It’s no mystery why Oman is increasingly becoming a vibrant hub for superyacht enthusiasts.
Its stunning landscapes, including rugged mountains, vast deserts, and beautiful blue seas, create a magical atmosphere. Even though it shares a border with the UAE, Oman’s rich heritage, warm and welcoming culture create a unique and enchanting experience.
As we delve into our concluding chapter of Oman’s exploration, we unveil the well-kept secret of the Daymaniyat Islands. Tucked away in the heart of the Gulf of Oman, these nine picturesque islands serve as a haven for a diverse array of marine life, featuring numerous fish species, thriving coral reefs, and even the majestic presence of whale sharks.
Considered one of the most mysterious and intriguing destinations in the Middle East, Daymaniyat Islands lie approximately 18 kilometers (11 miles) off the coast of Barka and about 70 kilometers (43 miles) to the west of Muscat, the capital of Oman. Collectively, these islands form a nature reserve spanning a total area of 100 hectares (250 acres).
The journey of protection and recognition for this remarkable marine ecosystem began in 1996 when Oman officially designated the area as a nature reserve. However, access was initially restricted to marine research purposes until 2013, when the pristine beauty of the Daymaniyat Islands was opened to a very restricted public. In fact, In order to preserve and protect the islands, trips are still limited. Only a few lucky yachts per year can be admitted.
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Anchorage in the area is permitted with prior authorization, so be sure to plan your visit accordingly and check with local authorities to organize your journey.
Dive into paradise and swim with Whale Sharks
At the heart of the Daymaniyat Islands lies a vibrant marine ecosystem that rivals some of the world’s most renowned underwater paradises. Crystal-clear waters host a dazzling array of marine life, with over 100 species of vibrant coral, more than 300 species of fish including whale sharks.
Whale sharks, the world’s largest fish, can grow up to 12 meters in length and weigh as much as 20 tons. Despite their immense size, these magnificent creatures are completely harmless to humans. They’re filter feeders, gracefully sieving small plankton from the water.
Whale Shark season typically runs from September to November. During this time, these gentle giants, along with their pups, migrate to the warmer waters of the southern hemisphere in search of fish eggs, shrimp, copepods, and other delectable treats. It’s the perfect opportunity for an unforgettable encounter with them.
Anyway, at any time of the year (best time to visit these islands run from September to April for the experiencing moderate temperatures) you descend beneath the surface of Daymaniyat waters, you’ll find yourself surrounded by a kaleidoscope of colors, as schools of fish swim among intricate coral formations.
Whether you’re a seasoned diver or a novice snorkeler, the Daymaniyat Islands offer a thrilling underwater adventure. Dive deep into caves, swim alongside turtles, and witness the enchanting dance of the fish in their natural habitat.
The islands are also a magnet for migratory and indigenous birds and serve as nesting grounds for sea turtles. These gentle creatures lay their eggs in the soft sands of the islands, offering a unique opportunity for visitors to witness the magic of new life as hatchlings make their way to the sea.
Remember to be a responsible traveler, help protect this unique treasure, and leave only footprints behind. So, if you’re planning your next adventure, consider the Daymaniyat Islands – a world of enchantment waiting to be discovered. Your journey to this extraordinary slice of paradise will surely be a story to tell for years to come.
Marinas to berth in Oman
Muscat – Al Mouj Marina
Situated near the stunning Daymaniyat Islands, Muscat’s Al Mouj Marina boasts the prestigious International Clean Marina and 5 Gold Anchor Accreditations. With 165 berths for yachts ranging from 8 to 65 meters, it offers top-notch facilities, including 6-meter-wide pontoon walkways, on-water lounges, fueling and maintenance services, emergency response, buggy service, and a 24-hour dock master.
Muscat – Shangri La Marina
Nestled in a secluded cove just a short drive from Muscat’s city center, Barr Al Jissah is a luxurious retreat along the Gulf of Oman’s shores. This exclusive destination seamlessly blends Omani-inspired architecture with the natural landscape. The marina, featuring 43 berths for vessels up to 40 meters in length, accommodates a range of boats, from cruise ships to superyachts.
Muscat – Marina Bandar Al Rowdha
Marina Bandar Al Rowdha, Muscat’s original marina nestled at the base of the Al Hajar Mountains, offers an ideal gateway to prime cruising areas near the city. Boasting 219 wet berths ranging from 6.5m to 22m, as well as over 180 dry berthing spaces accommodating boats up to 13m on trailers and 43 shaded jetski berths, it caters to various needs.
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