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Dive Safari / MV Saman Explorer

Boat

The liveaboard "MV Saman Explorer" operates since 2011 in Oman and travels - depending on the season - the most spectacular dive sites of the Sultanate.
The steel ship provides accommodation for 22 persons and is endued with a saloon, air condition, a sun deck to relax on as well as a spacious diving platform.
The international crew of 8 to 9 members consists of experienced staff, English is the language on board. The Saman Explorer is operated and managed by Extra Divers Worldwide.

Equipment and Cabines

Our customers are accommodated in 10 double cabins on upper- and lowerdeck, and 1 master cabin.
All cabins are equipped with a silent air-conditioning system, reading lamps and charging stations. Of course each cabin has its own bathroom (even with rainforest shower head!). The cabins have 2 single beds (1m x 2m each).
Upperdeck cabins got a window with a great view of the sea. The master cabin (20sqm) is located on the main deck, has a large double bed, a TV as well as desk and mini bar.

Catering

On board is full board offered, coffee, tea and water included. Ice cubes and juice\lemonade machine is also free of charge.

The last night of the trip will be spent in Marriott Beach Hotel Mirbat, halfboard in the luxury hotel is also included.

Please note, that there is no alcohol provided on board. However, it is possible to buy alcohol at the permitted rates on entry into Muscat after passport control and bring it on board. At the airport of Salalah no alcohol purchase is possible!

Itinerary

Best of Daymaniat - Fahal and Bandar Khayran:
During the last summer and fall, Saman Explorer operates in the central area, in the capital region around Muscat. These tours start and end in Sifah, after seeing some of the low frequented dive sites around Kuriyat Ras Abu Dhaud, you’ll head North toward the more popular sites of Fahal Islands and Daymaniyat islands famous for the best visibility, high chances of meeting whale sharks and most beautiful corals. The wreck of Al Munassir at Bandar Khayran is another highlight of this trip as it is populated with huge shoals of fish!

Transfer Trip Sifah - Mirbat / Mirbat - Sifah:
The transfer trip of the Saman Explorer offers guests on board a complete insight into the diversity of the Sultanate of Oman. At the beginning of the tour, the fabulous dive sites Al Munassir Wreck, Fahal Islands and Kuriyat are explored. Along the coast, it's the end of November in 10 days towards South. The tour ends with wonderful dives to the famous Hallaniyat Islands: There is a chance of seeing humpback whales and dolphins from the boat. While diving, you’ll mainly encounter different species of smaller rays, leopard sharks and lots of cuttlefish, moray eels and don’t forget watching out for turtles hiding and nudibranches crawling between the corals. Even off the coast of Mirbat, the last stop of the crossing, there are beautiful old wrecks and the masses of fish that make Oman a unique destination! The trips back from is usually in early April, when we head back from Mirbat up to Sifah.

Halaniyat Islands:
The winter belongs to the southern tour, which leads along the coast to the group of Hallaniyats which are probably the most diverse diving area of the Sultanate! Located on the same latitude as the Maldives, the islands promise extraordinary biodiversity and incredible abundance of fish! Beautiful bays between rugged cliffs make the crossings between the islands even above water an experience! With a bit of luck you can see sedentary humpback whales and even huge schools of dolphins on the way back to Mirbat! The Halaniyats offer the full range of what a diver wants! Huge fish schools and some beautiful wrecks complete the experience!

Best of Musandam:
This is an exploration tour in a nearly undiscovered area in northern Oman in the Strait of Hormuz. You dive on sites that have never seen a diver before!
This fish-rich region boasts huge swarms of snappers, mackerel, tuna and a healthy, beautiful coral landscape that shines with colors that you will not see anywhere else. Large morays and rays are part of every dive. Meetings with sharks, dolphins or whales may also be expected.
Even wreck enthusiasts will get their money's worth here. Several wrecks, such as a car carrier, but also an airplane wreck waiting to be explored.
An absolute highlight are also the transfer trips to/from Muscat, where you can admire the whole range of the Omani underwater world.

Diving

The trips always take place from Saturday to Saturday. 6 nights are spent on board, the last night the guests spend in a hotel (if the day after a new trip starts). Saturday in the early evening (optional Sunday morning) the ship starts along the coast towards Hallaniyts. There are 3-4 dives daily (Sunday-Thursday), including night dives. Disembarkation is on Friday afternoon in the harbor, where in the morning a last dive is made. From here the guests are brought to the hotel. On Saturday morning we head back to the airport for a connecting stay or return flight to Germany.

Important:
The Oman is still a destination of expeditionary character and is a destination for divers with a thirst for adventure and a lot of pioneering spirit.
It is certain that the islands have a habitat population of humpback whales. Look out for this huge giants - with luck you will find it, especially in the south. Untouched reefs, huge groupers, big dolphin schools, tons of moray eels ... let yourself be surprised! And maybe you even will find a new wreck, because supposedly here ships from the fleet of Vasco da Gama have sunk...
In any case, you will be impressed by the unbelievable amount of fish, as well as the fact that in Oman under water everything is a little bigger than anywhere else!

Safety

Radar, GPS, compass, radio, depth gauge, First Aid kits, Oxygen, life jackets, satellite phone

Technical Data

  • Length: 34 m
  • Width: 9 m
  • Engines: 2 x 720 hp Daewoo each
  • Power: 2 generators, 220 V
  • Compressors: 2 + Nitrox
  • Bouteilles de 12l en aluminium et 15l en acier.
  • DIN and INT adaptors
  • Languages on board: English and German
  • 2 Dinghies (5.5 m) each 40 hp
  • equipment for rental (payment on site) is available by announcement in advanced
  • Nitrox for a fee (60 US$ per Person and week)

Payment on-site

Extra Costs to be paid on site/on board (cash only in OMR, USD or EUR):
Visa Oman 20 OMR (approx. 50 EUR)
Dive permit of 4 OMR is due per diving day, 8 OMR at the Daymaniyat Islands
Nitrox 60 USD per week
Port fees & fuel surcharge for all trips starting from August 2018:
100 USD for all 7 night trips / 130 USD for all longer trips
Some equipment is available upon reservation for a fee.

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