Diving in Fujairah
Highlights: The East Coast provides some of the best diving available in the U.A.E. Natural coral reefs flourish at coastal dive sites, supporting ample marine life, not only in variety but also numbers. The East Coast dives are completely different to those offered in the rest of the U.A.E. Come and enjoy the thrilling experience of diving..
From US $68 (AED 250) per adult
- Type: Skuba Diving
- Meeting Point: Le Meridien, Al Aqah Beach Resort
- Visibility: Good
- Days of Operation: Daily
Martini Rock and Shark Island – Often dived as a pair, these sites lie 25 minutes by boat south of Al Aqah, In Khor Fakkan. One of the best sites in the U.A.E, Martini Rock is a large pinnacle covered in corals. It reaches a depth of 22 metres and rises to 3 metres below the surface. Green Sea Turtles can be seen fairly frequently at Martini Rock where they feed on the coral. The pinnacle is saturated with schools of fusiliers, sergeant majors and bannerfish. The site is a popular area for groups of Niger triggerfish, damselfish and anthias. Colourful hawkfish, Arabian angelfish and timorous cornetfish can be seen regularly at the deeper areas, while moray eels, lionfish and scorpionfish are numerous. Cuttlefish can be seen in pairs while broometail wrasse and parrot fish add a flash of colour. Large starfish, sea urchins and crown of thorns cover the rocks. Coral coverage and diversity is fantastic, with green and purple whip coral, soft pink tree corals, orange and purple teddy bear corals and even some black coral. Black-tip reef sharks, spotted eagle rays and even guitarfish are seen occasionally at Martini Rock.
Shark Island is one of the deeper sites on the East Coast, bottoming out at around 17 metres. Marine life here includes much of the same species as Martini Rock, due to their close proximity to eachother. The west side of the island provides an excellent shallow area for snorkelling. Visibility is regularly very good and the coral life forms are very colourful. Black-tip reef sharks can be seen in these shallows in cooler months as well as turtles and lots of fish life, especially butterfly species. Cow-tail rays have also been seen inhabiting both the deeper and shallower waters around the island.
Inchcape 1 and Inchcape 2 –Inchcape 1 remains intact, resting upright on the sea bed at 30 metres depth. After being sunk in December 2001, Inchacape 1 now swarms with sealife year round. Shoals of jack, trevally and yellow snapper hang around the wreck, sometimes making it impossible to see the wreck on descent. There are a number of porcupinefish, scorpionfish and lionfish around the stern of the boat, all of which reach the larger limits of their species size. Colourful nudibranch species can be seen on the top of the wreck and during the summer months, a seahorse can be occasionally be spotted. Barracuda are also seen, hanging eerily over the bow. This site is suitable for advanced divers only or those with deep adventure dive or specialty training, due to the depth and the strong currents that can occur at the surface.
Inchcape 2 is an artificial wreck similar to Inchcape 1, but the wreck itself is slightly longer and shallower, sitting on the sea-bed at 22 metres.. Morays, scorpionfish, nudibranchs and boxfish are common. Colourful corals have propagated the ship, looking particularly photogenic over the tyres. Small crabs are well camouflaged. Again, due to the nature and depth of this site, it is only suitable for advanced divers or those with deep adventure dive or specialty training.
Dibba Rock – A marine reserve where fishing and shell collecting is prohibited, Dibba rock provides a variety of different diving conditions. On the west side of the rock, the sea is shallower and is a perfect area to complete open water courses, take specialities such as naturalist or to simply enjoy snorkelling. The corals are truly incredible, definitely some of the best in the U.A.E but the area is still in recovery from damage caused by a red tide in the winter of 2008/2009. Turtles are fairly common here, as are rays and black-tip reef sharks. Small morays can be seen hiding in the coral bed while large porcupinefish and pufferfish hover over the rocks. Parrotfish species feed off the coral beds and groups of schooling bannerfish, damselfish and butterflyfish flit around the rocks and coral beds. Pipefish are not uncommon, although can be difficult to spot and seahorses have been recorded at the site. The east side of the rock drops to around 14 metres in depth and makes for a very interesting pleasure dive. Turtles can be seen resting in crevices in the rock face and lionfish can be seen resting on the sides of rocks, sometimes in groups of up to 5 at a time.
Sharm Rocks – Also known as The Three Sisters or simply Three Pinnacles, Sharm Rocks lies fairly close to shore, just 5 minutes boat ride south of Al Aqah. A set of rocky pinnacles with sandy gullies, the western side is shallower, with typically 3-5 metres depth. The eastern, ocean-side is deeper, with a maximum depth of 12 metres. Black-tip reef sharks frequent the shallower parts and even bowmouth guitarfish have been seen at this site. Turtles can often be seen sleeping on the sand under rocky ledges and the site is home to all the usual suspects you’d expect to see in the Arabian Gulf – porcupinefish, boxfish, moray eels, cuttlefish and other tropical reef species. The shallower section of this site is excellent training dives while the deeper end and intricate gullies offers a more relaxed dive than some other sites for the recreational, pleasure diver.
Diving in Fujairah
Price information: From 01st August 2016 until 30th September 2017From 1 and more persons: (10 yrs and above)
2 Dives Full Equipment: US $110 (AED 400) per person
2 Dives Tanks and Weights: US $96 (AED 350) per person
1 Dive Full Equipment: US $75 (AED 275) per person
Boat ride / Snorkeling: US $68 (AED 250) per person
This tour doesn’t include pick-up and drop off. You may pay additional US $41 (AED 150) per person round trip from Al Wasl Road in Dubai.
- Pick Up Time: 07.30 AM Sharp (Sunday to Thursday), 06.30 Am Sharp (Friday & Saturday)
- Drop off Time: 06.00 PM
Duration: 1 dive duration is 30-45mins depending on the air consumption
be a certified diver.
Before booking please take into consideration that safe diving and flying procedures stipulate a minimum surface interval of 12hrs after a single dive and 18hrs after multiple dives before flying. This also applies for trips up the Burj Khalifa due to the height of its top.
adhere to the PADI recommendation that if Open Water certified diver haven’t
dived within 6mons or Advance Open Water haven’t dived within 8mos they should
complete a SCUBA tune up.
Other sites may be used depending on weather conditions, boat capacity and diver needs. Diving sites are decided the night before the trips are due to run and may subject to change on the day depending on weather conditions.