As the temperature rises, the promise of cool waters beckons and the island starts to flourish with summer activities galore. From jet skiing and kitesurfing to kayaking and paddle boarding, there’s something to pique every interest. Beyond the water, Bahrain also provides fantastic opportunities for thrilling land adventures, such as karting, padel tennis and rock climbing.

So, whether you’re looking for exciting sea adventures or more tranquil open-air escapes, we have you covered with some of the coolest things to do on the island this summer – read on and discover the endless possibilities…


With its warm climate and crystal-clear waters, Bahrain is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts, offering a variety of fun and thrilling activities, including jet skiing, kitesurfing and wakeboarding.

Jet Skiing

One of the most popular activities in the Kingdom, jet skiing is a must-try for an adrenaline hit. With the wind in your hair and the spray of the sea, jet skiing offers a sense of freedom and excitement. The island’s numerous marinas and beaches, including those at Water Garden City Beach, Amwaj Islands, Marassi Beach and Durrat Al Bahrain, provide ample opportunities to explore the coastline. Whether a novice or an experienced rider, everyone can enjoy this sport and there are plenty of professional jet ski rental services available, as well as tour operators and hotel beach clubs where sessions can be booked.


This extreme sport has been rapidly gaining popularity on the island, thanks to consistent winds and shallow waters. Kitesurfing combines elements of surfing, paragliding, windsurfing and skateboarding, all in one, for a unique and challenging experience. Places like Amwaj Kite Beach, Bahrain Bay, Budaiya Beach, Nurana and the beaches near the Bahrain Yacht Club, are popular hotspots. Skate Shack have been the pioneers of kitesurfing on the island and they offer everything you need for the sport. They provide free lessons to anyone purchasing kitesurfing gear from them and you can also book individual lessons. Those wanting to try their hand at this exciting sport should note that the kitesurfing season usually ends in July and restarts in September when the wind picks up.


This is another exhilarating sport that has found a home in Bahrain. The calm waters around the island, particularly near Al Dar Islands, are ideal for this activity. Combining the skills of snowboarding, surfing and water skiing, wakeboarding involves riding a board over the surface of the water, while being towed by a motorboat. With local operators providing top-notch equipment and lessons, both beginners and seasoned wakeboarders can enjoy the thrill of carving through the water and catching some air. For an even more stimulating experience, book a wakeboarding session at Bahrain Wake, the island’s first cable wake park, located at Durrat Al Bahrain. Providing a unique setup where wakeboarders are pulled by an overhead cable system, they offer lessons for beginners, as well as options for single and double sessions and a full day pass, with equipment included.


The Kingdom offers an array of water sports that blend excitement with tranquillity. For those seeking more serene experiences, here are some must-try activities that promise both enjoyment and relaxation.


A favourite for many in Bahrain, Kayaking is perfect for solo adventurers or groups looking for an enjoyable outing, with calm waters around the island providing the perfect setting for this activity. Whether you are paddling through the peaceful mangroves at Tubli or exploring the sandy shores at Al Dar, kayaking allows you to connect with nature and escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. Various spots, such as Amwaj Islands, Marassi Beach, Water Garden City Beach and Bahrain Bay, all offer kayak rentals and guided tours suitable for all skill levels.

Doughnut Boat

Rides For a unique and fun-filled experience, the Doughnut Boat Ride in Bahrain Bay is a must-try. Operated by Dough Bahrain, these circular inflatable boats with a centre table, resemble giant donuts. Powered by a small engine, they allow you to cruise at a leisurely pace and socialise with friends over a New York-style pizza, all while soaking in the surroundings.

Pedal Boat

Rides For a more laid-back water experience, pedal boat rides offer a leisurely pace to explore Bahrain’s waterways. Easy to operate and ideal for families and couples, these boats allow you to pedal at your own pace while taking in the views. Bahrain Bay, Water Garden City Beach and the Marassi Beach are popular spots for pedal boating, where you can enjoy the striking skyline and gentle breezes in a relaxed, fun-filled environment.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)

This is another popular sport in the Kingdom. Standing atop a large, stable board, you can paddle your way across the tranquil waters, enjoying the gentle rhythm of the waves. A wonderful way to unwind, SUP is also a fantastic workout and even great for practising your yoga poses. Several locations provide excellent conditions for this, including Bahrain Bay, Water Garden City Beach, Amwaj Islands and Marassi Beach.

Mega SUP

For a social twist on paddle boarding, try the Mega SUP. This oversized board can accommodate multiple people, making it ideal for groups looking for a shared adventure. Paddling together on the Mega SUP encourages teamwork and adds an element of fun. Available at Bahrain Bay, this activity is ideal for families, friends and even corporate team-building events.


Bahrain, being an archipelago in the Arabian Gulf, offers a stunning array of aquatic adventures for sea enthusiasts. From the vibrant underwater world to the quiet expanse of its waters, the island’s open sea promises unforgettable experiences. Here’s a guide to some of the best activities to explore.

Scuba Diving

The island’s underwater world is a treasure trove for scuba divers. Its warm waters host an array of marine life, including vibrant coral reefs, shoals of exotic fish and fascinating shipwrecks. Popular diving spots include the Fifi Wreck, the Fasht Al Adhm and Abu Thama Reef, one of the top-rated dive sites in Bahrain, 80km from Amwaj Marina. ScubaMaster is one of the most established dive centres in the Kingdom and offers courses for beginners and advanced divers alike, making it an accessible adventure for all.


