I find it crazy that I’m writing this post, back when moving to Muscat was a tiny possibility I envisioned how we would adapt, how would we spend our weekends, snorkeling in crystal blue water surrounded by stunning colourful fish was definitely on the list. So a few weekends after moving here we dived in (literally) & headed out for a day of snorkeling around the stunning Dimaniyat Islands.
When we got asked by friends if we fancied joining them on a boat trip for a day of snorkeling it only took a few seconds for Simon & I to jump on board & I was SO excited for it. There are so many activities that we have on our list to do whilst were living in Muscat & a lot of them we will only be able to do in the Winter as the Summer is so hot but luckily we were still able to head out for a day of snorkeling, just coated in factory 50 as I wasn’t taking any chances!
Heading down early on a Saturday morning to the marina where we live in Al Mouj, we jumped onto our transport for the day, got settled as we headed on out for the 35 minute boat trip to the Dimaniyat Islands.
Leaving the marina we headed out on calm water before approaching an area of stunning clear blue water, I have never seen water so clear & thought for a moment we were in the Maldives. We had been told ahead of the trip that we would not be allowed to venture onto the Islands as the Summer months are when turtles lay their eggs, which was absolutely fine with Simon & I as it just gives us another excuse to head back later in the year.
Slowing down to avoid damaging any of the coral we made our first stop of the day, factor 50 on we were provided with our equipment & ready to explore.
Goggles, snorkle & flippers I was fully equipped for exploring.
Our amazing instructor who runs not just the day but also the company (Daymaniat Shells) was fantastic, explaining to us the areas to go to for the best chance of spotting the turtles & all sorts of marine life. An also reminding us to be careful not to touch the coral as the Omani people are rightly so, very protective of conserving the Islands.
Getting off the boat & taking that first look underwater is really something else, it was stunning.
We had an hour or so to explore this particular area, Simon & I stuck together which was great as we got animated underwater signalling to one another once we seen something we wanted the other to witness.
Back on board I unfortunately started to feel a little bit sea sick which I had worried about before hand but after a quick motion sickness tablet & making the most of lying down in the sun on the back of the boat I was feeling better just in time for our 2nd spot of the day.
Which unbelievably was more stunning that the 1st, the whole bay had crystal clear water which I loved! (Nothing worse than not being able to see what’s swimming around you!) Here there were more turtles as well as sting rays & more beautiful coral reef & fishes to swim with.
We spent over another hour here jumping back on board the boat for refreshments of delicious watermelon & the dates which I love!
Heading back with sea salt in our hair, sun kissed skin discussing what we had witnessed it was simply an amazing day, just about to get better as we spotted a 19ft Whale Shark that Simon dived in to try & see under the water but I was not as brave & stayed firmly inside the boat, but what a way to end a fantastic day. AA x