Pleasure Diving in Fujairah
Diving on the East Coast (Dibba to Fujairah) is mainly reefs and a couple of wrecks. The scuba diving you will do here is in the Indian Ocean and unlike anything else in the UAE. The marine life is extensive, whether you love the big or the small encounters, there is something for everyone.
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At Divers Down we offer 3 dives a day (and a 4th night dive if we have a minimum of 4 divers). Our dive timings are as follows:
- 09:30 – First Dive
- 12:30 – Second Dive
- 15:30 – Third Dive
- 18:00 ~ 19:15 – Night Dive
5 minutes from the diving centre, this site is normally our first site of the day (if Advanced) or it is used on the night dive. Like Inchcape 2, Inch 1 was donated to us and sunk in 2001, she now lays on a sand bottom in 30m.
The wheelhouse has also been ripped off during the cyclone and moved the wreck 50m!. The wreck is a huge ball of marine life, so much in fact you have to move them away in order to see the wreck.
The wreck has two resident Honeycomb Moray eels Fred and Wilma, 2 Seahorses and in the summer months 4 Frog Fish. This site is also a regular Tec training site for us on rebreathers or Sidemount.
Turn left of the beach, head North for 20 min and then you will see Dibba Rock sticking out of the sea. Under the surface lies a pinnacle stretching 200m and this is what we will be following on the dive.
The first part of the pinnacle will be a steep wall that takes you down to the deepest part of the site. On top you will see tropical marine life and maybe the shoal of Devil Rays.
The second part of the dive around the island is a gentler sloping wall ending into a wall of mountain corals. Here you will see Black Tips, Turtles and many tropical fish species and is a great place to do a safety stop.
Opposite Martini Wall lies Inch 2, sunk in 2002 as an artificial reef and donated to us by Inchcape Shipping Services. She was a surface supply vessel and lies in an upright position on a sand sea floor. In 2007 Cyclone Gonu ripped the wheelhouse of her, so we now refer to her as the big mettle canoe.
Known for Nudibranchs with at least 20 new species found on her as well as the shoaling Fusiliers and massive Puffer Fish this is an interesting wreck. She is also used for our Wreck Diving courses and you will have the opportunity if you wanted to penetrate her for up to 20m.
Sharm Rocks (3 Rocks)
Classed as one of our local dive sites 3 rocks is literally on the doorstep and a great last dive of the day or as a night dive.
The site is made of three large pinnacles close together with a crack running along the top and is around 150m long and 100m wide. There is also a 4th rock but we do not dive this on a regular dive plan, but the more experienced divers would go here on occasions.
The site will nearly always deliver Turtles and Cuttle Fish and very friendly Jaw Fish. The site is full of shoaling fish and even has shoals of Banner Fish, Parrot Fish and Puffers.
15 minutes South from the dive centre.
In the 80’s a large number of cars and trucks (around 200) where sunk to make a reef for the fishermen in the area.
Over the years and 2 cyclones the area has shrunk to around 60 square metres and 50 cars. On the outskirts of the site there are many wrecks that harbour fantastic marine life but these cars are normally dived by those that really know the site, the main site is where we will drop you near to the Waffle (a large square wreck that resembles a waffle).
Great site for exploring and photography and has an eco system for every wreck! The marine life is Indian Ocean but we also have Sea Horses, Rays and Whale Sharks at this site.
Around 20 minutes South just next to Anemone and Coral Gardens is Shark Island. This large out crop delivers two dive site options the bay, or the wall. The wall is made up of large Granite boulders and is a 250m swim, near the shore are hard corals, whilst in the bay it is all hard coral covering a large area of around 200m
The site has many shoaling fish including Cornet Fish, Trevally, Mackerel, Fusiliers, Sergeant Majors and Damselfish and every now and again you come across some large Turtles, Honey Comb Morays and Black Tip Sharks. If you come of the wall and follow the rock out you are rewarded with some pristine Table Corals with a span of at least 2m, here you can find an abundance of tropical Indian Ocean marine life.
Hole in the Wall
This site is 20 minutes form the centre and is close to martini wall, so the marine life is similar to the wall and martini rock.
Upon arrival you will see two rocks on the surface and a third just under the surface. Below the surface, the main rock runs for 130m so it is a large site that takes a good 40 minutes to swim round non-stop.
The hole is a swim through some 15m in length and 3 m wide by 1.5 m high so it is an overhead environment. In the hole you may have to give way to the rays or turtles. On the deeper section of the dive you may see some large Rays in the sand and if you go even further out you will find Seahorses and Nudibranchs.
12-19m, rock and some soft corals
Martini rock is a 25 min boat journey South and is our furthest dive site. The rock itself is around 160m in length and at the widest point 80m across, it is made up of two pinnacles.
Plenty of shoaling Arabian Mackerel, Trevally, Sergeant Major’s, Fusiliers and Domino Damsel Fish at this site. Look closer you will find Nudibranchs, Cowrie Shells and various shrimp and crabs amongst the whip coral and teddy bear coral. It is also home to some larger marine life like the Porcupine Puffer, Moray Eels, Jaw Fish, Green and Hawks Bill Turtles and Barracuda.
The wall dive is great if you want a change from Martini or Inchcape 2, and is a big enough site to allow for a steady 50-minute swim from one end to the other.
The start of the dive consists of large granite boulders with lots of large cracks to investigate. As you dive along go into the sand area and you may come across a Sea Horse wrapped around a Sea Pen or a large Bell Ray or 2.
As you reach the bay the rock harbors prolific Hard Corals and Anemone fields, in turn the marine life changes as the depth shallows to around 8m. The marine life has copious amounts of the shoaling fish as Martini Rock but has more Tropical species in the Coral areas from Angel Fish, Butterfly Fish to Black Tip Reef Sharks and even the odd Whale Shark will pass by.
A twenty minute journey South this dive site is one of the larger ones we have. The site is made up of large rocks with green, purple or white Whip Corals on top and in areas is almost like diving through a field of corn.
The site is 200m in length and 160m in width and is made up of two areas the deeper part being the largest. Eksena Crabs, Slipper Lobsters, Shrimp Fish, Sea Horses, Bell Rays and Nudibranchs are all commonly found on this site. Add to that the shoaling fish and the site becomes very busy and definitely interesting, after 700+ dives here you will still find new thing to see.
This site is next door to Anemone Gardens and probably in the past they were one dive site. A little smaller than Anemone but still 140m in length and 100m in width and again made of two half’s, each being the same size. The marine life is similar to Anemone and the only difference is its depth.