I am on a fun quest of reviewing dive centers across UAE and hopefully my reviews will help you to choose your dive centre whether you are a seasoned diver or just starting out on your underwater adventure.
Things to consider while choosing a dive center
There are many aspects of what makes a great dive centre and I believe Safety should always be the number one criteria in choosing the right dive centre for you. You should aim for a centre with a great safety record and professional staff with years of experience. Then, of course, there are things like comfort, languages spoken and equipment used at the facility.
Sandy Beach Dive Centre, Fujairah, UAE
Location: Sandy Beach Dive Centre is located inside of the Sandy Beach Hotel in Fujairah, right in front of the famous Snoopy Island.
Diving Agency: PADI
Founder/manager: Pierre du Toit from Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Qualification: PADI Master Instructor/Tec Deep Instructor. Diving since 2004 – 10 years instruction
Team: Captain Tuhen
10 Independent instructors
All Captains are at least Rescue Diver certified.
Languages spoken: English, Arabic, French
Boats Owned: Fully customized for diving
Dive sites: all Dive sites along the Fujairah coastline from Dibba Rock to Martini Rock
Services available: Daily double tank dive trips, Shore diving on Snoopy Island
Courses from Discover Scuba Diving to Assistant instructor level.
Seasonal Red Sea diving trips
Technical diver facilities and training to Tech Deep Diver Level
Facilities: Classroom for theory and briefing, outdoor and indoor showers and changing rooms, nearby restaurants at the hotel
The territory of the hotel is quite pretty and perfect for couples or families with kids. The beach can be a bit busy on the weekends but there are enough umbrellas for everyone. It is a good way to relax for non divers.
Environment responsibility:Associated with New York University Abu Dhabi – Providing research facilities for ongoing research efforts
Discounts: 10 Dive package – pay for 9 get one dive free. Also package deals offered on request
Retail: Fully stocked Mares retail store and rental equipment
Competitive advantage: Located in front of the Snoopy Island which offers the best shore diving in UAE. Highly professional staff with excellent customer service.
I really enjoyed diving with Pierre who has been very attentive, organised and professional from the beginning to the end. although we dived during pretty crazy conditions with high waves, he managed to pick the best dive spot where visibility was great. During our two dives with the Sandy Beach Dive Centre we managed to see two beautiful seahorses, squids, and a slipper lobster which was a first for us. we were very happy as the dives exceeded our expectations. I can definitely recommend the dive centre and will be coming back soon 🙂