After the great success of our Beach Camping Trip last week which was an amazing and fun experience for anyone who attended; and due to popular demand to organise another Camping Trip whilst the weather is still OK, Andre Kriel a DSC member suggested a place that few of us know or even heard about. One hidden beauty of the UAE that myself and few others would love to visit and explore.
"Snoopy's Island" in the beautiful Emirate of Fuijarah.
Snoopy Island (yes, named after the cartoon dog it resembles) juts proudly out of the Indian Ocean just a few hundred metres from the shore. You’re more likely to come face to face with a shark at Snoopy Island than at Shark Island, some 25 km down the coast – or so I’m told. That seemed like interesting news at the time... right up until the moment you pull on your snorkel, mask and flippers, ready to swim out to the strangely shaped isle. For obvious reasons, you will not be able to get the Jaws theme tune out of my head.
This is not just camping; it is an adventure!
Snoopy Island is a rocky marine outcrop about a hundred meters offshore from the Sandy Beach Hotel & Resort at Al Aqah, in the emirate of Fujairah, UAE. Location is everything, and Sandy Beach has done well to commandeer the entire beach and stretches of water surrounding Snoopy Island which, does indeed, look something like the famous cartoon dog sleeping atop his doghouse. In addition to the rock’s prominent silhouette, the waters surrounding Snoopy Island are well renowned for snorkeling. Unfortunately, the prolonged scourge of red tide in 2008 killed out many of the once colorful corals surrounding the island, but there are still hundreds of fish and other critters to keep flippered folks entertained.
The two hour trip from Dubai to Al Aqah is an easy jaunt, with a few sections in the mountains that are worth pulling over for photo ops or to buy trinkets.
Driving east there are two routes to ponder after getting to Masafi: one road going southeast to Fujairah (and then north to Al Aqah) and one road heading northeast to Dibba (and then south to Al Aqah), with the latter choice normally the quickest. For us the only slow spots would be construction zones, smoke breaks, and a quick stop at the supermarket to pile up our supplies for the weekend.
We will camp on the beach with the mountains at our back, again depends on what time we get there, Andre will try to send a scout to find the best spot to camp.
We will make our own fire, grill and cook our own food, play our own music, mix our own drinks and play by our own RULES!!!
We will grill everything ... Chicken, Meat, Shrimps, Fish, Vegetables, Garlic, Potatoes; I mean everything except Pork!
We will dance all night long with the best DJ mixer, our own Ehab!
We will socialise, play, relax and make friends!
And this time, we will arrange for restrooms and showers ... and that is a promise!
Here are the details:
Transportation: We will provide transportation from Dubai to Snoopy's Island. We think to rent a number of SUVs depending on the number of attendants, as the mountain can be very rough for a normal sedan.
Time: Pick up from Marina mall @ 12 pm on Friday. Drop off at Marina Mall 3 pm Saturday.
Place: Snoopy Island - Fuijarah
Menu: All kinds of meat and seafood (except pork), vegetables, salads, homus, Motabel ..etc. As well as vegetarian menu. Ask Salwan!
Drinks: Soft drinks available during the duration of the trip including water. Alcohol you can buy or bring your own.
Music: We will have our own the fabulous Ehab for a DJ (I'm sure you still remember him)
Tents: You have to bring your own! If you don't have you can get a tent from Carrfour and a sleeping bag for less than 100 AED. Thats exactly what I will be doing. Also you can share and buy with other members as they have tents that sleeps up to 5 people and around 100 AED each.
Price: Exact price to be announced later. We need to know how many SUVs we have to rent. It will not be less than AED200 and not more than AED250 each for members.
Guests (non members) will have to pay an extra AED50 each.
Price includes all the food, transportation, music, DJ, soft drinks (not alcohol), and all the fun.
So at night we will be barbecuing, drinking, eating, dancing till we drop and crawl back into our tints :)
Next day, we barbecue again, snorkelling , eat more, swim, sun bath, and play games including Beach Volleyball.
It is a different kind of camping trip at a very different place!!
So please sign up and invite your friends and co workers for a DSC Mountain/Beach Camping Trip to remember!!
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