Dive Safari / MV Saman Explorer
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.
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 Salalah no alcohol purchase is possible!
ItineraryBest of Daymaniat - Fahal and Bandar Khayran:
During the summer months, the Saman Explorer operates in the north of the sultanate, in the capital region before Muscat. The North Tour begins and ends in Sifah, heads north on the Fahal Islands and Kuriyat to the Daymaniyat islands with frequent whale sharks and south to the Ras Abu Dhaud where even mobulas cross the immersion route from time to time! The wreck of Al Munasseir at Bandar Al Kharein, another highlight, 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 SüdenDie tour ends with wonderful dives to the famous Halaniayt Islands: humpback whales, manta rays and pelargische huge pods of dolphins are not uncommon here. 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! In the north of North we start again in early April from Mirbat up to Sifah.
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! Site loyalty Humpback whales and giant dolphin schools at the end of the trip in a bay back to Mirbat: The Halaniyats may offer the complete range of what a diver wants underwater! 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.
The tours runnig from Saturday to Saturday. 6 nights are spent on board, our guests will spend the last night at the 5-star Marriott Hotel in Mirbat.
On Saturday afternoon, the ship departs from the port of Mirbat. The tour takes you first along the coast. From the village of Hasik, the trip to the island group of Hallaniyat are beginning. The first of the islands is reached after 3-4 hours crossing. In the next few days, our guests are going to explore the dive sites around the five islands.
There are daily 3-4 dives provided, including night dives.
Disembarkation is on Friday afternoon in the harbor of Mirbat. From here, guests are accommodated at the Marriott Mirbat. On Saturday morning, it goes back to the airport for connecting flight back to Germany or a extension stay.
The diving area is untouched and yet poorly discovered. You may therefore expect everything. Of course we were already made some exploring dives.
Is also known, that the islands can boast a resident population of humpback whales. Look out for this huge giant. Certainly there is much more to discover. Several reefs, large groupers, mantas ... let us surprise you! And maybe you even feel a new wreck, because allegedly there are ships from the fleet of Vasco da Gama have fallen ...
The south of Oman is a destination with expedition character. Please note that the region is slowly opening up to tourism. All local agents are working hard to ensure you a smooth process, please do not expect perfection anyway. This is a destination for divers looking for adventure and a lot of pioneering spirit.
Radar, GPS, compass, radio, depth gauge, First Aid kits, Oxygen, life jackets, satellite phone
- Length: 34 m
- Width: 9 m
- Engines: 2 x 720 hp Daewoo each
- Power: 2 generators, 220 V
- Compressors: 2 + Nitrox
- 12l aluminium and 15l steel tanks
- 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)
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, 6 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