Failaka Island, Kuwait City

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See the remains of churches from the Byzantine era at Failaka Island. You'll walk on the grounds where Mesopotamians walked 2,000 years BCE and see pottery dating from 7th century. Before the invasion of Iraq people lived on the island, but today what's left of their former homes are riddled with bullet holes. Witness ancient remains and imagine what life looked like before the war. On site, go to the restaurant and try some local dishes. You can also rent a boat and go sailing or fishing here. Add Failaka Island to your Kuwait City travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Kuwait City trip planner .
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  • The islands of Kuwait and is yacht an hour and wanted to get some quiet time and a short distance where recreation beaches extravaganza
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  • You can reach Failaka by renting boat or yacht from marina crescent. 30 minutes by speed boat. There is Heritage village need reservation. For kids everything available games, pool and wildlife. Best ...  more »
  • Failaka island is the biggest island and could be reached from Marina crescent for less than an hour. Unfortunately the island is under utilised and needs lots of improvements though it has great pote...  more »
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  • If you are in Kuwait you can not escape this piece of history. We booked a day tour with The Ikarus booth outside Starbucks at the outer exit of Marina mall. Ikaros is also the Greek name which was given to the island during the time of Alexander the Great. Our package included to and fro transfer as well as a buffet lunch. The service was excellent and we got a personal jet boat. The lunch was limited variety but doable. You will have to check if there are other options to eat but we were more into exploring the island than searching for food. Additionally we were carrying a bag full of snacks. Failaka Island takes you back to the ancient history of kuwait. The island has a beautiful beach to spend your day on. We did kayaking and enjoyed the sea and the sunset. There is an interesting museum which has specimens from the Bronze Age and the earlier kuwait civilization. Apart from this our package also included a bus tour of the island. We saw camel farming as well as some warfare antiques left after the 91/92 invasion of Kuwait. It's best to visit between November to April as you will experience cooler breeze and a pleasant weather.
  • A remote island which resonates kuwait's history...its meant for relaxation and pleasure away from the hustle of the city...packed with outdoor activities, its recommended for family and friends get aways
  • It worth to go and see the archaeological sites
  • *** Ruined Island *** 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.
  • Very beautiful quiet and history place

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