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Activities to Try Out on Sir Bani Yas Island – Desert Oasis

Heading out to Sir Bani Yas Island? - the largest natural island in the UAE and a beautiful rustic wildlife reserve; plus, the Persian Gulf surrounding the island is teeming with marine life, the rugged terrain is exotic and island vibes abound; so, what do you do in paradise? Read on to find out!


Enjoy Some Fine Dining

While seafood is a top allure on Sir Bani Yas Island; it is not the only aspect of fine dining over there. You can treat yourself to a foodie adventure, exploring the many restaurants located within the island's resorts. The Savannah Grill & Lounge, for instance, offers a fine selection of African cuisine to enjoy together with sultry island vibes, a treat guests at Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara, may look forward to. There are Mediterranean delights Italian favourites and of course a range of Arabian dishes as exotic as the land. Taking your dining experience to new heights, Sir Bani Yas Island resorts also, offer 'dining by design' where you choose the setting; the edge of a cliff overlooking the gorgeous ocean, for example where you enjoy salt in your hair, good company and great cuisine.


Enjoy a 4X4 Safari

For the best sightseeing, Abu Dhabi has to offer, you must book yourself a 4X4 exploration safari to Sir Bani Yas Island. Deemed a protected animal reserve in the '70s by Sheik Zayed, the place is home to free-roaming desert creatures, amongst which the once close to extinction black Oryx, now thrives. A tour across the rugged terrain is a treat, where you get to enjoy gorgeous vistas of the surroundings as well as look out for a variety of exotic Arabic wildlife.


Nature Walks for a Personal Encounter

A nature walk is your best option for closer encounters of the islands flourishing flora; walks are conducted on the eastern edge of the island and are punctuated with sightings of giraffes, so a great activity for kids to take on. Once done, your adventure continues where you head over to the mangrove forests along the coast and watch as the elegant Osprey dive for their lunch.


Savour Some Culture and History

A marvellous history surrounds Sir Bani Yas Island and you can explore this through the Culture and History tours conducted via hotels in Sir Bas Yas Island. Visit the salt domes which are over 20 million years old and well preserved as well as, the over 42 archaeological sites amongst which is a Christian Monastery dating back to 600 AD.


Do a Wadi Walk

That's right! This fabulous island has it all! The enchanting landscapes which make up the desert island are almost Jurassic in nature. Walk across dried up river beds flowing and lush in the rainy season, pass between towering columns of rocky corridors as you watch out for buried fossils and climb the huge dunes. Quite the adventure for the nature lover, the wadi walks are organised by the Sir Bani Yas Island resorts.