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Farasan Island
 
​​​​The Farasan Islands is an archipelago  of 176 coral island 40km offshore from Jizan in the Red Sea. The mangroves, beaches and underwater world of here make the Farasan’s one of the crown jewels of Saudi tourism. The seas and reefs are a diver’s paradise in which the rich marine life and reefs remain mostly unaffected by tourism or divers. 

 ​​The Farasans offer tranquility, peace, exploration and adventure in a magnificent natural setting.  The Farasan islands and nearby reefs are a diver’s paradise in which the rich marine life and reefs remain mostly unaffected by tourism or divers. Onshore the rich variety of plant life includes mangroves, acacia, jujube and arak trees. Aquatic and migratory birds abound, including ospreys, pelicans, falcons, and European turtle doves.

 Archeological sites

The islands have a rich history with several sites to explore including the Ottoman fort, historical village, old mosques, pearl merchant’s homes and coral houses on Farasan Island, but the smaller islands accessible with a rented fishing boat have some forts too. Also well worth a visit are the architectural splendors of Al Najdi Palace, and the museum established by renowned Farasan historian, Ibrahim Muftah.

 Al Qassar Village

Al Qassar is an ancient summer resort of more than 400 stone and gypsum dwellings and the largest palm oasis on Farasan Island. Nearby is the Kedmi archeological site, where stone remnants resembling Roman columns can be found.

 Al Qandal Forest


Al Qandal forest, on Qandal Island north of Farasan Island, is the perfect place to visit the mangroves, with walkways  cutting through the trees and creeks, allowing visitor to experience this unique habitat first hand.

 Al Hareed Festival


Celebrating the annual arrival of the parrotfish (hareed) and its role in the people’s lives, the annual Hareed festival lights up the islands each  April and May. ​

 Gulf of Al Hasis


In April parrot fish migrate into the Gulf of Hasis in the northwest of the archipelago, an annual event that made the area an important seasonal fishing center. The season starts when schools of this pretty fish appear in the shallow waters in the Al-Hasis gulf close. The fish gets its name from the numerous teeth that are arranged in a tightly packed mosaic on the external surface of the jawbones, forming a parrot-like beak. ​
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