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Kayaking and Canoeing in Dubai

One of the best ways to explore artificial islands and posh resorts of Dubai

Best time: October–April

Kayaking and Canoeing
Kayaking and Canoeing
Kayaking and Canoeing
Kayaking and Canoeing
Kayaking and Canoeing

Beautiful beaches and lagoons of Dubai are perfect for all kinds of water sports. Kayaking is one of the easiest ways to explore the coastline, and it doesn't require any kind of previous water-sport experience. Gliding through the waters of Palm Jumeirah in your kayak under the clear blue sky is indeed unforgettable.

Many hotels such as Hilton Dubai Jumeirah have rentals offering kayaks for one, two or more persons. Open ‘sit-on-top’ kayaks are the most popular in the UAE. Wet suits and helmets are also available. You can take a group kayak lesson on learning how to navigate your transport with your body or go for a guided tour.

If you would like to visit other places along the UAE coast, you can take kayaking tours from Abu Dhabi, explore the mangroves, Corniche Beach, and northern emirates.

One of the best canoeing trips runs Khor Kalba, a nature reserve based on a mangrove swamp. Tour operators provide a two-hour drive to the start point, and then participants can enjoy exploring the nature of Khor Kalba.

The best time for kayaking and canoeing tours runs from October to April when the temperatures are not too high.

Practical info

What are some recommended spots for kayaking and canoeing in Dubai?

Dubai offers scenic and beautiful beaches and lagoons for water sports enthusiasts. Palm Jumeirah is highly recommended for kayaking and canoeing. Khor Kalba, located outside Dubai, is another popular destination for kayaking and offers a unique experience within a nature reserve. Dibba Al-Fujairah is also a popular spot for kayaking and canoeing, with stunning natural beauty to explore. Show more

What types of kayaks are commonly used for kayaking in Dubai?

The most popular type of kayak for kayaking in Dubai is the open ‘sit-on-top’ kayak. These kayaks are user-friendly with open seats and are quite stable. They are also available as single or double-seater. You can rent them from various hotels and outfitters, which provide tours to enjoy kayaking in Dubai at affordable prices. Show more

Is kayaking suitable for beginners in Dubai?

Dubai has a lot of shallow and calm waterways, which are perfect for beginners. There are several outfitters and guided tours available to help beginners navigate the water, become familiar with the equipment, and gain more experience. Even if you have no prior experience with kayaking or canoeing, achieving mastery is relatively easy with proper techniques and guidance from experts. However, it’s essential to have all the necessary gear before beginning any kayaking or canoeing adventure in Dubai. Show more

What are other water sports available besides kayaking and canoeing in Dubai?

In Dubai, besides kayaking and canoeing, there are various other water sports available, such as surfing, windsurfing, paddle-boarding, kite-surfing, jet-skiing, fly-boarding, and wake-boarding, among others. Parasailing, snorkelling, and scuba diving are some of the most popular activities among tourists and locals alike, providing an unforgettable experience in Dubai's crystal clear waters. Attempt any of these adventures to enjoy an unforgettable, thrilling experience in Dubai. Show more

What is the best time of the year to plan for kayaking or canoeing in Dubai?

Plan your kayaking or canoeing trip in Dubai starting from October to April. The temperatures are mild and comfortable for various activities during these months, and the sea is relatively calm. During the summer months, the temperature soars, making it challenging to kayak. Packing the right gear and sun protection is essential. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced kayaker, the best time to soak up Dubai's beauty is during winters, where you can paddle across Dubai's serene and picturesque waterways. Show more

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