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Muscat Divers has been based in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, for over 40 years, making it one of the longest established and experienced club in the whole of the country.

We dive all along the coast of Oman although, being based in Muscat we tend to concentrate our activities between Fahal Island, Bandar Koran and of course the Al Munassair wreck.

However, trips to further afield locations within Oman and the rest of the world are organized and open to all members.

Below is a selection of our more regular dive sites, just run the mouse across the map to find out a little information on each location.

Deep Reef

The reef is a huge rock that lies approximately north/south and rises from a sand and pebble bottom at 42metres on the east side. The top of the reef is at 22 meters, with a vertical wall to the east and a more gentle slope to the west. At the north end of the reef a swim-through cave at about 32 meters harbours nocturnal fish during the day. Towards the southern end of the reef, a caterpillar track lies on its side, often sheltering a sting ray or two. From this point a bearing of about 240 deg will bring you to the bulldozer from where the track probably came. Similar to Shallow Reef, the reef is covered with white and purple soft corals and attracts great shoals of fish.
North Point

Vast groups of snappers and small barracudas often school around the rocks, fusiliers shoal above, large jacks power among them and several sizeable Malabar groupers occupy the caves at their base. Huge rays glide gracefully past, including occasional mantas. A swim from North Point out to sea on a bearing just a few degrees west of north will lead you to a line of rocks, running east-west in about 30 meters of water.
Shallow Reef

Lies approximately 1km to the east of Fahal Island
Min depth 18m. Max depth 35m. Currents can be strong in this area.
The reef consists of a rock pinnacle rising from the sandy seabed at about 35m to a minimum depth of around 18m. The reef is cleft by a gully which is filled with sand (see map). The walls of the pinnacle are covered in purple and white soft corals and the area attracts innumerable fish. The chassis of a truck can be found to the north of the eastern rock and has been known to shelter sea horses - keep your eyes open!
Tug & Barge

This site lies approximately 200m from the eastern headland of Ray Bay on a bearing of 60 deg.
Tug - min depth 27m, max. depth 29m.
Barge - min depth 20m, max. depth 24m.
This site is generally sheltered but slight currents may be felt. There is a small tug, about 10m long and 3m wide with a superstructure forward and an open deck space aft. Although the engine is visible there is no real penetration possibility. The tug is home to some large morays and groupers and there are usually many fish around. Look carefully, since this is an excellent place for spotting nudibranches. From the stern a line has been laid across a sandy bottom for about 80m to the barge, a large (40mx10m) pontoon. Various winch gear can be seen on deck and the many openings allow fish to wander in and out of the structure. Although hatches would allow access to the interior, this is divided into small spaces with nothing but silt therein - not recommended. The barge hosts many purple soft corals and is also a prime site for nudibranches. This site is great for photography.
Bills Bumps

To the north of the buoys there are boulders and steep slopes to a sandy bottom at 30m. To the south there is coral in the shallows and a small wall at about 15m. Lots of soft and hard coral can be found at this dive site and is good for a drift dive depending on the tide.
Ray Bay

A sheltered bay from westerly winds with depths from 6m to 20 at the entrance. Lots of hard corals in the shallows and around the edges of the bay. Some isolated hard coral mounds in the centre. Some soft coral and lots of reef fish can be found in this bay. To the west side, on the sandy patches you can often find a stingray or two.
Bay Point

Soft and hard corals down to 20m then sand out to 25m where you can find the Tug and Barge. Go too far to the south and the coral turns into bare rock.
Western Side

There is a rocky shelf between 10 to 12 meters deep, with numerous but fairly small coral colonies, sandy gullies and large numbers of fish, some extremely large moray eels are often seen here along with triggerfish. About 100 meters offshore the shelf drops down a coral-encrusted wall to about 20 to 22 meters deep.
East Bay

the southern of the two small coves on the relatively uninteresting east coast, has a collection of tumbled rocks which is fun to explore. A spur of coral-encrusted rock and sand slopes gently out from the north side of this cove from three to over 20 meters. Huge schools of fished shoal over this reef casting dark shadows onto the bottom. Seaward of the reef a large dome of rock rises slightly above the sandy seabed, supporting a swaying garden of purple coral. The east Tunnel connects East Bay to the small cove immediately north of it. The tunnel broadens from a narrow entrance in East Bay to a large cave where it emerges in the northern cove. Huge schools of fishes sometimes crowd the tunnel, making a thunderous noise when disturbed. Some sizeable sharks have also been encountered in the tunnel on occasion. The tunnel is dark enough to make a torch a necessity.
South Bumps & Western Tunnel

