27.04.2011 - 27.04.2011
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Wednesday we skipped on over to Oman as you do for a fantastic boat ride and oh yeah an amazing couple of dives! First things first, the car ride to Oman was surreal, the landscape goes from vast areas of sand plains to the most amazing rocky hills and mountains. We arrived into Oman near the coast in a town called Dibba, and passed through a check point where our passports were checked and we narrowly avoided jail (ok not really) as Dave was very politely asked to delete the photo he had just taken of the check point by a slightly serious looking guard. We got to the port all ready to go by 9 and jumped on an awesome speed boat with 2 English guys, a Russian, the 4 of us and the boaties and guide from a company called Sheesa Dive.
We headed off towards the Musandam which is the peninsula and known for its dive sites. The boat ride itself was amazing we passed cliff faces and points of sheer rock faces with no vegetation to be seen. Our first dive site was in a bay, and as soon as we stopped you could tell it was going to be amazing, the water was so clear. We got all geared up and dropped in and I loved it from the get go! There were heaps of fish, form your tropical to snapper but the abundance was what hit me, that’s what oceans should be like! Our dive guide, a South African dude decided to show us his skills or fearlessness by playing with a moray eel that was the size of my thigh! He just rubbed it under its chin like a cat. There were lion fish and heaps of soft coral, again truly amazing!
After coming up we were treated to some dolphins before heading off to our next site, and man how picturesque can you get! So we jumped in for our second dive and headed off to a point and not far into the dive I got excited to see a small Cuttlefish so I was busy trying to get someone’s attention to show them my amazing find. I was not succeeding when I saw the guide power off towards something so followed suit, and there he out did my find with a massive cuttlefish, it was so beautiful and right up there with my favourite things in the ocean! I couldn’t have been more excited!
When we surfaced I was stoked to hear Dave, who had been snorkelling while we were down had also seen a group of them. Then once on board the boat and cruising our way out of the bay he told us how he had spotted a reef shark! Apparently he didn’t stick around much longer after that, but longer than he wanted to as the boat was pretty far away! When we got back to port there was a fish market on and amongst the masses of fish there were several big bull sharks caught in the area and are regulars apparently, luckily we weren’t told that before Again it was truly a day to make you appreciate what we have in this world!
On our way to Oman in the morning.
All ready to go!!
Our second dive spot
Boat ride back into Dibba
Fish market in Dibba
Fish drying on green nets in foreground
Coming back into Dubai