The divesite called “Mousetrap” was our 2nd dive out of the Millennium Hotel’s Marina in Musanah. (My 26th dive in total) The first was Sira Island.This is the Musanah Oman Sail Divemaster, Thani Mohammed Al Hamdani. Quote of the day by Thani during the diving orientation: “Maximum deep last in the corner – 20 meter. If you want more deep, take one shovel and go down.” Other divers waiting for the rest of us to get in the water. Mousetrap was right next to Sira Island. This was the first time diving in the Damaniyats where the 1 hour break between dives was not spent at “Police Island” near the gorgeous whitesand beach of Kharabah Island.The visibility was quite poor on this dive so most pics came out looking “greenish”. It was still a great dive though! I saw several schools of yellow fish, as well as clown fish, parrot fish, cuttlefish and a turtle. Check out the video below. I almost missed the turtle as it was swimming over my head!I can’t quite remember what they call these fish. Any divers out there want to help me out so I can properly label this fish?There was so much debris during parts of the dive that it was almost as if it was snowing under the water. Check out the video below to see what I mean. Some European divers on the boat said that it’s always like that when diving in Oman but that is simply not the case. Visibility has rarely been an issue when diving for me.I think we caught 2 cuttlefish making out on this dive.Just look at that beach in the distance! There are so many wonderful places to snorkel, sunbathe and dive at the Damaniyats!If you look close enough, you’ll notice that some cannisters are just slightly larger than the others. The smaller ones are 13 litres and the larger ones hold 15 litres. For this dive, I used the larger cannister and it made a huge difference for how long I was able to leave the water. When I got out after a 55 minute dive, I still had 70 bar of oxygen left! BTW, the tank with the green sticker is for Nitrox. If you take one of PADI’s most popular specialty courses, “Enriched Air Diver Course“, it “gives you more no decompression dive time. This means more time underwater, especially on repetitive scuba dives.”Heading back to the Marina at Millennium Hotel in Musanah with the Damaniyats off in the distance
Here is a 10 minute video taken from many short clips of our dive at Mousetrap. Notice the poor visibility in some spots and be sure to check out the huge turtle swimming over my head (starting at 7:05)!Be were fortunate to be diving during the Laser World Championships 2013 – which is taking place out of the Marina at the Millennium! The boatride back was made much more interesting with dozens of sailboats out on the water! I got this list of watersport activities from the Marina and thought readers might be interested in knowing current prices for such activities at the Musanah Marina. 30 minutes of Stand Up Paddle Boarding for only 3 rials?! Or Kayaking for the same price!? To learn more about Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Oman, check out this awesome blogpost by Heather Duncan from the “Duncan Adventures Blog”!
Any of you ever dive out of Musanah with Oman Sail? If so, how was your experience? We really enjoyed it and love that the diving options of Oman are slowly growing! To book with Oman Sail in Musanah, just visit the Oman Sail office to the right of the Marina. Tel: +968-2671771 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.seaoman.com
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Just saw this on Al Nahda Resort & Spa’s facebook page and thought I’d share it with you all:
RO 39 for single or double occupancy on a bed and breakfast basis.
RO 49 for single or double occupancy on a half board basis.
… Taxes included. All rates are based on a maximum of two adults sharing. Reservations must be made in advance.Valid for stays throughout May 2013.
“ITALIAN MASTER CHEF SERIES AT GRAND HYATT MUSCAT - Tuscany is set to welcome the first out of three Italian Master Chef series in May. Grand Hyatt’s award winning signature restaurant, Tuscany is set to host a five-day Italian Master Chef series from 8 to 12 May with Exclusive Sponsorship from Qatar Airways, a world class international airline offering 5-star travel experience of exceptional quality & comfort. Argentinean Chef de Cuisine, Francisco Canzano has extensive experience within the Hyatt brand. He started his career in Paris where he worked for the acclaimed Park Hyatt Paris Place Vendôme. On weekends he also worked in local brassieres adding accumulative experience in French and international cuisine. His next move was to Italy at the Park Hyatt Milan, where he learned all the secrets of the Italian kitchens and continued to pursue his career with a speciality in Italian cuisine. Chef Franco then moved to the Grand Hyatt Regency in Spain and learned more about Mediterranean cuisine. After spending years in Europe, Chef Franco made his way back to his home town Buenos Aires, where he worked at the Park Hyatt for six years as Chef de Cuisine at the main all-day dining restaurant. Chef Franco recently moved to Doha in January, where he quickly gained popularity preparing a fantastic variety of high quality food at Rocca, Grand Hyatt Doha. Grand Hyatt Muscat’s General Manager, Garry Friend with Chef Francisco Canzano from Grand Hyatt Muscat’s facebook page.
On the last day of the Master Chef Series, Chef Franco will host a cooking class for interested and up & coming chefs on Sunday, 12 May. The cooking class will feature unique Italian ingredients and professional cooking techniques priced at RO 18 per person. Everyone is welcome to join, cook and indulge in delicious food.
