Jazan Province
Islands

The Farasan Islands

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Description

Located 40 kilometers off the coast of the southern province of Jizan, Farasan Islands is a group of coral islands in the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia, consisting of over 170 small islands. The protected area of the islands takes up a total area of 5,408 square kilometers.

While a number of civilizations, including the Romans and Ottomans, have marked their stay here, dating as early as the first millennium BC, the history of this island is not the main attraction. As of now, about 12,000 inhabitants live on the main island of Farasan.

Major attractions

Some of the largest islands in this group include Farasan al-Kabir, As-Saqid, Ad-Dissan, Zufaf, and Sasawah.

The major attraction of the Farasan Islands is their biodiversity. The islands house the endangered Arabian gazelle and migratory birds in the winter. They are particularly famous for their mangrove forests that serve as the breeding grounds for a number of birds. Some of the most exotic birds found on this island include the Pink-Backed Pelican, White-Eyed Gull, Red-Billed Tropic, Osprey, Crab Plover, Sooty Falcon, and flamingos.

The sea surrounding the islands houses a diverse range of marine life with a total of over 200 kinds of fish, 50 types of coral, and 3 species of dolphin. One of the most famous attractions of these islands is the parrotfish. The locals of the islands celebrate a festival in spring dedicated to this particular fish. Twice a day, a free ferry ride travels from Jizan Ports to the Farasan Islands, and experienced guides are there to help you explore these beautiful islands. 

 

Location

Farasan Island Saudi Arabia

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Elbet Birgün

Elbet Birgün

03/21/2022 10:03

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Perfect
go get

go get

03/17/2022 19:57

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Must visit place, clean beach enjoyed with family.
Amal Nagus

Amal Nagus

04/06/2021 10:47

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It’s a great island,, it’s people are Conservative, it’s quite good, calm place, a bit expensive tho, but a lovely experience.
Akber Piracha

Akber Piracha

08/12/2020 09:15

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***READ THIS BEFORE PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO FARASAN ISLAND*** SPECIALLY IF TRAVELING WITH FAMILIES 1. Expected the unexpected . 2. Same day Free ferry ride could be risky trip. 3. A day with fast wind means a night spent on the Island. 4. Carry sufficient CASH !!! 5. Private trip to and for island cost SAR 50 per adult . 6. For a less adventurous trip book in advance , for extra adventure book as you arrive. 7. Take swim suits and extra clothes while enjoying the beach . 8. Al ghadeer beach good for families . 9. Plan in groups if accompanied with families - this a extra fun. 10. Get a back pack up with all essentials mobile chargers ,towels , sunscreens , camera snacks , water and some extra clothes if winds not in your favor. 11. Unlimited fun under the sun 🌞 12. strictly follow road side rules ... specially while turning roundabout . Fine can range from SAR 150 to SAR 1000. 13. Rent a car right inside the port terminal or outside . 14. Private taxis are expensive so Rent a car for a day save and enjoy .
Agha Nawazish Ali

Agha Nawazish Ali

08/11/2018 12:07

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Most beautiful island 🏝 in Saudi Arabia must visit and have a great time in your life.
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