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Discover marine activities in Saudi Arabia

اكتشف الأنشطة البحرية في السعودية

02 NOV 2019

Source: Nadeen Al-Wazani

Exciting marine activities and sports are generally available at all major Saudi beachside towns and cities such as Jazan, Jubail, Farasan Islands, Yanbu and Jeddah. They provide locals and tourists the opportunity to go on a relaxing trip away from the hustle and bustle of the city. What particularly attracts sea lovers to the Saudi coasts is the diversity of marine life. The temperate climate, which allows year-round trips, also attracts seafarers from both inside and outside the Kingdom, leading to an ever-increasing growth in the popularity of marine activities such as diving, snorkeling, swimming and fishing.

Thanks to the availability of cruises at affordable prices, individuals or groups of all ages can enjoy a fantastic experience out at sea. They can dive alongside dolphins and explore beautiful sites for swimming and snorkeling. Whether you are on glass-bottomed boats or luxurious yachts, you can admire the magnificent coral reefs and rocks as well as the diversity of the unique marine life in the Red Sea.

People can also go on fishing trips that can last several hours. Hired boats are normally equipped with all the necessary fishing equipment and you can catch a wide variety of fish such as kanad, tuna and nagel. You can use various fishing techniques as long as they are not prohibited by the law and you should protect the marine environment and fishing community.

One of the most beautiful sea activities that makes you feel like you have stepped out of this world is diving. Underwater visibility may vary depending on weather conditions and the height of the waves. In order to obtain an international license that allows you to dive anywhere in the world, you must take accredited courses from licensed instructors working with major international organizations such as PADI and SSI. There are many courses available for those at beginner and advanced levels that cover theoretical and practical training. Participants usually learn basic diving skills in the pool first and then underwater.

These courses cover open water, rescue diving and senior diving. Other courses teach participants how to react quickly in emergencies, how to control one’s buoyancy in water, underwater navigation, night diving, and multi-depth diving. Recently, diving centers have targeted not only men but budding women divers thanks to the increasing availability of female licensed instructors.

Under the guidance of an accredited instructor, new divers can go down to a depth ranging from 10 to 50 meters to visit extensive coral reefs, shipwrecks and sea caves and take photos of fish shoals. They can also get acquainted with the various coral reef fish such as parrot fish, lion fish, barracuda, snails and sharks. Finally, participants will swim up gradually and end their breathtaking journey with a five-minute safety stop underwater to neutralize their nitrogen levels while learning how to communicate with other divers with hand signals.