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Dive Review of Musandam Discovery Diving/Atana Musandam Resort in
Oman/Khasab

 
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Musandam Discovery Diving/Atana Musandam Resort: "Diving on the Strait of Hormuz", Sep, 2017,

by David Cook, TN, US ( 2 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 9842.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments A great getaway trip with awesome dives. We went to the northernmost island in Oman and did a drift dive along its western side. The boat ride out was a little less than one hour. Tons of fish, brightly colored soft corals and crinoids. The water was cooler than I expected, but was survivable in shorts and a rash guard. I recommend a 3 mil wetsuit for better comfort. The second dive was in a cove near Kumzar. Warmer water, again a drift dive with tons of fish, an eel and a turtle.

Bader was a wonderful host and it's worth an extra day to walk around Khasab and see the sights. The Omanis are friendly and outgoing and the food is excellent. The Atana Hotel was comfortable and the staff was accommodating. If you want to have a drink in the evening, bring your own as the hotel is dry.
Websites Musandam Discovery Diving   Atana Musandam Resort

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Guam, Okinawa, Thailand
Closest Airport Dubai Getting There Fly to Dubai, Uber or taxi to Oman border, have hotel arrange pick up at border. Or, have a friend in Dubai with a vehicle - they will need to by Oman vehicle insurance.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80-85°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40-60 Ft/ 12-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Bader was a good guide - he briefed us on the dive sites and let us do our own thing while he stayed with the less experienced group.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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