Escape to Banana Island and discover pristine beaches, family-friendly entertainment and luxury dining experiences a short ferry ride from Doha. Bask in the sunshine, treat yourself at high-end spas and discover the colourful underwater ecosystems of the Arabian Gulf.
Things to do in Banana Island
Banana Island boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Qatar. Spend your days sunbathing, swimming in the crystalline waters, or trying water sports like kayaking, paddleboarding and banana boat rides. Strap on a mask and snorkel to discover the colourful underwater ecosystems of the Arabian Gulf. Coral reefs fringe Banana Island and teem with marine life. Encounter colourful fish, sea turtles, rays and other aquatic species.
From Swedish massages to traditional Turkish hammams, luxury resorts on Banana Island offer world-class spa experiences. Melt away stress with aromatherapy massages, buff away impurities with a sea salt-infused body scrub and reset with holistic wellness treatments like Ayurvedic therapies.
Banana Island is dotted with cafes and restaurants where you can feast on freshly caught seafood. There are options for every occasion, from casual American-style diners to sleek waterfront restaurants with stunning views across the Arabian Gulf. Dine at Qatari-inspired restaurants and tantalise your palate with traditional dishes like “moutabel” grilled eggplant dip drizzled with tahini sauce, “machboos” spiced rice and deep-fried “kibbeh” fritters made with lamb, onion and pine nuts. For the ultimate experience, splurge on a private dining experience with your own personal chef.
From cooking classes to spa days, there’s plenty to keep kids entertained on Banana Island. Book a game at the indoor bowling alley and enjoy a round on the nine-hole putting course. Work up a sweat on the tennis courts, then unwind with a movie at the cinema.
Getting around Banana Island
Banana Island is compact and easily explored on foot or by bicycle. Ferries run between Al Shyoukh Terminal in Doha and Banana Island in around 30 minutes. Hamad International Airport is a 30-minute drive from Al Shyoukh Terminal.