Sir Bani Yas (Abu Dhabi) Cruises, United Arab Emirates
- You’d be forgiven for thinking you’re in Africa on an early morning game drive of the Arabian Wildlife Park. Giraffes, cheetahs and hyenas are just some of the animals you can see.
- Spot dugongs, sea turtles and tropical fish on a snorkel around the island. They’re all occasional visitors to these shores, but angelfish, seahorse and starfish are sure bets.
- Kayak through the island’s mangroves – keeping an eye out for birds feeding in the shallows. Non-indigenous flamingos, for instance, now call the island home.
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Time spent on the beach doesn’t get more appealing than with your own private cabana. A transfer to the island will pop you right on a feather-white sandy beach, where your private cabana awaits. You’ve got this little sun shelter for the whole day, and it makes for a great base from which to enjoy the tropical beach, and the clear waters of the Arabian Gulf. Each cabana has space for two people, and the price is based on the rental of a cabana for the day, so you'll only need to select one when booking.
You’ll want your camera at the ready for this 4x4 island adventure, which is all about catching a glimpse of some amazing wildlife. Sir Bani Yas Island is home to cheetahs, giraffes and gazelles, and from a front seat in a 4-wheel drive, there’ll be plenty of opportunity to spot these creatures in their natural habitat. Elegant flamingos, ostriches, and an endangered Arabian Oryx herd can also be seen. Plus, the island’s home to eye-widening rock formations in higgledy-piggledy piles, so there’s plenty to look out for during your drive. Just so you know, this excursion doesn’t have a guide. This leaves you free to explore the island at your own pace, with the assistance of a driver.
Bag yourself a floating mat for the day and take yourself off for some top-quality relaxation on the water. It’s like a Lilo – but it’s a mat. Catch up on your favourite book while floating off the shore, or drift around the coastline to see the island from a new angle. This is not a guided experience, and is instead an activity designed solely for R&R.