Aquaventure is truly a waterpark for the ages. It is one of the largest waterparks in Dubai, home to some of the world’s best rides, record-breakers in their own esteem. If you dare to, try the Leap of Faith, which takes you on a 27.5-metre plunge, carrying you inside of a clear tube surrounded by –you guessed it – killer sharks and rays. Not your style? How about ziplining across the waterpark? That’s an adrenaline-pumping activity if ever there was one. That’s not all though. Aquaventure Waterpark has several private beaches, kids’ play areas, marine activities and it’s right next to the Atlantis The Palm, so you can get the very best out of your vacation in Dubai.
Aquaventure - Some Basic Things to Keep In Mind
- You need to be taller than 1.2 metres (3.9 feet) to participate in most of Aquaventure Dubai’s rides
- If you’re a guest of Atlantis the Palm, you get to enjoy free access to the Atlantis Aquaventure waterpark.
- You cannot dive into the rivers or rapids at Aquaventure because the water is shallow.
- If your height is less than 4 feet, or if you are an inexperienced swimmer, you’ll need to wear a lifejacket and be monitored by an experienced swimmer.
- If you’re shorter than 4 feet, you will not be allowed to ride the Tower of Poseidon or the Tower of Neptune.
- Aquaventure will not be responsible for theft, or personal injury.
- Do not bring alcohol, crystal wear, drinks or food inside the Atlantis water park
- You’re required to wear proper swimwear like swim shorts, bikinis, swimsuits, burkinis or rashguards while in the water.• You cannot carry any mobile phones, laptops, notepads, selfie sticks, or similar gadgets on Aquaventure rides.
- If you are overweight, or wearing diapers, casts or bandages, or carrying a contagious disease, or pregnant, you cannot experience any of the rides.
Aquaventure Discovery for First-timers!
1. Aquaventure Water Slides
Tower Of Neptune
The Tower Of Neptune is nine stories tall, with a huge vertical drop. The drop is from the Leap of Faith and goes via the acrylic tube where you’ll be surrounded by manta rays and killer sharks. Explore the shark lagoon while safely ensconced in the inner-tube, a journey aptly called Shark Attack. The ride ends when you pass through the Water Coasters’ labyrinthine of tunnels and finally plop out in the lazy river.
This ride offers you the great pleasure of feeling almost weightless. So if you’re carrying around a few extra pounds, you’ll be happy with this ride. You’ll feel weightless as you slide through the mega plummets and vertical zooms of the Zoomerango.
Step into Poseidon’s Revenge’s capsule and then splash! The floor slides out from under your feet and you’re plummeted downwards at 60 kph and then propelled upwards! Take up this ride only if you’re absolutely sure you can deal with it.
Tower Of Poseidon
Offering the ultimate surge of adrenaline is a ride in the largest waterslide of the world – the famed Anaconda. After you’re done twisting and sliding via the scary dark tunnel of the Anaconda, you’ll be dropped off into the largest fiberglass tube in the world, where the race continues.
2. Other Delights At Aquaventure
Cownose Ray Feeding
In the Shark Lagoon you’ll come across not just sharks but the very elusive Cownose Rays. These friendly creatures will swim around you and you can have fun with them. An adventure especially for kids, Cownose Ray Feeding is an interactive session where marine biologists share their knowledge. Young kids can hand-feed the rays under supervision. Both adults and young kids can participate.
Splasher’s Children’s Play Area
Splasher’s Mountain is for kids who are below 4 feet in height. They can climb the mountain while enjoying the water spray from the large tipping buckets. There are seven kid-friendly waterslides plus fourteen family-friendly waterslides at Splasher’s Mountain.
All you need is a helmet to protect your head and then you get into the Shark Lagoon. You don’t need to be an experienced diver for this. Enjoy an up close experience with the dangerous killer sharks and manta rays. The Shark Lagoon is a controlled environment – you won’t struggle to breathe or walk. If you’re older than 8 years, you can participate in this shark adventure. Before you jump in, though, you’ll be trained by professional marine biologists so that you’ll recognize the animals when you encounter them.
You can enjoy 700 meters of soft white sands on this beautiful private beach. Just pre-book the cabanas which are medium, large, extra-large and family-sized. You can also book the seating area of Neptune’s Retreat that contains two sunbeds, water and other services.
Atlantean Flyer Zip Line
The longest zipline in the middle-east, this one is not for you if you aren’t ready for a mega-adventure. Sheer speeds and the stunning scenery of the beachfront, the Dubai skyline and the Palm Islands are your reward. You can even dock a camera into your helmet harness and get a good video out of it.
Eating and Shopping!
Aquaventure Waterpark has a number of kiosks where you can buy souvenirs, toys, beach essentials and other things. Of course, your tummy won’t suffer while you’re here. You can purchase a variety of soft drinks, ice creams, fresh fruit, sandwiches, hot dogs, and shawarma at Lagoons, Waves or Splashers. At Snappers you can pick up many kinds of cakes, pastries and coffee. At Shark Bites, you can enjoy some traditional Arabic cuisine as well as fast food. Try the food at Barracudas, Dosa Factory, Asia Republic Express and Rooster 66 while you’re at it.
Aquaventure is without doubt the largest waterpark in the Middle East. It is simply magnificent, and we urge you to pre-book your tickets through a good tour operator on a non-crowded week day.
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