Traditional abra (boat) cruise
One of the more interesting and authentic ways to explore Abu Dhabi is by water taxi. This is also a fantastic way to capture atmospheric photographs. A unique Abra Water Hopping Service, using a traditional wooden abra (small boat), operates between the Khor Al Maqta Hotels, Eastern Mangroves and Yas Island. Three water-based transport routes operated by the eco-conscious boat tour operator, Captain Tony’s, are now available between these established waterfront tourist destinations, with plenty of hotels, restaurants, coffee shops and shopping outlets to explore in these areas.
The Yellow Route starts from The Souk at Qaryat Al Beri / Shangri-La Hotel and heads to Eastern Mangroves Marina, travelling under the bridges and past Al Maqtaa Fort towards Mangrove National Park. This route is currently only available on a private charter basis and pre-booking is required.
The Red Route operates within the Khor Al Maqta area, connecting The Souk at Qaryat Al Beri / Shangri-La Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi hotel and Fairmont Bab Al Bahr hotel. The price is AED 25 per person, with kids under the age of six sailing for free. No pre-booking is required and tickets are purchased at the boat.
The Blue Route operates between the Khor al Maqta hotels/The Souk at Qaryat Al Beri / Shangri-La Hotel and Yas Marina. Please be advised that this route is currently only available on a private charter basis and pre-booking is required.