Daymaniyat Islands Nature Reserve

Daymaniyat Islands Nature Reserve

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Nic24
5 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
Snorkeling trip to the islands with Global Scuba today. What an amazing experience watching turtles, wrasse, trigger fish, parrot fish, several types of angel fish among many others. Water was clear and of course very warm. Easy swimming for someone who would not rate themselves as the strongest swimmer. Would actually rate this as a better experience than the Maldives for swimming with turtles. Great guys on the boat, well equipped and really helpful. Such a brilliant trip, although it is the wrong time of year to land on the islands, a trip should not be missed as part of any visit to Oman.
Written 24 September 2023
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Curiosity47634700317
2 contributions
May 2023
It is a beautiful place to spend with friends and family ,we can enjoy and play and spend a time peacefully
Written 10 May 2023
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Brun066
Florence, Italy12,074 contributions
Jan 2023
The Damaniyat Archipelago is a group of nine uninhabited main islands, which stretch for 18 Kms and are about as distant from the nearest coast, the Batinah Coast, about 100 km north of Muscat. They are formed by limestone rocks and ancient coral reefs, and still active coral reefs border them in several parts.
It's therefore obvious that this archipelago was declared a nature reserve about thirty years ago: the features of the land and the sea justify it. So there are no tourist resorts; only camping is allowed (for a fee), as I understand it for a maximum of five days.
The islands have an almost desert character, even more so than the mainland, which at least is criss-crossed by wadis which can have running water after the rains. The sea water is warm in every season, due to the latitude more than that of the renowned resorts in the north of the Red Sea: in January we dived as we would in the Mediterranean in July and August.
We visited spots on two of the islands of the archipelago during a day trip from Muscat. We didn't land in the first spot, but we snorkeled starting directly from the boat, also swimming among the turtles that abound in these waters. We noticed that, at least on the day of our visit, strong currents forcefully move swimmers away from their original position, requiring great effort to stay in the same spot. In the second spot, an evocative and deserted cove, we briefly immersed ourselves in the water again, then we consumed the packed lunch provided by the organization.
We returned early to Muscat, because the weather forecast was unfavourable, and in fact we found rough sea on the way back.
It was an exciting, albeit short, experience.
Written 1 May 2023
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Jessy
Doha, Qatar50 contributions
Apr 2023 • Solo
The islands are beautiful and worth to visit when in Muscat. Seeb port is around 30-minute drive away from Muscat and islands are around 30-45 minute- speedboat ride from port but definitely worth it!!!
Written 23 April 2023
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Nadine E
9 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
This is a MUST when you love uninhabited beautiful nature islands, absolutely loved it, our son had such a great adventure exploring the islands and snorkeling… stunning nature and picture perfect white beaches… surrounded by orange and black rocks, amazing! We went with mar mar boat company, was lovely!
Written 19 April 2023
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beatrice g
5 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Wonderful!
This place is a small treasure in Oman.
We spotted many sea turtles and a rich and incredible quantity of fish.
The team was very professional and friendly. We had a great time and we would love to come back soon.

If you love snorkeling or diving this is the place!
Written 9 October 2022
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Harold M
18 contributions
Oct 2021
We visited the islands on a snorkeling trip last week and the site did not meet expectations. We anticipated droves of colorful tropical fish framed in lush coral, with a few ambient turtles as a surprise. The problem is that the site has been severely affected by a vicious cyclone that passed over the area recently. The cyclone overturned a lot of the coral and essentially tore away its color -- the coral there now is just brown, grey and black with no color. The fish are indeed colorful and tropical -- wrasses, puffers, parrotfish, etc. -- but they are far from numerous and you have to swim up close to the rocks on the beach to see them where they collect. On the bright side, the water is warm and clear, and the current is minimal, so you can hover and watch the action (such as it is), If you have a good guide, he will direct you to where the turtles are and it is really fun to hang around them as they feed on the coral and flap their flippers. It takes about a solid 1 hour and 15 minutes to get out to the site, so be prepared for a very long ride. I was hoping for an experience more like Fiji -- massive schools of colorful fish and wavy coral: neither was the case. Nonetheless, given that you can usually catch a pod of spinner dolphins on the way out, and the fact that indeed there are nice fish to see (if not many) and the water is nice, there are much worse ways to spend a hot day in Muscat than going out to the islands. Just don't visualize some South Pacific dream reef, and you will be rewarded appropriately.
Written 21 October 2021
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Paulo Forno
Sohar, Oman8 contributions
Dec 2020 • Friends
Good trip and a beautiful place good place for snorkeling the trip is 45 minutes the place is very clean
Written 6 December 2020
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uzmelissa
Dubai, United Arab Emirates193 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
I went here with a half day tour with my kid. We didnt snorkelling but swam on the island. That place is amazingly worth to visit,and half day tour was really enough to me
Written 29 April 2020
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Tomo
148 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
We had a wonderful day diving at Daymaniyat Islands. The water was so clear and blue. We saw a lot of beautiful fishes as well as a few turtles. A highly recommended place if you are in Muscat.
Written 1 April 2020
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