For reservations or more information, visit email@example.com, call +968 2464 1234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Check the hotels Facebook page for more updates facebook.com/GrandHyattMuscat .
If you’ve never been to Tuscany, this is a great opportunity to check it out. Read our review of this fine dining restaraurant from about a year and half ago.
The family and I were recently invited to Wadi Shab Resort (between Quriyat and Sur in Tiwi) by the manager, Suman. Just the week before, one of my friends’s mentioned that she stayed there with her friend and enjoyed it so we didn’t hesitate to accept the gracious offer to check out the place in exchange for an honest review. The manager wants to get the word out that the resort is now open for business, or a “soft opening” as they like to call it here in the Sultanate. He thought it would be nice to advertise the resort and what it has to offer here on this blog. There are 34 guest rooms available at the resort: 17 standard rooms, 14 deluxe rooms and 3 luxury suite rooms. All the rooms have a direct view of the sea; one of the best beach locations on the whole Eastern coast. We really enjoyed the small pool at the resort. With such a great beach location, we were surprised that they even had a pool. Definitely a bonus! With fantastic views of the Sea of Oman and the majestic Hajar Mountains in the back, you couldn’t ask for a better location. We have been saying for years whenever we visit the East Coast that they need a hotel between Quriyat and Sur and we’re glad that there is finally such a place! It’s just a short walk down to the beach. The gorgeous beach at Wadi Shab Resort. As much as I loved the beach at Wadi Shab Resort, I wish I had brought my reef boots as it was hard on the feet at some points. The beach along Wadi Shab Resort must be about 5 kilometers long. Give yourself an hour or more to go exploring the coast towards Tiwi as there are some fabulous cliffs and rock formations. (I will be posting about this in a separate post when I get the chance.) This is the view from our room in the early afternoon. And this is the view from our room just after sunrise. We were very satisfied with the room. The bed we slept in was unbelievably comfortable and the rooms had all the amenities one would expect from a 4 or 5 star resort in Muscat. Room amenities include: Flat Screen LED tv with many satellite channels (the other room had another flat screened tv as well), fridge (2 in luxury), telephone, hair dryer, safe box, electric kettle and complimentary tea/coffee, alarm clock, iron on request, baby cot on request and free wifi access in rooms and public areas. There are actually 2 rooms that come with the luxury suite including a large sitting room with pull-out sofa-bed. The minifridge items are not overly priced like other hotels/resorts in the Sultanate. Example prices include chocolate bars for 300 baizas, softdrinks for 300 and mineral water is complimentary. We were also surprised at how low the room services were. (I had a burger and fries for 1.5 OR as a quick example.) No complaints about the bathrooms. I like the large walk-in showers. It was nice to see that the luxury suite came with 2 bathrooms. Yes, they do have a restaurant at Wadi Shab Resort. It’s quite simple but it does the trick! That’s the restaurant in the pic above with the backdrop of the Hajar Mountains. The indoor seating is the box-like orange section while the boat looking section is outdoor seating. It’s pretty clever to have their restaurant shaped like a boat and it looks quite charming lit up at night: They have a nightly buffet if/when there are enough guests staying at the resort. We don’t know what it would cost for the dinner buffet as we only learned when trying to pay the bill that the manager arranged for our bill to be taken care of. Sweet! There is also the option of Beach Barbecue (BBQ) if you ask the resort in advance. This is the restaurant inside during the breakfast buffet. Reserving the room is easy on their website and meal options are quite cheap (just learned)and can also be selected online (or later at the hotel) including breakfast buffet (4 OR/person), lunch (5 OR), dinner (6 OR), half board (10 OR), or full board (150 OR). The breakfast was great and we enjoyed a lovely scene of fishermen at work with their nets early in the morning: Another beautiful morning view from the restaurant This is the sight you’ll see as you approach Tiwi and the turn-off for Wadi Shab Resort. We were concerned that we might have problems locating the resort but there are clear green signs in several locations letting you know you’re going in the right direction and also informing you as to how many kilometers to the resort. This is what the resort looks like along the Quriyat-Sur coastal highway. It took us 2 hours to reach the hotel from our home in Muscat – 30 minutes till we reached the Bouscher-Amerat mountain road and another hour and a half along the Muscat-Sur highway (no need to drive through Quriyat!!!). Once you make the turnoff and drive back in the direction of Muscat, you should be able to see the resort in the distance like in this pic: You might want to read another review from another blogger who was there around the same time as us. The blog is “Omanly” (“ideas to improve the tourism of Oman”) and they shared their thoughts on Wadi Shab Resort here. A big thanks to Suman (pictured here with Ahmed who works the frontdesk) and the entire staff at Wadi Shab Resort for giving us the royal treatment during our unforgettable stay! Be sure to check out Wadi Shab Resort’s website at www.wadishabresort.com . Tel: +968-2475-7667, Fax: +968-2475-7668, email: email@example.com