Dubai Signature Boat Tour
Drive your own boat and conquer the Arabian Gulf while exploring Dubai’s iconic coastline on a 60- or 90-minute guided adventure. This boat tour was designed for the adventurous type who prefer to sightsee Dubai’s iconic coastline in an exhilarating way. Reach speeds of 50km/h on this fun and safe boating adventure. Depending on the tour you choose, stop at famous landmarks like the manmade wonder of Palm Jumeirah, the distinctive Atlantis*, The Palm, the world-famous Burj Al Arab and the brand new Ain Dubai, the world’s largest observation wheel. This guided tour gives you the opportunity to take control of your travel experience and drive your own boat. Stop along the way and get some perfect snaps of Dubai’s most famous landmarks. As fun as a jet ski, but safer, the untippable Hero Boat Tours boats are for the whole family. Become a hero, conquer the ocean and be the master of your own vessel!
*Atlantis stop is only available on the 09:30 AM Tour
Our meeting point is Dubai Harbour – Marina Zone A, the brand new and biggest marina in the region. Upon your arrival, you’ll be welcomed by our enthusiastic staff. Surrounded by luxurious yachts and famous cruise ships, this promises to be the most luxurious waterport in the Middle East.
Marvel at luxurious yachts and cruise ships
HERO staff will outfit you with the latest boating safety equipment followed by a quick and entertaining operational briefing. They will provide you with all the information necessary for you to have a safe and enjoyable adventure at sea. Once assigned your user-friendly HERO boat, you will follow your Guide onto the next stage of your expedition: the great blue waters of the Dubai coastline.
As you follow your Guide out of the Dubai Harbour and past other impressive water vessels, the excitement starts to build. You will be in awe once you are in the open waters and see the brand new and iconic Ain Dubai. Take a picture-perfect selfie in front of the world’s largest observation wheel, set against the skyline of Jumeirah Beach Residences. After taking in the extravagant surroundings, you will scout your next location – the world-famous Palm Jumeirah
The world’s biggest observation wheel, Ain Dubai
Originally built as the Eighth Wonder of the World, cruise along the northern side of this artificial archipelago situated in the emerald waters of the Arabian Gulf. With its extravagant five star resorts perched on its fronds, you’ll catch a glimpse of it as you pass through it. A wide-angle view of the luxurious villas inside breathing air of luxury and elegance await you. Your guide will reveal its secrets, anecdotes and stories about what it took to build this stunning creation.
One of the World’s largest man-made islands
The lavish marine-themed resort is the iconic crown jewel of The Palm Jumeirah and combines luxury with a whole host of unique attractions that live up to its myth. It was the first resort to be built on the island, themed around the myth of Atlantis and inspired by the ocean and its wondrous marine life. It majestically stands on the Palm crescent with all of its fairytale magic and stunning views. It continues to enchant you as it offers some of the best photo opportunities in Dubai.
Please note that visiting Atlantis, The Palm is dependant on the weather and will only happen if the weather allows.
The first resort built on The Palm
Standing on a triangular man-made island with its distinctive sail-shaped silhouette, it has become an iconic symbol and statement of modern Dubai. Often voted the world’s most luxurious hotel and known as “the world’s only seven-star hotel”, it is actually the third tallest hotel in the world. Normally not accessible to the public, your waterfront view will mean you will have the best point of view for the ultimate selfie or Instagram post, perfectly framed. Perhaps you will capture a glimpse of a helicopter landing on its roof-top helipad or a celebrity sunning themselves on the terrace of the exclusive resort beach club.
The world’s only 7-star hotel
Another record-breaking attraction, courtesy of Dubai! The world’s largest and tallest observation wheel is must-see from both ends. This magnificently big Ferris wheel is located on Bluewaters Island and can’t be missed. And when looking up at it from the ocean, you can’t help but marvel at the ingenious creation.
The wheel is 250m high and consists of 48 cabins, each of them hi-tech and offering literal 360 degree views of the glistening Dubai. It can take up to 1,750 people at a time, all supported by the 192 cables, with a total length of 2,400 km.
If you have a special occasion planned, whether it be a wedding, a birthday party or just a private and luxurious get-together, you can book a cabin exclusively for you and your guests. You can also choose to hire a mixologist, DJ and many more.
The world’s largest man-made island! A complete revelation, the renowned largest man-made island in the world, the Palm Jumeirah is one of Dubai’s proudest developments. There was so much hype about its construction that in 2002 when opened for sale, 4000 villas sold in the first 72 hours. Many celebrities including the Beckhams, Robert De Niro and Michael Schumacher were some of the first owners of the private properties. The construction of this 7-square kilometres island began in June 2001 and the handover of the first residential units was announced by the developers in 2006.
