While Fujairah is a city known for its excellent shopping and bright, white beaches, some of the most memorable experiences to be had here are actually under the sea! The waters off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are a wonderland of coral reefs, wrecks, underwater boulders and an amazing array of sea life. Here’s what makes Fujairah such a great diving destination.
What Fujairah offers divers
According to the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), the waters off Fujairah have a lot to offer divers and snorkelers, including moderately good visibility, comfortable water temperatures and abundant wildlife. Some of the best-loved species here include the whale shark (called al djer locally), pufferfish, parrotfish, moray eels, barracuda and numerous coral species.
The unspoiled coasts and well-developed coral reefs—as well as their many shipwreck sites—have made this the place to go in the UAE for diving enthusiasts.
Popular diving sites in this area include:
- The Inchcape 1: This barge was deliberately sunk in order to create habitat for a stunning variety of marine life. (Watch video)
- Martini Rock: This protected marine park is known for its pink and purple coral reefs and for wildlife like scorpionfish. (Learn more)
- Dibba Island: This island is a popular dive site for its extensive coral reefs as well as for its abundance of rays, sharks, turtles, and other marine life. (Learn more)
Arabian Diver is a Fujairah-based dive centre that combines excellent diving guidance with five-star luxury. Divers can experience an eight-hour excursion aboard the company’s schooner, the Lejaine. This includes not only two dives (with everything from beginner to expert levels on offer), but also two full-course meals. There will be on-board entertainment, and the company also makes it priority to educate their guests about marine habitats and wildlife.
Guests can choose from a number of different day trips (some only ten minutes from the coast) or opt for an overnight trip to Crescent Moon Island, a well-known, local diving site. Arabian Diver also includes a fun course called “Bubblemakers,” which gives kids an introduction to scuba diving. Arabian Divers is a PADI-certified scuba company.
7 Seas Divers
7 Seas Divers prides itself on being the oldest diving centre in the UAE, having been established in 1994. The company offers both day trips to locations like Dibba Island, the Inchape I wreck, and coral and anemone gardens. Overnight excursions are also available and feature a barbecue on the beach party. Their list of classes is impressive, including a beginner’s course, intermediate scuba and open-water diving, and speciality courses like rescue diving.
You can purchase or rent scuba equipment at this centre, and transportation is via speedboats that are equipped with First Aid kits and a variety of diving safety equipment to ensure the best—and safest—diving experience possible.
Barracuda Dive Center
The Barracuda Dive Center is part of the Fujairah International Marine Club. It was established in 2010 in order to facilitate better exploration of the amazing marine life in this area. They offer both day trips and overnight adventures, as well as dives for everyone from brand new divers to seasoned experts. Barracuda is PADI-certified to ensure the quality of your experience. The diver centre places a heavy emphasis on providing customers with environmental education. Courses include those on scuba diving and open-water diving, with speciality classes such as the Master Diver course also available.
From sea turtles to underwater wrecks, Fujairah offers a wealth of exciting underwater adventures—and the dive centres here ensure that these will take place in a safe and comfortable environment for visitors with an appetite for aquatic fun.