Beat the heat by sub­merg­ing your­self in wa­ter with a div­ing or snorkelling trip

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The best places to head if you want to go div­ing or snorkelling

reefs and wrecks

Abu Dhabi-based com­pany Sea­hawk of­fers two kinds of trips to shal­low sites and deeper ones. Div­ing ex­cur­sions to the shal­low sites cost Dhs350 and in­clude lo­ca­tions such as Ras Ghurab Is­land (it sits be­tween Dubai and Abu Dhabi) and Al Dabiya (near the Western Re­gion). Deeper site trips let you dive down and ex­plore sunken ship­wrecks such as

MV Lud­wig and MV Han­nan. q sea-hawk.ae

try free­d­iv­ing

Free­d­iv­ing is per­haps the most ex­treme form of div­ing you can do – you dive with­out us­ing breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus. Free­d­iv­ing UAE train as­pir­ing divers in AIDA courses (In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion For The De­vel­op­ment Of Ap­nea, it’s the of­fi­cial name for the world­wide free­d­iv­ing com­mu­nity), where you’re taught how to breath, go through safety ex­er­cises (how to avoid black­outs, for ex­am­ple), and plenty more. free­d­ivin­guae.com

head to oman

If you want to ex­plore the wa­ters be­yond Abu Dhabi, the Emi­rates Divers Cen­tre of­fers overnight trips to Mu­san­dam ev­ery week­end, costing Dhs1,200 for PADI cer­ti­fied divers and Dhs900 for snorkel­ers and non-divers. The trips take two days and nights and you get six dives in the price, in­clud­ing a night dive. Meals are also in­cluded in the price and the dive cen­tre also of­fers PADI and first aid course. emi­rates­divers.com

mas­ter a PADI

Abu Dhabi’s Ocean Dive Cen­tre of­fers PADI train­ing course in scuba div­ing and they op­er­ate out of the Beach Rotana ho­tel in Al Zahiyah. What’s more, they also or­gan­ise trips to go div­ing in Mu­san­dam. Ex­pe­ri­enced divers can also learn to be a PADI di­ve­mas­ter here, mean­ing you’ll then be cer­ti­fied to take oth­ers out on div­ing trips – it’s ideal if you fancy a ca­reer in the wa­ter. oce­an­di­ve­cen­ter.ae

head to sir bani Yas

Snorkelling or scuba div­ing ses­sions are avail­able for chil­dren aged ten and over and adults, and the only pro­viso is you have to be able to swim to a good stan­dard. There are op­tions to snorkel di­rectly from the beach or get a boat to nearby Gasha Is­land, where you can dive down to a ship­wreck. Trips last be­tween 60 and 90 min­utes and Pro­fes­sional As­so­ci­a­tion Of Div­ing In­struc­tors pro­grammes (PADI) are also avail­able. sir­baniya­sis­land.com

dive ev­ery day

One of Abu Dhabi’s most es­tab­lished div­ing com­pa­nies, Al Ma­hara, has daily trips leav­ing from the Emi­rates Palace Ma­rina at 7.45am and 8am, plus snorkelling trips at 8am. You can head out to the reefs at Saadiyat, Al Dabiya, Ras Ghurab, plus ship­wrecks such as MV Hanna, Jasim and

Lud­wig. Snorkelling trips start from Dhs240, while div­ing trip prices start at Dhs420. di­vema­hara.com

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