Central to life in Bahrain for centuries, pearl diving is the quintessential Bahraini experience. The beach resort of Al Dar Island offers regular pearl dives and cruises to Jarada Island, where you might ﬁnd yourself sunbathing on white sand or swimming in its clear waters. In addition to diving for pearls, you can also see up to 30 types of coral and more than 200 species of ﬁsh. Dolphin watching along the many surrounding coral reefs is another popular pastime. A day excursion to the pearl reefs can be an even more authentic experience if you take a dhow. You can order Arabic food and pearl divers will regale you with their tales of the high seas.