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Updated by Joanna James on Jun 23, 2019
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Activities at Sir Bani Yas – Expedition to an Island of Riches

Sir Bani Yas Island is a popular tourist destination that offers opulence, wildlife adventures, safaris, snorkelling and other activities to discerning travellers visit the UAE.


Wildlife Safari

Even though, Sir Bani Yas is known in the region as one of the best places for a beach resort. Abu Dhabi, however, has managed to turn it into a wildlife park as well. A haven for wild beasts and countless trees that thrive in the island, Sir Bani Yas is a long-term ecological investment inaugurated by Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and initially served as a wildlife reserve. Today, Sir Bani Yas is home to a thriving wildlife population. Visitors can hop on open air jeeps to meet and greet (from a safe distance) sand gazelles, Arabian Oryx, giraffes, ostriches, cheetahs and much more.



When you've had your fill of land animals, gear up and snorkel to see the world of colourful tropical fish and stealthy turtles. Your guide can lead you towards the coral reefs teeming with vibrant marine life that thrives in the pleasantly warm waters of the turquoise depths.



Sir Bani Yas is immersed in serene waters that provide ideal conditions to kayak. While you paddle along, take in the breathtaking seaside scenery and escape into a world of beauty, peace and lovely hues.


Spa Treatments

A vacation in a paradise island is not complete without a day or two spent indulging in a spa treatment. In Sir Bani Yas you will be treated to the age-old Bedouin spa regime which involves energy generating rituals. Resort spas take extra care to create a soothing ambience with fresh flowers strewn around and an endless supply of cool ginger tea to invigorate the senses. The hot sand bundle massage aptly called the "Sands of Time" lasts quite long and leaves you feeling energetic and ready to face a day of adventures in an island of indulgence. Resorts such as Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villa Resort offer such spa treatments.


Mountain Biking

A ride on a mountain bike can be a thrilling exploration of the rough terrain and the beautiful environs of the island. Your guide can take you around the island and lead you towards the best spots that Sir Bani Yas has to offer. Mountain bike rides offer great opportunities for photographers.


Pearl Diving

In the olden days, pearl divers plunged into the depth of the ocean to collect beautiful pearls. You too can relive this experience under the observant protection of your guide and look for oysters. You will be allowed to take any pearls that you discover including the memory of this unique experience.


Land Sailing

What used to be an ancient mode of transport has now become a popular sporting activity. The vast stretch of sand in the island conspires with strong winds to create a gentle breeze for land sailing. This particular activity can turn into a family game of fun and adventure.

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