Ultimate guide to pearl diving in Bahrain

It's easier than ever to organise a trip in the Kingdom

Ultimate guide to pearl diving in Bahrain

You can’t think about Bahrain without thinking of pearls, and no trip to the Kingdom would be complete without going diving for the precious jewels.

For centuries, this hidden treasure was a mainstay of the economy, only falling out of favour when Japan flooded the market with cheaper, artificial pearls in the 1930s.

Pearl diving has been heavily regulated since then, with tourists prohibited from trying it out themselves until recently.

Now it’s easier than ever for you to discover why this beautiful country was dubbed the Island of Pearls, and if you want to give it a go yourself read on for our guide.

Step 1: Choose a dive centre
To partake in pearl diving in Bahrain, you have to book a trip with a licensed centre.

There are five in the Kingdom, including Scuba Life and Delma Marine, and a full list is available on the Pearl Diving Bahrain website here.

Once you’ve chosen a centre, choose the day and time you’d like to go on your trip and book.

Step 2: Buy a pearl diving pass
You can’t go pearl diving in Bahrain without a pass, and you can either buy them online through the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority website or head down to Ras Rayyah Harbour.
The pass, which lasts a year, costs BHD5, and you will need to show your passport or identity card to collect it.

Step 3: Go diving!
On the day of your trip, hand your pearl diving pass over to your instructor alongside your ID.

You can collect up to 60 oysters on your dive, and will be allowed to keep any pearls you find as a souvenir or as a present.

Good luck!

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