South Bumps rapidly become very shallow with some soft corals and small reef fish. Western Tunnel is a short, (20m) shallow (5m) tunnel with a small bend in it. As you enter you cannot see the exit but after a few fin kicks the exit appears. Sometimes baby sharks sit in the entrance but you will always find sweepers and other fish that like the dark.
South Point

South Point has a small sandy beach at low tide. East of the line of rocks running out from the beach is a beautiful shallow reef formed of a rolling carpet of purple cauliflower coral, broken by an occasional large boulder coral. This Blacktip reef sharks, spotted eagle rays and large oceanic trigger fishes are conspicuous among the more colourful emperor angelfishes, surgeon fishes, parrot fishes, butter-Wishes and Moorish idols. The reef slopes gradually seaward for six to eight meters, the purple cauliflower coral eventually giving way to massed hillocks of boulder coral where fishes become yet more abundant. The boulder corals become sparser further offshore, ending on sand at about 15 meters.
Qantab Beach

The bluff to the east of the bay offers a good dive or snorkel. The habitat here is dominated by large tumbled rocks sloping down to sad from a rocky terrace below the coiffed shore. There is a high percentage cover of both hard and soft corals. Unfortunately, the great number of entangling fishing nets have killed off much of the coral. About half of all coral colonies are dead. Despite this, there are patches of beautiful and that years of erosion undamaged coral formations, most notable of which are the huge and unusually abundant large brain coral colonies.
Qantab East Bay

An archway, half visible above the water on the north-east side of the bay, leads underwater into shallow caves and overhangs, their floors and wars ablaze with the delicate oranges, pinks and reds of teddy-bear corals. Emerging from the clouds of teeming fishes, you will find the gently rolling hills of the seabed dotted with occasional table corals, resembling the spreading acacias of an African plain. Drift slowly along the headland, floating above the hills, which now and then drop into valleys with gardens of large purple vase corals. Moray eels frequently snake their way between the scattered corals and rocks of the somewhat barren surroundings, and damselfishes busy themselves comfortably near the good shelter of a sea urchin or a bush of hood coral.
Bluff Point

The sheer rock face glows with the pink-orange hues of soft corals, but more impressive still are the beautiful coral gardens alongside. All kinds of fishes mass over this colourful oasis in an otherwise sandy desert and many different kinds of soft and hard corals all but obscure the underlying rock.
West Headland

The western headland and coves offer some rewarding diving, look out for sites with tumbled rock, as they generally attract and shelter a greater variety of fishes and other sea-life. The sea always seems clearest around the headland west of the main beach, where the large tumbled rocks form sheltered pools, tunnels and small caves. Fishes concentrate in these pools, their colours showing to good advantage in the clear sunlit water.
Jissah Island

The large north island supports a profusion of sea-life on all but its shallow shoreward side, where fields of bush and table corals lie long dead . following an attack by crown-of-thorns starfishes. The rocky reef slopes down to 14 meters on its seaward side, with occasional outcrops of large rocks. These rocky outcrops attract a variety of sea-life, and are rewarding to explore. Soft corals decorate the sheer rock faces in sheltered places and pincushion starfishes, sponges, seasquirts and seaweeds contribute to the confusion of colour.
Jissah Point

The rock reefs support many different fishes and hard and soft corals, turtles may be seen, spotted eagle rays, sometimes in great numbers, glide over the sand skirting the rocky reefs and electric rays seem to be a fixture.
Jissah Arch

You may see colonies of the rarely encountered starburst coral on the seaward side near the arch.
North Point

The north-east and north sides of this small island support some large boulder corals, patches of bush and table corals, the unusual and inconspicuous African pillow coral and the lesser knob coral, among others. The north-west slope leads down to a rocky reef at about 11 meters that is worth investigating
South West Point

