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

 
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Pavilion Dive - Al Marsa/AL Marsa Divers - Yellow Dhow, Nov, 2007,

by David Christmas, Dubai, United Arab Emirates ( 1 report). Report 3734.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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