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Adventure Water Activities to do in UAE – Abu Dhabi has it All

An unlimited array of water sports activities available at Sir Bani Yas Island in Abu Dhabi; probably the best location in the UAE for water based adventure. Let's take a look at some of the options.


Snorkelling and Scuba Diving

Offshore snorkelling adventures from Sir Bani Yas Island are incredible treats. Guided snorkelling tours are available to the surrounding reefs where a myriad of marine life is waiting to be discovered. Exotic species that Arabia is famous for are spotted in these waters; look out for sights of the Hammour a famous Arabic Fish as well other colourful reef fish including sea urchins and colourful corals. These tours taking around 1 ½ hours are open to participants as young as 10 years and include PADI diving certification for novices.


Enjoy an Arabian Dhow Cruise

Nothing beats the romantic vibes of a dhow cruise around Sri Bani Yas Island. Ideal for those of you enjoying a stay at resorts in Abu Dhabi the traditional Emirati dhow tours are tailor-made to suit individual needs. You could book a wholly romantic sunset cruise into the horizon or take along friends and family and enjoy a day at sea. There you cruise along the coasts taking in sights of varied marine animals, birds and surrounding islands. Most tours last around 2 hours and cover the surrounding area of Sri Bani Yas Island and the Discovery Islands. Guests at Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resorts can book the tours through the hotel while others will need to do so via a tour agent. There is no age restriction to passengers.


Deep Sea Fishing

Deep sea fishing is quite rewarding in the waters off Sri Bani Yas Island. You can indulge in troll fishing which is a form of fishing where several baited lines are 'trolled' or dragged through the water. Accommodating the beginner and seasoned angler tour conductors provide all tackle and equipment needed; including the skills of expert instructors who will ensure every trip is rewarded. Choose fishing packages from 1 ½ hours to 3 and 6 hours for maximum satisfaction. Tours are open to all ages and must be pre-booked via your Sir Bani Yas Island resort or tour agent. Groups of up to four people are accommodated at a time.


Paddle Boarding

An excellent form of casual surfing is the stand-up paddle boarding tours around the waters surrounding Sir Bani Yas Island. The perfect fitness pastime the sport requires no waves to be enjoyed. The rather leisurely activity lets you experience the beautiful surroundings, bird life and marine life of the area. Tours take up to 1 hour and are open to participants 8 years and above. Basic swimming and kayaking skills are a prerequisite.


Mangrove and Sea Kayaking

Nature lovers this one is for you; on a kayak tour of the mangroves one is treated to the best of nature. Sights of flamingos in the shallow waters, beautiful surroundings and schools of flying fish are yours to relish as you explore the wilderness surrounding the waters of Sir Bani Yas Island. Suitable for participants above 8 years of age a typical tour will last about 2 hours.

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