FIVE DIVE SPOTS TO TRY

7 Days in Dubai - - OUT AND ABOUT -

DIBBA ROCK – DIBBA FU­JAIRAH

One of Fu­jairah’s most pop­u­lar div­ing lo­ca­tions, this is also pop­u­lar for kayak­ing and snor­kel­ing as the clar­ity of the wa­ter is re­mark­able in the sum­mer. Once you in­hale from the BCD and start de­scend­ing, a dif­fer­ent world will re­veal. Anemone­fish ‘Nemo fish’ are clearly spot­ted when­ever close to the corals and shoals of Yel­low Sash Fusiliers peace­fully wan­der. Look closely for cam­ou­flaged sole once you reach the seabed. Dibba Rock’s dives would reach up to 18m in depth, which makes it a bril­liant spot for DSD (dis­cover scuba) divers and open wa­ter divers.

INCH­CAPE 1 – DIBBA FU­JAIRAH

Orig­i­nally known as Gray Swift 2. The lo­ca­tion is as deep as 32m, mak­ing it a great div­ing spot for ad­vanced divers. The reef is formed on a ship that was pur­posely sunk in 2001. Car tyres can be found around the gun­wales and buried in the seabed. Colour­ful corals formed along the sides of the ship and at the seabed make the lo­ca­tion breath­tak­ing. Yel­low Sash Fusiliers are all around, but look closely for other fas­ci­nat­ing crea­tures.

WRECK OF ZAINAB - DUBAI

One of the most pop­u­lar div­ing spots in Dubai, if not the UAE. The oil car­rier was de­lib­er­ately sunk by its Iraqi crew in 2001 to avoid be­ing cap­tured by Amer­i­can forces dur­ing a pe­riod of eco­nomic sanc­tions. The bot­tom is around 30m deep, which makes it a bril­liant lo­ca­tion for ad­vanced open wa­ter divers. Just don’t let the di­verse pop­u­la­tion of sea crea­tures make you for­get to check your air lev­els!

LIMA ROCK - MU­SAN­DAM OMAN

If you are look­ing for a nearby dive lo­ca­tion, you might want to head to Mu­san­dam for the week­end. The two-and-a-half-hour drive makes it pos­si­ble for vis­i­tors to drive back af­ter spend­ing the day there. The lo­ca­tion at­tracts snorkel­ers and divers

SS THISTLEGORM WRECK – RAS MO­HAMMED, EGYPT

One of the best div­ing sites in the world, this is con­sid­ered the best wreck div­ing site in the world by Phil O’Shea, No­mad’s gen­eral man­ager. The SS Thistlegorm was a trans­port ship used by the Bri­tish Navy and was sunk by the Ger­mans in 1941. The ship lies at 32m be­low sea-level mak­ing it an ad­vanced open wa­ter div­ing site. The ma­rine life in the lo­ca­tion is un­be­liev­able. Check out the many videos on YouTube for The SS Thistlegorm dive site and other Red Sea lo­ca­tions.

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