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

 
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Oman Dive Centre/Shangri-la (Al Bustan), Jan, 2007,

by Angela Gostling, W4 3SS, UK ( 2 reports). Report 3193.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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