Updates for Port Salalah

Published 11 years ago, updated 6 years ago

There have been no transiting yachts in Salalah for a year and a half because of piracy fears. No local yachting community here at all. Salalah is purely a commercial port, no pontoon or services for yachts.

Since 2 years ago, ALL vessels approaching Salalah port have to have an agent appointed prior to entering the port, otherwise, they are not allowed to proceed in. Agency fees differ from agent-to-agent and range from USD $100 – $300 per yacht.

Muhammed is no longer an agent, however, he is employed with the port and can help with advice/suggestions if contacted.

Other Fees

(Sail yacht 15m LOA in March 2013)

  • Port charge: $290
  • Port clearance: $26
  • Health/Customs/Immigration:  $117
  • Bunker permit:  $26
  • Water (claimed potable): $5 /cbm
  • Gate (in/out port) pass per person: $50
  • Diesel (fuel) per litre: $1.016


The price of diesel is set by Salalah Port Authority. It is difficult to get it supplied in quantities less than 1000 litres. One has to wait days until small orders have accumulated.

At the petrol pump (2 km from the port gate) the diesel is $0.45, however gate security does not allow even 2 canisters to come inside. Somebody told me it could be smuggled into the port area, but only in quantities up to 100 ltrs – usually by a friendly agent in his car. However, he will ask $0.75 per litre usually.


Provisions are good in town 10-15 km away ($45 both ways). There are 2 supermarkets for all basic needs in the port itself – however with less choice.

The people are friendly here.

Pavel Jerabek

SY Lavinia

Europe-Cape Horn-Tahiti-India-Red Sea-Europe

Circumnavigation via Tiera del Fuego and Red Sea

Pavel started his voyage in April 2011 (Kos/Greece) and then went through Med, Atlantic via Cape Verde to Tiera del Fuego, Easter Island, Polynesia, Thailand, India. Now transiting the Red Sea to complete his circumnavigation. His routing with position reports can be seen via the web link, callsign: ok1bd. Pavel has been sailing short handed on his Nauticat 515 “Lavinia” all the time with over 33,000 miles behind him.

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