I can put a big CHECK next to that box.
Bahrain is famous for their pearls. Before the discovery of oil, pearl diving was the main source of income and the foundation for many of the communities on the island. Even today, Bahrain pearls are very valuable and highly prized for their beauty.
Here is a link to a bit of history about the Bahraini pearl industry.
|Even the Queen of England preferred Bahrain pearls.|
It is not easy to find a dive operator that will take out groups to dive for pearls. It is a shallow area, only 15 meters and there is not a lot to see there except the oysters.
And to top it off, the oysters are very young. There is not much of a chance you will actually find a pearl. However, this is the only place in the world that you can dive for pearls and I was determined to experience the dive.
I finally connected with a dive operator here on the Island of Bahrain, ScubaMasters. Just a few days ago they notified me that they were going to take a dive group out to the oyster beds.
The trip was this last Saturday morning leaving from the Amwaj Marina. Amwaj Island is located just across a bridge on the tip of Bahrain. We left home about 6AM to make it there by 6:30.
If you are reading this blog in an email, you will have to go to my blog page to view this video of Amwaj Marina as we left for the dive.
We made two drift dives. The current was not extremely strong but you didn't spend much time looking around either. The boat followed us on the surface and came to pick us up when we surfaced. Not my favorite diving, but fun anyway.
On this dive we did something else we have never done. We shot video.
We just purchased a small video camera like BHB and son-in-law, RB use on dives. If you have followed my blog, you probably have seen the shark video where we had a hundred sharks swimming around us. That video was filmed by RB with the same model camera. D and I are just learning how to use the camera so don't expect great videos. This is our very first experience shooting underwater.
You will have to go to my blog page to view this video D took of me underwater.
PLEASE (to my children) do not send me an email to tell me how bad my diving form is. I am not a master diver - I am just having fun!
I think D did not know he was filming when he shot this video. However, it is a good view of the sea floor. Remember, go to my blog page to view the videos.
Here is a video of me showing D an oyster I just plucked from the sea floor.
|This is an old, historical photo of the divers looking for pearls in the oysters.|
|Sometimes the pearls are really small. I did not find this one - this is a photo from the web. Darn! I really wanted one of those pearls.|
|One of my oysters waiting to be opened after we returned to the boat.|
|My "catch". I might not have found a pearl, but it was a gem of a dive.|
Now, I need to talk D into “discovering” a Bahrain pearl for my neck. I would prefer a gold setting instead of a messy oyster in a shell.