winters. Over the winter
months, I am told the air temps are
in the low 80s f, and the water is about the same. 

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