Fishing & Bonfire @ Mina Khalifa

This post is part of a series on Bahrain’s tourist attractions, notable places of interest, and just about everything I love about the island.  Bahrain has been home to me since May 2007.

One activity we always look forward to at the end of summer and during winter is fishing. Others brave doing it all year round at various spots in the island, but our group usually wait until the outside temp is quite tolerable. Yes, we’re totally babies. Hehe. 🙂

Our favorite fishing spot is at the near end of Mina Khalifa.

It’s a good spot. I’m a total fishing amateur, so I love it when I throw my line with multiple hooks, count 5 seconds, pull the line and poof! Five fishes! I AM SO HAPPY! 🙂 And the big bonus, the breathtaking sunset…

Lovely sunset @ Mina Khalifa

Mina Khalifa or Khalifa bin Salman Port (KBSP) which opened for business on April 1, 2009 is well positioned to be the premier transhipment hub for the Northern Gulf. Located on 110 hectares (ha) of reclaimed land, the port has a 1,800m quay which includes a 900m2 container terminal served by four 61m post-Panamax cranes, as well as general cargo, ro-ro and passenger facilities.

KBSP’s strategic location in the middle of the Arabian Gulf, together with its deep-water berths and approach channel which enable it to accept the largest oceangoing container vessels, and its direct overland links to the mainland (Saudi Arabia and Qatar), position the port as a major regional distribution centre.

Located in Hidd Industrial Area, the port is only 13km away from the Bahrain international Airport and is linked to Mina Salman, the old port, by a 5km purpose built causeway. Access to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia via the King Fahad Causeway is a mere 30km drive.

Under the management of private operator, APM Terminals, a global terminal operator, the port is one of the most modern in the Gulf, able to handle container vessels with an efficiency matching that of the most productive ports in the world. The General Organisation of Sea Ports supervises and regulates the port’s functions in line with the concession agreement. (Source:

Some photos during our fishing trips / bonfire picnics, 🙂

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  1. Michael Rhoads

    Hi guys,
    I will be in Bahrain next week sometime and was directed to go fishing in this area as well. I see from your pictures that you are fishing right off the road. I plan on doing something similar but with a snorkel and a polespear lol. Regarding the shipping vessels, the military water craft, and all the other activity do you find that a certain time of day is better than another or that traffic along the road becomes annoying. I am guessing the legality of fishing there isn’t a problem since you seem to do it quite often but I just want to make sure I don’t break any laws. I would love to chat with you about this or exchange a few e-mails. Regardless it looks like you are having a great time and I wish you well. Happy fishing!

    • Hello Michael, glad to hear about ur visit to Bahrain. There are actually other spots, like along Sitra, Hidd Bridge, or Muharraq Bridge. But these areas can be quite busy/nosiy due to traffic passing, that’s why the spot near the end of Khalifa Port is better.

      It’s still not quite busy and not so much vehicles passing so you practically have the place alone, well, with other fishing enthusiasts, 🙂

      Best time either before sunrise, and approaching sunset. Midday temps can still toast you.

      And also, forgive me but it’s my first time to hear about using polespear, we always use normal rod & shrimp bait, now i’m left curious. hehe.

      NB: This spot is way past the new customs booths/gates (still not opened, still under construction or something i think), just head straight, and u’ll see this kilometer stretch, prior to the Port proper, Good luck! 🙂

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