Top 10 Sea-Based Activities in Dubai

Cool off this summer and escape to the sea. From fishing to luxury yachting, Top Spots Dubai has rounded up the top 10 on-sea activities for you.

1. Luxury Yacht Charter

Discover Dubai by sea and hire a luxurious yacht for you and your friends. Yacht cruises leave daily from Dubai Marina, Dubai Harbour, as well as other marinas with sizes and facilities to suit a range of requirements. Swim in the sea and catch the sunset or opt for an option with a DJ and dance the day or night away. Get your phone ready to capture Instagrammable shots of key Dubai sights including the Burj Al Arab, Ain Dubai, and the Dubai Marina skyline. Depending upon your requirements yacht charters are available from 2 hours cruises to a full day on the sea.

2. Jet Ski Tour

Gather your friends and jump on a jet ski and circle the famous Burj Al Arab hotel and make your way to the Atlantis on the Palm. Jet ski tours are a great way to explore Dubai with a rush of adrenaline. Tours typically last between 30 minutes and two hours depending on your requirement and are guided by an experienced instructor.

3. Jet Car

Jet Car is the latest craze to hit the seas. Get your thrills and Insta story shots as you “drive” along Dubai’s waters in a boat built to resemble a supercar. What could be more jet-set than this? Jet Car is built with a steering wheel and gas pedals just like a real car and even features a GPS on the dashboard.

4. Fishing Yacht Charter

Anglers will love the chance to take to Dubai’s seas in a yacht and get the catch of the day. On a UAE fishing tour, one can encounter barracuda, grouper, as well as other local fish. Don’t forget your sunscreen! Fishing yachts are typically stocked with refreshments and an icebox as well as towels, and safety and fishing equipment. Some operators allow you to BBQ your catches at the end of the trip.

5. Captain Your Own Boat

Be a sea captain for the day. Thanks to the safe and ‘untippable’ boats, in Dubai even those without a licence have the opportunity to captain their own boat on a special guided tour. Put on your lifejacket and get onboard, a qualified guide will explain the safety instructions to you before you take to the sea. Sail around key landmarks including Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah, JBR and Dubai Marina. Excursions typically last around 90-minutes and depart during the day and at sunset.

6. Love Boats

A thrilling speedboat tour you won’t forget. Love Boats offer guests the chance to experience the seas of Dubai at speed. Captains steer the Love Boat while you take in key sights including the Dubai Marina, Kite Beach, Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah, and Palm Jumeirah including the Atlantis Hotel. Love Boats depart during the day as well as at sunset and in the evening from Dubai Marina walk. Private and group tours are both available.

7. Shared Luxury Yacht Charter

A shared yacht charter offers all the fun and action of a luxury yacht cruise at a fraction of the cost. A shared yacht charter means that you and your group can make new friends on the sea. Yachts have a variety of amenities depending on your requirements from party boats to more relaxed cruises, some come with food and beverages fully included while others give you the option to bring your own. Check with your provider in advance. Fully crewed and equipped yachts leave daily from Dubai Marina and Dubai Harbour.

8. Mega Yacht Dinner Cruise

Treat yourself to an indulgent dinner on the sea. Step on board a luxury yacht that leaves from Dubai Harbour or Dubai Marina and take in some of Dubai’s key sights including Burj Al Arab, Dubai Marina, Palm Jumeirah and JBR as you cruise along. Packages typically include the option for premium or classic beverages, dinner – including live cooking stations and chef-prepared bites –  and entertainment including a live DJ. Some boats even come with live performers for an extra special dining experience, check with your provider for details.

9. Flyboarding

Flyboarding is ideal for adrenaline junkies and a thrilling way to enjoy the ocean and Dubai from above.  Strap into a water jetpack which is connected to a powerful hose. Pressure from the pack propels the flyboarder up to 15m high in the air, above the sea. Flyboarders use their coordination to power themselves around the sea in an exhilarating journey that feels something like a combination of water skiing, wakeboarding, and acrobatic diving.

10. Parasailing

One for the thrill seekers. Strap into your harness and take to the sea on an expertly guided parasailing adventure. Guests head out to sea on a speedboat before taking to the waves, harnessed in, with their yoke (parachute) behind them elevating them into the air up to 150m high. As a bonus, you can take in key Dubai sites from the sea including JBR Beach, Burj Al Arab and Dubai Marina.