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About Sir Bani Yas

Step off your ship and onto an island oasis. Although it's actually the crest of a salt dome created millions of years ago, Sir Bani Yas has been transformed over the past four decades. Half of the 34 square-mile surface area is now covered by the Arabian Wildlife Park, a nature reserve home to lush vegetation and 13,000 animals indigenous to the Arabian Peninsula.

Choose from dozens of outdoor adventures. Nature and wildlife safaris tour the beautiful landscape and take you up close to animals which are endangered in the region but protected here, such as the Arabian oryx and mountain gazelle, as well as predators including the Sudan cheetah. Watersports include guided kayaking through the mangrove forest, plus snorkeling and scuba diving experiences. For explorers, there are challenging (and easy!) mountain biking routes, or if you'd rather let someone else do the hard work, a culture and history tour reveals the intriguing heritage of Sir Bani Yas.

 

Shore excursions in Sir Bani Yas

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Archaeological Find and Island Surrounds

Activity low

Duration: 1½ hours

Admire the fascinating archaeological ruins of the Nestorian Christian Monastery and take in the surrounds of the island.

Sir Bani Yas Island has uncovered many archaeological sites over the years which have provided a fascinating insight into the island’s past. One site in particular, the foundations of a small Nestorian Christian Monastery, allows visitor access.

Your driver/guide will meet you at the tour dispatch area, and you’ll set off to visit the Monastery, the only Christian site in the United Arab Emirates. Discovered in 2010, it is believed to have been founded in the late 16th century A.D. As you view the excavation ruins, your driver/guide will unfold the history that surrounds the site and its important significance.

Afterwards, sit back and enjoy a short scenic island drive, before returning to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. This tour involves limited walking; however passengers must be able to negotiate steps on to and off the minibus. There are some uneven gravel surfaces at the Nestorian Christian Monastery site and to derive full enjoyment some walking and standing is required. The excavation stands under a covered shelter to protect the environment. Flat, walking shoes are recommended. There are no toilets available during the tour; however there are facilities located within the cruise pier beach, for use upon your return if required.

Archaeological Find and Island Surrounds

Beach Cabana

Activity low

Duration: 7 hours

Relax in a Sheikh beach cabana; what better way to spend the day on Sir Bani Yas Island.

A wooden beach cabana is ideal for those who want to while away the day on the beach.

Designed for just 2 passengers, you can each relax on a flat, comfy mattress and for a little privacy pull down the side voile curtains. From the tender point, you’ll be directed to your cabana, where you can settle yourself down and unwind.

The price is per cabana and only 1 passenger is required to book, as each cabana accommodates 2 passengers. The duration for this option is dependent on the ship’s arrival and all back on board times.

Essential information

This excursion will operate on foot. Toilet facilities are available at the cruise pier beach area. Please remember your swimwear, towel and sun protection.

Beach Cabana

Bike Tour

Activity high

Duration: 1¼ hours

Discover the uniqueness of Sir Bani Yas Island by mountain bike.

Created millions of years ago by natural geological forces, Sir Bani Yas Island is actually the visible peak of a large salt dome, and features a beautiful coastline and the Arabian Wildlife Reserve.

Your driver will meet you at the tour dispatch area for a short transfer to the bike location. Here, you’ll meet your instructor and collect your mountain bike and helmet. After a safety briefing, it’s time to set off on your bike ride and pedal your way through rugged areas that showcase the island’s natural beauty. During your ride, keep an eye out for the local wildlife that roams freely, such as the gazelle. You’ll have the opportunity to pause for photo stops along the way and take in the surrounding views.

Your bike tour will end back at the bike meeting point for the return transfer to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by car and bike. Children and pregnant women may not participate. Participants must be confident at riding a bike and be in a good physical condition. Those with medical conditions or back and neck injuries that are affected by bike riding should not participate. Helmets are mandatory. Please take sun protection and a bottle of water. Flat, closed toe shoes are essential. The bike ride will take off-road routes over rough gravel terrain. Participants will be required to sign a waiver. There are no toilets available during the tour; however there are facilities located within the cruise pier beach, for use if required upon your return. The bike ride will last around 45 minutes.

Experience Archery

Activity medium

Duration: 1½ hours

Try something new and experience a lesson in the popular sport of archery!

Meet your driver at the tour dispatch area for the short transfer to the archery location. Ideal for beginners and enthusiasts, you’ll be provided with full training and a safety briefing upon arrival by expert guides.

You’ll be issued with a bow, which come in various sizes to suit ability and size, along with a set of arrows. Once you’re ready it’s time for you to put your training into practice. Pull back and take aim at targets from as close as 5 metres to as far away as 20 metres. You’ll have around 1 hour to perfect your aim!

Returning to the pier, you can reflect on your experience and new found knowledge of archery.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by car and on foot. Children under the age of 6 may not participate. Participants must be in a good physical condition and be able to draw a bow. It is advisable to take sun protection, insect repellent and a bottle of water. Passengers will be required to sign a waiver prior to participation. There are no toilets available during the tour; however there are facilities located within the cruise pier beach, for use if required upon your return.

Island Wildlife Drive

Activity low

Duration: 1 hour

A wonderful opportunity to discover the wildlife reserve of Sir Bani Yas Island by 4 wheel drive land cruiser.

Sir Bani Yas Island was chosen as a retreat by the late ruler and founder of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The Arabian Wildlife Reserve was established through the Sheikh’s vision of animal conservation to help prevent extinction within the UAE. A variety of animals have been introduced to the island over time, many of which roam freely. Those such as cheetahs have enclosures that still allow freedom of movement in a natural environment.

Your driver/guide will meet you at the tour dispatch area, where you’ll board your transportation and head to the wildlife park. Enjoy a 40 minute drive on the look-out for a variety of animals which include cheetahs, giraffes, blackbuck and a variety of gazelle. During your drive, you can admire the island’s natural surroundings and your driver/guide will provide an insight into the habitat and history of this very unique place.

Your tour will round off with the return drive to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by land cruiser. Passengers will be required to walk from the tender point to the transportation area. A degree of agility is required when boarding the 4 wheel drive vehicle. Passengers are not permitted to walk inside the reserve or get out of the vehicle during photo stops. The ride may be bumpy at times, and those affected by this should not participate. Each vehicle seats 6 passengers. There are no toilets available during the tour; however there are facilities located within the cruise pier beach for use, if required upon your return. Wildlife sightings are likely but cannot be guaranteed.

Island Wildlife Drive
 

A selection of cruises to Sir Bani Yas

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