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“Our preferred diving centre ... and B&B”

Nomad Ocean Adventures
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Nomad is family owned dive center with accommodation we have been opened for business for 10 years. We offer 15 rooms in 3 villas with 2 shared bathrooms per villas. We have a heated pool which great for diving courses or for a dip. The meals area is recent and built of local stones. We also have a retail diving gear equipment section. The meals menus are done by our chef and served in a buffet manner the meals are always really nice. We offer a type of service very different from what you typically find in the UAE. We also offer free nitrox on availability and courses from discover scuba diving all the way to the pro's level as we are awarded as a 5 star idc facility and obtained a green award from PADI for our environmental efforts and choices. We own 2 speedboats with recent Yamaha four stroke engines. The boats are comfortable and fast!!!
Reviewed May 20, 2013

Our family is truly positively addict to Nomad Ocean Adventures.
We did a Discovery Scuba Diving (PADI DSD) session in 2012 then got our PADI Open Water certification with them. We are now regularly diving through several diving clubs and our No.1 choice is definitely and enthusiastically Nomad Ocean Adventures.

FIrst of all, the safety is the primary concern of all of their diving staff.
Chris and the staff are hosting us like friends but deal with us as genuine and serious PADI safety experts. Compared to other clubs we really feel in safe hands.
During the certification, the instructors (special mention is made to Jason, a top instructor) succeeded in helping us manage our inhibitions and in teaching us how to love scuba diving.
From the very first dive on, instructors and dive masters have been escorting us and helped building self-confidence. Let us name Aliona, Lisa, Fizzy and also Chris, Jason, Sofiane, Emilio, Clayton and so many other excellent instructors. We owe them a lot.

The Musandan peninsula / Oman Sea diving spots are really excellent. Departure is generally at 9-10am and return is at 3-4pm which enables the divers to return home in the UAE in the afternoon.
Our preferred diving spots so far are Octopus Island, Ras Marovi, Pearl Island, Ras Limah, Ras Hamra and Ras Sinoot.
Coral and fishes are of prime quality.
The equipment/diving gear for rent is always recent and of good quality. We never had any issue with their good condition (unlike some other centres in the region).

The diving centre offers nice accomodations: Rooms are offering space and good beds, in each villa there are 2 bathrooms for 5 rooms and we like the air-conditioned majlis very much (for buffet breakfast and dinner; lunch is offered on-board between diving sessions).
The food is excellent and the cook is providing an excellent quality. Chris' mother is also helping design a menu that is always home made, fresh and with fair variety.
The salt water swimming pool is available both for diving pool sessions ... and relaxing.

Access to the diving centre is easy and fast fo a 1-day return trip or a full week-end.
From Dubai Airport, it is a mere 1h20 drive up to the UAE-Oman border in Dibba.
Then it takes 5 minutes from the border to the diving centre located just 10 meters ahead from SHELL petrol station (and 150 meters before DIbba "Al Mina" port).

Our preferred way from Dubai is taking E611 (Emirates Road) to avoid E311 heavy traffic, then E88 to Al Dhaid, and immediately after Al Dhaid leave E88 at the first roundabout taking on to the left on E18 then E87 until Dibba (alternatively E88 through Al Dhaid until Masafi, then E87 until Dibba).
Arriving in Dibba, drive down to the roundabout with dolphins, take it to the left then drive straight (passing 2 roundabouts) until reaching the roundabout located just before the downtown border post (only for locals), turn right at the roundabout and drive through the street with all official buildings (belonging to Emirate of Sharjah). When arriving next to the sea side, there is a roundabout with a large mosque, turn left and drive along the sea until the UAE-Oman border post opened for tourists and visitors.

When booking with Nomad Ocean Adventures, they will take care of permits to pass the UAE Border into Oman. Just show your passports and the Diving Centre booking confirmation. No visa required (as of April 2013). Passports will not be stamped.

Indeed our review is quite detailed ... but first of all we wish to share our enthusiasm in recommending Nomad Ocean Adventure.

Note that some of our friends use the Nomad Ocean Adventure as a B&B and some others as a full-board base camp for diving and visiting the Musandam peninsula by road. It is up to you!

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Reviewed May 1, 2013 via mobile

I stayed at Nomad last november and i was delighted. Chris and her mother are very nice hosts. We where 2 on the boat every day, and the spots were just for us: very different from egypt usual situation...
Musandan underwater is full of life and cris knows the good places very well (he discovered most of them).
Life is very quiet in Dibbah, perfect for cool rebreathing.
Good food and basic accommodation.
i strongly recommend this place.

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Reviewed April 15, 2013

Recently finished my IDC (Instructor Development Course) with Nomad Ocean Adventures in Dibba-Oman. The 12 days here have been some to remember, the staff are very professional and efficient and make you feel at home straight away with an amazing relaxed atmosphere. The food is world class and all home made , each day something different. Not only is clean and walking distance to the beach it has some incredible diving and knowledgeable staff to educate you on the environment , they really are ambassadors of the sea that care about the marine life !!
Could not recommend any other place in Musandam but here at Nomad !! If you looking for a relaxed environment with staff that cares and quality accommodation here is the place for you !! 5 star review any day !!

Thank Saffa2013
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

We had friends over from London and instead of making them spend the whole time in Dubai decided to do a short stint to Dibba. We didn't want to dive, just wanted a chilled out couple of days snorkelling! We turned up later then anticipated due to the horrifc Dubai-Sharjah traffic enroute only to be greeted by the ever so helpful, warm and welcoming Lisa, (who arranged the whole thing for us) and a patient chef who awaited our late arrival! The snorkelling was fab, lots of sea life, Lisa was the perfect host. We will be venturing back, this time to Dive! Highly recommend Nomad for anyone who wants to snorkel, dive or just fancies a break away from the city, you will be looked after well!

Thank Komal-Jeelesh
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

I went to Nomad to try diving for the first time last week and it was amazing! Everything from the staff to the food to the facilities were perfect. The instructor was amazing and made me feel very comfortable in the water, talking me through the equipment and making sure I was happy with everything. The atmosphere at the club is so lovely, everyone if friendly and the staff are always willing to sit and have a chat over a beer. Lovely way to spend the weekend - we will be back very soon!

Thank KatieRose26
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