Sir Bani Yas Island Day Tour

I was forced to wake up as early as 4 in the morning on a Friday(!!!) for a butt-numbing 5-hour drive to (almost) the edge of Abu Dhabi. We went to Sir Bani Yas Island, one of the 200+ islands of the capital. Its landmass is 80 square kilometers, 50 sq km of which is a wildlife reserve that is home to Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s collection of animals. It’s now obvious why we went there.

Anyway, at 5 AM, we left Dubai and arrived in Jebel Dhanna jetty at 9-ish. The only hotel in Sir Bani Yas Island, the Desert Islands Resort and Spa, has a small reception area in the terminal. We stayed in the cabin while waiting for the 10 AM boat schedule, and whilst there, we were offered dates and free coffee/tea. The receiving area is nice, a mix of modern and traditional architecture with chic accents.

Jebel Dhanna Terminal to Sir Bani Yas Island

To get to Sir Bani Yas Island, we rode a boat and sailed for almost 30 minutes. On our way we spotted a dolphin (read: wild!) jumping just a few meters away from our boat! Exciting!

Jebel Dhanna Terminal to Sir Bani Yas Island

We reached the island at 10:30, passed through their mint-scented terminal and hailed a bus that took us to the hotel. En route, we passed by small gazelles running freely on the sides of the road.

Sir Bani Yas Island

Sir Bani Yas Island

Desert Islands Resort and Spa is a five star hotel operated by Anantara. They offer various activities for their hotel guests and for non staying-guests like us, as well. We were welcomed by a hot towel and cold karkadeeh, then filled out a form and headed to the wildlife park.

Sir Bani Yas Island - Desert Islands Resort & Spa

Sir Bani Yas Island

The Arabian wildlife safari took an hour and a half to two and we were greeted by thousands of animals, mostly of Arabian origin—gazelles, oryx, ostrich, cheetah among others. Cool!

Sir Bani Yas Island

Sir Bani Yas Island - Desert Islands Resort & Spa - Arabian Wildlife Safari

Our scheduled trip back to Jebel Dhanna is at 5 PM so we decided to take our time and check out the rest of the hotel. We hung out at the beach area, lay on the sundecks and rest but we left after a few minutes for we couldn’t bear the coldness. What more if we’re on beach attire?

Sir Bani Yas Island - Desert Islands Resort & Spa

Sir Bani Yas Island - Desert Islands Resort & Spa

Left Abu Dhabi the moment we docked on Jebel Dhanna and arrived in Dubai 10-ish, tired but with a satisfied trip.

Jebel Dhanna Terminal to Sir Bani Yas Island

 

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9 Comments

  1. Hi Jane. Who did you book with for the whole day? We are visiting Dubai shortly and would love to do this but I can’t find a day trip package from Dubai. Thanks

    1. Hey Nadeesh! You can do a day trip instead but this requires you to book for an activity in the hotel. In our case, we did a safari. Check out the hotel’s website for more details. I have linked it from the past comments.

  2. Hello Jane,

    Thanks for the detailed review of the day trip. The pictures also nice.

    Can you provide me with the process of booking the day trip? (Numbers, web site etc) I could not find it on the hotel site.

    Best Regards,

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