Published on Friday, October 08, 2010
See the Sea at Failaka!
Mrs. Indira Priya Rajan


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A dream to sail on a ‘Luxury deluxe Catamaran’ came true when we boarded the “Bint al Khair” at the Marina crescent’s Yacht docking area. We bought the Tickets priorly at the Marina counter. This is the spot where a ‘vegetarian whale shark’ got stranded and the poor ‘Willy- Freed’, by skilled Kuwaiti Divers last year. The high speed boat’s ticket includes a Luncheon meal. Please board earlier as a basic protocol to hold your window seats. The crew checked our baggage which had a bed sheet and plenty of snacks. The silky cruise headed towards Failaka like a flight. The water was murky and the speed of the boat picked up. Few minutes after, we braved the winds to climb to the top deck and had a glance on the captain’s cabin and his navigational instruments. We sighted few sea-gulls chasing our craft for edibles. I had to grip my kid’s hands as the wind was turbulent and we need to stay-safe well inside the hand rails. My kids bestowed ‘Titanic’ poses while I clicked the mood. The catamaran has all the marine safety and is maintained well. Since we travelled as a Group, we enjoyed the boat trip chatting, munching snacks and soft drinks, the inside was like an aircraft and had no bouncing at all.

On seeing Failaka’s shore, the cruiser reduced its speed and got smoothly docked. The land transport was waiting. We refreshed and had our buffet lunch which was a standard   display. Vegetarians had a few choices too. We went around the heritage village premises to see a pool and a small pond with pedal boats. Then a mini-bus took us around to show some rare breed camels, devastated ruins left by the ‘Gulf war’ and the island’s old Histories. The Greeks had lived in Failaka for 2 centuries from 4th century BC. They thought the island’s intense heat was because of its nearness to Sun- their God and built a Temple. Failaka is located about 20 kms north-east of Kuwait. It is 14 kms long and 6 kms wide. You could also stay in the island’s Heritage village too. Google -“failaka heritage village” and get all the info required for the village stay. ‘Boat+Lunch’ Ticket is KD 15 /adult and KD 10 /child. The island has enough sweet water and electricity supplied from the main land through submarine lines. Call ‘22244988’ for cruise reservations and timing. The Tides decide the starting time of the 40 minutes Trip and Timing changes every day. The return trip had more occupants as they might have stayed the previous night. Please read “Failaka--A General Manager’s story” by Mr C.J.Hartley in the internet which is interesting and I was awe-struck by his honest narration.

On the year before, we went on KPTC ferry Ikarus (barge vessel) which runs from Ras -Salmiya behind Showbiz, near scientific center. [Tel: 22328814]. The return journey costs KD 3/adult, cars with driver KD 20 and box cars KD 25. The journey with KPTC vessel is not recommended for ‘families with infants and pregnant ladies’; gives sickness sensation on rough seas and high winds. Bachelors were very well enjoying this KPTC ferry, sitting on top deck and playing cards. KPTC buses inside island are on and off in the News. If you take your car into ferry to the island, please know the island roads and have a spare tyre too. The food is expensive in the resort’s café. It’s better to pack the food and take. When you travel by KPTC ferry, you have to catch hold of the transport inside the island which is very thin. Take a note not to miss your return timing and get stuck there. It also takes time to rack in all the vehicles before the ferry starts. The visit to Failaka is worth a trip, when the climate is pretty cool. The Wanasa private beach has water sports but Expats do not prefer sports here, as we noticed. The ferry returned on twilight to see the shore lights twinkling. As usual, the rush was more on the return trip. KPTC docking jetty is near ‘Kuwait institute of scientific research’ (marine studies).

‘Sultan Restaurant’ is 1km after the Marina Bridge on your right side. If you wish to have an inexpensive short sail close to the Kuwait coast, then there is a boating premise on the Yacht club, rear side of ‘Sultan center-Restaurant’ (Jeans-Grill) on the Arabian Gulf street. It’s a 1 KD/ head pontoon boat trip for half hour with music. If ‘Gents’ are interested to go for a private fishing trip to Doha fishing zone from this same dock, then contact “Silsan Sea Tour Unit” Tel: 25650674, experts for specialized sailing. They guide you in fishing time, fish belt, and tidal charts and rent you tools for fishing. A 5 hour trip for 6 persons costs around KD 100/-. We are recommending this agency only after we did a fine fishing trip with them recently. God willing, we have a plan to explore Kubbar island’s coral reefs and color fishes soon with our friends.  Let’s go cruising this winter weekends and see awe-inspiring places of Kuwait!


