Out­door ac­tion

If you’re on the look­out for a new ad­ven­ture, take ad­van­tage of the coun­try’s 210km of coast­line and give these water sports a try.

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SCUBA DIV­ING

The best way to en­joy Le­banon’s un­der­wa­ter trea­sures is to go scuba div­ing. Not only can you get up close and per­sonal with marine life in­clud­ing sharks and stingrays, you can also ex­plore some epic ship­wrecks off the coast, like the fa­mous ver­ti­cally po­si­tioned HMS Vic­to­ria.

How to get started

Nasser Saidi from the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Scuba Div­ing in Le­banon says: “When you’re start­ing out, you need to take a few cour­ses. First, we go over the ba­sics of how to dive, what equip­ment is nec­es­sary and how it func­tions. Then, we move on to prac­ti­cal cour­ses and end with an exam. Pass­ing the exam pro­vides you with a diploma. If you do not wish to go through this process how­ever, you can opt to dive with an in­struc­tor.”

Equip­ment

There’s no need to pur­chase any equip­ment as the fa­cil­ity pro­vides ev­ery­thing you need, namely a mask, fins, a wet­suit and a div­ing tank.

Where to go

One of the most pop­u­lar div­ing sites is Tyre, thanks to its glo­ri­ous reefs and rich marine life. Sea tur­tles are com­mon in the area.

Other div­ing fa­cil­i­ties can be found fur­ther north, reach­ing as far as Tripoli.

Na­tional In­sti­tute for Scuba Div­ing in Le­banon (01 739203/03 959385) Dive the Med Club, San Ste­fano Re­sort, Ba­troun (03 119002)

Pho­tos: Dany Fad­doul

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