scuba diving in Muscat. Best finds: Turtle, stingray, moray eels, grouper
â€œThey change their climate, not their soul, who rush across the sea." - Horace
Today Chris and I went on a scuba diving trip. This is our first trip together in 4 years. We arrive at the BlueZone diving center, to find ourselves the only divers on this trip. The boat is not much more than a boat with an engine in the back, and a covered canopy.
We arrived at the dive site a short 10 minute boat ride way at Jussal point which is a rocky limestone outcropping, off the beaches of the Muscat Shangri La Resort. The water was covered by a layer of green algae, making visibility less than ideal. We do a backwards entry into the water, and descend shortly after. I try not to panic, but the low visibility is making me antsy. To make matters worse, I have a slow leak in my goggles, making for a rather annoying dive. We saw a few moray eels, and a stingray, a large grouper, and parrot fish, as well as schools of smaller fish swimming around us. I had a problem with getting the water out of my goggles, and ended up losing our instructor, luckily Chris was with me, and we went up to find him. We went back down to continue our dive, after finding our instructor, barely 10 feet away from us...giving you an idea of how crappy the visibility was. After the first dive, we took an hour break for a surface interval between dives. After my panic attack, I decided to skip the second dive. Chris went with the instructor...go figure they found turtles on the second dive off our second dive site: Cat island. I got to see seagulls.
Muttrah souq (market)
We drove back towards Muttrah, and stopped at the souk to pick up a couple of souvenirs The market is deceptively large, with interconnecting aisles. One could get lost easily, and I managed to take us down the same aisle five times....three of those times, not realizing that I was in the same aisle!