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.