Failaka Island
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Semaan D. Makary
Lebanon477 contributions
Apr 2021 • Friends
My friends and I booked for a full day trip to Failaka with Ikarus. It’s been while since we went out because of Covid restrictions and so on. The trip was OK. Gulf war ruins were stunning, especially the old NBK building. The beach wasn’t interesting, and there were some restorations, which made us unable to relax, or even talk to each other. Still, the idea of getting away from the city to an island was much-needed in these desperate times.
Written May 29, 2021
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anu.diu.ete
Kuwait City, Kuwait231 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
Failaka Island (14 km) is in the Persian Gulf, Kuwait. Its 20 km away from Kuwait City. Recommend for winter visit, make a reservation and travel by yacht from Marina Mall (recommend to take full package, 15 KD per head), you can stay a Night there. Boats leaves from Marina Crescent at 09:00 am and 10:30 am. on fridays Tickets are available only in the Ikarus office in the back of Pizza express in Marina crescent, I would recommend purchasing ticket in Advance. On the other hand, there is Ferry (5 KD both way) that lefts from KPTC Failaka Ferry at 9 AM (better to go before 8 AM) and it'll take 1.5 hrs to reach. Ferry comes back at 01 PM and it'll take 2 hrs duration. Due to short time its better to take Bus from Failaka Island Ferry terminal (1 KD per head). Island is a kind of ruined city. There is a Heritage Village (only Family allowed or prior reservation), Ikaras Hotel and Restaurant.
Written April 29, 2017
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Ahmed Hashem
Cairo, Egypt85 contributions
Apr 2016 • Solo
So I decided to go to Failaka to have some aerial photographs.

Boats leaves from Marina Crescent at 09:00 am and 10:30 am. on fridays Tickets are available only in the Ikarus office in the back of Pizza express in Marina crescent, I would recommend purchasing ticket in Advance.

There is another way to go there by Car Via KNPC "kuwait national public transport company " I think they charge 30 KD per vehicle , timing is different depending on the tide, the ferry comes back after 2 hours, so if you are planning to have one hour trip or spend the night this could be a nice way .

There are multiple ticketing option, i didn't know them and i was in a hurry so i paid 18 KD, the package includes both the boat ticket, access to failaka village, horse riding, usage of floating peddles in the lake and lunch, lunch was really heavy so i think i got a good deal.

Once you are there you can use the beach, enjoy seeing Kuwait from the middle of the sea , Use the swimming pool, use the kids play ground area.

The Island used to have chalet's but only now there is Ikarus hotel and the failaka heritage village, you would see the old houses with the bullets traces in them from the time of the war, it is very calm and noise free. if you are a group of friends or a family you would definitely have relaxing experience. Be ware though it is too quite and not crowded so you won't have much interactions .

there is a tour by the bus to take you around the island , you will see some damaged war machines,. NBK bank attacked and deserted . some hotels and chalet's .

There was some roman ruins but we didn't have time to see them , although they were the main reason i went there :) .

To summarize, It is a quite escape from the usual noise and the usual crowd. You would spend some quality time with no noise around you which is rare these days.
Written April 26, 2016
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carloscq
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France10 contributions
Nov 2020 • Friends
We went to Failaka island with some friends. The island could have some interesting things to see (like helenic ruins, war landmarks,...) but the bus tour did not have any guide, neither advices.
The boat trip was also very bad organized. No clear instructions for the return to Kuwait resulting in long queues during night time.
In summary, a place with some interesting things to show but very bad organization.
Written November 27, 2020
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Wilesta P
14 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
For 20kd pp we had an amazing outing from the start to the end.

We walked around the resort and the ruins post-war, taking beautiful pictures.
Also joined the tour.

Food was way beyond expectations!

Especially appreciated the fact that everything was on schedule.
Written January 2, 2020
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renirinu
New York City, NY1 contribution
Jun 2017 • Family
How will go there.how much money for fullday.any vehicle available there.food available there.in Ramadan holidays available there
Written June 8, 2017
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Ilayaraja D
1 contribution
Aug 2018 • Family
I travel with my Family along with my friend and his family to Failaka island through KPTC Service on Friday 17th August 2018. I would like to give the feedback point by point as follows.

1. KPTC ON FRIDAYS 1:30PM to 3:00PM.and return from Failaka 4:30PM reach to salmiya6:00pm. But we reached failaka island 3:15pm but return sharp 4:30PM
2. KPTC tickets for own vehicle 30kd for rental car 50kd.we have paid 50 KD and each person 5kd which is high cost for 1 day trip. I have reached to Failaka island 3:15pm.

3. Contaminated drinking water in KPTC Ferry BOAT service.

4. Seats are very local and poor.

5. Main thing insufficient time for site seeing only we had 1 hrs 15 mins. No public transport at Failaka island. We need to take car with us.
5. No guide

6. I feel it's experience and not worthy for any expatriates.
7. May be suitable for Citizens to stay and spend time and money. Not for expatriates. It's totally unworthy.
8. I am totally fed up about the visit to Failaka island.

9. Insufficient time and not good timings plan by KPTC.

My advice it's experience and unworthy. 1:30hrs nobody can finish site seeing even a small island.
Written August 18, 2018
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wagadd
1 contribution
Apr 2019 • Friends
Had very bad experience with Ikarus, they charged me extra money (240Kd) en top of what we agreed on reservation time
they did not answer my claim
they don't care about you
Written June 9, 2019
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JackiB0312
Annapolis, MD63 contributions
Jan 2018 • Friends
Failaka Island was a nice break away from Kuwait City. After a boat ride with stunning views of Kuwait City, we walked through the Heritage Village. This showed how the residents lived in the past, and was very well maintained. Past that was a small zoo (not worth seeing, only a monkey and some livestock).

The buffet lunch was very nice and had a wonderful assortment of foods. Wait staff were pleasant and attentive.

Lots of things to do for families including a game room (arcade), mini-golf, horseback ride, camel ride (he is not there every day).

The tour bus took us to the old military tanks, sitting and rusting on the sand. It also toured the demolished and bombed out buildings from years ago. This was a somber reminder of what took place there.

Be sure to see the sunset before departing. A beautiful view!
Written January 22, 2018
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Barbara L
Honolulu, HI156 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
Failaka Island is 44 kilometers (27 miles) east of Kuwait City and visited by thirty-minute speedboat ride. We organized our trip through Ikarus which has an office and pier at Marina Crescent behind Starbucks. Cost is 20KD/US$66 which includes speedboat rides, buffet lunch, and bus tour.

We chose the 12:00 departure. Upon arrival, a bus took us to Heritage Village Hotel where we toured Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Palace Museum followed by lunch. The two-hour bus tour began at 14:00 and we stopped at archaeological sites, former National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) Building, first Gulf War equipment graveyard, and a camel farm. Next we walked around ruined buildings nearby the hotel, relaxed at its cafe, and watched the sunset before the return boat to Kuwait City at 18:30.

Failaka Island’s historical sites include a temple from Alexander The Great’s era at the end of 4th century BC and buildings destroyed during Iraq’s invasion in 1990.

Overall it was a compelling and relaxing day.
Written March 13, 2019
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