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Abu Dhabi Kayaking Adventures- 2024

There are many kayaking options in Abu Dhabi which makes it easy for you to enjoy the experience in multiple locations. The Arabiers team has created for you an insider guide which will help you identify the best venues to kayak in Abu Dhabi and also the useful tips for a memorable experience.

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Best Kayaking Locations in Abu Dhabi

There are many ever-green mangrove forests growing along the beautiful beaches of Abu Dhabi. If you find yourself in Abu Dhabi, you can go for a kayak tour in these mangrove forests and explore the surroundings. There are so many tour companies that are licensed to provide kayaking adventures to visitors in Abu Dhabi.

Some of the top venues where you can go for a kayak adventure in Abu Dhabi include :

Eastern mangroves Abu Dhabi Kayaking

Eastern mangroves Abu Dhabi Kayaking
Eastern mangrove promenade
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The Eastern mangroves, located in the Abu Dhabi metropolis is a kayak route that offers you unique views of Abu Dhabi, that are different from the normal modern views of the city. You get to see the raw side of the city as you paddle through the meandering canals of the eastern mangroves.

You can opt to go for a 7am, 9am, 11am, 2pm or a 4pm kayak tour depending on when you are available. We will give you a qualified guide who will lead you as you tour the Eastern Mangroves.

If you are lucky enough, you may spot rare species of birds, various marine life, mammals, turtles, foxes and at times even flamingoes.

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Eastern Mangrove Lagoon National Park
Eastern mangroves Abu Dhabi Kayaking

Best for : Those who visiting Sir Bani Yas island

Eastern mangroves Abu Dhabi Kayaking

Top tip : Book a stay in Sir Bani Yas island

Eastern mangroves Abu Dhabi Kayaking

Approximate Cost : 160 AED per adult & 130 AED per child

Louvre Abu Dhabi Kayaking

Louvre Abu Dhabi Kayaking
Eastern mangrove promenade
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Go for a kayak tour around the Louvre and enjoy beautiful views of this structure. The tour around the Louvre lasts for 60 minutes, giving you enough time to view the Louvre from all angles.

Before you start the trip, we usually offer a brief introduction about kayaking and the safety instructions to follow. Also, an experienced guide will accompany you during your trip to ensure your safety when kayaking.

Even if you have never tried kayaking before, you can still do it here because we provide you a guide who will teach you the basics.

If you are between 6 and 12 years, you should come with your parents or guardian because you will not be allowed if you are alone.

Even if there is no strict dress code to go kayaking, we advise that you wear the right clothing that is comfortable for the activity. In fact, we have changing rooms near the departure point so you can carry a change of clothes.

A kayak experience may be postponed or cancelled if there are sudden changes in weather, but if this happens we will communicate it to you.

Available dates and timings :

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10:00AM, 2:00PM, 4:00PM and 7:00PM

Louvre Abu Dhabi Kayaking
Louvre Abu Dhabi Kayaking

Best for : Getting close to Louvre Museum

Louvre Abu Dhabi Kayaking

Top tip : Special Full Moon Kayaking Tour

Louvre Abu Dhabi Kayaking

Contact details : +971555334238

Louvre Abu Dhabi Kayaking

Approximate Cost : AED120 per person

Jubail Island kayaking

Jubail Island kayaking
Jubail Island South launch point
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Jubail Island kayaking
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Noukhada Kayak Tours

Jubail island is located between Saadiyat and Yas Islands and it is only a 12 minutes’ drive from downtown Abu Dhabi. The island is about 400 hectares in size and is full of luxury and middle class residential areas, retail outlets, offices and many restaurants.

Even though the island is very modernized, it is also home to native mangrove forests that grow along the seashore. Kayaking along the shores of Jubail Island reveals to you the beauty and uniqueness of the mangrove ecosystem of the island.

Jubail Island kayaking
Jubail Island kayaking

Best for : Get to know more about Jubail Island

Jubail Island kayaking

Top tip : Book in advance for high tide

Jubail Island kayaking

Contact details : +9712 558 1889

Jubail Island kayaking

Approximate Cost : AED 200 per person

Al Bahia Beach kayaking

Al Bahia Beach kayaking
Al Bahia Beach, Abu Dhabi
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Al Bahia Beach kayaking
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Noukhada Kayak Tours

Are you looking forward to explore the beautiful views as you relax and unwind? Kayaking along the beach of AL Bahia in Abu Dhabi as you sightsee is one of the things you should consider.

