Hallaniyat Islands - Red Sea

  • Water temp 23-27C
  • Air Temp 20-35C
  • Visibility 4-40m
  • Good for... Manta, rays, whales and large schools of reef fish
  • Suitable for beginners Confident beginners upwards
  • Highlights Feel the thrill of diving in a hot new region where manta, rays, reef sharks and big balls of reef fish wait on unspoilt reefs. You can even see humpbacks whales! The Hallaniyat islands are the perfect winter destination on board the luxurious Oman Aggressor.

About Hallaniyat Islands

Hallaniyat Islands are located off the south eastern coast of Oman. This is a new area for liveaboard divers and the coral reefs are in sublime condition. New dive sites and wrecks can be discovered all the time. Diving highlights are undoubtedly the opportunity to see the resident population of humpback whales but also includes encounters with manta rays and sperm whales. The Hallaniyat Islands are an undiscovered diving region where you can expect everything!

Sightings change throughout the year. November and December are the best months for giant oceanic mantas. From January, the focus switches to the humpbacks. The whale sightings continue into April, alongside great encounters with yellowfin tuna, barracuda and school jacks. Huge schools of dolphin are often seen as well as green turtles. Giant groupers, giant catfish and mobulas are commonly encountered. Watch out for leopard sharks on the reefs. Octopus hide in the reef walls. The islands boast a healthy marine life with awesome coral gardens where schooling fish swirl.

This is an accessible itinerary for everyone, but we recommend divers have advanced certifications. Sites can descend down to 28m and the spring months can have some currents. Jan to March are when conditions are calmest. The diving is both from the main liveaboard and tenders. There are up to 5 dives a day, which includes night diving.

Oman Aggressor

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Oman Aggressor offers seasonal departures to the Hallaniyat islands

Embarkation
Oman Aggressor departs from Salalah beach

Trip Duration
The Hallaniyat itinerary is 7 nights spent on board

There are normally between 4-5 dives a day (including night dives) apart from arrival and departure days

Arrival
Once you have been picked up from the airport you will be taken to the port to board your liveaboard. Embarkation is from 15:00 so you may have day use at a hotel if you flight arrives earlier. There will be a full welcome briefing on arrival and you can set your kit up. If you have prepaid any rental equipment this will be given to you on arrival. There is then your first dinner and you can settle in for the evening.

A normal Hallaniyat Islands itinerary will dive at the following areas but the exact dive sites and order will vary week by week depending on what people enjoy, where the best sightings have been and reflect diver experience levels.

Seasonal sightings
November - December
Rays, giant catfish, mobulas, leopard shark, schools of jacks, barracudas, morays eels, honeycomb moray eels, nudibranchs and fish in the thousands. Giant oceanic manta rays can be encountered. Close to shore there is plenty of kelp with animal life nestled in there.

Visibility: 4 m - 17 m
Depth: 28 m
Water Temperature: 24 - 27 C (thermoclines)
Current: medium and swell

January - March
Humpback whales can be encountered, hearing the sound of whales while diving, giant groupers, moray eels, honeycomb moray eels, dragon morays and thousands of colourful reef fishes.

Visibility: 5 - 20 m
Depth: 28 m
Water Temperature: 23 - 25 C (thermoclines)
Current: less

April
Yellowfin, barracudas, schools of jacks, big rays, octopus, giant groupers, leopard sharks, milk fish, schools of dolphins and beautiful colorful reef fish in the thousands as well as Humpback whales.

Visibility: 12 - 40 m
Depth: 28 m
Water Temperature: 23 - 25 C (thermoclines)
Current: strong

Disembarkation
You will normally leave the boat after breakfast on your last day (8:00) make your final transfer to the airport for your return flight home. Please do speak to the travel consultant at the time of booking to confirm the exact last day arrangements.

It is easy to add a beach break in Salalah or a city break in Muscat. Simply talk to your travel consultant