One of the highlights during our trip to Dubai was an adrenaline-fuelled fast boat trip through the Dubai Marina and around The Palm, on The Yellow Boats tour. Their 99-minute Original tour is one of the best (and most memorable) ways to discover the Dubai coastline. The trip starts at the Dubai Marina and then continues into the open water to see the new development of Ain Dubai. This is followed by a (fast) cruise around the remarkable Palm Jumeirah with stops for photo opportunities at Atlantis, the Burj Al Arab and the Ain Dubai’s ‘Eye’ Ferris wheel.
You travel independently to Dubai Marina to meet your skipper at the dock. You are given a life jacket to wear and after boarding the modern rigid inflatable boat (RIB), there’s a short safety briefing – and then you are off!
Our Yellow Boats Tour Experience
As every day seems to be, the day we visited was very hot. We made sure we all had hats and glasses, and lots of sunscreen.
Due to a certain 9 year old desperately needing the loo, we hopped off the Hop-On Hop-Off bus early, leaving us on the wrong side of the Dubai Marina. It was a slow, hot walk around to The Yellow Boats dock, but it gave us time to see the marina, and it really is a hip and happening waterside place. I really liked it.
Having checked in for our tour, we were led to our RIB and given life jackets. As soon as we were seated we were offered bottles of cold water. More bottles were offered throughout the tour; the crew were very helpful and attentive. Bags were stowed safely and seating was organised in groups. We were seated at the back (our choice) with two other family groups in front of us, and Millie-Mae and Toby at the front.
The tour through the Marina was slow. But we received some good commentary from the tour guide, explaining all about the Marina and pointing out some landmarks along the way. This part of the tour took about 10 minutes; we then reached the channel which leads to the open sea. This is where the fun starts!
Once we reached the open sea, the RIB went up a few gears and literally started to fly across the top of the waves (hitting the occasional wave with a hefty thump to wake you up a bit!) The first point of interest was the Palm Atlantis – to reach it we were whizzed across the sea at breakneck speed. I think everyone was screaming … I know I was! You get splashed … soaked sometimes, but in such hot weather it was rather refreshing. The water in the Arabian Sea is incredibly salty, and it does sting your skin a little.
We were able to enjoy unobstructed views of the Palm Atlantis, located on the Palm. The Palm Jumeirah is an artificial island designed in the shape of a palm tree. It is famous for its upscale villas and hotels. The RIB captain lined the boat up, pointing at the Atlantis Palm, while the Tour Guide took photos of everyone on their phones/cameras.
The boat rocked a lot when I moved, so I decided to skip any further photo ops! After the Palm Atlantis, we took a further white water ‘dash’ to the Burj Al Arab.
Burj Al Arab
This world famous landmark looked somewhat unimpressive from the sea (in my eyes). Considering this is the third tallest hotel in the world, it didn’t look that tall once up close to it! All the magic happens inside though, where the seven-star hotel caters to the richest clientele in the world. Here we had another photo opportunity 🙂
After leaving the Burj Al Arab we took a slow ride close to the shore to see the Jumeirah Beach. Following this another adrenaline-fuelled fast ride back around the Palm, taking in the highlights of Ain Dubai that are currently under development. Take a look at this:
The view of the skyscrapers that make up the Dubai Marina was amazing. Viewing Dubai from the water is the best way to experience its skyline, with its towers silhouetted against the sky.
The trip was fantastic. We wholeheartedly recommend The Yellow Boats for their safety, hospitality and friendliness. It was an amazing boat trip 🙂