If you find yourself constantly beckoned by the great outdoors and never tire of getting out and about, Abu Dhabi’s picture-perfect charms will enthral you. From African-style safaris to deep water dives and seaplane flights, the emirate has an endless array of experiences to offer. But if you’re looking to discover the capital’s serene side and venture off the beaten path, its mangrove forests are a treasure trove of delights, waiting to be explored. And one of the best ways to uncover its many wonders is to navigate the waterways on a kayaking tour, which you can now book as a myconcierge member. The package allows guests two hours of kayaking time through the Eastern Mangrove lagoon in Abu Dhabi with a professional guide and all the equipment you’ll need for a memorable trip.
The tranquil Eastern Mangrove lagoon boasts a vibrant and unique eco-system with countless species of fish and birds. The calm waters of the lagoon are especially wonderful for inexperienced paddlers looking to add another remarkable feat to their list of outdoor adventures.
Perched on a sturdy kayak that seats one or two paddlers, and clad in a safety vest, you can make your way from the muddy shore through to the dense shelter of trees and shrubs after a brief 15-minute training session. Delight in the natural beauty of your surroundings before you encounter the many marine and terrestrial wildlife species that inhabit the coastal waters. Gaze at pink flamingos, herons, egrets and terns from a distance. Explore a crustacean habitat with numerous tiny crabs strutting about. And don’t forget to peak just beneath the water’s surface where countless schools of fish swim alongside your kayak.
As you paddle further through the waters and back to the shore, your kayaking tour guide will give you a brief glimpse into the history of the lagoon and other coastal areas in the capital, highlighting the importance of the existence of mangroves and its significance to the eco-system.