Abu Dhabi's Mangrove National Park

Kayak & Stand up paddling

In Abu Dhabi there are huge mangrove forests with natural and artificial canals that are predestined for one of the most beautiful experiences in Abu Dhabi, a guided or unguided kayak tour through the enchanted Eastern Mangrove Lagoon National Park.

You do not have to be a nature lover to enjoy this fantastic place. The water is crystal clear, very shallow and you can see numerous fish, crabs and we have even spotted small stingrays. If you are more into birds you will not be disappointed as there are countless small and large birds nesting in the mangroves. And dont worry; the most dangerous animals here are the crabs. There are no crocodiles lurking in this mangrove forests.

Heavenly peace

The mangroves are a protected area and boats are not allowed to enter. Sometimes one will come acroos a small electric soundless donut boat but in the narrower channels you will be alone and there is a heavenly peace that is interrupted only by the chirping of birds. Along the way there are a couple of beautiful sandy beaches where you can stop, take a rest, swim and have a picnic.

Feel like Robsinson Crusoe

Since the National Park is very large, you can spend the whole day paddling through all channels. If you want to feel like Robinson Crusoe you can head northeast (about 30minutes) out of the mangroves to a small picturesque little island that you will have all to yourself.

Kayak Rental & Guided Tours

KAYAK RENTAL
Duration: 2.5h
Price Single Kayak: AED110
Price Double Kayak: AED160
Included: Kayak set (life jacket, padded seat, paddle), water bottles, towel, washing facilities

GUIDED KAYAK DAY TOUR
Duration: about 2h
Price Adult: AED160
Price Child: AED130
Included: Guide, kayak set (life jacket, padded seat, paddle), fruit salad, water bottles, towel, washing facilities

GUIDED KAYAK NIGHT TOUR
Duration: about 2.5h - start at sunset
Price Adult: AED160
Price Child: AED130
Included: Guide, kayak set (life jacket, padded seat, paddle), fruit salad, water bottles, towel, washing facilities, flashlight.

GUIDED KAYAK SUNRISE TOUR WITH BREAKFAST
Duration: about 4h
Price Adult: AED250
Price Child: AED200
Included: Guide, kayak set (life jacket, padded seat, paddle), breakfast, fruit salad, water bottles, towel, washing facilities, flashlight.

This tour starts early in the morning with about 8-10 people and leads you to a charming lonely little island where breakfast is prepared jointly and afterwards you return back to starting point. This tour must be booked in advance.

GUIDED KAYAK SUNSET TOUR WITH BBQ
Duration: about 4h to 4.5h
Price Adult: AED320
Price Child: AED280
Included: Guide, kayak set (life jacket, padded seat, paddle), BBQ, fruit salad, water bottles, towel, washing facilities, flashlight.

This memorable tour starts at sunset with about 8-10 people and leads you to a charming lonely little island where BBQ is prepared jointly and afterwards you return back to starting point. This tour must be booked in advance.

Stand Up Paddle Rental & Guided Tour

STAND UP PADDLE BOARD RENTAL
Duration: 2h
Price: AED180
Included: Stand Up Paddle Set (life jacket, board, paddle), introduction, fruit salad, water bottles, towel, washing facilities.

GUIDED STAND UP PADDLE BOARD TOUR
Duration: about 2h
Price Adult: AED180
Price child: AED130
Included: Guide, Stand Up Paddle Set (life jacket, board, paddle), introduction, fruit salad, water bottles, towel, washing facilities.

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Routes & How to get there

The route depends on the time that you want to spend in the mangroves. We recommend to take the blue route or to head for the little island marked in the map.

For both trips you will need around 2hours but its advisable to rent the kayak for 3 hours or more so you dont have to rush and have plenty of time to enjoy all the beauty on the way.

Location: Starting Point is at the Eastern Mangroves Promenade Harbor, Abu Dhabi.

Directions