Beaches & Watersports

Updated: Aug 19, 2019

Crystal clear waters, pristine beaches, lively beach clubs, picture-perfect swimming pools and a variety of watersports, Abu Dhabi has it all. Take a look at the top places where you can relax and soak up the sunshine.

When you are on holiday, sometimes all you're looking for is somewhere to switch off and relax.

Abu Dhabi offers just that. From pristine beaches, where white sand stretches as far as the eye can see, to waterfront hotel pools and beach clubs offering leisure facilities for all ages. You certainly won't find it difficult to sit back and take it easy.

The city boasts several well maintained public beaches, including Yas Beach, Saadiyat Public Beach, the Corniche Beach, Al Bateen Beach and Kite Beach - which is a beautiful stretch of unused sand where surfers ride the waves.

There are also several beautiful islands surrounding the emirate that you can explore if you book a boat tour. For those looking to kick back and relax, Yas Beach Club, Saadiyat Beach Club and Nation Riviera all offer a relaxed beach club atmosphere, suitable for all ages.

With a wide range of aquatic adventures available, there is something for everyone. Many of the waterfront hotels and leisure destinations around the city offer waterskiing, wakeboarding, banana boating and fly boarding. Plus, you can book to go windsurfing and

kitesurfing, hire paddleboards and kayaks, or even diving equipment if you’d like to go exploring underwater.

Paddleboards can be hired at Yas Marina through Eywoa, as well as being available at various locations around the city. This watersports firm also offers kayaking, wakeboarding

and flyboarding at Yas Marina.

Watersports company Halla Walla offers everything from waterskiing to wakeboarding and tube rides near Yas Island. And Al Forsan International Sports Resort, in Khalifa City A, also offers wakeboarding and many other sports activities.

If you’re staying downtown, for a variety of water-based fun including, waterskiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing and sailing, go to the Hiltonia Beach Club, part of the Hilton Abu Dhabi hotel on the city's Corniche.

If you fancy diving while you're here, you can hire diving equipment with Al Mahara Diving Center and begin exploring underwater from the Emirates Palace Marina and Khalidiya Marina. Divers must bring their certification with them.

In recent years there has been an increased focus on protecting the beautiful and unique aquatic habitats that surround the islands of Abu Dhabi.

At the Mangrove National Park, it has never been easier to get out on the water and see the emirate's wildlife up close. You can hire a paddleboard or kayak and expect to spot marine life such as exotic fish, flamingos, sea birds and occasionally a hawksbill turtle or dolphin.

In addition, there is even an option to stay dry by taking out an eco-friendly solar powered donut boat into the mangroves, which you can arrange from Eastern Mangroves Marina with Eco Donut Boats.

Published on March 2019

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