The Al Bahia Kayaking is suitable for both the beginners and the experienced lovers of kayaking. However, if you are inexperienced in kayaking our guide will plan for you a 30 minutes training for you before the actual experience. This will guide you on the safety measure you need to ensure your kayaking experienced is smooth and safe.

Al Bahia Beach kayaking
Al Bahia Beach kayaking

Best for : Exploring shore of Abu Dhabi

Al Bahia Beach kayaking

Top tip : Book in advance

Al Bahia Beach kayaking

Contact details : +971 55 8855055

Al Bahia Beach kayaking

Approximate Cost : Single Kayak 2 hours at 250 AED

Zaya Nurai Island kayaking

Zaya Nurai Island kayaking
Zaya Nurai Island welcome center 10 minutes away from Yas Mall
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Zaya Nurai Island kayaking
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Zaya Nurai Play

Zaya Nurai Island is just 10 minutes away from Yas Mall and it is often known as the Maldives of the UAE. This is mostly due to the beauty of the island, lush greenery and the cool blue waters that surround the island.

You can go for a kayak tour or a stand up paddle boarding to enjoy the stunning views of the surroundings.

The island is only 12 minutes away from Saadiyat Island with a boat and 60 minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi when driving by road.

Zaya Nurai Island kayaking
Zaya Nurai Island kayaking

Best for : Weekend gateway

Zaya Nurai Island kayaking

Top tip : Look out for day pass

Zaya Nurai Island kayaking

Contact details : +971 2 506 6222

Zaya Nurai Island kayaking

Approximate Cost : Day passes at the cost of AED 480, AED420 can be redeemable on F&B, spa and activities.

Wadi Adventure kayaking – Al Ain

Wadi Adventure kayaking – Al Ain
Al Ain (1 hour away from Abu Dhabi)
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Wadi, in Abu Dhabi, has the longest whitewater channels in the world, which over 1,100 meters long. This location works both for the new inexperienced and the experienced lovers of kayaking.

Before any adventure begins, our guide will guide you on the safety measure that you need to take to protect yourself. Additionally, there ore checks along the route to ensure safety standards are met and all rapids can access the conveyor belt.

Our team will also give our guests some safety gears and more safety lessons to anyone who would want to learn before the actual kayaking begins.

Wadi Adventure kayaking – Al Ain
Wadi Adventure kayaking – Al Ain

Best for : Adventurous kayakers

Wadi Adventure kayaking – Al Ain

Top tip : Wear sports & Park 11am-7pm, Open Beach 3pm-7pm

Wadi Adventure kayaking – Al Ain

Contact details : +971 3 781 8422

Wadi Adventure kayaking – Al Ain

Approximate Cost : 175 AED + Entry 65 AED for adults

Saadiyat island kayaking

Saadiyat island kayaking
Jumeirah Saadiyat Island Resort Abu Dhabi
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The jumeirah beach at Saadiyat Island is 400 meters long and is a perfect location for eco-friendly water sports such as kayaking and paddle boarding which are loved by many.

The warm waters of Saadiyat island also attract dolphins, so if you are lucky you will spot them when you are kayaking in the area.

Saadiyat island kayaking
Saadiyat island kayaking

Best for : Who is staying Jumeirah Saadiyat Island Resort or near by

Saadiyat island kayaking

Top tip : Book in advance

Saadiyat island kayaking

Contact details : +971 2 811 4444

Abu Dhabi Corniche Kayaking

Abu Dhabi Corniche Kayaking
Hiltonia, Corniche
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Abu Dhabi Corniche Kayaking
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Watercool UAE

Many people usually go for kayaking in the Abu Dhabi Corniche because it offers one of the best experiences. The experience starts at the main departure point in Hiltonia and you paddle through Hilton beach club to the UAE flagpole and then back, taking 75 minutes.

When you paddle near the coast you will see attractions such as the Marina Mall, the Abu Dhabi Theatre, the Heritage Village and many others. You get to enjoy the beautiful views of the Abu Dhabi skyline from a different angle.

If you have been kayaking for long and you are well experienced, you can lengthen your tour and paddle from Hiltonia Corniche to Lulu Island and back, which will take you about 4 hours.

Abu Dhabi Corniche Kayaking
Abu Dhabi Corniche Kayaking

Best for : Who is staying Abu Dhabi corniche area

Abu Dhabi Corniche Kayaking

Top tip : Kayak towards UAE biggest flag

Abu Dhabi Corniche Kayaking

Contact details : +971 2 681 1900

Abu Dhabi Corniche Kayaking

Approximate Cost : AED 60 for 30 mins, AED 90 for an hour, AED 180 for two hours

Sir Bani Yas island Kayaking

Sir Bani Yas island Kayaking
Anantara Al Yamm Resort
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Sir Bani Yas island Kayaking
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Kayaking Anantara

Sir Bani Yas Island is famous for nature safaris, adventure tours spa treatments and many other things. It is considered to be a top tourist destination in the world because of the many tourist attractions including kayak tours in the mangroves found there.

