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Sultanate of Oman
Cruise date: November 25th – December 2nd
Air Temp: 83°F
Water Temp: 79°F
Exposure: 3-5mm Wetsuit
Crew: Captain Amro, Cruise Director Timo, Engineer Haram, Chef Hussein, Pastry Chef Salah, Dive Instructor Shaker & Sam, Tender Driver Mohamed & Sameh, Steward Nubi, Housekeeper Nabil, Deckhand Mohamed & Halim
Guestss: Hans, Christine, Woody, Stephane, Armand, Raphael, Amy, Scott, Sylvie, Joel, Elena, Dimitry, Morag, Craig, Louisa
Saturday, November 25th
We welcomed our guests aboard the Oman Aggressor at 3pm; most coming from our host Hotel Juweira Boutique located in the marina. Everyone is choosing a spot on the dive deck and is making themselves comfortable in the spacious cabins. Two more guests’ arrived exactly at dinner time and we all enjoyed a delicious meal. Not much later, it’s getting awfully quiet onboard as our guests are resting for a great week of diving.
Sunday, November 26th
We leave port and enjoy breakfast at 7am followed by the initial boat and safety briefing. As well the diving procedures are explained in detail, Mohamed and Halim helping our group to board safely the two 7m Tenders and we are heading to our first dive spot. Timka Rock is an easy dive site, perfect to check out if gear is working properly and getting the first impressions of Omani waters. For the second and the night dive today we choose the Marriott wreck where plenty of fish gathers around. In the night we spotted a decorator crab and 2 frogfish beside a ton of sleeping parrotfish.
Arriving at 5:30am to Hasikiyah Island, the sun is almost rising and Captain Amr fixed the boat in a lovely bay where we do two dives to start the day. Hasikiyah Coral Wall is the first choice; an almost unexplored new dive site that offers a surprise! A huge school of travelley approached our group as we came close to their day shelter, a cave. Nubi is serving a tasty lunch with Strawberry and Honeymelon Barquette as dessert. On the other side of the island, our Aquarium allows a shallow easy dive with a comfortable entry from the mothership for the third and the night dive. After the dinner we start crossing over to Qarzawit, which will take about three hours.
Tuesday, November 28th
Short after midnight we arrive at our spot for our next day of diving. Due to wind direction we adjust our mooring position and our guests can enjoy their breakfast before the first dive. The first spot of today is Gotta Schmies. An awesome dive with some current which attracted huge Rainbow Runners and a massive Grouper! Two pointed nose stingrays passed by also. After a little break we are ready for the second dive on Schmies Wall. Fresh Fish was served for Lunch with Egyptian Style Potatoes. We are moving not far for the third dive, which is promising a lot of fish going in all directions on our spot: Fish Highway. Lots to see everywhere and our guests are out of the water with a smile. For the night, we have some winds from the east so we decide to stay beside ‘Scmies’ and can do the night dive under the boat. In the evening pastry Chef Salah created two Birthday cakes to celebrate Stephanie and Craig’s Birthdays.
Wednesday, November 29th
We are going out by Tender and do a drift back to the mothership on our first dive site ‘Schmies Fingers’. Fish are everywhere, morays and some Jawfish looking carefully out of their homes. Short break and we are heading to ‘Angry Grouper’ where beautiful soft coral and huge black coral cover the rocks. For Lunch, chef Hussein prepared homestyle Burgers with handcut frech fries. Al Qibliyah, the most western island, is our next destination for the third and night dive. All guests came back with a smile from the afternoon dive and we moved into a bay to stay sheltered overnight from the wind.
Thursday, November 30th
Al Qibliyah Rock is one of the top spots where we will have our first two dives this morning. This Wall drops to about 80ft maximum and is just amazing as the concentration and variation of marine life is awesome. We all enjoyed an encounter with the dragon moray as well as a rare small yellow pufferfish. During lunch time we are heading back west to our last stop around the Hallaniyat Islands which takes us about three hours. On the way, we were surrounded by a huge school of dolphins! Everyone was lucky to get some good shots when they jumped out of the water. Al Sawda Island offers guests a chance to enjoy some time on shore. Soft white sand beaches and some little peaks to hike up can be explored on this uninhabited island. During the third dive at “Al Sawda Coral Garden” our divers were chased by the curious batfish and in the night dive some divers were lucky to find a decorator crab. This evening our guests can enjoy a whole turkey feast with a glass of wine before we are moving back to mainland.
Friday, December 1st
With the sunrise we are back in Mirbat and having a continental Breakfast before the first dive. 6:30am we go to our beautiful dive site ‘Ras Mirbat’. Encounters were Nudibranch, huge Squid, Octopus and everyone had a big smile after this ‘best dive of the week’. Due to tidal waters we have to leave to get into port and our guests will have time for a hot breakfast, long nap and boutique shopping before lunchtime. In the evening we are having our cocktail party with cheese skewers, sushi and salmon canapé. We announced 5 Iron Divers this week, congratulation to Hans, Dimitry, Sylvie, Joel and Stephane and the best Dive Team Award goes to Armand & Raphael. For Dinner we reserved for our guests a waterfront table at Saporito, an Italian – Lebanese Restaurant in the Juweira Marina, which offered a tasty menu that satisfied everyone.
Thanks from all Crew to our guests joining the Oman Aggressor this week.
It was a pleasure to have you on board.
Log Date: December 2nd 2017
Entry by: Oman Aggressor Crew