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Water Sports

Come and explore the region’s alluring landscape and fascinating marine life including exotic coral reefs, surrounding Sir Bani Yas island.  Our new Watersports Centre at Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara offers first timers, amateurs and expert divers an opportunity to discover and enjoy the colourful aquatic life beneath the sea.

Certified divers who are a little out of practice, will take comfort with our Refresher Scuba tune up package, while absolute beginners can obtain their PADI open water certification as part of a five night package.  

Confident divers are spoilt for choice with a variety of dives.  Explore the colourful reefs, wonder at life beneath the sea at night or discover the island’s wreck. 

For keen divers who wish to pursue further qualifications the Watersports Centre offers advanced programmes including Rescue Diver, Enriched Air Diver, Divemaster and Go Pro! Instructor programmes. 

Special programmes are available for children including our Seal Team (10 years and older) and PADI Discover Scuba Diving Bubble Maker, which is a fun introduction to scuba diving for children 8 years and older in a controlled environment within our purpose-built dive pool.

Located next to the Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara and the Desert Islands Conference Centre, the Watersports Centre offers a wide array of first class amenities for watersports enthusiasts of all abilities.   The Watersports Centre is a relaxed, beach side space, featuring Arabic inspired architecture.   The purpose built dive pool and adjacent Amwaj casual dining restaurant look out onto a picturesque white sandy beach and tranquil bay.   The facility is completed with a retail shop, locker rooms and classrooms. 

The Watersports Centre is operated by third party.  All diving packages below are subject to availability and terms and conditions apply.

Participants of all water sport activities must be confident swimmers.

Dive Discovery (One Night)

Dive Discovery (One Night)

Delight in an overnight stay for two in a Deluxe Seaview Room including a sumptuous buffet breakfast at The Palm and two fascinating dives per person. 

Scuba Refresher (Two Nights)

Scuba Refresher (Two Nights)

The ideal choice for certified divers who are out of practice.   The two night stay for two includes luxurious accommodation in a Deluxe Seaview room with daily breakfast.  The diving elements include a confined water session designed to refresh the 24 scuba skills and diving knowledge as well as two open water supervised dives per person.

Open Water Discovery (5 Nights)

Open Water Discovery (5 Nights)

Embark on a fantastic journey to open up the world beneath the sea.   Staying in a Deluxe Seaview room for five nights with daily breakfast for two, the PADI Open Water Diver Course is one of our most popular.    The programme includes orientation, knowledge development and confined water dives and once they’ve been mastered it is out into the warm waters off Sir Bani Yas Island for four supervised training dives.  
Note:  allow 18 hours between dives and flights for safety purposes. 

Pearl Diving

Pearl Diving

Pearling possesses a great significance in the history and heritage of Arabia. These gorgeous natural beads have been admired and coveted by royalty for centuries.Embark on an adventurous pearl diving expedition aboard a luxury yacht along the magnificent Sir Bani Yas Island coast.

If you are lucky enough to find a precious pearl during your hunt, you can take it home as a memento of an unforgettable experience.

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Desert Islands Resort  &  Spa by Anantara

P.O. Box 12452, Al Ruwais,
Sir Bani Yas Island,
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Tel:       +971 2 801 5400
Fax:      +971 2 801 5408

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