A kayak tour here starts with a short lesson about the basics of kayaking and the safety actions to take. A guide will also accompany you during your trip who will be telling you about the plant species you see at the mangroves and their role in the coastal environment.

You can explore when there are low or high tides but if you do so with high tides you get a chance to tour deep into the mangrove. However, the low tides are the best since you will have an opportunity to see a variety of birds, fish and crabs.

The safety and security of our visitors is a priority and it is for this reason that we ensure that you put on a life jacket and ensuring we have first aid kit in the kayak for emergency situations.

Since there is likelihood of getting water, it is advisable to ensure that you put on shoes and clothes that are suitable for water sports. Also ensure that you carry a towel and more clothes that you can dress on once you are done with the kayaking.

One extra tip; to capture memorable moments ensure that you have a waterproof camera and if it is on a sunny day ensure that you have a hat and sunscreen.

Sir Bani Yas Island Kayaking
Sir Bani Yas island Kayaking

Best for : Those who visiting Sir Bani Yas island

Sir Bani Yas island Kayaking

Top tip : Book a stay in Sir Bani Yas island

Sir Bani Yas island Kayaking

Contact details : +971 2 681 1900

Kayaking Rates list

Location Per adult – AED Per child - AED Remarks
Eastern mangroves 160 130 Single, double, family kayak boats available
Louvre Abu Dhabi 120 120 full moon tour around the museum available
Jubail Island 200 120 Needs to be booked in advance
Al Bahia Beach 250 120 2 hours tour
Zaya Nurai island 250 120 Day passes at the cost of AED 480, AED 420 can be redeemable on F&B, spa and activities.
Wadi Adventure 175 AED + Entry 65 AED for adults 120 Guests must be higher then 1.2m
Saadiyat island 175 AED + Entry 65 AED for adults 120 Guests must be higher then 1.2m
Abu Dhabi corniche 175 AED + Entry 65 AED for adults 120 Guests must be higher then 1.2m
Sir bani yas island 175 AED + Entry 65 AED for adults 120 Guests must be higher then 1.2m

Safety Tips for Kayaking in Abu Dhabi

  • Ensure you wear a life jacket always when kayaking
  • Carry enough water for drinking so that you will stay hydrated
  • Wear a hat and apply sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun
  • Be careful when kayaking and look out for other boats and watercraft to avoid colliding with one another
  • So not kayak in turbulent waters especially when there are strong winds
  • Learn about the basic kayaking skills like using a paddle before starting the tour
  • Tell someone about your plans to go kayaking and the estimated return time in case something happens
  • Kayak close to the shores especially if you are not experienced in kayaking in the open waters
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Best Time to Kayak in Abu Dhabi - Sunrise Or Sunset

The Arabiers team has come up with a table to compare between the sunrise and the sunset tours to help you decide the one you would want.

Aspect Sunrise Sunset
Weather Conditions Generally calm and tranquil waters Calm conditions with decreasing winds
Temperature Cooler temperatures, ideal for paddling Gradual decrease in temperature
Lighting Soft, golden hues create stunning scenery Vibrant colors and dramatic sky
Wildlife Viewing Increased chances of spotting wildlife Potential to see marine life and birds
Crowds Fewer crowds, serene atmosphere Possibility of more kayakers, but still enjoyable
Photography Excellent for capturing sunrise reflections Beautiful sunset silhouettes and colors
Duration Longer duration as it starts early in the morning Shorter duration as it ends early in the evening
Safety Adequate visibility, but be cautious of glare Ensure visibility with proper lighting

Photography Opportunity while Kayaking in Abu Dhabi

When kayaking you get the chance to take beautiful photos of yourself and the surroundings. Carry a camera or smartphone and take photos of the iconic landmarks such as the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and also photos of the stunning Abu Dhabi skyline.

You are able to take photos of the natural coastline from a different viewpoint and also photos of wildlife like sea turtles, dolphins and even colorful fish.

Ensure the camera you carry is waterproof to protect it from the water and if you are using you phone cover it with a waterproof case.

