All pearl diving now takes place from Ras Rayyah Port and can only be done in the company of government-approved dive centres licensed for pearl diving. Aspiring divers must first purchase a package with the centres via the online portal, and then a pearl diving pass (BD5) either online or at the office here. Boats then take you to the approved sites of Sayah, Bu Amamma, Shtayaah and Bulthama.
PADI-licensed divers can head to any of the sites and spend up to two hours underwater and collect as many as 60 oysters. Non-qualified divers will be taken out to snorkel at Sayah and can collect the same number of oysters. Any pearls found are yours to keep!