Look for pearls in the Eastern Mangrove of the Persian Gulf on a 45-minute/1-hour tour from Abu Dhabi, and learn the traditions of the pearl industry aboard a traditional dhow. Learn how to find pearls at an opening demonstration, and keep any you find.
What to Expect
Enjoy a unique experience in Abu Dhabi that’s both educational and entertaining, and learn about the traditional pearl industry of the Arabian Gulf.
Following a pick-up from any hotel in the city, climb aboard a traditional jalboot (a pearl fishing dhow), and depart from the Eastern Mangroves Hotel and Spa. Set off on a leisurely cruise along the quiet channel between Abu Dhabi and the Hudairi Yat islands.
Seated on traditional Arabian floor cushions, enjoy locally made Arabic coffee and dates, while an Emirati guide explains how the country’s forefathers dedicated their lives to finding valuable pearls to trade or make jewelry.
Watch how to open a living oyster, before being invited to search for a pearl yourself. After the seashells have been opened with an oyster knife, look for your own pearl to keep as a souvenir. Every guest will receive a souvenir pearl valued at USD 545!
Local Arabic snacks will be served as you sail, while a crew member sings some authentic Emirati seafaring songs.
- Tour of the waters of the Eastern Mangrove, with exclusive views of the mangrove trees
- Sail aboard a traditional dhow
- Learn how pearl divers worked the dhow, and how they survived for 4 months at sea
- Oyster opening demonstration
- Oyster opening by yourself (keep any pearls you find)
- Return transfers from any hotel in Abu Dhabi
Know Before You Go
Cancellation processed 14 days or less prior to booked date will be 90% refunded.
Cancellation processed 10 days prior to booked date will be 50% refunded.
Cancellation processed in the last 7 days to the booked date will be 0% refunded.
No-show = no refund.
Please note that once the activity started there will be no refund.
Entrance tickets will not be refunded or rescheduled.
The supplier reserves the right to change any part of the tour or exclude any places to visit.