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How does it work
Travelers need to be vaccinated with a UAE / GCC Approved Vaccine
Have a PCR Test not older than 48 hours prior to crossing the border
Drive to Al Dhara, Ras al Khaimah border crossing
Exit using normal procedures and present your:
UAE PCR test (48hours)
UAE Health Insurance
Omani Car Insurance
From there you drive to Khasab and Khor Najd (68KM)
There you take a PCR Test at Khasab, exclusively offered for Al MArsa (in collaboration with Aster Clinic). This PCR test ensures you can enter the UAE again once returning from the trip. This PCR test is PAID for by Al Marsa! After this is done you will board our boat in Khor Najd.
In Khor Najd, there are ample parking spaces and a brand-new jetty for easy on and off-loading for people and equipment.
Yes. You need a PCR Test (48hour or less) from the UAE to enter Oman. You also need to be fully vaccinated (2 doses) with a GCC approved vaccine.
Yes. We organize that. You will do a PCR test (PAID BY US) in Khasab
At Al Marsa we strictly follow the recommended safety procedures and disinfection standards as per DAN Europe for diving and maritime activities.
For more information and details about these procedures, please click here.
The best if you can follow Google Maps to reach our offices, irrelevant which part of the UAE you are coming from. Alternatively, you can download and follow our location map for guidance.
If you still need some help in finding us, please call or WhatsApp us at +971 50 274 8538
The border from the UAE crossing to Musandam is only a military check-point. This means that we will provide you with a border permit, which the officials will check against your original passport and UAE residency visa. This means that you will need to bring your valid original passport and valid UAE residency visa. Both of these will be checked by the officials upon crossing the border against the border permit. Officially you will not exit the UAE and enter Oman, but will be administered as a temporary visitor with the border permit.
Of course, and even if you have a single-entry visa for the UAE! The border from the UAE crossing to Musandam is only a military check-point. This means that we will provide you with a border permit, which the officials will check against your original passport and UAE entry stamp / visa. Officially you will not exit the UAE and enter Oman, but will be administered as a temporary visitor with the border permit.
Sure, we can help you with a transfer from Muscat to Musandam. Please send us your request through our Contact from so we can help you plan your trip.
We can help you to get to Musandam from anywhere in the UAE. Please send us your request through our Contact Form so we can help you plan your trip.
Towels are provided for all guests, whether you are joining a day-trip on one of our speedboats or a multi-day dhow trip. You will only need to bring your personal belongings – like sunscreen, hat, etc.
We have water dispensers on all our dhows for fresh and cold water. Please feel free to bring your own water bottle, alternatively we can also provide one to use during your trip. On our speedboat we have cooler boxes where we store water(bottles).
We provide food and beverages on all our trips! If you are booking a speedboat trip, you will be sorted with sandwiches, soft-drinks and water; if you are joining one of our dhow trips, then you will be provided with hot meals in buffet style, snacks, fruits as well as drinks (water, juices, soft-drinks, coffee and tea) for the full duration of the trip.
Not at all! Our chefs prepare fantastic food and can accommodate any dietary requests. Please make sure to inform our team about you food restrictions so we can prepare for your trip accordingly.
All of our dhows are equipped with fresh (and heated) water showers on board.
On your multi-day scuba safari, you can charge your devices (camera, dive torches, mobile phones, etc.) in the air-conditioned lounge on the main deck, where there are multiple plugs available.
Until the Lima area there is, however high up in the Musandam peninsula there is no reception. This means complete disconnection from the busy life and full relaxation on board. We do however have satellite phones on all our vessels in case we need to contact our team in our office.
All our vessels are equipped with First Aid Kits, life jackets, fire extinguishers and emergency oxygen kits. We also have satellite phones, and marine radios on all our vessels in case we need to contact emergency services.
Depending on the dhow, we have twin and triple cabins with shared or en-suite bathrooms. For more details on the cabin layouts, please visit our fleet page.
Yes. However there is a surcharge for single occupancy cabins. Please ask our team for more details on this.
Of course. Whether your anniversary or a birthday party, company or other corporate event, we can help you plan an unforgettable experience. Send us your request at email@example.com so we can help you with the planning.
Please send us your request at firstname.lastname@example.org so our team can assist you.
We do have organizer rate for private groups. Please send us your request through our Contact from and one of our team members will assist you with the details.
Our trips not only involve scuba diving, but we have kayaks and snorkel equipment on board, sun-bed, etc. Many of our guests join the trips to relax and get away from the buzzing city-life. Musandam is a perfect place for this as it is very serene, with beautiful views where the vast mountains meet the endless sea.
Sure! You can do an SSI Try Dive during any of our dhow trips. This doesn’t require going through an online course, only a short briefing with our SSI Scuba Instructor, who will then take you to a short, shallow dive. We can guarantee you will love the experience and will want to do the full course during your next trip.
