Daymaniyat Islands

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Daymaniyat Islands

The Ad Dimaniyat Islands is a protected area in Oman.

The Nature Reserve is located in Wilayat AlSeeb in the Muscat Governorate and lies about 18 kilometres (11 mi) off the coast of Barka (70 kilometres (43 mi) west of Muscat, the capital). It is composed of nine islands with a total area of 100 hectares (250 acres). The reserve has a rich natural heritage and is replete with several kinds of coral reefs, including some examples that are quite rare. The island is home to a large number of sea turtles that lay their eggs and nest there, as well as a magnet for migratory and indigenous birds.

Locally, the islands go by the following names: Kharabah, Huyoot, Al Jabal Al Kabeer (Um As Sakan). The latter is divided into two islands: Um Al Liwahah (Minaret) and Al Jawn that includes three islands.


Take a snorkelling day trip with Qantab Tourism and you’ll visit one or more of the nine neighbouring Daymaniyat Islands. On average, the exotic waters around the Sultanate of Oman are home to over 1,100 different species and offer a wonderful visibility of 20 to 30 metres. The Daymaniyat Islands’ large unspoiled reefs host a wealth of sea life that’s unparalleled in the region – featuring walls, drop-offs, submerged reefs, swim-throughs and caves. With so much incredible marine life close to the water’s surface, you’ll be sure to find snorkelling a particularly rewarding experience.