Beyond Kuwait

Take a ferry from Ras Salmiya for an inexpensive day trip to Failaka Island – the 20-km sea journey takes around 90 minutes.

The island houses some of the most important historical and archaeological locations in Kuwait. Ancient Greeks colonised the island in the fourth century BC, but the island's most recent colonists were the Iraqi military in 1991. After expelling the residents back to the mainland, they mined the beaches and used the buildings for target practice. Many of the bombed houses remain: fortunately the mines do not.

Nowadays the island is a popular beach destination for Kuwaitis; rent jet skis and other water sports equipment from Failaka's hotel and tourist village.