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Christopher Hartley
Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012
Dear All, Just came across this blog. My wife Denise and myself retired in January 2012 and are now happily back home in the UK. Over the eight years we did our best to create something new with a heritage theme. Unfortunately the input in regard to the re-construction of the island never happened with the government just promises that were never kept. I hope you all enjoy the village for what it is, at the end of the day it kept the heritage houses etc. Best regards Christopher Hartley ex GM Failaka Heritage Village
Max
Posted on Saturday, February 25, 2012
Thank you Mrs. Indira Priya Rajan
samir
Posted on Thursday, December 01, 2011
what a rubbish trip was it.nothing to see there.only thing enjoyable is the sea trip.that's all.
Indira rajan
Posted on Monday, January 31, 2011
KPTC ferry Ikarus (barge vessel) runs from Ras -Salmiya behind Old Showbiz, near Scientific center's left walking track end.
[Tel: 22328814]. 10AM on Friday morning! subject to change with Tides. Please be there atleast 1 hour in advance.
There is Kuwait Maritime Research Center, opposite to this Ticketing counter. Regards.

Annie
Posted on Saturday, January 29, 2011
From where we get the kptc boat ticket?how we can book kptc ticket for the trip??is there any correct number or address???
maya
Posted on Tuesday, October 12, 2010
We enjoyed buggie bike rental. 10kd/hr which is near the pond. 2 can sit over.
Indira rajan
Posted on Monday, October 11, 2010
The report gives a 'Glass clear' view on the island. Seeing 'Nothing' is also a Relaxation to free the mind. In reality, We saw the Hard efforts of Mr C.J Hartley & his Team's Work for four Years to bring an iconic image at the 'Heritage Village Campus'- their baby. We have to be fair in reports.

For only, 'CRUISE VISIT', Silsan Sea Tour Unit, marine operators will Tailor make tours to see Failaka from the sea without docking at island itself, as told in the end of the report. Your choices are wide.. and Choices and Plans are flexible.. Viewers feel free to Enjoy.


sanu V.
Posted on Monday, October 11, 2010
Failaka is not a touristhub of starhotels and Amusement parks, like other islands. This a heritage house and deserted with past remains. For kuwait, failaka recalls special emotions from the 1990-War. So,visitors please don't get dissapointed. Exit salmiya with this, to enter into new experiences to collect the History.
Indira rajan
Posted on Monday, October 11, 2010
There are various Choices in Failaka. Plz don't take me wrong, as priorities differ from one to another and a balancing is required.
'Heritage Village' itself gives you Options. It all depends on the Choices we pick. Plz read on web link to know the Packages.
http://www.failakaheritagevillage.com/

Enjoy a 'Day-out' at Failaka & Evening at MARINA WORLD, as we did. Freedom of choices are here. 'Fine Weather' is very important for your Trip plan and Outdoor Enjoyments. Too Cold or Too Hot / DUST will spoil sight-seeings.

Friend
Posted on Sunday, October 10, 2010
there's nothin to see at failaka, i had been there.the only thing u can enjoy is the cruise if you go in a big group and book the whole cruise to urself.we enjoyed the new year eve on the cruise.

why enjoy after you return from the trip? we felt drained out after the visit to the island.not a single member of the group enjoyed.
Instead plan a visit to Marina Waves.especially adventure lovers.or just relax on the sea side and enjoy.let your kids play and you enjoy the view.At night Marina Waves looks magnificient.colour changes

Vibha
Posted on Sunday, October 10, 2010
Worth to visit once for residents. check for Low tides timings. we did feb of last year.
Indira rajan
Posted on Sunday, October 10, 2010
If you take your Car, the whole family can sit inside car. You can walk around the Vessel too. KPTC staff will help you in rack Parking.
The advantage is 'Privacy' + favorite MUSIC!
Disadvantage is, you will be slightly nervous on a New place,road and 'you are on your OWN'. The Queue to board will be long & Evening RUSH.

Water Sports are in plenty. I am wondering why Expats are hesitant to it. We should enjoy!!!
Make a fleet of 4 Cars(friends) and have Fun.

Sivaram. K
Posted on Sunday, October 10, 2010
Hi, This is a nice information for us being in Kuwait. Tell me onething, is it a must to take our car to Failaka or not necessary? What are the advantages/disadvantages we will have if we take our car.

How about the water sports there? Is that open for public as you have mentioned as Wanasa's private Beach?

Thanks for sharing your info.

Indira rajan
Posted on Sunday, October 10, 2010
dear Mrs Meenakshi Sriram, we are so delighted with your enthu words and that You are all reading here. Let's try doing our best. thanks.
Meenakshi Sriram
Posted on Sunday, October 10, 2010
A very well written article. A destination I am waiting to go to! Thanks for sharing all the information. Shall closely follow your articles. Keep up the good work and congratulations!
Meenakshi Sriram
Posted on Sunday, October 10, 2010
A very well written article. A destination I am waiting to go to! Thanks for sharing all the information. Shall closely follow your articles. Keep up the good work and congratulations!
P.Mekala
Posted on Sunday, October 10, 2010
Failaka--A General Manager’s story, by Mr C.J.Hartley with photos & Your article about failaka are seriously amazing with informations.
Keep sharing the moments through words and pictures.regards!

