The best places for watersports in Sharjah

WT Writer
Jun 2, 2019

There are many ways to cool off this summer in the waters of Sharjah. With diving, kayaking, deep sea fishing and more to enjoy, it’s time to stretch your sea legs…

Scuba diving in Khorfakkan

Flanked by the Arabian Gulf to the west and the Indian Ocean to the east, Sharjah is surrounded by beautiful stretches of coastline that call adventure seekers to test their skills on the water. But you don’t have to be a seasoned watersports fan to take a deeper dive into the emirate’s aquatic allure. Just a short drive east of the city centre (45 minutes to be precise, thanks to the new tunnel along the Sharjah-Khorfakkan road), is the picturesque bay of Khorfakkan, which is home to several seafront hotels. With a backdrop of the Hajar Mountains, this cosy enclave, which translates to the ‘creek of two jaws’, enjoys cooler mountain temperatures, making it the ideal spot for a summer escape. Visitors can take part in a host of water activities, including scuba diving, and discover a vibrant underwater world. 

Fishing in Khorfakkan
Fishing in Khorfakkan

Further along the east coast is the historic fishing village of Kalba, which lays claim to Arabia’s oldest natural mangrove forest. Get back to nature by learning more about the area’s rich ecosystem, which boasts many species of rare, indigenous wildlife, such as the eagle owl, that live amid the protected natural beaches. Go kayaking through the mangroves and you can observe some of the rarest bird species in the world that thrive in the forest. Next, take an educational trip to the nearby Kalba Bird of Prey Centre to learn more about our feathered friends.

kayaking in kalba
Kayaking in Kalba

Avid deep sea fishers will find a reason to cast a line on either side of the emirate. On the Arabian Gulf side to the west, you can catch barracuda, kingfish and trevally, while on the east coast you may be in the running for yellowfin tuna, dorado and sailfish. 

sunset yoga in khorfakkan
Sunset Yoga in Khorfakkan

If you fancy a day of undisturbed relaxation or beach-side activities, the beaches of Sharjah are sure to deliver. Al Khan Beach, near the Al Khan historic area, is a popular spot for active types as well as those who prefer to slow down the pace. Teaming beautiful scenery with clean, safe waters and a range of activities to suit all abilities, step into the gentle surf and feel a wave of calm wash over you as you ponder your next big travel adventure.  

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