In a city full of world record breaking wonders and awe-inspiring architecture, the man-made Palm Jumeirah stands out as one of Dubai’s most intriguing and enticing areas for visitors and locals alike.
Palm Jumeirah is an engineering and design feat, an oasis of luxury and entertainment on the Persian Gulf, situated on an island that resembles a palm tree.
From shops, to hotels, to restaurants, and beach clubs the Palm offers something for everyone and is one of the best places in Dubai to relax and soak up the sun.
We’ve drawn up a list of some of the most essential attractions and things to do in Palm Jumeirah on your visit to the Emirate, including:
- Dubai Palm Cruise Tour
- Hop-On/Hop-Off Big Bus Dubai Tour
- Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis The Palm
- Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis The Palm
- Standup Paddleboard Lesson
- Kayak Tour of Palm Jumeirah
- Windsurf Lesson
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Dubai Palm Cruise Tour
Cruise along on a guided, one-hour journey. Enjoy incredible views of the Palm Jumeirah, as well as the Dubai Marina skyline. Your tour guide will explain each landmark and project of the island’s magnificent architectural designs.
You’ll begin your tour at the West Marina on Palm Jumeirah and follow a route that takes you around the inner circle and manmade palm fronds. On the way, you’ll explore views of the island’s homes and five-star hotels.
You’ll also have the ultimate photo opportunity in front of Atlantis The Palm’s iconic silhouette. Complimentary soft drinks are also included.
Getting In: Palm Jumeriah Boat Tour tickets are included with the Go Dubai Card.
Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Dubai Tour
Enjoy the scenic route to Palm Jumeirah via Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road to the island aboard the comfort and climate controlled environment of the Hop-On/Hop-Off Big Bus Dubai Tour. This tour from Big Bus is among my favorite Dubai sightseeing tours and is hands-down one of the best ways to explore Dubai, especially for first timers.
Your seat on the bus will give you a great view of the city as you make your way up the Palm trunk into the lush, beachy borders of Palm Jumeirah.
The glass top of the bus allows you the perfect chance to snap photos while you avoid the sweltering heat. A particular benefit of this tour is the luxury of hopping on and off whenever you’d like so you can more fully take in the environment.
Each tour includes commentary, background, and tourist narration in 12 different languages. You’ll disembark from this tour feeling much more informed about the Emirate and its top landmarks.
Getting In: Big Bus Dubai tickets are included with the Go Dubai Card.
Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis The Palm
Don’t forget to pack your swimming gear! Once you’re on the Palm head to Atlantis The Palm for all the watery thrills and spills of the Aquaventure Waterpark. Aquaventure is one of the top Dubai theme parks and is a must-visit for families with kids.
Speed down water slides, relax in the lazy river, or even take in the tropical landscape at the resort’s private beach. Kids will love the age-appropriate rides and slides, and you’ll enjoy the serene tropical vibes.
Popular rides include the adventurous “Leap of Faith” waterslide, the maze of connected waterways leading to the Tower of Neptune, and the Splasher’s Children’s Play Area.
Getting In: Aquaventure Waterpark tickets are included with the Go Dubai Card.
Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis The Palm
Next, it’s time for a visit to the Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis the Palm.
Delve into the legend of the lost city of Atlantis as you explore the aquarium full of interesting marine life and shipwrecks. Follow the underwater passageways to 10 different themed chambers.
You’ll get to see thousands of different types of aquatic species and plant life, from jellyfish, to stingrays, to piranhas, sharks, and other fish. More than 20 exhibits and the largest open-air marine habitat in the Middle East make up the Lost Chambers experience.
An hourly Myth Tour, which is included with your admission, is a delight for the entire family. Learn about the citizens of Atlantis and their culture, lifestyle, and technology.
Also, don’t be sure to miss the daily Aquatheatre Show, which features scuba divers doing live feedings with the many different types of aquatic animals.
Getting In: Lost Chamber Aquarium tickets are included with the Go Dubai Card.
Standup Paddleboard Lesson by SeaYou
Another delightful outdoors option is a Stand-Up Paddleboard Lesson from SeaYou watersports. Here you’ll have the chance to view the crystal blue waters of the Palm Jumeirah from up close as you balance on a giant paddleboard.
Your lesson will include a 15-minute on the beach tutorial that covers safety and the basic techniques of paddleboarding, from board handling to balancing and turning. Then, enjoy an hour-and-fifteen-minute paddle session. You can paddle from Sofitel Dubai the Palm, around the palm fronds out to Atlantis, and then back again.
Bonus: You’re working out while sightseeing!
Getting In: Dubai standup paddleboard lessons are available as an option with the Go Dubai Card.
Kayak Tour of Palm Jumeirah by SeaYou
If paddleboarding isn’t your thing you can choose instead to take a kayak tour of the Palm offered exclusively by SeaYou.
Take in the rolling waves and clear blue waters of the Persian Gulf on this relaxing two and a half hour tour.
You’ll have the best view of all the Palm landmarks from the comfort of your kayak. Glide past the Sofitel on to the villas and homes of the East Crescent. Then, you’ll go past the breathtaking skyline of the Dubai Marina skyscrapers, onto the horizon of the Atlantis and the iconic Burj Al Arab.
This exciting tour is a good way to get in a workout and to sightsee in a peaceful setting.
Getting In: a Palm Jumeirah kayak tour is available as an option with the Go Dubai Card.
Windsurf Lesson by SeaYou
While you still have the Palm’s waters on your mind, why not take a windsurfing lesson with SeaYou?
You’ll be able to take home a new found skill after a one-hour lesson on the cove of the Sofitel on the Palm. One of SeaYou’s windsurfing pros will guide you through your session where you’ll learn all the basics for freeriding, freeracing, or freestyling windsurfing.
In no time you’ll be able to ride out the waves with the speed of the wind to steer you around the island. The lesson is suitable for both beginners and experts.
Getting In: Dubai Windsurf lessons are available as an option with the Go Dubai Card.
Remember to Save on Palm Jumeirah Attraction Admission
There you go – a few great recommendations for things to do in Palm Jumeirah Dubai during your trip.
Remember, many of these great attraction options and more are included on the Go Dubai Card, where you can save up to 52% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.
We hope you consider adding a few of these fun options to your Dubai vacation itinerary.