The shallow point and south side (two meters maximum) are alive with an array of colourful fishes and corals. The sandy channels between the micro-atolls provide access for snorkellers. This is a good place to get a close look at the bright colours of corals, cornered parrot fishes, wrasses, butter-Wishes and angelfishes and some less conspicuous marine creatures, such as bristle worms, spiralgill worms, featherduster worms and nudibranchs. Each of those curious, flat, divided, brown 'things' lying on the sand, that disappears under corals at your approach is the feeding proboscis of a tongue worm. Plucky damselfishes will earn your respect as they dart out threatening to defend their tiny territory, even against so monstrous and unlikely a contender as a snorkeller.
Jissah Coves

The peninsula to the right of the main beach separates the main from the east bay. lt is well worth swimming out from the beach along the coiffed shore of the peninsula. There are some small scenic coral gardens in the small coves leading out to the point, though crown-of-thorns starfishes have killed off patches of the large table corals, leaving only their large stumps behind. Masses of fusiliers and other shoaling fishes concentrate around the blunt point of the peninsula. Below the clouds of fishes, the rocks are covered by a variety of encrusting corals and the large grey-green soft coral.
Rock Point

Two large rocks lie just off the north-west side of the point and dangerously close to the surface. They also are a haven for fishes, including large blackspotted butterfishes more than half a meter long.
Jissah Reef

The rock reefs support many different fishes and hard and soft corals, turtles may be seen, spotted eagle rays, sometimes in great numbers, glide over the sand skirting the rocky reefs and electric rays seem to be a fixture.
East Bay

The cove north of the small beach on has fairly extensive bands of cauliflower coral, and there is an unusual small reef off the south end that is formed almost exclusively of lesser knob, lesser brain and spine corals', and the starburst coral is well represented
Inner Beach

Swimming between the two small beaches on the other side of the eastern bay will take you on an interesting trip over multicoloured colonies of lesser brain coral near the outer beach, and knobbed colonies of boulder corals toward the inner one. The sandy floor of the bay supports beds of eelgrass, not often seen in this part of Oman. Green turtles feed on these eelgrasses, but are rapidly scared off by the weekend boat activity.
Western Entrance

The western entrance offers a dive to about 16 meters near the mouth off the western rock face. There are always a great number of fishes here, and the large rocks with scattered plant and coral growth make this an intriguing dive site.
Cave Site

A small island leaves a nice gap to swim through with depths rapidly dropping from 5m to 18m. Heading east you will find the depth increases to 29m at the corner where you turn to come back into the bay. Soft coral abounds as do reef and some larger fish. Eagle rays have been known to sweep by.
Second Cove

Many of the boulder and other corals here have been badly damaged by nets in the past, detracting from the natural beauty of this site. Further into the bay along the western shoreline is a small beach. Diving or snorkeling south from this beach is really fantastic. The rocky shore is fringed by a diverse and colourful reef of intact boulder corals and masses of colourful reef fishes. At one point a platform of mixed coral species, but predominantly boulder corals, extends out towards the centre of the bay for about 100 meters, befog: gently sloping to sand at about 12 meters. The reef is generally shallow (six to seven meters) and very scenic.
South West Point

The large north island has a number of good snorkeling and diving sites. The south-west point has a coral-encrusted slope that leads onto a low flat coral-covered shelf, dropping off steeply on all sides to a sandy bottom at about 12 meters.
Central Beach

Large barracudas and small blacktop reef sharks are often seen here. Further offshore are several small patch reefs dominated by pore coral and fringed by some large table coral. Only four meters deep, this area is great for snorkeling, offering an interesting and refreshing change in coral formations and associated fishes.
North Point/Novice Bay

Novice Bay is a shallow (6m) bay that leads out to depths of 18m at the point. There is lots of soft and hard coral in the shallows and it is a favourite for turtles who can be found nestled on the cabbage coral for a sleep. North point drops down to 20m and there is a cave that appears to be the home of two large groupers. If you carry on around the point to the east you can come back into Novice Bay through the 'washing machine' - a narrow, shallow passage between two rocks that churns with white water at low tide.
Table Coral Reef

A coral encrusted rocky outcrop lies about 100 meters off the table coral reef, reaching close to the surface. The site offers a pleasant dive, or snorkel for the more experienced. There are masses of superb snorkeling and diving sites, each with its own characteristics.

