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Farasan Island for a week end

Hello,

I am planning to go to Farasan Island for a week-end.

For those interested I post here what I have found so far.
From Riyadh, you have to take a plane to Jazan (also written Gizan) with Saudi Arabian (4 planes) or Nasair (2 planes).
After arriving at the airport, you have to take a cab to go to the port, and take the free ferry: there are two ferry per days at 7 am and 3 pm. There is also a possibility to take a private boat, for SAR 50 per person (with minimum of SAR 300 per boat).
So far I found only one hotel (Coral Farasan Resort – phone number pretty hard to find: 0 7316 0000), with room starting at SAR 450 the night (single).

I have few questions for those who have been there (as the information are pretty hard to find online):
- if I arrive at the airport after 10 pm, is it possible to rent a private boat to go to the hotel on the first night, or do I have to spend the night in Gizan? If I need to sleep in Gizan, are there any nice and cheap hotels? If I can take a private boat, is there a way to book in advance?
- what are the time for returning (Farasan – Gizan) ferries?
- how many hotels are located on the island? Any idea of the activities proposed?
- is there a way to rent snorkelling equipments at the hotel or in the island?

I hope this information can help some you, and for those who have answers, thanks in advance.

Thanks for sharing so nice information regarding Farasan Islan........Some from us sure try to go there in off days.

we spent a few days there and i agree finding any info regarding hotels etc is pretty difficult.
the room of 450 riyals a night is actually a room with a double bed. so we were two adults and two kids sharing.
the price xcluded breakfast. one of the mornings we ordered breakfast, it was terrible and costed something like SR75 for just one plate.
there was no one at the hotel that could speak english, maybe things have changed since then.
my husband happened to find a taxi driver somehow who would come to the hotel each night to fetch us and take us into the city to get food.
luckily, i packed in loads of crackers,juices and snacks, which we had for breakfast and lunch
not so sure about getting a private boat - the SR50 one is an old wooden one. takes an hour to get to the island,  with no life jackets just by the way in case u cant swim
u also need ur iqamah once u arrive at the port.
if ur travelling by car to jazan, then you would be able to take your car with you on the ferry. the ferry leaves at 7 and 3 from the island as well. bookings for the ferry has to be done 24hrs in advance
as for hotels in jazan, the little bit i saw, goodness, the city is so terrible looking i cant imagine spending a night there - good luck with that.
other than the coral farasan, theres another hotel called farasan hotel. it was about 100 or 200riyals more, but located some distance from the beach which didnt make sense to us
upon enquiry, we were told that the hotel could organise diving / snorkelling trips. we never got around to doing any of these.
in fact we were quite happy lazing around on the beach all day. people rarely swam, now and again a few people would come down to the beach and leave soon after. so we pretty much had the beach and water to ourselves all day!

- there will be no ferries or boats from Gizan to Farasan in night, you will have to spend the night in  you will find a lot of hotels and budget places to stay in around Gizan.
- daily there are 2 ferries (8 am and 3pm from Farasan).
- there about 3 hotels and quite number of furnished apartments you can stay in, not sure of actives though..
- not sure about renting equipments as well..

Hope the above helps

Hi,

please check out Haya Tour. They offer a Trip to Farasan Island or also just provide you with all necessary information, if you want to make the Trip by yourself (you get Hotel recomandation, maps, contacts of guides on the site and much more for a little charging fee). Here is the Hayatour side:  facebook.com/#!/hayatours
Here is the Program Schedule for 2013 till May - hayatour.com/Schedule/Schedule_En_Seasonal_2013.pdf
You can always contact them under: info[at]hayatour.com

Hope that helps!
Good luck for your trip!
Lionlove

@Lionlove -> Do not hesitate to recommend this Tour Operator into the Riyadh Business directory. ;)

Thank you,
Aurélie

Ok, I will! Thanks!

Hi princes,
Glad to see your informative post regarding farasan island. I am willing to travel on 13th Mar 2014 to Jizan and mainly to visit and stay in Farasan Island. I will be travelling from Jeddah by road accompanied by my wife and 3 kids. I have few questions,
1. I want to take my car on ferry. I heard we need to book atleast one day in advance. Since i am travelling from jeddah how to book 24 hours in advance? Any website, online or phone booking possible? If yes, what is contact number and whats the procedure?

