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Snorkeling and Diving in Abu Dhabi

Unfolding the world below

Journey beyond the capital’s land attractions and discover the marvelous world below. Embrace the serenity of Abu Dhabi’s aquatic scene and let your worries float away. Luckily we live in a region where water activities are enjoyed all year long – maybe even valued during the warmer days. If you’re ready to amaze your senses, visit one of the listed Diving and Snorkeling centers listed below.

Sea Hawk Water Sports

Offering everything from water sports to a vast selection of diving courses, Sea Hawk has become a popular hub for marine-life enthusiasts in Abu Dhabi. One of the key values at Sea Hawk is to promote environmental awareness, highlighting the importance of preserving the oceanic world. Divers can select their activity based on their skill and preference, this ranges from beginner pool diving to PADI pro, open-water diving. If you’re on the lower side of the adventurer spectrum but still looking for a little thrill, kayaking through the Mangrove forest or as the locals call it, “Qurm”, is exactly what you need. Be sure to plan your kayaking and diving adventures on separate days as the two centers are about a 20-minute drive from each other.


If you have a passion for exploring the extreme depths of the water, you already have something in common with the founders of FreedivingUAE. This is one of the most unique diving centers in the region due to the fact that there are no fixed rules and you are completely free of any equipment – except your goggles and snorkel of course. Another attribute that distinguishes FreedivingUAE from the rest is that there is no set program, your courses and activities are customized to fit your personal objectives. FreedivingUAE trains all individuals to become diving instructors themselves in order to encourage beginners and broaden the community of free divers in Abu Dhabi and the Gulf.

Ocean Dive Center

By providing PADI E-learning courses, Ocean Dive Center knows how to cater to the busy lifestyles of the residents of Abu Dhabi. With the collaboration of both a certified staff and PADI professionals, divers at the ODC receive excellent and wholehearted training and support. If you are already a PADI professional why not take it up a notch and receive the training required to become a certified Open Water Scuba instructor? Take part in additional activities such as night diving and snorkeling – you could also rent a boat and just soak in the warm sun.

Al Mahara Diving Center

Offering an endless number of water activities and diving courses, Al Mahara is one of the leading centers in the region. Youth Programs such as Boy Scouts of America Scuba Diving Merit Badge and Underwater cleanups are some of the great activities hosted by Al Mahara. You could also soak up the UAE heritage and take part in the Traditional Pearl Diving in Sir Bani Yas Island. Boasting over a decade of experience both internationally and locally, the management team consists of several PADI qualified diving instructors and kayak experts. Show off your daring side and sign up for shark diving or cage snorkeling for an exhilarating experience.

Emirates Divers Centre

This reputable diving center is founded and driven by an Emirati man with a passion for the aquatic world, offering a wide range of water sports such as knee-boarding, wake-boarding, fly-boarding and more. Partake in Emirates Divers Centre’s Underwater Photography course to experience the wonders of marine life while also capturing it to relive those memories in the future. In addition to this, you can book a private boat tour for diving and snorkeling in order to encounter colorful corals, infinite species of fish and offshore wrecks – did I mention those excursions could be overnight? Diving courses are offered by PADI certified professionals in both English and Arabic, as well as lady instructors for only women classes.

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