Meet Yousuf Ali of the Karachi Scuba Diving Centre (KSDC) and his daughter Rosheen - both teach people how to scuba dive and snorkel in Karachi. A breezy hour-long drive from the city and on towards the Mubarak Village is where the duo take Karachi's adventure seeking crowds.

From Mubarak Village, people are taken to Charna Island on a boat, where they can experience diving, snorkeling and exploring the extensive marine life the Arabian Sea has to offer. However, as Ali explains in the video, the operations of an oil refinery are about to start in the area, which might just destroy this marine haven.

The KSDC has been in existence for the last 30 years, they promote environmental protection of all kind, especially underwater protection, and take groups for reef cleaning and conservation of the extensive coral reef life down below.

Recently Ali has worked with the WWF to catalog the different kinds of species the sea has to offer – they have compared the species cariation off the coast of sandy beaches versus rocky beaches in the country as well.

View the video to see exclusive footage of the various fish species, corals, plants and other marine life and hear the stories of beginners, amateur and veteran divers of the city.

To read more about the scuba diving experience of a first-time diver from Karachi, click here.

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James
Jan 24, 2013 10:12am
I am really surprised to see how much beauty and resources Pakistan has, Starting from Breath-taking Northern areas through lush green fields of Punjab to margala hills in Islamabad to beautiful coastline of Gawader till the amazing beaches of Karachi. No country in the world is so much blessed. People of Pakistan should realize this fact and try to exploit these bounties.
Akram
Jan 24, 2013 09:27am
amazing pictures and its about time to develop the tourism industry on the coast.
IRFAN UK
Jan 24, 2013 09:25am
I really enjoyed the video and hope that we take care of our heritage and assets of Pakistan. It also made me think of scuba diving and I will find out about this the next time I visit Karachi which will hopefully be this summer. I think the writer could give us a little more information of how to get involved in scuba diving. Many thanks
Khalid
Jan 25, 2013 05:01pm
As you do....
Khalid
Jan 25, 2013 05:03pm
search for 'scuba diving karachi' in facebook there must be a fanpage...
Jun(Japan)
Jan 24, 2013 11:09am
I wish I can also dive in Pakistan.Have been diving all over the world for years.But waters of my ancestors is like waters of Zamzam,Water of Pure.One day with my diving friends,we may dive Pakistan.Hope the situation of Pakistan gets back to normal.Hope the government and people of Pakistan give importance to Environment and see how some nations have already destroyed precious sealife in their nation and now crying.Diving tourism is such a great business,some countries survive on it.Please don't allow the big refineries to destroy it
Khizar Rashid
Jan 24, 2013 01:08pm
Snorkelling in Pakistan is also available. Its a pocket friendly method of enjoying the beauti that is there at Churna Island. Google "Divers Reef Karachi" to find out about Snorkelling + Adventure at Churna Island.
Mirza
Jan 24, 2013 01:54pm
Really amazing indeed. i want to dive aswell, how do i get in touch with these guys?
Adnan Siddique
Jan 24, 2013 01:58pm
Nice to see your latest report Rosheen Khan, May Allah bless you ever & gives you more success in this...Ameen....
Ramakrishna
Jan 24, 2013 03:40pm
Pakistanis do love fun & frolic and indeed they can explore. Hope Pakistanis can share their feelings with the rest of the world
blink tor
Jan 24, 2013 03:48pm
how did rosheen become yusaf's daughter? http://dawn.com/2010/12/26/interview-the-mermaid-of-charna-island/ fishy business.
Ehsan
Jan 24, 2013 05:15pm
Why do all our reports have to have a negative twist?? Stop spreading negativity, be part of the solution.
GKR
Jan 24, 2013 05:37pm
How exactly is this girl going to dive in burqa!!
truth
Jan 24, 2013 06:15pm
We Pakistanis are more busy with fighting with one another ;)
Whodunit
Jan 24, 2013 07:28pm
What amazing beauty. I did not really giving diving a second thought on coast off of Karachi. Please suggest ways we can pressure big refineries to refrain from destryoing this beautiful natural habitat.
Edwardian
Jan 24, 2013 08:09pm
Mr Yousuf Ali and Ms Rosheen of the Karachi Scuba Diving Centre (KSDC) must contact Carlton Hotel and Marina Club. Both the places are on the seaside and will have additional attraction to the visitors. Hotels abroad offer such adventure to their guests.
Edwardian
Jan 24, 2013 08:13pm
You also see the Cholistan and Chorr deserts. That is another breathtaking place with beautiful sunsets and wildlife especially deer.
Mark
Jan 25, 2013 05:47pm
That is really cool!!
Rev. Eldrick Lal
Jan 24, 2013 10:41pm
In my view for such a humdrum activity, the debate is surprisingly febrile.
Anwer
Jan 25, 2013 05:19am
Thank you Dawn for another great feature about Pakistan. This clip about scuba diving in Karachi is truly amazing! Wish I had known about his last month when I revisited Karachi after 8 years for our medical college reunion. Despite the conditions around the city I managed to get some sight seeing done with my wife & two children. There is a tremendous potential for tourism in this great country & ofcourse the city of Karachi if only one could feel more secure and not have to worry about getting a police escort which seems the norm these days for the elite of the city..... Cincinnati, Ohio
Abduk
Jan 25, 2013 05:19pm
This is seriously one of the encouraging and inspiring things to come out of Pakistan lately. Way to go dawn.com. Indian media should follow this example rather that highlighting cleavage shows and film affairs.