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Desert Islands, United Arab Emirates

Tel: +971 2 801 5400
dirs@anantara.com

For reservations

Tel: +971 2 895 8700 or crome@anantara.com

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Area Activities

Discover magnificent wildlife on foot, explore silent lagoon waters in a kayak or get up close to marine life while snorkelling. Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara offers limitless options to make your holiday memorable with an expansive range of area excursions that complement our Abu Dhabi luxury accommodation. Anantara’s tranquil Sir Bani Yas Island resort offers excitement, adventure and relaxation for all ages.

Archery

Archery

Archery is a long cherished Arabian tradition that remains a popular sport to this day, and a great activity for the whole family.  Practice your aim as you shoot for targets from five to 30 metres away. Whether you are a beginner or a pro, we provide all the equipment and training needed to make sure you get closer to the bull’s eye. View activity video


Suitable from the age of six years and above.

Kayaking

Kayaking

Sir Bani Yas Island’s tranquil waters provide ideal conditions for kayaking.  Paddle along at a serene and relaxing pace, admiring the stunning coastal scenery.


Open Sea Kayaking
Take the sea into your own hands while paddling the coast of the island. Not only is this a great way to get your daily exercise, but you will also have amazing opportunities to view sea life beneath your kayak. Float into a tranquil pace and enjoy your sea adventure.


Suitable from the age of eight years and above. 
Recommended only for strong swimmers. The Open Sea Kayaking experience is managed by a third party operator.
Instruction is provided before all kayaking trips.

 

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

Explore the rugged terrain and breathtaking landscapes of Sir Bani Yas Island with an exhilarating mountain bike excursion. Personal guided tours take you through some of the island’s most intriguing scenery, with a choice of routes catering for all levels of ability and interest.  Remember to bring your camera to capture vivid snapshots of wild nature and animal encounters. View activity video


Easy Route

This activity is suitable for the whole family, the only requirement is being able to ride a bicycle. The adventure will involve a ride along the roads of the island. You will be able to spot some gazelle and birdlife while a guide leads you into the surroundings of the park.

Advanced Route
We recommend the advance route for true explorers. This journey will take you to exclusive spots where you’ll be able to appreciate beautiful scenery with plenty of photo opportunities. You’ll be able to pedal yourself into the heart of the island, an experience you will not want to miss.


Suitable for all ages.

Closed shoes required (trainers, hiking shoes or similar).

Pearl Diving

Pearl Diving

Dive into the depths of the ocean and discover the ancient ways of traditional pearl divers. Search for oysters off the coast of Sir Bani Yas Island, then travel to Discovery Islands on a yacht and marvel at the abundant marine life. Snorkel in warm clear water, feasting your eyes on vibrant coral reefs below. Take home a wealth of memories, as well as any pearls you may be lucky enough to find! 


The Pearl Journey experience is managed by a third party operator.

 

Nature & Wildlife Drives

Nature & Wildlife Drives

As a working and constantly developing wildlife sanctuary, Sir Bani Yas Island provides exciting encounters with unique environments and endangered animals. Watch elegant gazelles make their way through the savannah. Gaze at the rare Arabian Oryx, one of the world’s most endangered Oryx species.


Most of the Nature & Wildlife Drive routes are along dirt tracks, adding to the authenticity of the wilderness experience. Throughout the journey, you’ll be able to get up-close to the animals, allowing for plenty of photo opportunities. All the while you’ll be under the expert guidance of our guides, whose knowledge of the flora and fauna on Sir Bani Yas Island will help make this a truly memorable experience. View activity video


Suitable for ages one and above. 

Nature & Wildlife Walks

Nature & Wildlife Walks

Different types of walks allow you to get a closer look at the island’s scenery and wildlife. Depending on your interests and fitness levels, choose from a wadi walk, self-guided walk or nature & wildlife walk. Enjoy the scenery while exercising at the same time.


Wadi Walk

This guided walk passes through the naturally-formed salt dome hilltops in the middle of Sir Bani Yas Island. If you want to experience the unspoilt sand dunes or explore rock corridors containing a variety of ancient fossils and minerals, then this is the walk for you.


Self-Guided Walk

This walk consists of a seven-kilometre self-led adventure behind the tranquil mangrove lagoon; look out for flamingos! You can enjoy the beautiful salt-dome hilltops, unusual rock formations, free-roaming animals and the mangrove lake on this walk.


Nature & Wildlife Walk

Head down to the eastern side of the island and embark on a walk with an experienced guide to learn about the stunning flora and fauna of Sir Bani Yas Island. The opportunity of spotting giraffe in the wild will add more excitement to your adventure!


View activity video


Suitable for ages six and above. 

Closed shoes required (i.e. runners, hiking shoes or similar)

Snorkelling

Snorkelling

Discover the secrets of the world beneath the surface of the water. No trip to Sir Bani Yas Island is complete without exploring some of the beautiful reefs on a self-guided snorkelling expedition. A colourful underwater world, teeming with marine life awaits.


Guide yourself through the warm waters of Sir Bani Yas' bay and get up close to some of Arabia’s exotic sea life.

The Monastery

The Monastery

On the eastern side of Sir Bani Yas Island lie the remains of an early Christian monastery that dates back to the late 6th century AD. The monastery was abandoned by the last few monks in 750 AD, following the coming of Islam in the previous century. This is the only early Christian site in the UAE and is of great historical significance.  It was founded by Christians involved in the gulf pearl trade, due to the fact that Sir Bani Yas Island was once an important strategic location in the ancient sea trade route from Mesopotamia through the Arabian Gulf to south eastern Arabia and beyond.

A visit to the monastery is available as a private tour upon request

Culture & History Tour

Culture & History Tour

Take the opportunity to learn about the rich history of Sir Bani Yas Island and experience the local culture and hospitality. On this tour you will follow Sheikh Zayed’s legacy of protecting nature by adopting and planting a mangrove tree on Sir Bani Yas Island.

Please note that this activity is subject to availability and weather conditions.
Minimum age of participants for this activity must be above one year old.

Land Sailing

Land Sailing

Historically, land sailing was primarily used as a mode of transportation but today it has evolved into a major sport. The expansive shores of Sir Bani Yas Island and the gentle Arabian winds are perfect for this adventurous activity. 


Enjoy a fun day out with the entire family and explore a unique side of the island like never before. You can choose to sail independently or make the activity interesting by racing against each other.


Subject to weather and wind conditions.
Suitable for the age eight and above.

Sunset Cruise

Sunset Cruise

Embark on a unique experience cruising into the sunset aboard a traditional dhow. This romantic and relaxed excursion departs from the jetty, navigating the island’s surrounding waters, gazing at birds and marine life. If you’re lucky you might just spot one of the friendly dolphins or dugongs that call the waters surrounding Sir Bani Yas their home. Delight in tasty cardamom flavoured Arabic coffee and delicious, island dates.

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Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resorts

P.O. Box 12452, Al Ruwais,
Sir Bani Yas Island,
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Tel:       +971 2 801 5400
Fax:      +971 2 801 5408
Email:  dirs@anantara.com

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