Sandy Beach Dive Centre
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Sandy Beach Dive Centre prides itself in excellent customer service and training standards. We are a PADI Dive Resort. Being located directly in front of Snoopy Island, which boats abundant coral and fish life, affords us the best shore diving along the Fujairah coastline. We are based in the Sandy Beach Hotel & Resort which is the longest operating resort in the area. Our instructors follow the latest training standards and the most cutting edge teaching techniques. All of the equipment and dive boats are regularly serviced to ensure a safe and enjoyable diving experience. Sandy Beach Dive Centre is a relatively new name but the centre is continuing to be operated with the same management since 2016.
Fujairah, United Arab Emirates
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Xavi-A
2 contributions
Jun 2022
I’ve been a repeating client of this dive center before Covid times, and was always treated kindly and professionally. The new dive center owner (Slovenian) is simply not up to the basic standards to run a diving business professionally:
- a group of people joining our boat trip to practice snorkeling were mislead over the phone on the price per person (33% increase when they arrived there)
- one of our diving trip members felt sick before diving and had to stay in the boat. He was asked to pay full bill despite not doing anything, saying that this is the rule on weekends (and the boat was half empty). Similar situation happened with previous ownership and they were accommodating and providing alternative dates in lieu
- quality of gear is clearly sub-par, with worn out equipment, but still full price vs competitors

Bottom-line, I felt that the lack of experience and customer focus of the leadership of this dive shop and the poor quality of the material doesn’t deserve any positive praise and any future visit.
Written 22 June 2022
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Fischer W
2 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
The diving experience was good and the instructor was very good. The owner of the center was awful and didn’t respect the clients. Increasing the prices of snorkeling after arrival and demanding that new price that was set costing 100 aed more than intended, but the thought of it is disrespectful. Awful management
Written 19 June 2022
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Mariam m
1 contribution
Mar 2022 • Couples
Perfect first time experience
It was our first time ever experiencing scuba diving,our instructor Carlos taught everything in theory and practiced them with patience in the swimming pool for an hour or so . As a resault , me and my husband experienced one of the most beautiful 28 minuts of our lives under the water ....
Written 26 March 2022
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Irena Ena
1 contribution
Jan 2022 • Friends
A lovely dive center, located near the beach in a beautiful marine protected area of Snoopy island. Area is considered one of the best diving locations in UAE and as a biologist, I was intrigued to do my first dive ever in such area. I was there in January 2022, visiting with my father, and as someone who has never dived before, my experience there was pleasant and very enjoyable. The team and my instructor Milan here have offered me nothing but professionalism, kindness, resourcefulness and help in making my diving experience relaxed and fascinating. I would highly recommend Sandy Beach Dive Center for anyone, who likes to explore under water marine life and at the same time have their diving experience be handled by warm, experienced and custom-oriented staff.
Written 23 March 2022
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Ameet D
1 contribution
Feb 2022 • Family
Horrible experience
Is there were negative review I could give them that.
Described as “panic” excuse wherein it was clearly related to the trainee diver that my eyes were burning due to some issue with the goggles; still they were able to ruin my birthday. Not only by curtailing my session into half but also giving false pretense and excuses that a 5 year old would not be fooled.
Had we not paid in advance, would’ve demanded compensation.
I would like the authorities investigate the same and levy penalties. I have already decided to start my process and get justice.
Just by responding to the review doesn’t get someone off the hook. I have done many dives before and this was the worst one of my life. Just because you have overbooked doesn’t mean you need to compromise on your full paying customer.
I will see to it that this report sees some action as the way it was handled - fault was mine: whereas it was definitely theirs
Written 20 March 2022
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Purvi_66
Dubai, United Arab Emirates48 contributions
Feb 2022
Extremely poor attitude and customer service - they state a dive experience of 3 hours including paperwork, classroom orientation, pool training and the actual dive however the entire experience was completed in 1.5hrs - the dive was conducted with one dive master and two trainees for my husband and two kids. My husband has done a dive before and was having issues with his mask and weights - instead of helping him resolve this - the centre claimed he was having "panic attacks" and did not even let him go under the water in the sea. When we expressed our dis-satisfaction - there was a retaliation stating it is our mistake. Poor customer service camouflaged under the high and mighty attitude and excuse of safety - find somewhere else to go guys - there are several dive centres in the vicinty!
Written 21 February 2022
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Baadal Adam
Dubai, United Arab Emirates89 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
It was rough diving experience as weather was quite bad with low visibility underwater with mild tides and high surface temperatures. They gave my friends who were doing their first dive a good orientation and practical experience but failed to let us know the water conditions were bad. And by the time we were heading back from our most of us were dehydrated and tired!
Written 30 September 2021
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Joe S
Knoxville, TN7 contributions
Nov 2019 • Friends
These guys are the best! I have been diving for 50 years and these guys are 5 Star!! Kind caring professionals who can cater to the beginner and the old pros like me. I will be back!
Written 10 November 2019
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Cathyweldon
Hexham, UK37 contributions
Oct 2019 • Solo
My family chose to stay at the adjacent sandy beach hotel based on the recommendations for the dive centre I had. As a cold water diver I was equal parts nervous and excited to dive in the Arabian Sea but each dive during my stay seemed magical. On my first day I did a shore dive around snoopy island next to the centre - great for checking my gear and orientation to the environment- lovely active and healthy reef. The next day I did 5 dives with the excellent Ravi including my first ever night dive around snoopy island- 5 turtles, hunting eels, sea snails and a range of other amazing life. Ravi was a master at finding little treasures including seahorses, nudibranciis, eels (including two gigantic honeycomb eels) and really knows the dive sites well. Pierre took me the next day on a deep dive to look for cauliflower corals (we found them with 1min to spare) and then on to Dibba rock to see my first reef sharks (we found 4 and they were beautiful but very shy). Overall I did 13 dives and throughly enjoyed them all. The lovely lux was fab at coordinating the team, tulhum was our boat driver and rescue diver extraordinar and Milan was also fantastic at leading dives -particularly where more rusty/nervous divers joined us.
Written 26 October 2019
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Andrew B
Dubai, United Arab Emirates2 contributions
Jun 2019
I'm so happy to have discovered Sand Beach Dive Centre. The hire equipment is top quality and the staff are super nice. I was a novice diver when I first started going to Sandy Beach and I was immediately made to feel welcome and that I was in safe hands. I now have over 50 dives and I still go regularly. I didn't quite realise in fact how good Sandy Beach Dive Center is until after I had visited other dive centers in other countries. All the other dive centers I have visited have been by far of a much lower standard. I've completed my Advanced, Rescue Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Oxygen Provider and Nitrox Certificates all at Sandy Beach. I highly recommend this Dive Centre. (I feel bad I haven't written a review for them before now. I guess better late than never).
Written 19 June 2019
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