Sir Bani Yas Island Tours

Sir Bani Yas Island tours are a must-do for wildlife lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. This unique island was established as one of the first wildlife reserves in the United Arab Emirates, and is now home to more than 13,000 indigenous animals.

History of the island

Named after the Bani Yas Tribe, the original settlers of Dubai, the Island has a unique heritage, with more than 40 historical sites including the remains of a 600 year old Christian Monastery. The Island was established as a nature reserve in 1977 by the late ruler and founder of the United Arab Emirates - His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.


What is the island like?

Nature lovers will be able to get up close to free-roaming animals native to the UAE, such as the Arabian Oryx, and others from more distant lands such as the African giraffe. The island is a joy to explore thanks to its unique landscape including mangroves, savannah as well as unique hilltops formed by salt domes from millions of years ago.

What kind of activities can you do on the island?

There is also a wide range of activities for outdoor enthusiasts such as kayaking, scuba diving and mountain biking. The Anantara Resort also offers more traditional pursuits such as pearl diving, Abra cruise and falconry encounters.

How can you get to the island?

Sir Bani Yas Island is located approximately 200 km west from Abu Dhabi in the Arabian Gulf. If you want to make the most of your time we recommend taking our Sir Bani Yas Island seaplane tour. There are a range of options including charter flights, day trips and overnight packages from several locations across the UAE including Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Seawings Sir Bani Yas Island tours


After an exhilarating water take-off you can relax and admire the coastline of the Arabian Gulf while you cruise at 1500 feet until you reach Sir Bani Yas Island. Talk to our lifestyle team about creating a bespoke holiday package. You could include a guided 4WD safari, where you will be picked up on arrival and taken for an exciting adventure where you will be able to spot stunning wildlife roaming free across the landscape.

Add a touch of luxury to your trip with a three course lunch at the elegant Anantara Resort, or add an additional night or two to make the most of this untouched paradise. This tour includes chauffeured land transfers from door to door.

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