// ]]>In the meantime, here are comments we receive direct from clients……….
The website is easy to navigate and there are explicit .. I mean explicit instructions on how to get here, having lived in Dubai for the past 2 years I loathe finding new places .. This was an absolute dream – finally someone who actually wants your business and goes the extra mile!
The kayaks were in good nick (designed in NZ can you go wrong?) and the guide was brilliant with his snippets of info along the trek. Brilliant work out but it is at an easy pace for beginners and by the time you’re halfway home – you’re all worn out .. Money well spent really.
Water shoes are the best .. Flip flops will make it tricky getting in and out of the water/mud. The website lists everything you need and I just can’t recommend them highly enough! Left my camera behind – they’ve kept it safe and sound for me. Over all 15 stars out 10 simply for their customer service, the novel way to see the mangroves is just an added bonus. Visited March 2015
“Awesome Experience” Reviewed 29 January 2015 I loved my kayak experience. I was nervous because I had never kayaked before and being in open water was a little scary for me. But when we got there the guide was very supportive and put me on a double kayak with my husband, that way it would be easier for me. He gave us quick instructions and then we were off. Our tour guide knew the mangroves very well and gave us great history about them as we were kayaking. You can tell he really cares about the mangroves because he was picking up trash as we went along. We were able to go through a channel of the mangroves because the tide was still high and as nervous as I was, I am so glad he took us through there. It was amazing. We were right in the mangroves. On the way back we stopped at a little beach for a rest and our tour guide was still giving us great information about the mangroves. I really enjoyed this experience and so glad I did it. This is a must do while you are in Abu Dhabi. TIPS: You will get wet and dirty from the salt, so make sure you wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and wet. Bring water, wear a hat, and sunscreen. The directions are a little tricky, but Adrian at the office emailed all the information with directions which were easy to find the location. Thanks so much for a great adventure, Noukahada!!! Visited January 2015
“A spot of nature in the concrete jungle.” Reviewed 23 January 2015 I was worried about my taxi finding the launch sight and concerned that I wouldn’t be able to keep up as I had mild whiplash. Everything worked out wonderfully. Sure, the taxi got lost but the helpful security guard at the Eastern Mangroves hotel sorted him out. The guys running it were from the Philippines and were brilliant. Great fun, obviously enjoyed their job and great company. The company claims to have a sustainability ethos. The guys from the Philippines demonstrated this in action by feeding and getting the stray cats around the launch site neutered. I really enjoyed our paddle around the mangroves. It was the highlight of my trip to Abu Dhabi. Top tips- Take a change of clothing. You can get changed in the mangroves in privacy. You will get wet. If you are taking taxis you can walk a few minutes up the road to the Eastern Mangroves hotel and pick one Up there. Visited January 2015
“Fantastic mangrove tour” Reviewed 15 January 2015 We had a great time on a morning mangrove tour with Noukhada. Our guide, Berson, was knowledgeable and interesting, and took us on a really fun route through little channels. It was amazing to get such a close up experience of the mangroves and to feel so close to nature in such a built up city. Visited December 2014
“My husband and I did the 3.5/4 hour Al Rhaba tour at 13:30. The trip started with a 30 minute boat trip to the mangroves and then we set off on our kayaks for approx. 2.5 hours. We saw several birds, dolphins, sting rays and needle fish. At certain points you paddle against the wind and tide and at other sections you paddle with the tide. It was a lovely peaceful day out away from the flashy side of Abu Dhabi. Ernesto was great, very informative, and a great character to chat with. We would definitely recommend the tour and will do one of the other tours next time we are in Abu Dhabi. ” Visited January 2015
“I took the Mangrove tour in the afternoon (2pm). Taxi found it hard to find, so I would recommend printing out the instructions. It was high tide so we went through the middle of the mangroves. I would not recommend this if you are not comfortable on boats or are not in great shape. I am quite comfortable in a boat and quite fit but found this a decent work out. Having said all that I thoroughly enjoyed this and would recommend it to anyone.” Visited December 2014
“We’ve had a lot of very positive feedback from our teams regarding the Noukhada team building event. I thoroughly enjoyed them and think it well achieved our goals of getting people to work together and get to know each other better.”…………….”Always a pleasure. And no apologies needed for E48… its all part of the fun and games! And you have a great team working there which makes the tours even more fun! Take it easy”……”Had an incredible time this morning on a tour absolutely brilliant me can highly recommend this it was AMAZING…………………….Thank you very much Mark for the attached, it is fantastic! Thank you again to you and the team, for a fabulous day, it was very professional, and a lot of fun for the guests, they had a great time! I look forward to working with you in the near future………….Subject: THANK YOU I would like to thank you for the very special and successfull day we have had with the kids and Noukhadda!!! Thank you to Françoise who was very patient and nice with the kids. I out some flyers in the Library and also soon the kids adventure in Alliance Française facebook page will be marked with Noukhadda 🙂 Thank you again…………Hi Sydney, just wanted to thank Noukhada for a fantastic mangroves tour yesterday. Particularly Carl/Kyle (not sure of spelling) who was the perfect guide – friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Please will you copy this email to your boss…………….Had a lovely time kayaking on Saturday 🙂 Will definitely be back for the Eco tour when its a bit warmer……………..Had a great time this afternoon Kayaking through the mangroves. Thank you!……………………Hi Sydney, Just wanted to say that the group had a brilliant time today. The group leader was fantastic – unfortunately we didn’t get his name. Please do pass on our thanks to your leaders/trainers. We will certainly be kayaking it again!…………………. Kind regards……………….I want to thank your company and staff for making our mangrove visit so successful. I particularly want to thank Ernesto for his kindness and help with one of my students who fell ill as we arrived at the mangroves. His experience and patience is a credit to your company. Needless to say we will be bringing our students again on your tour later in the school year……………..My family and I would like to thank you and your team for organising a wonderful weekend kayaking and camping trip for us. Everyone in our group had a fantastic time and we can only have the highest of praise for Rommel and Jess. They looked after us perfectly, always available when we needed something but also so kind and fun with the children…………….Hi Noukhada Team, We just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to you all for the 4 successful kayaking trips we went on last week at the Eastern Mangroves with our Year 4 students. The children absolutely loved the trip and have been talking about it non-stop since returning back to school. The students have commented on how friendly the guides were and how they felt very safe on the water. They enjoyed seeing the different wildlife, swimming in the sea, going into the mangrove tunnel and learning how to kayak! What an amazing experience it was for them all. Thank you for the patience, kindness and care you all showed them. All off the staff who came on the trip commented on how professional and knowledgeable your guides are. We really appreciated the way you tried to cater to us in terms of content. The information that the students went home with about the mangroves habitat and the animals that call it home was excellent and it fit in with our Science topic Habitats perfectly. I’d like to extend a thank you to your office staff for all of their help, patience and flexibility during the planning of this trip. You made things so easy for us and we really appreciate it! Overall, it was a brilliant 4 trips and we look forward to working with you all again next year!……………I have to say that for the first time we could get to a place in Abu Dhabi with the help of directions. A big thank you, we had a great time on the boat. Look forward to do some kayaking now and shall call you soon”.