Pearl Diving in Bahrain
Visitors of Bahrain can now partake in one of the most prized and precious treasures that the kingdom holds – pearl diving. Although Bahrain has been known for harvesting some of the most precious pearls in the world for thousands of years, it has recently been made available to tourists for the first time in 80 years. What has been nicknamed the pearl capital of the world will now become a major tourist attraction for the area.
What was once fishermen’s source of survival, spending months at sea with minimal equipment, is now a thrilling activity in which tourists can delve into the depths of the Arabian Gulf and take home a piece of Bahrain that they can cherish forever.
Bahrain state that pearl diving originated there and spans back as far as 5000 years. With over 400 sq miles of oyster beds blooming in the shallow seas, it provides a unique diving experience. Before the discovery of oil, pearls were the main source of the economy and now Bahrain is hoping to boost its tourism with an influx of divers seeking a fresh and exciting activity to add to their scuba resumes and this is certainly growing as one of the top things to do in Bahrain.
Originally, professional pearl divers spent months at sea and would spend the majority of their days diving using just rope and nose pegs to hold their breath. Fortunately, times have changed and now as an action sport, divers can enjoy the thrill of pearl diving fully kitted out with all the necessary equipment to ensure a safe and pleasurable experience.
Licensed pearl diving trips run excursions which provide divers with everything they need and carry out workshops beforehand to ensure divers are clued up on how to properly dive for pearls. Boats set off on the Bahrain Pearling Trail which is a treasured sight that made the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2012. Once in the water, divers are allowed to collect up to 60 oysters which they can bring back to shore where they are appraised and evaluated.
Guests of Fraser Suites Seef can organise a pearl diving day trip by simply asking one of our helpful concierge staff for information on licensed operators, transport and how to purchase tickets. Tours depart from the port of Ras Rayyah which can be reached from Fraser Suites Seef in under 30 minutes by car or public transport.
After a long and action-packed day of pearl diving in Bahrain, return to your luxury serviced apartment to unwind. Enjoy some relaxation in the sauna, steam room and spa pools followed by a delicious dinner at the onsite restaurant, The Gallery. If you wish to stay in the comfort of your accommodation with your feet up, why not order some room service which is available 24/7.
Whether you are an avid diver or simply looking for something different to do during your visit, pearl diving in Bahrain is a truly unique experience that not is not only memorable but can also gift you a wonderful treasure that you can keep forever.