FIVE DIVE SPOTS TO TRY
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.