After almost a month of summer vacation and staying at home all day long, I already feel so bored. Gladly, a long Eid holiday is expected to come this week. But before it begins, I want to get out of town and go for a swimming at nearby beach. Our top choice is the Oman Dive Center because we have been to the place before. My husband phoned the center to make sure that their pool amenity is still open by the time we arrive. Yes, indeed, it is until 6PM.
After my picking up our son from school in the afternoon, we quickly pack up everything and drive off to the diving center for a half-a-day swimming getaway. Because it is a weekday, the place is very quiet and private with only few of tourists sunbathing on the beach. The entrance fee is also very minimal at 2 Omani Rials for adult and 1 Omani rial for kid while it will double during weekends and holidays. At the reception hall, a friendly Omani receptionist greets us and stamps our tickets costing to 5 Omani Rials. There is also a display section of scuba diving gears and suits that interested guests can rent or buy.
I like ODC because, aside from being closer to muscat, it is a wonderful escape to beat the summer heat where guests can be in their swimwear without any reservations. Its amenities include a dive center, large swimming pool, kids’ pool, changing rooms, reception hall, odyssey restaurant, and a beachfront bar where you can hang out and order alcoholic drinks. But since it is still Ramadan, the bar is entirely close and the restaurant opens at 7PM. As I have previously mentioned, the staff are warm, respectful, and friendly regardless they are Omanis or Expats.
After paying the tickets, we head to the pool side. However, maintenance staffs are making repairs on the adult pools, so we opt to stay on the beachside. We settle in a comfortable cottage with reclining blue beach beds and enjoy a leisurely couple of hours relaxing, admiring the palm trees and the lagoon, and reading the contents of “Y Magazine” we get from the reception.
After sometime, I change into my swimwear, resting down on the reclining bed, trying to linger through the afternoon. My son is on his way to the kids pool and enjoying his solitary moment while I am juggling my vision between my husband and daughter walking on the floating boat dock, to the little cove, and entire beauty of the beachfront.
I follow to my husband and daughter. This time, the sun is already setting behind the mountains and I notice that this weather is less hot and humid than the previous year. The white sand beach with crystal blue water is framed by tropical greenery that makes it a wonderful place to stay and unwind.
I carry my little girl and we both swim for an hour on the beach after we switch to the kids pool where I teach my little girl to float on her own.
This time, my husband is teaching also Andrei on how to properly swim in the huge pool.
But a domestic cat, one of the three cats owned by the dive center, is resting on the concrete pavement near the children pool, it catch Anyah’s curiosity. My daughter attempts to get as closer to the black-haired animal and touch with her bare hands. The cat escapes before Anyah get to her way. Anyah follows wherever the cat goes, calling it with the name “Caaaaaaa”, as my little girl could barely pronounce the word completely.
Being scare that the cat might hurt my daughter, I bring her to the huge pool, where she swims with her daddy.
I am a bit thirsty and worst it is not yet time for “breaking the fast”. I check the clock and it is already past 30minutes of five. I went inside the Odyssey Restaurant to see their menu but none has tempted me to dine in plus we will wait for about an hour and half for the restaurant to open.
My husband and kids are enjoying the huge pool exclusively to them while I was sitting outdoor under a Nem Tree and feeling the not-so-warm summer breeze. After thirty minutes later, we all washed up and changed our clothes then head home.
Even it was a short stay at the Oman Dive Center but we all enjoy the ambiance of this place, the nice location, the refreshingly clean blue water, and the hospitality of the people. We will surely be back here, hopefully, to try Scuva diving or perhaps snorkeling soon.