Pack your bags and drive east to the enclave of Khorfakkan, located 137kms from Sharjah on the Gulf of Oman. Head straight to 7 Seas Dive Centre (www.7seasdivers.com) on Khorfakkan Beach, which offers guided snorkel and scuba trips, as well as a variety of PADI courses.
Discover Khorfakkan’s watery wonderland during a full-day boat trip to two of its most popular and accessible dive sites, Martini Rock and Shark Island. Both are renowned for their colourful aquatic life, warm waters and excellent visibility.
After a day’s diving, return to shore and check into the Oceanic Khorfakkan Resort & Spa. Located at the northern end of Khorfakkan Beach, the four-star resort features modern rooms, two pools and a private beach.
For dinner, head downstairs to The Ocean Wok pan-Asian restaurant. The chefs dish some of the best wok-fried fare in town, all freshly prepared and served with a smile.
Rise early and make your way to Al Murjan for breakfast. Overlooking the pool and beach, the resort’s all-day dining restaurant offers an extensive buffet with hot and cold Arabic, Indian and Western dishes. Check out of the hotel and head to the on-site dive centre for another day of underwater adventure.
A 15-minute drive north brings you to Al Aqah in neighbouring Fujairah. Located around 100m offshore, Snoopy Island is the only shore dive on the east coast. Snorkellers can happily spend the day here with colourful nudibranchs and schools of clown fish for company, while experienced divers can venture out on boat trip to the Inchcape wreck.
As the sun sets on another fantastic day, slowly make your way back to Sharjah city taking plenty of memories with you.