The Musandam Governorate (Arabic: محافظة مسندم Muḥāfaẓat Musandam) is a governorate of Oman. It is located on the Musandam peninsula, which juts into the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow entry into the Persian Gulf, from the Arabian Peninsula. The Governorate is an exclave of Oman, separated from the rest of the country by the United Arab Emirates. Its location gives Oman partial control, shared with Iran, of the strategic strait. In the northern section of Musandam, around Kumzar, the language is Kumzari, which is a southwestern Iranian language closely related to Larestani and Luri. The Musandam Peninsula has an area of 1,800 square kilometers (695 sq mi) and a population of 31,425 people.
The Musandam Peninsula is dubbed the ‘Norway of Arabia’ for its beautiful khors (rocky inlets), small villages and dramatic, mountain-hugging roads. Accessible but still isolated in character, this beautiful peninsula with its cultural eccentricities is well worth a visit if you’re on an extended tour of Oman, or if you’re after a taste of wilderness from Dubai.
UAE East Coast
Another area we will be diving and exploring is the East of UAE from Dibba to Fujairah.
This is another target rich area with over 2000 reported wrecks. Many of them undove and undiscovered. The UTD research team will be surveying this area using our magnometer and side scan sonar to locate targets for the dive team to explore and survey.
A perfect example of a newly discovered wreck is the WWII U-533 submarine which was sunk by an RAF Blenheim Bomber. Rarely dived, this one is pristine. The water temperatures ranging from a temperate 22°C in February with an are temperature around 27°C to 34°C
In May of 2017 an international team of UTD Wreck Explorers will participate in the first of many expedition of the Musandam Peninsula and the East Coast of UAE (Dibba Area). Our mission will be to:
Andrew Georgitsis (Director of the Project)
Daryl Owen (Coordinator)
Marine Owen (Coordinator)
May 7 - Arrive Dubai, UAE - Transfer to Dive Resort
May 8 - Wreck Survey Seminar - 8 - 10 hour seminar
May 9 - Dive Oman Area (Wrecks between 70'/21m - 200'/60m)
May 10 - Dive Oman Area (Wrecks between 70'/21m - 150'/45m)
May 11 - Dive Oman Area (Wrecks between 70'/21m - 220'/66m)
May 12 - Dive UAE Area (Wrecks between 60'/18m - 180'/54m)
May 13 - Dive UAE Area (Wrecks between 100'/30m - 240'/72m)
May 14 - Transfer Back to Dubai, UAE
Does not include but is available: Softnolime ($150 for Keg), Helium ($0.05 per liter), DPV ($100 for the week), other wreck exploration gear such as dive lights and so on.
Here is some of the "Specialty" equipment that the team will need to conduct the exploration, survey and installation of safety items into the caves.