For those who prefer to stay above water, Bahrain’s gentle winds and calm seas create ideal conditions for leisurely sailing. Various clubs, including the Bahrain Yacht Club, provide opportunities for lessons and boat rentals, making it easy for novices and experienced mariners to set sail. It’s the perfect way to take in the island’s scenic coastlines and experience the joy of the open sea.

Pearl Diving

Bahrain’s history is deeply intertwined with pearl diving, once the backbone of its economy. Today, visitors can relive this traditional practice with guided pearl diving excursions. Equipped with modern gear, you can dive into the warm waters to search for natural pearls, gaining a unique insight into the Kingdom’s cultural heritage. It’s a rare opportunity to connect with the island’s past and perhaps find a treasured gem of your own. It’s as easy as purchasing a pearl diving pass from and then booking a trip with one of the licensed pearl diving companies, such as ScubaMaster.


For a more relaxed yet equally captivating sea adventure, snorkelling is a fantastic choice. Bahrain’s shallow reefs and clear waters are perfect for snorkellers of all ages. Discover colourful fish, fascinating coral formations and maybe even a glimpse of a friendly sea turtle. Popular spots include the reefs around Al Dar Islands, Durrat Al Bahrain and the waters off Bahrain Bay. An enjoyable activity for families and solo adventurers alike, equipment is easily available and can also be rented from various dive shops.


Boating is synonymous with summer in Bahrain, with the Kingdom’s azure waters and diverse marine life making it an ideal destination for fishing trips and island excursions.

Fishing Trips

For fishing enthusiasts, the island is teeming with opportunities. Charter a boat for a deep-sea fishing excursion and experience the thrill of catching local favourites like hammour, barracuda and snapper. Skilled local tour operators, such as Sea Star Marine and Delma Marine know the best spots and can provide all the necessary gear. They offer special day and night trips, making it an ideal outing for both novices and seasoned anglers.

Jarada Island

For those looking to explore Bahrain’s hidden gems, a boat trip to Jarada Island is a must. This tiny, tidal sand strip emerges from the water during low tide, offering a unique and fleeting destination for beachgoers. With its pristine sandy beach and crystal-clear water, Jarada is perfect for swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing. The journey there itself is also a treat, with stunning views of the open sea and the occasional sighting of dolphins. You can take your own boat or book through one of the many tour operators, who offer special trips to and from this stunning island.

Al Dar Islands

Another popular destination is Al Dar Islands, a group of small islets just a short boat ride from Sitra. It offers a more developed escape with beach huts, chalets and restaurants. The islands’ relaxed vibe and beautiful scenery make this an ideal spot for a day trip with family and friends. Jet skiing, kayaking, SUP, banana boat rides and beach volleyball are just a few of the activities available. You can either book through a tour operator or simply purchase a ticket at the Al Dar Booking Office at the Sitra Fisherman Port. Here you can hop onto one of the sea taxis that run every 30 minutes during opening hours (9am to 9pm).

Hawar Islands

For a more extended adventure, a trip to Hawar Islands is highly recommended. Located closer to the Qatari coast, Hawar is renowned for its diverse wildlife and pristine beaches. Day trips offer boat transfer, lunch, beach access and a range of water activities, including snorkelling, kayaking, paddle boating and water cycling. For a longer retreat, opt for overnight packages at Al Maha Lagoon Chalets, featuring comfortable accommodations and island exploration. Whether seeking adventure or relaxation, Hawar Islands promise a perfect summer getaway.


The Kingdom offers a host of family-friendly summer activities that are perfect for creating lasting memories. Whether you’re a resident or visiting, these top attractions ensure fun for all ages.

Water Parks

Lost Paradise of Dilmun (LPOD) is Bahrain’s largest water park, boasting more than 20 slides and attractions that cater to both thrill-seekers and families with young children. Set amidst lush greenery and themed around the ancient Dilmun civilisation, LPOD offers a day of splashing fun, wave pools and lazy rivers. For a more intimate setting, the Waha Splashclub is a hidden gem, located at Lagoon Park in Amwaj Islands. It offers a range of magical sprays, slides, jet streams, fountains and other water activities that are perfect for families with younger children. The safe, supervised environment ensures peace of mind for parents, while kids enjoy the aquatic fun. The amazing lighting after dark makes it an exciting day and night experience.

Bahrain International Karting Circuit (BIKC)

For families with a need for speed, the BIKC is a must-visit. This state-of-the-art facility offers a range of karting options suitable for both adults and children. There is something for everyone, from championships, Mini Grands Prix and track sessions to offtrack activities and driver training. The track is designed to meet international standards, ensuring a safe and exhilarating experience.

The Crag Rock Climbing

If you’re looking to introduce your family to the thrill of rock climbing, The Crag is the place to go. This outdoor climbing gym offers routes for all skill levels, ensuring that both beginners and seasoned climbers can enjoy a day of scaling walls. They provide various adult and kids’ packages, membership options and also hold occasional tournaments. First-time visitors can enjoy a Happy Hour promotion until the end of June, which grants free entry every Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm.

Padel Tennis

Padel Tennis is quickly becoming a favourite activity in Bahrain. This racquet sport combines elements of tennis and squash, played on a smaller court. Numerous clubs and facilities, such as Padel Bahrain, offer padel tennis courts and coaching classes for both adults and kids. It’s easy to learn and highly social, making it a great way to stay active together.