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“Super relaxed and great for non-divers as well” 4 of 5 stars
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3.0 of 5 Ranch   |   P.O. Box 199 | Postal Code 115, Medinat Sultan Qaboos, Oman   |  
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Super relaxed and great for non-divers as well”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Stayed there with 2 other couples last weekend. Very relaxed atmosphere and the staff (mainly the local Omanis are exceedingly helpful). The accommodation is very basic but that is all part of what this hotel/resort is all about. Perfect if you are staying with other couples or a small group, unlike a hotel room, each bungalow has a porch where you can sit and chat as the sun sets and the evening begins.

Dinner again is basic but there is plenty of it and good variety with themed nights. The lunch wasn’t included in our rate but the prices are reasonable and the food very tasty.

None of our group were divers but thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The location is simply amazing and unlike any other beach holiday we have done. If you like fishing, try to get the locals to take you, plenty of red snapper and hamour on offer and some really good dolphin watching. We also went to Wadi Al Shab, about 2 hours’ drive through some spectacular mountain ranges. The Wadi was better than the pictures showed with some great cliff jumping.

All in all, will go back again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Muscat, Oman
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012 via mobile

The place is very nice that is undeniable but the service and the food are truly bad. You sit down at your table and you need to wait for 10 minutes before someone takes you a menu and you even have to ask for out while the waiters mind thei own business. Moreover even the time you actually wait for your food is way too much. 45 minutes for a club sandwich come on!!!!! seen the service you might think of moderate prices well this is absolutely not the case. In the end come to the beach but avoid the restaurant full of rude waiters and slow cooks

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

The Oman dive center offers great opportunities for diving and seeing different sealife in numbers. However, there are some shortcomings that need to be addressed.

First, the diving: the number of fish, creatures and coral was amazing! We saw several types of creatures ( nudibranches, rays and eels) that we have never seen before. Although visibility only averaged around 8 meters, that did not matter for the numbers and varieties. OMC has 3 boats, 2 small and 1 large. They offer trips to the Fahal islands and a wreck, both of which we did not get to go to, since the large boat was in need of repair.

The dive service was very good, although the dive crew were new to the area and did not know the sites well. However, they were not pushy and allowed the experienced divers free reign other than a 60 minute max dive time. The center has a good setup for equipment management, washing, drying and preparation. They could have more facilities for cameras, such as a camera bucket and table. Also, one word of warning, the dive center had an air compressor problem during the trip that led to headaches. OMC reacted quickly to this, bringing a specialist in to drain and make repairs within 2 days.

The lodging was simple but nice, good air conditioning, clean and rustic. Enjoyed the open air bathrooms. I would like to have had access to wifi, and better lighting.

The food was average on most days. Pasta night was good, the fresh tuna on another night was great, the BBQ night was not good. They need to add good pizza as an alternative for the nights you are not in to the set menu. Breakfast was okay, fruit, eggs cooked to order, and cereal. Breakfast and dinner is included in the room price. Lunch menu was okay, but could be larger and more varied.

The facilities were nice, good beach, great layout and clean.


Add wifi, good pizza and more opportunities to go to the premiere dive sites and they would get a great rating instead of a good!

Room Tip: Go to lunch at least once to Shang Rai lai, the buffet was amazing!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Not very far from the city .. its right next to the breathtaking qantab beach .. the dive centre has its own beach and a lot of facilities ..for those who wish to stay over night as well as persons who wish to spend a day at the dive centre ..

the prices are very reasonable and they also conduct a lot of tours for sighseeing and dolphin watching ..
a nice restaurant by the beach tho the spread is limited ..they have a swimming pool as well as a few shacks/rooms which are well furnished and got all amenities ..

if you wish to stay over night .. therez not a single store or place any place close to the dive centre and finding a cab might be a little difficult unless u call in advance

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

We went there for the weekend. We couldn't have asked for a better location. Cabins are on the beach with a beautiful view. Given it is a bay, the water is shallow and hence safe for kids. Beach is very well maintained. Clean water and many schools of fish. We saw a turtle and a couple of sting rays as well.
Staff is friendly but doesn't go out of way to help you. Service level is ordinary. Food is not great, neither choice or the taste. Shangri-la is two minutes away. So if you really crave for food take a short drive (we just did that).

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Munich
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186 helpful votes 186 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

We went diving and snorkeling for one morning with the Oman Dive Center. Welcomed by likable Mario we quickly agreed on a trip to Bandar Khayran for the next day. We found good safe gear including a computer if you don't bring your own, nice boat in top condition with good crew, friendly, welcoming and professional. Our guide Maggie was wonderful in showing us the underwater world of Oman for the first time. A crew member later accompanied us for snorkeling. We saw a lot including big morays and a small turtle among masses of other fish We thoroughly enjoyed this trip and can recommend the center.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dubai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

I have stayed at the Oman Dive Centre on 3 different occasions now and each time we really enjoyed ourselves! The individual little cabanas are super sweet and very comfortable. Most importantly though they are clean! We really liked the food and found the offerings to be very tasty and fresh!

beautiful place to go for the weekend and just chill. We live in Dubai and have even done a one night visit although it's always good to have someone to share the drive with.

Highly recommend the Oman Dive Centre but be aware this is a quirky and unique resort, not 5 star! If you go in expecting 5 star of course you will be disappointed!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Oman Dive Center Resort

Address: P.O. Box 199 | Postal Code 115, Medinat Sultan Qaboos, Oman
Location: Oman > Muscat Governorate
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Muscat Governorate
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Oman Dive Center Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Also Known As:
Oman Dive Hotel Muscat Governorate
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