Snorkel Safari

This adventure is, obviously weather dependent and is best done in the morning when the winds are most likely to be less.  It is also tide dependent and requires a low tide, so this tour cannot be completed at the same time everyday. The snorkel safari, is via powerboat to the Ooid Shoals, the corals near those shoals and then, weather permitting, to the coral reef system off shore.  This trip will only appeal to people who have already been snorkeling and have their own face mask and snorkel already.

The start point is from Yas Island with a 40 minute powerboat journey to the Ooid Shoals.  Take a brief walk and exploration across the shoals to the other side and snorkel into shallow water and then into deeper water if you feel more confident.  Then, back on the powerboat for a 30 minute ride to the offshore coral reefs.  Depending on the snorkeling confidence of the group, this can be in either 1.5m water or 3.5m water.  After 45 minutes snorkeling we then return to the powerboat and return back to Yas Island.

snorkel safari (59)The Noukhada Guide will explain what you might find and try and help interpret what you do find.  This is not fishing, spearfishing, crab hunting or a shell or coral collecting trip.  This is about enjoying what remains of Abu Dhabi’s natural coastline and submerged natural treasures. 

Take nothing but photographs, kill nothing but time and leave only footprints.

Duration: 4 hrs

Tides and timing:  This adventure can only be done at low tide when the ooid shoals are exposed and is best done in the morning when the winds are, generally, lighter.  Tides are not the same time everyday, so the snorkel safari is not available everyday.  Please see “Book online for availability

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Price: 310 AED per person. Children 10years and under are not recommended. 

Numbers on tour: The tour is limited to a maximum of 9 people and cannot start with less than 4 people.

Booking: This tour must be booked in advance by at least 48hrs.  To book the snorkel safari ring or email the office.  Large groups will be required to pay a deposit.

Facilities: There might, or might not, be toilets and changing facilities at the beginning and end of the tour.  This depends on the pickup point.  In between (4hrs) there are no facilities, please be prepared for that.

Clothing: You must bring:

  • clothing for walking on shallow sands and swimming;
  • a warm or windproof top for the journey back (you will chill down);
  • Snorkel and mask; and
  • Fins; if you want, but
  • Reef shoes are a must (there are loads of sea urchins around).

Snorkeling equipment:  You need to bring your own.  This trip will only appeal to people who have already been snorkeling and have their own face mask and snorkel already.

Water and snacks:  Bring whatever snacks you will need for 4 hours and at least 1 litre of water.

Weather:  This adventure is weather dependent.  If strong winds are forecast or arise during the trip it may be cancelled or shortened.  Your guide will advise you or the office will contact you prior to the safari.


  • Guests must bring their snorkeling gear.
  • There are no facilities for the duration of the 4 hour adventure.

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