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“A different perspective of Abu Dhabi”

Noukhada Adventure Company
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Owner description: Noukhada Adventure Company provides sailing and kayaking in Abu Dhabi. These can be as tours, lessons or rentals. We are best known for our kayak mangrove tour. The main main launch points are at 'E48' (Eastern Mangroves) and Yas Beach. We now launch into the Al Rahba mangroves to the north of Abu Dhabi. We also offer the snorkel safari.
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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“A different perspective of Abu Dhabi”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2011

I went on Christmas Eve on a kayak tour of the mangroves of Abu Dhabi. It took 2 hours and the group was large, with 1 leader and 2 assistants to make sure nobody was left behind.
Booking is essential. 2 hours cost 150 Dirhams. The kayak launch site is near Salam Street (E48) near the junction with 31st and 29th streets. You are kitted with a life jacket, paddle and open kayak. The staff make sure you have the right size life jacket and you have it done up properly. After a short land introduction to paddling the group made its way down the rocks to get in the kayaks. The tour takes you round the channels in the mangrove swamps. The pace is leisurely and could be done by most people. The age of people on my tour was from about 14 to 60's. The tour took us through some narrow channels. The group stopped to learn about the birdlife, fish, crabs and of course the mangroves. We could see pink flamingoes but only in the distance. We also learned of the fragile ecology of the area and the steps being taken to protect it as the city develops.
Ideally wear a swimsuit with shorts, a shirt with a collar (to protect your neck from the sun),, take sunglasses, drinking water and a hat. I left my car keys with the Noukhada staff at the landing site and found it useful to have a towel to sit on in the car afterwards. If travelling by taxi you can keep a bag with a change of clothes if needed.
I recommend this tour to anyone who is interested in the natural environment. It makes an interesting contrast to city tours and desert trips. The company also does desert trips, longer kayak tours and mountain biking.

Visited December 2011
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“A unique perspective of Abu Dhabi”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2011

We've done the Mangrove Tour with Noukhada twice now, the first time a couple of years ago and most recently in November 2011. Both times were excellent. We arrived and were given a brief safety briefing and instructions before heading into our kayaks and out into the sea. The guide told us about the marine life, bird life and the impact of the construction industry on the ecology. It was all very informal as we paddled along through the beautiful mangroves.

It was a perfect trip that provided a perspective of Abu Dhabi that you never expect to see amidst the sky scrapers and racing traffic.

I really recommend it and can't believe I haven't done it more often.

Visited November 2011
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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Awesome kayak trip, professionally managed..simple and loads of fun..must do when in UAE”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2011

Eco-friendly, fun and full of surprises..loved it completely....dont have to be a professional..its all for wholesome fun !!!..we clubbed our kayak trip with a scavenger hunt..AWESOME!!

Visited October 2011
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“Best tour in Town!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2011

Pioneers of exploring Abu dhabi. Very professional team and passinate About their product.
Must do when in Abu Dhabi.

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Meiringen, Switzerland
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“High Summer tranquility in the Mangroves”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2011

It's scorchingly hot in Abu Dhabi in August, so the trip was booked for a 6am start.

The launching station lies just 15 minutes from the City and with the provided map from their excellent website, it was easy to find.

As we went out onto the perfectly flat sea, the sun was rising with a golden glow. It was clear this was going to be an excellent start to the day.

And it was. Paddling through the Mangroves was serene, the gentle dip of the paddles in water and friendly, leisurely conversation with Mark the guide. The mangroves were abundant with tiny crabs and although there were some birds to be seen, most were only heard.

Mark explained the delicate ecosystem, and it will be a miracle if the Mangroves survive the continuing development of urban Abu Dhabi. So if you want some advice, get out and see them now.

The trip I was on took 1.5 hours which is enough for arms not used to paddling.

Overall, excellent value for money and a great start fo the day.

Visited August 2011
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