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Things to do at Sir Bani Yas Island – Luxury Island Adventure

A week or two spent at Sir Bani Yas Island can be an exhilarating adventure with so many options available for visitors.



Falconry was once and still being to an extent a way of life that is bound with the spirit of the desert and its dwellers. Out of the many resorts in Abu Dhabi, none offers easy access to such an intriguing activity as those located at the Sir Bani Yas Island. If you opt to do this activity, you will first be transferred to the spot where the late Sheikh Zayed used to hunt and hear many tales of glory. The professional falconer will conduct a demonstration and allow you to take as many photos as you wish. Once you go through the training, you will be able to spend some time with the Falcons themselves.


Horse riding

If you love horses and riding, you can pick and choose your kind of horse from the Sir Bani Yas Island stables and ride away to your heart's content. The island offers a host of different packages from which you can choose the one you love best. The horses belong to different breeds and come from various backgrounds. Perhaps, since you are visiting Arab lands, you could try out the Arab horse breed. The riding packages can meet different needs based on your set of skills and preference.


Spa time

If you are going to a luxury island, you will definitely include some spa time in your schedule. Many resorts such as the Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara offer in-house spa facilities. You can expect to savour an experience worthy of royalty with an ambience enhanced with flower petals strewn about and the whole area smelling like heaven. Try out a traditional Bedouin spa regime that uses time-tested techniques to generate energy and leave you feeling invigorated. The sand of time is another popular massage regime on the island that involves warm bugs of sand.


Wildlife safari

A visit to Sir Bani Yas Island is a wasted opportunity without a wildlife safari thrown into the list of activities. The island was once a wildlife sanctuary and the wild beasts still roam free and continue to thrive. You can get into a 4x4 open vehicle and look for gazelle, giraffes and cheetahs along the way.



If you decide to go snorkelling during your stay at the Sir Bani Yas Island, don't forget to ask for an expert guide to point you in the direction of the coral reefs. These reefs are full of pulsating life that belongs to the vibrant sea creatures of the salty waters. The water is likely to be balmy enough to entice you to linger awhile.



The waters that surround the island are serene and beckon visitors to paddle along in the open sea or through the mangroves. Be mesmerized by the flocks of flamingos that will seem to float above the waters like a pink cloud.