The islet near the entrance to the inner bay is surrounded by a reef which is possibly the most beautiful in this area. The reef supports diverse, colourful and largely intact coral colonies, notably lesser brain, bush, whorls of large table coral in scenic configurations. As it slopes from one to 10 meters, it is in the range of both snorkeled and divers. The shallow south-west platform, is formed of immense boulder corals and extends out for about 100 meters before sloping down to sand at 12 meters. The islet is small and you can swim around it comfortably and leisurely without having to pause for a rest. Look out for porous star and hedgehog corals, Arabian butterflyfishes, emperor angelfishes and coachmen along the way.
Central Headland

The central headland north-west of the islet has a number of small beaches and rocky outcrops. Snorkeling from any one of these beaches will take you over colourful shallow gardens of bush, table and cauliflower corals.
Central Headland

The central headland north-west of the islet has a number of small beaches and rocky outcrops. Snorkeling from any one of these beaches will take you over colourful shallow gardens of bush, table and cauliflower corals.
Boulder Coral Reef

This boulder coral reef resembling a cascade of mountains is busy with masses of fish, suitable for both snorkeling and diving.
Eastern Bay

Suitable for shallow dives, there are several reefs along the east and west shores. In the centre of the bay a leafy form of pore coral, with a fringe of bush and table coral is present. Poruos star, lesser brain, pillow coral and spine coral is also present.
South West Cove

A short stretch over barren rock in the inner part of the cove will lead you over large table corals. Keep on swimming until you reach a remarkable reef, 200 meters long, of tier upon tier of large whorled table corals. The upper eight meters of the reef is formed of two species of table coral. Below this to a depth of 10 meters, is a fringe dominated by two species of bush coral. This is the sole example of this kind of reef in the entire Muscat area,. Further out along this reef the table corals give way to large fused boulder corals that are alive with fishes.
Bommie Bay

A sandy beach leads into a shallow bay that is littered with large boulder corals, particularly in the northwestern sector. These boulder corals form isolated heads or commies of up to 3.5 meters in diameter, or are fused into small reef patches. Although a bit shallow for divers, this makes a good area for snorkellers to explore. Against the shore leading out to the first small point, the rocky substrate is covered by a mix of different corals alternating with patches of boulder or leafy lettuce dominated reef. This extremely scenic stretch slopes down six meters into a wide sandy gully. The slopes of the ridge are covered by a variety of corals and attract large parrotfishes and huge groupers.
Sand Dunes Bay

A well-developed coral reef fringes the east side of this sheltered bay. The reef is formed principally of boulder corals and is covered by patches of different corals. There are hanks of cauliflower coral at intervals along the reef and parts are largely dead and less interesting. Where the reef breaks away from the shore it becomes covered by a lush and colourful garden of soft corals, before yielding to a cover of mixed coral species.
Khaysat ash Shaikh - East Bay

The rocky shore offers many rewarding opportunities for exploration. There are caves, overhangs, canyons,-ledges, cliffs and large rock outcrops, all festooned with luxuriant growths of soft corals and many different forms of marine life, and alive with fishes.
Democracy Bay

A nice site for a drift dive. Lots of boulders and depths to 25m. The boulders hide all sorts of reef fish and provide plenty of swim throughs for the diver. Soft coral grows on the boulders in the shallows.
Paul's Point

The terrace is perforated by innumerable holes made by a small borer sea urchin and bordered by a rock-strewn slope. Toward the south tip of the headland is an area of huge blocks of rock tumbled against each other to form canyons, overhangs, caves and ledges that are teeming with fish. A great variety of small coral colonies are scattered over these rocks.
Khaysat ash Shaikh - Reef Site

The bay has a mosaic of flat-topped boulder corals in the shallows. Many of these are dead. However, moving out through them to the right of the bay leads you over an extremely beautiful shallow reef that is completely covered by colourful soft corals and supports an abundance of small reef fish.
Mermaid Cove

To the east there are boulders and rock ledges as you leave the bay. Here there is lots of fish or all species with some soft coral in the shallows. To the west there is a wall dropping to 25m covered with soft green coral.
Cockelshell Bay

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Decorator Bay

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Plug Point

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