The Palm doubled Dubai’s shoreline extending it 6,5 kilometers into the Arabian Gulf. Interestingly, the island is sinking at 5 millimetres per year. Many of Dubai’s top 5-star hotels are located on the Palm. Walldorf Astoria, the One and Only and Sofitel to mention a few are some of the best high-end hotels in the world. It must be a surreal experience to stay in a luxury hotel on an artificial island.
On the HERO Signature tour, we cruise along the curve of the Palm. On the way you are able to get great views of the elaborate villas and lavish hotels. Cruising the waves with the open ocean on your right and the Palm on your left is quite unique. The views from the ocean are truly spectacular and allow you to appreciate just how incredible the Palm is. On the boat tour, we travel approximately 20-50 metres from the shoreline (depending on conditions) which gives you the amazing view of the properties on the fronds of the Palm. If you are lucky, you might even spot someone famous!
Atlantis, the Palm
The very first resort on the Palm! The very distinctive Atlantis stands majestically at the top of the crescent of the Palm. It was the first resort to open its doors on the Palm in 2008 and since then, it has welcomed Dubai visitors from all over the world. With over 1500 rooms, it is one of the largest hotels in the world. It also has a number of Suites and Super Suites. There are more than 5000 people working for Atlantis with 82 different nationalities speaking 68 languages.
Even if you are not staying there, Atlantis houses a few major attractions worth visiting like Aquaventure waterpark and the Lost Chambers Aquarium. Ambassador lagoon in the aquarium holds 11 million litres of water and is home to over 65 000 marine animals and over 250 species of fish. Even though this resort is already large scale, apparently, it’s not big enough! The expansion plans are currently in the process of being built. These will include hotel and residential properties and an even bigger Aquarium.
It can get busy around Atlantis depending on what time of year you visit, and the traffic on the Palm can be a bit congested reach it. If you are keen to get a good look at Atlantis without fighting the crowds, the ocean is the best angle to view it from. On the Signature HERO Boat Tour we travel alongside the Palm and stop right outside the front of Atlantis. Here, our Guide shares interesting facts and anecdotes about the attraction and also gives you a great opportunity to get epic photographs with Atlantis in the background.
Burj Al Arab
The most luxurious hotel in the world! London has Big Ben, Paris has the Eiffel Tower and while Dubai has several famous buildings, Burj Al Arab is certainly one of the most iconic! Known as the only 7-star hotel in the world, this lavish masterpiece is truly impressive. The best way to view this magnificent hotel is from the ocean!
The sail-shaped structure was inspired by the sail of the traditional fishing boats, dhows. Standing at 321m tall with 60 floors, Burj Al Arab is actually taller than the Eiffel Tower. With such a modern-look, it’s hard to believe that Burj Al Arab opened in December 1999 and is actually one of the older skyscrapers in Dubai.
Along the beach nearby Burj Al Arab, you can also see Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Mina Al Salam, Mina Al Naseem and Al Qasr which are also owned and managed by the Jumeirah Group. This group has 10 of the best hotels in Dubai with 11 other hotels internationally including London, Shanghai, Maldives and Frankfurt.
The Jumeirah Group is owned by the ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum who also started companies like Emirates Airlines and DP World.
As expected, Burj Al Arab attracts many celebrities and high-profile individuals from around the world. There is restricted access to the hotel and it’s not easy to get up close due to the privacy of the guests. On the HERO Signature Boat Tour and HERO Sunset Boat Tour, we are lucky enough to get near the edge of Burj Al Arab. This means that our HERO Captains get possibly the best Burj Al Arab photo opportunities in Dubai. For all it’s beauty, it not surprising that tourists love to get their photo in this spot. A Burj Al Arab photo with you driving your own boat in the foreground is even more iconic!
- This activity is weather-dependent and stops may differ due to actual weather conditions on the day of your tour.
- No boat licence is required.
- Dress Code: Comfortable, Beach Wear
- Sunscreen and water are provided but guests are welcome to bring their own.
- Sunglasses are recommended.
- Guests are asked to arrive 15 minutes before tour time.
- Due to time restrictions, our guides cannot wait for any guests arriving late.
- Failure to arrive on time will result in missing the tour and we will not be able to process a refund.
- Tour lasts 60 minutes or 90 minutes on the water (after a 30-minute briefing)
- Drivers must be over 18 years old.
- Children over 6 years old can ride as passengers.
- Passengers over the age of 18 can take turns driving the boat.
- Maximum 2 people per boat.
- Maximum weight per boat 225kg.
- Hotel transfers are not provided.
- Times vary according to the season.
- Walk-in bookings are accepted subject to availability.
- Due to health concerns, pregnant women are not permitted.
- An inflatable safety vest is provided to all guests during the safety briefing.