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Dive Into the History Of Bahrain Pearling

Now known as an oil-rich nation, Bahrain was previously known as a pearl-rich country, and the history of pearling in the country goes back over 2,000 years.

You can now experience this ancient enterprise by taking part in the Bahrain Pearling Trail, on Muharraq Island, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as the only intact pearling site in the world.

The tour takes three hours and is 3.5km/2.1 miles long. Starting at Bu Maher port, the tour includes a two-hour dive, followed by a lesson on the history and path of pearling in Bahrain, and the creations of explorer and designer Jacques Cartier.

The diving portion of the tour takes place at Ras Rayyah, in the north of Muharraq, and takes a couple of hours. To ensure sustainability, divers are allowed to collect 60 oysters per dive. If you are wondering whether you will find a pearl or not, the probability of locating a pearl is estimated to be around 5 percent. Sadly, most pearls are now in older oysters which lie in much deeper waters.

Experiencing the Bahrain Pearling Trail will set you back US$85/~€74/~£65.

You can find out more about Muharraq Island here, or check out a video about the experience below.

Pearl Diving Experience | Visit Bahrain
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for


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