Eastern Mangrove Lagoon National Park
Things to do at Eastern
Mangrove Lagoon National Park
  • Eastern Mangrove Lagoon National park kayaking guided tour
  • Eastern Mangrove stand up paddling
  • Eastern Mangrove Eco boat tour
  • Eastern Mangrove dhow boat sightseeing tour
  • Dine at BOA steak house restaurant
  • Mangrove promenade restaurants and walking

Impact on the Environment

Kayaking is fun and good but if not done with care it might be disastrous to the environment. Below are some of the guidelines that needs to be followed to ensure there is conservation of surrounding even as you enjoy the experience.

Respect Wildlife

Do not tamper with the natural habitat of the animals. Always sty away from these areas so as to avoid conflict with them.

Be Clean

As you enjoy the experience make sure that you do not litter around. During your kayaking in Abu Dhabi make sure you collect any trash and put it in the designated area.

Protect the Nature

Paddle your boat gently and do not harm the plants and animals that live in the mangroves.

Use Safe Products

Ensure that you are using the equipment that re environment friendly and do not cause harm to the surrounding. This includes the sunscreen and more.

Follow the Rules

Our guide gives you the rules and instruction to follow for safety and therefore make sure you follow and adhere accordingly. Follow the recommended paths and ensure the speed limit is as advices

Spread the Word

As you enjoy kayaking in Abu Dhabi always remind your colleagues about the importance of kayaking responsibly and also ensure they conserve the surrounding

Local Kayaking Events in Abu Dhabi

You will find many fun and fascinating kayak events that are hosted in Abu Dhabi every year.

Abu Dhabi Kayak Races
Abu Dhabi Kayak Races

Some local clubs and sports groups in Abu Dhabi usually host kayak races where you can join and compete in sprints or go for the long distance challenges.

Sunset Kayaking Tours
Sunset Kayaking Tours

Go for a sunset kaya tour to relax and also see the Abu Dhabi coastline. You will see some hidden gems as you paddle along the kayak routes, learn about the mangroves and also enjoy the beautiful sceneries. This type of tour also gives you a different view of the Abu Dhabi skyline because you will be in the water.

Kayak Clean-up Events
Kayak Clean-up Events

You can go for a kayak tour that is for cleaning the Abu Dhabi waterways. During the tour you paddle and collect any trash that you see along the route you are following so that the environment and the water remain clean.

Family-Friendly Kayak Festivals
Family-Friendly Kayak Festivals

Come with your whole family at the waterfronts in Abu Dhabi and attend activities like the kayaking lessons, games and sampling the food stalls there.

This will be a great way bond with your loved ones and spend quality time while in outdoors.

Kayak Fishing Tournaments
Kayak Fishing Tournaments

If you love fishing, then you should go for a kayak fishing tournament and compete with other people that share with you an interest on who catches the biggest fish.

Moonlight Kayaking Expeditions
Abu Dhabi Kayak Races

Come for the moonlight kayak tour and see the beauty of Abu Dhabi waters at night and also enjoy the peaceful environment. the nights here are usually very quiet and the waters very calm which will therefore grant you a beautiful and relaxing experience.

Companies offering kayaking in Abu Dhabi

  • Join the Sea Hawk’s Kayak tours along the Abu Dhabi mangrove forests, if you are looking for a fun family-friendly adventure. The charges for children between 3 to 12 years is 130 AED (USD 30) and adults are charged 160 AED (USD 41).
  • Noukhada is the pioneer of kayaking tours in Abu Dhabi, and offers you takes you around into the natural mangroves of Abu Dhabi and the numerous islands.Here are the Noukhada packages for Abu Dhabi kayak tours :
Type of Kayaking Tour Price per person Duration
Low or High Tide 150 AED (USD 41) 2 hours
Monthly Full moon tour 200 AED (USD 54)
Half-day island tour 250 AED (USD 67) +350 AED(USD 95) for BBQ + 450 AED (USD 123) for overnight camping Half Day
  • Noukhada also have rental kayaks, windsurfing boards, SUPs and sailing boats, and also offer lessons for beginners.
  • Wadi adventures offers kayaking tours and also other thrilling tours, which when combined, result to a very exciting experience. Here, you will find the first artificial whitewater rafting in Abu Dhabi and the longest kayaking channel in the world, which is 1.7 kilometers long.
  • Come and try surfing at the foot of the Jebel Hafeet Mountain where the trainers there offer lessons for all levels of adventurers. You can either bring your own kayaking gear or just rent from the shop located here.
  • The Western Marine Sports Club (WMSC), is the first watersport provider in Al Dhafra, and hosts many marine sports and activities.
  • The Desert Islands Watersports Centre offers kayaking tours people who are around Sir Bani Yas Island. The Kayak trail is 8 kilometers long and fishing is not allowed in the region.

