Abu Dhabi

All about kayaking in Abu Dhabi

Kayaking in Abu Dhabi helps you discover the UAE capital’s natural wonders – while making the most of its waterfront location and year-round sunshine. It’s an activity that combines exercise with sightseeing, and is perfect for solo travellers, couples on a romantic holiday and active families.

You get to set the pace too. Take things slow by gliding peacefully through the native mangroves – pausing to spot wildlife and take some great pictures as you go. Or, if it’s an adrenalin rush that you’re after, try out white water kayaking for high octane fun.

Professional companies and providers are on hand to help beginners, look after your safety and guide you through scenic courses.

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Reasons to go kayaking in Abu Dhabi 

Kayaking through Abu Dhabi’s mangroves is an activity that every visitor should put on their to-do list. It’s a peaceful way to spot wildlife while enjoying Abu Dhabi’s warm climate and spectacular landscape.

Noukhada, based at the Eastern Mangroves Marina, offers a wide range of kayak experiences, including eco, island, full moon and even overnighter tours, where you’ll sleep in a tent on a peaceful desert island.

You’ll discover the peace of the mangroves, the dappled light on the water as you pass the impressive trees, while keeping an eye out for turtles, flamingos, sea snakes and animals, like gazelles, grazing on the islands.

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Whether it’s at Al Ain, the Corniche or in Mangrove National Park, kayaking is an unforgettable Abu Dhabi experiences. Here’s where to find some of the key locations.

The marina is just off the E10 – Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Street. From the E10, take the exit for Sultan Bin Zayed The First Street and then take Dhafeer Street. 

Louvre Abu Dhabi is situated on Saadiyat Island. Whether you’re coming from Downtown Abu Dhabi or Yas Island, you’ll want to take the E12 and leave it for Jacques Chirac Street. The museum and its parking will be on your left.

Wadi Adventure is in Al Ain, about an hour and 40 minutes east of Abu Dhabi by road. You’ll follow the Abu Dhabi – Al Ain Road (E22) for most of the journey.

Things to know before you go

The briefing

Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned pro, there’s always a valuable briefing before you take to the waters in a kayak. These sessions go over the basics and cover any specifics for your provider – such as how to contact your tour guide if you have a query. These useful briefings will be run by professionals who can answer any questions you might have, leaving you free to take to the waters safely, with complete peace of mind.


Taking your own equipment

If you have a passion for kayaking, you might wish to use your own equipment. This is perfectly possible for some of the tours on offer in Abu Dhabi – and also at Wadi Adventure for those interested in some white water kayaking. If you do wish to do so, you should check in advance to see if a provider is happy for you to bring your own equipment. Your kayak will usually be subject to a safety check when you arrive. 

Kayaking in Abu Dhabi: FAQs

A day kayaking in Abu Dhabi

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Watch the sunrise

Book a dawn kayaking session for a beautiful way to start the day. You can start from Louvre Abu Dhabi and watch the sun rise over its beautiful domed structure.

The morning is also a wonderful time to explore Mangrove National Park. Head there next and you’ll still be in good time for great opportunities to see marine mammals and an array of birds.

Days out at Wadi Adventure

After a relaxing lunch, drive out to Al Ain and Wadi Adventure, for some white water kayaking. Negotiate the rapids of your chosen lane, then explore the rest of the water park here, with surfing, rafting and aerial adventures on ziplines too. 

You can refuel after your action-packed afternoon by stopping by Surf Café, with a tasty selection of burgers, curries and pasta dishes are on the menu.

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