Sir Bani Yas Island

What is it?

Sir Bani Yas Island is the largest island off the coast of Abu Dhabi and was the former private island of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder of the UAE. Thanks to decades of conservation work, it is now home to thousands of large free-roaming animals and several million trees and plants. A bird sanctuary as well as a wildlife reserve, Sir Bani Yas, is a great place to experience nature through activities such as adventure safaris, kayaking, mountain biking, archery, hiking and snorkeling.


What is there to see/do?

There are so many activities to do on Sir Bani Yas Island! From culture and history tours, to mountain biking, adventure safari and kayaking and even pearl diving! The wildlife reserve is home to many species, from Arabian Oryx, Somali ostrich, gazelle and deer, giraffes and dolphins!


When is it open?

The island is open throughout the year. You can explore it by visiting the Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara.


How much does it cost to get in?  

You must be a guest of the Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara in order to enjoy the island.


How can I get there?

Sir Bani Yas island is located two and a half hours south of Abu Dhabi city – you just drive to the Jebel Danna port and from there take a ferry to the island.


Is it family-friendly?

Sir Bani Yas Island is the perfect place for a family vacation!