Liveaboard Review

Prepare yourself for a fantastic liveaboard experience that will take you to the best diving destinations in the Musandam Peninsular. The Brown Dhow was built in 2005 and goes for maintenance on a yearly basis. It has a length of 77ft/23.56meters and has a deck area of 59ft/18meters. It has a top and cruising speed of 8 knots and is fitted with a Yanmar 460 Hp engine that easily navigates the rough seas. On dives, you will be exposed to coral reef systems, drop-offs, pinnacles, marine life, and various wreck sites to explore. With an attentive and passionate crew, you are guaranteed a wonderful liveaboard and diving experience.

Our Overall Review


Things we like:

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    Divers said the liveaboard adhered to the strictest safety precautions
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    A couple of U/W photographers they were pleased with the rinse tanks and gear storage facilities
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    Some divers commended the thorough dive briefings performed by the dive instructors
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Things we don't like:

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    A couple of people said that the cabins had little storage space
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Diving on the Brown Dhow in Oman 

Brown Dhow liveaboard

The Brown Dhow liveaboard is a traditional Arabic shaped vessel that is aesthetically pleasing on the eye. It comes with all the amenities you would expect from a world-class liveaboard but is still modest and cost-effective. Some of the marine life you will get to see are schools of fish, dolphins, whale sharks, and leopard sharks. You will have various relaxation areas on board as well as fun activities to keep you occupied while you are not diving.

Interior and entertainment areas

This liveaboard can accommodate up to 12 guests comfortably in six en-suite cabins. The cabins are spacious and have individual climate control. These cabins have comfortable beds and fitted with night lights and charging ports. You can choose between four regular size cabins and 2 smaller size cabins with bunked cabins.

Relaxation & leisure areas on the Brown Dhow

There are many other activities besides scuba diving to pass the time on this liveaboard. You can go fishing, snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, or go visit some islands on a land excursion with one of the onboard guides.
On the liveaboard, you can afford to be a bit lazy and catch some sun on the sun deck that is fitted with soft loungers. The airconditioned salon is also a favorite among guests and features a TV/DVD and a mini library with soft sofas.

Dive deck on the liveaboard

The Brown Dhow has a large dive deck that gives divers the freedom to move around. The dive deck also features a rinse tank and ample space for storing your gear and photography equipment. There is also a swim and fishing platform that will give you easy access to the water.

Food on the Brown Dhow liveaboard

The meals served on the liveaboard are freshly prepared and are a combination of local, international and chef-inspired dishes. These meals consist of breakfast, lunch and dinner and snacks throughout the day. You will also be served free soft drinks and the chef caters to vegan and vegetarian guests.


The liveaboard trip normally lasts for six nights. You will get to explore destinations all along the Musandam Peninsular. Diving is great all year round because of the wonderful weather conditions and calm seas.

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