Only licensed hotels are allowed to serve alcoholic beverages on their premises. In addition, as per the rules and regulations of the United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman, it is prohibited to transport alcoholic beverages over the border coming into the province of Musandam, Oman. The border Police Officers will thoroughly check each car and luggage at the checkpoint. Any alcoholic beverages found will be confiscated and the offender will be taken to the UAE police station for further procedures and penalty payments.
We have several speed boats available for deep water solo climbers and can provide a special rate for your group. Reach out to us through our Contact form and one of our team members can assist you with the planning and details.
We have highly skilled SSI and PADI Dive Masters and Instructors as dive guides on all our trips. They have vast experience in the area and will ensure to provide you with the best possible underwater experience on your dives, whether you are a solo-diver or traveling with your buddy.
Al Marsa is the only live-aboard operator in the Musandam area, which means the marine life is less disturbed by divers and there is higher chance to see spectacular underwater life. We can guarantee, that divers from our company will be the only ones during your dives on the Northern dive sites of the peninsula.
We provide the option to all our diver guests to rent full scuba equipment for our trips. This includes the basic gear, such as regulator, BCD, mask, boots, fins and wetsuit, as well as great add-ons like state-of-the-art Shearwater dive computers, Ammonite dive torches and even SUEX scooters! Our team can advise you on the details during the booking process.
Yes you can. You can do scuba training on a multi-day trip and even on day-trips! We offer both SSI and PADI courses and if you do training during our trips, we can offer you very attractive discounts from the course fee, up to 50%! Please feel free to check with our team or send and email to email@example.com and we will be happy to assist you.
We have a 4 x 50 Liter @300bar (60.000liter) EAN32 bank, which means NITROX is readily available. We also offer up to 40% Nitrox, any time, free of charge for all our Nitrox certified divers for our trips.
Want to benefit from the free Nitrox but you are not yet certified? No problem, one of our instructors can certify you during the trip. Please ask our team for more details.
We can provide any TRIMIX as well as deco-gases, which are either partially blended or mixed using state of the art NARDI TT-Pro Mixer. Each of our dive team member is a SSI TRIMIX Gas Blender. They know how to blend Nitrox and TRIMIX from doing the calculation on a piece of paper, to use an app to make sure the mixes requested are accurate. We also have 5 Analox Pro Nitrox testers as well as a DiveSoft 02/He Analyzer. If you require any Technical Gasses or Analyzer, please make sure you tell us 48 hours in advance so we can assist you.
Whale sharks like warm water as their main source of food is more present then. We frequently see whale sharks starting May until end of December, and sometimes even in January and February. Of course, this is not something that we can guarantee, but since we are the only live-aboard operator in the Musandam area, this also means the marine life is less disturbed by divers and there is higher chance to see spectacular underwater life.
Winter Months (January – February): Sea surface temperature around 25 C°, with 20-22 C° at 15-20 meters depth
Summer months (July – August): Sea surface temperature around 34 C°, with very pleasant 28-30 C° at 15-20 meters depth
The visibility can be anywhere between 5 – 50 meters, depending on the weather conditions, tides, currents and time of the year. However, even if there is low visibility, the diving experience is still spectacular due to abundance of sea life Musandam has to offer.
From busy coral reefs turning into sandy slopes, to walls with fantastic drift dives, Musandam has a wide variety of dive sites that are suitable for all diver levels. Our Dive Masters and Instructors are all extremely familiar with all the local sites and will chose the best ones according to experience level and sea conditions. Please visit the SSI website and scroll to the bottom of our page to learn more about the different dive sites in Musandam.
Although not needed by Omani Law, we highly recommend you getting diving insurance. All our SSI students for entry level courses receive free insurance through our DiveAssure policy for the duration of the course and up to 179 days. We can also help you with your trip or general diver insurance through DiveAssure. For details on DiveAssure dive insurance please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rules & Regulations
When crossing at the Dibba border check point, original identification documents must be presented to the authorities, such as:
UAE Nationals: original National ID
UAE Residents: original passport and original UAE Residency VISA
Tourists: original passport & UAE tourist visa OR visit visa OR visa stamp in passport (whichever is applicable)
As per the rules and regulations of the United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman, it is prohibited to transport alcoholic beverages over the border coming into the province of Musandam, Oman. The border Police Officers will thoroughly check each car and luggage at the checkpoint. Any alcoholic beverages found will be confiscated and the offender will be taken to the UAE police station for further procedures and penalty payments.
Kindly be informed that we do not serve alcoholic beverages on board.
Car insurance covering the Sultanate of Oman is mandatory for all vehicles crossing the border and is regularly checked by the Omani Police. Failing to present a valid policy will result in a fine of OMR 35.
Last updated: 31-08-2021
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