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Oman Seashore © Gchampeau |Flickr
Oman Seashore © Gchampeau |Flickr
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How to Experience Oman's Exotic Marine Life

Picture of Gehad Medhat
Updated: 29 December 2017
Oman is surrounded by the Arabian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, and Oman Sea from three directions; north, east and south, giving it a coastline that is 3,165 km (1,967 miles) long. With its extensive beaches, and crystal waters, Oman has a wealth of underwater treasures to be discovered. Here is our guide to help you enjoy the amazing marine life of Oman.

Dhow cruises

What better way to explore Omani seas than experience the sailing life of Omanis from the past? Head out on a dhow trip and explore the crystal waters and the rich marine life. Dhow cruising is one of the best ways to explore Oman’s marine life, as you go on a trip for an hour or more with a knowledgable Omani guide. These cruises can be taken from the shores of Musandam region by the Khasab Beach, by the shores of Muscat and the old city of Muscat, by the Dhofar region beaches and the shores of Al Wusta Region.

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Dhow in Sur, Oman © Arian Zwegers | Flickr

Dolphin watching

Dolphins are one of the amazing creatures that visit the Omani shores frequently, especially the charming shores of Muscat and Musandam. Among the dolphins that can be spotted swimming in Omani waters are the Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins, the Risso’s Dolphins, Common Bottlenose Dolphins, the Spinner Dolphins and the Indian Ocean Dolphins. Several tours organize boat trips and cruises to go dolphin watching which include: Dolphin Khasab Tours, Coral Ocean Tours, and Az’ Zaha Tours.

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Dolphins in Musandam © Robert Haandrikman | Flickr

Kayaking

Want to go for an adventure exploring Oman’s splendid seas? Then, kayaking is the right activity for you. Through kayaking, you can scout about Oman’s coastline, enjoy its crystal waters and watch its amazing creatures like dolphins, fish and coral reefs. Some of the best companies that organize kayaking trips and rent equipment are Sea Oman and Husaak.

Scuba diving

Scuba diving is probably the best way to experience Oman’s marine life as you get as close as possible to its hidden treasures. The coral reefs in Omani waters, for example, are among the most beautiful in the whole world. Divers can also enjoy watching some amazing sea creatures like turtles, honeycomb morays, tuna, lion fish, trigger fish, and parrot fish. The best places to dive are in Musandam Governorate in northern Oman, and in Muscat. Many diving tours and adventures are organized by Blu Zone Watersports, Al Jazeera Diving and Swimming Center, and others.

Glass-bottom boat cruise

Take a special cruise in a glass-bottom boat to discover the hidden wonders and amazing creatures of Oman’s marine life. It is a window to all the secrets of the sea, and the mind-blowing beauty of Omani waters. Gulf Leisure and Az’ Zaha Tours organize day and night trips in glass-bottom boats to enjoy this unique experience.