Hawar Islands © The Pug Father
A one-hour boat ride from Manama are the Hawar Islands, a cluster of 16 islands known for their spectacular scenery and wildlife. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Hawar Islands are home to playful dolphins and bright pink flocks of flamingos, and the islands' resorts offer the chance to relax and enjoy the tranquil surroundings while indulging in activities like jet skiing, canoeing, bicycling and paddle boats. With a small population number around 4,000 people, tourism is the major industry there. Although the islands are geographically closer to Qatar, Hawar belongs to Bahrain, and makes a pleasant weekend excursion from Manama.