If you want to visit Kuwait without having to endure the unbearably hot surroundings and the hustle and bustle of the city, you may want to trade all that for an afternoon in Failaka Island. It is said to be the most beautiful part of the country, located twenty kilometers away from the city. Though this area is not spared from the heat of the Mediterranean, you will find the warmth more tolerable because of the stunning view, as well as the refreshing beaches. The land mass is also equipped with a rich history, dating back to 4 BC when the Greeks still owned and resided in it for two centuries. This was during the time of Alexander the Great’s reign, and the isle was still known as Ikaros.
Due to its history, Failaka Island possesses plenty of ruins and antique artifacts that both archeologists and tourists will find impressive. Temple relics, such as coins and seals, can still be found there today. If you are intent to go to this area of Kuwait without encountering the high heat, you should schedule your trip during the country’s springtime. At this season, the island experiences gentle winds and calming breezes, not to mention a cooler temperature and vivid flora and fauna. Plus, this is the best place to relax, as it is mainly quiet and peaceful, allowing you to read a good book with just the melody of waves in your ears. Getting to this island is quick with the aid of a ferry. The Kuwait Public Transport Company offers daily rides to the islet for only 3 KD. Travel time is usually ninety minutes. If you’d rather go on boats, the Heritage Village boats are at your service with high-speed catamarans, costing you 16 KD.
Failaka Island is home to the Failaka Heritage Village, which, in a nutshell, will show you the old Kuwait. It is basically a community that regularly preserves the history of the country by building traditional huts, using native tools, and utilizing old furniture. In spite of this fondness for antiquity, you will find that the village is equipped with modern devices for entertainment purposes. Everything about this area is meant to increase your relaxation and decrease your stress levels. For animal lovers, stables featuring Arabian camels and horses are offering rides, and domestic farms are always open for your viewing pleasure. You are given the opportunity to explore the island on foot, by boat, bikes, and buggies, as well. Archeologists and scholars are sure to enjoy the Museum Palace of Sheikh Abdulla Al Salim Al Sabah.
Of course, a trip to Failaka Island entails a visit to the Heritage Village’s own Wanasa Beach, where it is possible for you to rent water and jet skis, banana boats, and special cruises for fishing purposes and quick voyages to Maskan Island. Its golden sand and crystal clear waters will definitely make you enjoy your favorite water sports. In spite of the several things, which you can do in this islet, you will still feel very rested and relaxed.