It’s one of those things you just have to do when visiting Dubai, a boat tour through the spectacular Marina, one of the most popular places to visit in Dubai. Walking around the Marina is fun, but seeing the Marina from a boat tour is the best way to take in all the breathtaking views.

We took a Dubai Marina boat tour with The Yellow Boats and in this blog we will tell you all about our experiences.

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This blog was written by travel writer and Traveltomtom team member Ashley, she wrote this blog about her experiences with The Yellow Boats.

About The Yellow Boats

The Yellow Boats started back in 2009, offering unique and fun tours in Dubai. Nowadays The Yellow Boats have grown to become a flagship and multiple award-winning tour operator in the UAE tourism industry, leading the way with their unique water sightseeing tours and activities. They host over 100,000 passengers and almost 10,000 tours each year.

The Yellow Boats are proud to see 5-star reviews across Trip Advisor, Google and Facebook, and are therefore ranked #1 on TripAdvisor in the UAE. Additionally, The Yellow Boats have been awarded the Travellers’ Choice Award and TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for a number of consecutive years. These prestigious awards consistently place The Yellow Boats in the Top 10 of best things to do in Dubai.


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The Yellow Boats are located in Dubai Marina Walk, opposite Spinneys Supermarket and next to Reem Al Bawadi Restaurant. Travelling by metro, the nearest metro station is Damac Properties. From there, head into the Marina and keep right along the walkway. You’ll pass Starbucks Coffee and Costa Coffee. It’s a short 5 minute walk.

Traveltomtom recommends buying a local prepaid sim card for Dubai so you can use your mobile data for directions with Google Maps. Local prepaid sim cards are the best way to stay connected and to avoid high roaming costs.

The Yellow Boats can’t be missed, just search for them, and you will also see the yellow office. Dubai Marina is a great location, so make sure to enjoy this part of Dubai before or after your Yellow Boats tour. There are many cool things to do and see.


The Yellow Boats are top of the line rigid inflatable crafts manufactured in the UAE and powered by the latest generation engines. The boats are manned and operated by experienced and fully qualified boat crews. Each boat comes equipped with the latest GPS navigation and safety equipment, assuring that the tour turns out to be a smooth safe one, consistently.

The Yellow Boats Tour options

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See Dubai as you never have seen it before, from the water! The Yellow Boats spectacular sightseeing tours take you on a journey through the most exclusive waterfront developments in Dubai, from Dubai Marina and JBR to Atlantis and the Burj Al Arab. They have four exciting Dubai tours to choose from, so pick your tour and enjoy!

Premium Tour

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This is their most popular and most booked tour. It’s their most recommended tour, which covers the absolute best that Dubai has to offer. This tour shows you everything!

This trip starts at the Dubai Marina, and the first part of the tour takes you through the stunning Marina. After that you hit the open water where you will first see Ain Dubai, the largest and tallest Ferris wheel in the world. You will then cruise around the amazing Palm Jumeirah, with a short stop at Atlantis the Palm and Burj Al Arab. From Burj Al Arab you will slowly start making your way back to Marina, along the coast with views of the Royal Palaces and Palm Lagoon. The Premium Tour lasts 90 minutes.   

Atlantis Tour

The Atlantis Tour is an affordable option that covers most of the main attractions that Dubai has to offer. Just like the Premium Tour, this tour starts by taking you through the stunning Dubai Marina and Ain Dubai. You then make speed towards Atlantis the Palm for your unique photo opportunity. After visiting Atlantis you will make a right turn back to Marina. The Atlantis tour lasts 75 minutes.

Dubai Marina Cruise Sunset Tour

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The Marina Cruise is a slow-paced, panoramic evening tour of Dubai Marina and Palm Lagoon. This guided tour will highlight some of the spectacular landmarks that line the banks of the most famous marina in the world. There are plenty of photo opportunities on this tour, as you will not only witness an unforgettable sunset, but also watch in awe as the city comes alive for the night, lighting up the marina in an array of mesmerizing colors. This Marina Cruise lasts 60 minutes.

Atlantis Blast

It’s the shortest but maybe the most exhilarating tour of them all. This tour lasts 45 minutes and blasts straight to Atlantis the Palm for spectacular photos. Once you have all your photos they make a quick turnaround and it’s back to base at exhilarating speeds, all in just 45 minutes. A safe, fun and thrilling experience for those with a need for speed.

Our on board experience with The Yellow Boats

The experience from boarding the Yellow Boats to disembarking is fantastic! You feel that you as a customer come first, and that’s really great.

Just before you board The Yellow Boats there is a short safety instruction and you get your life vest on. You can then pick a seat and wait for everyone to board.

You’re hosted on board by a skipper and a guide, who will be with you all the way.

The first part of the tour takes you through the Marina, where there is a speed limit. During this part of the tour, the guide will explain a lot about the Marina, JBR and Dubai. Once you pass the Ain, the speed will increase.

Each tour has several stops, where your guide will first give you some information on the particular stop, after which you will have a great photo opportunity. Your guide is also photographer, give him your phone or camera and he will take some amazing photos.

We highly recommend The Yellow Boats tour. They give you a unique perspective of some of the best places to visit in Dubai, which simply cannot be viewed by road. The guides provide you with fascinating architectural, historical and cultural facts about Dubai and some interesting background stories. We opted for the Premium Tour, as we simply wanted to see it all.

Traveltomtom’s Tip for The Yellow Boats Tours

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Whichever tour you choose, make sure you take the tour that departs just before sunset. By doing this you will start your tour in daylight, and see most iconic landmarks by day. During the tour, the sun starts to set which is amazing to see from the water. By the end of the tour it’s dark, and that’s about the time you get back to Marina. Seeing the skyline, JBR and Marina lit up is truly breathtaking!

The Yellow Boat Tours Abu Dhabi

Just like the Dubai tours, The Yellow Boats also operate from Abu Dhabi. They have two departure points in Abu Dhabi, at the Emirates Palace Marina and at Yas Marina. From Abu Dhabi they offer three different tours, two from the Palace, and one from Yas Marina.

Find more Dubai travel tips on Traveltomtom with many more reviews of some of the best things to do and places to visit in Dubai: Dubai Mall Aquarium, Burj Khalifa Observation Deck At The Top, Dinner in the Sky and many more.

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