List of parks in Abu Dhabi

01Eastern Mangrove Lagoon National Park
Eastern Mangrove Lagoon National Park
Things to do at Eastern
Mangrove Lagoon National Park
  • Guided kayaking tour
  • Stand up paddling
  • Eco boat tour
  • Dhow boat sightseeing tour
  • Dining at BOA steakhouse restaurant
  • Walk around and Eat at the Mangrove promenade restaurants

The Mangrove National Park, located in the outskirts of Abu Dhabi city is managed by the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi and makes up 75% of the mangrove forests in the UAE. It is therefore the largest mangrove ecosystem in the country.

The park is also made up of salt marshes, algae and mud flats and both humans and animals safely coexist in this park. The mangroves are home to aquatic animals, mammals, reptiles and several bird’s species.

The mangroves also protect the region from tidal surges, since the trees act as windbreakers and also purify the water and reduces carbon dioxide in the air.

The most common animals that you will spot at the park include herons, flamingos, turtles, foxes, dolphins and crabs.

02Jubail Mangrove Park
Eastern Mangrove Lagoon National Park
Things to do at
Jubail Mangrove Park
  • Jubail Island Kayak tour
  • Walking tour along the mangroves and touring the floating platform
  • Meet the rangers and ask any questions
  • Take Group tours
  • Watch birds

The Jubail mangrove park is the first self-sustained park in Abu Dhabi that offer educational, natural and leisure tours. The park is home to many birds and aquatic species. You can use the boardwalks to access different parts of the park.

03Abu Dhabi corniche
Abu Dhabi corniche
Things to do at Abu Dhabi corniche
  • Go for a Corniche kayak tour
  • Cycle around the Corniche
  • Take a e-scooter ride
  • Kayak from Hiltonia Beach Club
  • Visit the Founder’s Memorial
  • Visit the Marina Mall
  • Take a ride on the Marina Eye
  • Visit the Heritage Village

The Corniche road is 8 kilometers long and has a beautiful waterfront filled with kids play area, cafes, restaurants and separate pathways for cycling and walking. The beach park has many umbrellas where people hangout during the weekends.

There are lifeguards to ensure safety at the beach and to ensure that swimmers do not go past 40 meters from the shores. The Corniche in Abu Dhabi has the Blue Flag Status, which is an eco-friendly guarantee that the beach and the marinas around the area have clean waters.

The Abu Dhabi Corniche can host up to 50,00 visitors and is divided into families, singles and general area sections.

Kayak shop Abu Dhabi

Buy your own kayaking gear and other necessities if you want to go for a solo kayak tour or just want to own a kayak, otherwise renting may be cheaper if you are looking for a one-time experience. Here are the shops that sell the kayak necessities in Abu Dhabi :

Kayak shop Abu Dhabi
Adventure HQ
Address:
Adventure HQ, Dalma Mall- Abu Dhabi -
United Arab Emirates

Phone:
+971 2 445 6995

Checkout the available boat and paddles

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GO Sport
GO Sport
Address:
3rd Floor, Abu Dhabi Mall - Abu Dhabi -
United Arab Emirates

Phone:
+971 2 445 6995

Checkout the available boat and paddles

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Tactical-Trading (Abu Dhabi Branch)
Phone:
+971 2 445 6995

Checkout the available boat and paddles

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Gulf Marine Sports
Phone:
+971 2 445 6995

Checkout the available boat and paddles

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Kayaking events

Kayaking events

Not many kayaking events are held in Abu Dhabi, however you could join for a kayaking group at meet up

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Paddle boarding (SUP) in Abu Dhabi

Captain Tony’s offers guided tours and Stand-Up Paddle Boarding tours along the Abu Dhabi mangroves. In the past hydro marine were the providers of SUP, but now, Captain Tony has taken over.
Eywoa is the one who provides paddle boarding to visitors in Yas Island canal. You can choose to pass through any of the three paths depending on the time you are available.
The green path usually runs for 30 minutes while the blue 60 minutes, and the yellow path 120 minutes. When you book for the tour, you get a board paddle and a small dry bag.
To Book : www.eywoa.com

Kayaking events
Kayaking events
The Western Marine Sports Club (WMSC) is located in Dhafra and offers watersports like kayaking, water skiing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, sailing, paddle boarding, parasailing and many others.
Watercooled Watersports offers visitors courses in powerboating, wind surfing, sailing, kayaking and waterskiing. They also have activities like zap cat thrill rides, towed inflatables and fishing.

Jalboot watersports center has a stunning waterfront that offers both motorized and non-motorized activities including SUP yoga, wakeboarding and many others.
To Book : www.jalboot.ae

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