Your ultimate guide to Sir Bani Yas Island
Just off the coast of Abu Dhabi lies a hidden gem with so much life and action – a place that will undoubtedly leave you in awe. Sir Bani Yas Island was established in 1971 by the late founder of the UAE, HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan as a Royal Nature Reserve, and is one of eight islands located in Al Dhafra, Abu Dhabi's western region. It boasts 87 km² of stunning nature, all sorts of wildlife, forty-two historical sites and adventure-based activities. It's the perfect escape for those seeking a perfect blend of luxury, relaxation, and adventure.
We've put together this guide for you to help you explore the island’s most exceptional attractions and experiences.
First thing first: getting there
To reach Sir Bani Yas Island, you have two options: you can take a boat from the Jebel Dhanna jetty, which is approximately 250km west of Abu Dhabi and 370km southwest of Dubai, or you can take a seaplane operated by Seawings. The seaplane journey to the island takes around forty-five minutes and provides stunning aerial views of the surrounding area.