Indira rajan
Posted on Saturday, October 09, 2010
Thanks for sharing your 'View', Mr Aneesh.
If you read Mr C.J Hartley's- Failaka, the Project started with a 'Grand VISION', but accomplished only few. My request is please complete reading all the 'Chapters' before reaching Failaka to know the 'Project' and the hard efforts by the Management and the Staff.
I respect your view that the Entertainments are dry and the Cruise could be KD 10/-reasonably! But the 'operational costs' in any island will be High. Travelling in 'Groups' always give Charm time to explore areas of interests. 4BC History, Gulf War ruins, Heritage collections did not attract our Kids and some in our Group. The Kids enjoyed few animals in the miniZoo and the furry white Camels . But I personaly felt 'sick' to see the monkeys 'caged'. We landed on Marina and the Kids were too happy with amusement rides and their Skating shoes..

Bottomline: Please double check the worth of
KD 15/Cruise- (or) KPTC's 3 KD Ferry . That is the reason i narrated both types of approaches to experience Failaka to aid and make easy Viewer's OWN-analysis.. Thank You viewers!

Jotheebun Jegatheesh
Posted on Saturday, October 09, 2010
Nice pictures nd an impressive article... send me the link for all ur articles.... its awesome...!!!
Aneesh
Posted on Saturday, October 09, 2010
Nice Narration,But things are not true as mentioned, nothing to see there so boaring,Only Boat Journey was intresting,Our Co Passengers were also very upset after landing failaka since we have to spend 15KD per head for Ticket and nothing worth seeing there ......
amal
Posted on Saturday, October 09, 2010
have to go soon.
Rajans
Posted on Saturday, October 09, 2010
Thanks Satya&Lalitha. God be with us! Being parents of growing Kids, we have the pleasure in 'writing' to share with other parents here.
Satya & Lalitha
Posted on Saturday, October 09, 2010
We keep cribbing that there's nothing note worthy out here but you keep churning out wonderful articles time & again to spring up life to something that is existent around us.
Good job, Indu & Rajan. KEEP THEM COMING!!!

Rajan
Posted on Saturday, October 09, 2010
Happy to hear & wishing to enjoy failaka. We went on both modes; going with CRUISER is Royal; but Yeah, slightly expensive. 'TEF' Association 'well-organized' a Trip too. Associations could negotiate better- like Ganesan sir suggested.
For bachelors, KPTC is fine and OK.
SEASON IS BEAUTIFUL! Yalla to Failaka,Habibi!!

PREMRAJ
Posted on Saturday, October 09, 2010
Sir,

Its true!!! Amazing location to njoy n winter..Did you went with your vehicle to roam inside island?else it included with KD15 Boat+Lunch+Minibus.

ariff
Posted on Saturday, October 09, 2010
hi,iwant to go Failaka land november eid holidays,my family,4,m
ganesan
Posted on Saturday, October 09, 2010
Even though the "cruise boat" charges appears high, we can negotiate a discounted rate, if we go in large groups.Some time back tamil engineers association arranged a picnic for it's members, with appreciable discount on boat charges.
Indira rajan
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2010
Thanks! Cruise boat's cost includes ferry,lunch,inland transport + usage of 'basic facilities' inside the Heritage Village Resort. Others are not permitted inside for your kind info. Enjoy on a Non-dusty weather like, NOW!
Evening after return from boat, spend Time on the Marina Beach complex Walkways. The
1KM long 'Wheel Skating Track' until the Hard-rock cafe will be useful for Kids- Skating trainings. Get ready your skate shoes to slide!
(Smooth cemented floor & Non-tiled tracks)

Arumugam.A
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2010
Nice narration and informative article with nice photos Thanks
Arumugam.A
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2010
Nice narration and informative article with nice photos Thanks
Rajan
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2010
Behind the 'MARINA WAVES' hotel of beach side, the open adventure/extreme Sports boys will display "Fly bikes" ,"Fly Skateboards" and wheel skates with music on the Marina beach.
Thrill sports enjoyable on the evenings.

Aravindh M.
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2010
Place is nice. but,the luxury boat rate 15kd is not too much?? Any discount during the coming holidays season?
graham ford
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2010
ANOTHER VERY INTERESTING ARTICLE, AND ANOTHER PLACE TO VISIT IN DUE TIME.
THIS IS STARTING TO BECOME MY SOURCE OF PLACES TO FIND IN KUWIAT.
KEEP THE INFORMATION COMING.

das
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2010
we are making it shortly. Thank you for the informations.
Indira rajan
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2010
Near the cruise ticket center, first Right (50m) after Marina bridge at Crescent has Spring jumps, Air inflated slides, toy train and funs for 'Kids-Out'. The Marina crescent with Cobalt blue 'KAMCO' neon sign boards displays large Fishes inside the water at evenings. Enjoy the weather in Dusk with Skating and Walking through the MARINA TRACKS!!
Sreeni
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2010
enjoyed the Tale of failaka, told through the tale of 2 boats.
ravi
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2010
A Quality location of KWT is shown to us. tnx.


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