1. Jet Ski
For one hour, let yourself forget the worries of everyday life and explore the clear blue waters of the Persian Gulf. Adrenaline rush seekers and adventure enthusiasts consider jet skiing a holy grail, and you’ll be glad you experienced this thrilling journey after you feel the salty sea breeze in your hair.
A high-powered jet ski offers a unique perspective of the city skyline and the amazing experience is completely safe. Enjoy the panoramic views and have fun in the waves under the expert guidance of seasoned staff.
Location: Blue Whale Rental Services, Street 24, Abu Dhabi
Price: AED 370
2. Banana boat ride
Enjoy exciting, speedy rides off the immaculate beaches of Abu Dhabi in the characteristic yellow boats. Suitable for family vacationers as well as solo backpackers, a banana boat ride is a thrilling way to explore the immaculate waters of the gulf and glance at the city’s iconic landmarks while enjoying the mesmerizing views.
As the boat pulls up and its pace increases, hold on tight as it might throw you off. Enjoy the sun and sand, have fun splashing in the aquamarine waters, and leave all your worries behind.
Location: The Yellow Boats, Abu Dhabi
Price: AED 220
The coastline of Abu Dhabi is lined by lush green mangrove forests that are worth exploring in a kayak. For a very low price, you can enjoy the lush greenery of Yas Islands and kayak at the magnificent foothills of Jebel Hafeet.
You can also go to Wild Wadi, where 1.7 kilometres of kayaking channel networks are waiting for you. The Desert Islands Marine Sports Club also offers several kayaking expeditions on the 8-kilometre non-fishing coastline of Sir Bani Yas Island.
Location: Eastern Mangroves, Abu Dhabi
Price: AED 160
4. Dragon Boats
One of the most unique water Sports in Abu Dhabi, dragon boating originated 2000 years ago in China. The thrilling activity allows you to paddle with a team of 20 people on a boat styled like a dragon.
The thrilling sport is the epitome of strategy, technique, and adrenaline. Enjoy the positive team-building experience, have fun with the locals and make new friends. If you are lucky, you may even catch the Annual Dragon Boat Festival and get to participate in dragon boat races.
Location: Al Bandar Capital Dragons, Abu Dhabi
Price: AED 270
Soar high above the turquoise waters of the gulf and enjoy the panoramic vistas of Abu Dhabi’s immaculate coastline in a guided flyboarding expedition. Propelled by powerful jet packs, feel like a superhero flying 19 feet high above the blue sea.
Enjoy a unique view of Abu Dhabi’s stellar skyline and lush green forests. Get personal attention and clear instructions from friendly staff as you grab the throttle and experience a one-of-its-kind ride. Unlike anything you have encountered before, flyboarding is a thrilling sport you’ll enjoy immensely.
Location: Hydro Water Sports, Abu Dhabi
Price: AED 300
Getaway from the hectic modern-day lifestyle and noises of cities and enjoy the calm and peace of the ocean. The open waters of the Persian Gulf offer an exciting adventure where you will feel as if you have stepped into a whole different world.
Freediving is one of those rare water sports where you don’t need any equipment, and being in the open ocean all on your own feels like going to space.
Location: Ocean Dive Center, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street - Abu Dhabi
Price: AED 350
For 60 minutes, let go of all your fears and enjoy the thrill of cutting through Persian Gulf waters. Experience the speed boating activity where you will get to feel the salty sea air on your face as you explore the allure of sand and sea.
Witness the beauty of famous Abu Dhabi buildings from a unique perspective as you take off from the marina. The ultimate adventure is an adrenaline rush-inducing an experience that must be experienced at least once.
Location: Emirates Palace Marina - Abu Dhabi
Price: AED 100
Ride the waves of the sea and cut through the turquoise waters of the gulf on a surfboard of your choice. Although UAE is not the destination for surfing since the waves are quite low, you can still get a great experience at Saadiyat Island where small and medium-sized waves are common.
If you are new to the sport, you can also visit Wild Wadi Park where you can learn to surf under the expert guidance of certified trainers. The adventure park also has a separate section where you can practise your skills.
Location: Saadiyat Island – Abu Dhabi
Price: AED 270
Originally known as skurfing, wakeboarding involves riding the waters while holding onto a leash joined to a speedboat. The sport is a combination of snowboarding, surfing and waterskiing, and involves following in the ‘wake’ of a boat – hence the name.
It is as adventurous as it sounds, and one of the must-try activities when in Abu Dhabi. The speed, the cool sea breeze, the adrenaline rush – all of it makes wakeboarding a massive attraction among tourists. The flat waters and wide channels of the gulf are ideal for wakeboarding.
Location: Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Abu Dhabi
Price: AED 280
10. Stand-Up Paddle Board
The glassy flat waters of Abu Dhabi are perfect for stand-up paddleboarding and that is why the recent years have seen a boom in the sport. Not only is it a great way of enjoying the panoramic views and the brilliant skyline of Abu Dhabi, but it also offers a great workout for your core.
There are many places where you can indulge in this fun activity. Some of them include Hydro Marine Club, Yas Beach, and Western Marine Club. Rentals and tours can be arranged for throwaway prices, so don’t miss the chance to enjoy the waters with this unique activity.
Location: Abu Dhabi – United Arb Emirates
Price: AED 40
11. Whitewater rafting
The thrills of whitewater rafting need to be experienced to be understood. Wild Wadi Park offers 3 different levels of whitewater rapids, and all kinds of rafters – from novices to experts – are welcome here.
The adventurous ride is as goosebumps-inducing as it is fun. Unlike rafting in the wild, you will be constantly monitored by the guides at the park, so you can rest assured that it will be a safe and secure experience. Safety equipment, briefing on the basics of the sport, and a guide are part of the package.
Location: Wild Wadi, Abu Dhabi
Price: AED 100
12. Kite surfing
One of the most unique water Sports in Abu Dhabi is kite surfing on the Kite Beach at Yas Island. Whenever there is good wind, kite surfers leave for the beach to enjoy the wind and waves. The Goosebumps inducing experience is one-of-its-kind.
Just attach your harness, and get ready to hit the waves. Board out into the waters with your kite and spend some alone time controlling and finessing the technique. Be prepared to put in some work though, it is not as easy as it looks.
Location: Kite Beach, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
Price: AED 200
The underwater world of the Persian Gulf is wonderful and vibrant. All levels of divers are welcome in Abu Dhabi. Since the waters at the dive sites are shallow, it is quite easy to scuba dive here.
The pristine coral reefs and colourful marine life is a delight to look at, and you can also explore the shipwrecks at Zaineb and MV Ludwig if you are feeling particularly adventurous. The East Coast is a favourite among tourists, and other popular dive sites include Martini Rock, Pinnacles, and Inchcape.
Location: Ocean Dive Center, Abu Dhabi
Price: AED 200.