2. Is there any other option to stay in downtown other than SASO FArasan hotel and Coral Beach Resort hotel? I will stay for single night.

3. How u been to down town (Fursan Al-Kabeer)? any details regarding restaurants, food, pharmacies? Apartments or hotels?.
I would highly appreciate if u or any one could guide me.
Thanks in advance

Hello adnan,
How to book Jiz-Far ferry  in advance while staying in jeddah. I am planning to go on 14-14 march. I heard it is necessary to book atleast 24 hrs in advance if u r boarding the ferry with your car. If u know how to book remotely or possibly online booking or any tele booking pls let me know. U can mail me at xxx.

One more thing i am seeking some info regarding Farasan Al-Kabeer downtown, budget hotels, apartments, safety, restaurants and food.

Thanks

@ aejaz30 > Please note that you posted on a quite old topic here, maybe you will obtain more responses if you can create a new topic on the Riyadh forum with your questions.
Important advice : i would advise you to create a new topic for each question that you need to ask, it will help you to receive more constructive responses. ;)

Thank you,

Priscilla
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Hi,

Did you check out 'Haya Tours' to Farasan?

do we have freedom to be free with family without any restriction in farsan island? also any website for info and pics etc?

please update us whenever you have any updates so that it can be useful for others... I will also go one day In sha allah but since I am staying in Riyadh need to plan and need to look after budget ....

Hello. Just wondering if you were able to find any information about how to make the reservation for the ferry to Farasan. We are planning on taking our car over with us. Any tips on how to make the ferry reservation would be appreciated. Thanks!

Salut!
I have just chalked out a plan to visit the Farasan Islands after getting an attractive rate of flight tickets by Nas Air. A close friend of mine who is a native of Jizan has helped me plan this exciting trip to the virgin islands of Al Farasan. Ferry tickets can be booked online, usually booking available prior to ten days of inbound and outbound journeys. The booking for ferry tickets is free of charge but the website is in Arabic only. The well known hotels on the island is the Farasan Coral Resort and Saso Suite which are quite expensive. A lesser known budget hotel is the Farasan Hotel where I recently enquired about room rate being SAR 250 for 2 or max. 4 persons. The hotel is situated around 11 Kms from the Farasan Port which is a 7 min drive by local car driven by locals. I was told that one could get a ride by paying SAR 20. The hotel has a Restaurant which cook freshly caught fish and other delicacies.
I am looking forward to visiting and exploring the islands with friends. I will update the blog with feedback or reviews about my trip as soon as I get back later this month.

A tout a l'heure!

Inconnu Monde :

Salut!
I have just chalked out a plan to visit the Farasan Islands after getting an attractive rate of flight tickets by Nas Air. A close friend of mine who is a native of Jizan has helped me plan this exciting trip to the virgin islands of Al Farasan. Ferry tickets can be booked online, usually booking available prior to ten days of inbound and outbound journeys. The booking for ferry tickets is free of charge but the website is in Arabic only. The well known hotels on the island is the Farasan Coral Resort and Saso Suite which are quite expensive. A lesser known budget hotel is the Farasan Hotel where I recently enquired about room rate being SAR 250 for 2 or max. 4 persons. The hotel is situated around 11 Kms from the Farasan Port which is a 7 min drive by local car driven by locals. I was told that one could get a ride by paying SAR 20. The hotel has a Restaurant which cook freshly caught fish and other delicacies.
I am looking forward to visiting and exploring the islands with friends. I will update the blog with feedback or reviews about my trip as soon as I get back later this month.

A tout a l'heure!

So did you manage to visit the islands? Can you share some details and experiences?

how to book online Alfursan ferry tickets..? website..?

are there any dive courses on the farasan islands? I'd like to dive there as it's famous for that.

If you need any more information  about farasan island or any help you can contact  : Alsa3ya to organize tourist trips in farasan island
email : xxx
Certified from Tourism Authority of saudi arabia

Your message helped me in booking the ticket online for ferry. Thank you.

Moderated by Christine yesterday
Reason : please share useful info on the forum instead of giving only your contact details.

The website to book ferry ticket online is https://lm.mot.gov.sa/ the website is in Arabic but you can deal with it with the help of Google Translator. I did by copying text and translating it to understand and it worked.

Please note the following:
1. Enter Iqama expiry date taken from MOI, not from Iqama
2. Enter passport number when adding passenger detail in last step if it gives error with Iqama

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