As we are staying on the base of the Palm Jumeirah the travel to Atlantis was very short. You have to go through a tunnel under the sea to get to the Atlantis hotel which is joined onto Aquaventure at the tope of the Palm.
Once out of the taxi you take a short walk through a promenade of shops and restaurants before getting to the ticket desks. We got there at 10:30am, the park is open from 10am to Sunset, and surprisingly it was very busy.
I was expecting to pay for two child tickets and two adult tickets but the shocker is they
charge child prices depending on the height. As my son was over 1.5 metres tall (the height of the ticker counter) they charged him as an adult! Once you get inside you realise why – all the slides are for children over 1.5 metres tall (even though I sneaked my daughter into the Sharkeater slide heh heh). Adult prices are 200 dirhams and children 165 dirhams – with another 200 dirhams in credit it came to 965 dirhams (?165).
The good thing about Aquaventure is that you can put credit on your wristbands to buy food etc. This means you don’t have to carry your cash into the park and I would recommend you leave your mobile behind and forget about everything 😉
As we were in early we got prime seats near the water near the start of the rapids. As stated before children under 1.5 metres can not go on the slide rides only the torrent and rapid river rides (which is still fun). Also there is a large children’s water play area so try and get a seat near to this if you have small children.
Food is expensive as normal for amusement parks (so the 200 dirhams vanished completely by the end of the day). You can not take food or drink into Aquaventure but I hid some cokes in my towels 😉 (they check you bags when you enter). The other annoying thing is that only certain two seater ring boats have a closed seat for children (as they are two small to sit in a normal ring boat). This may sound confusing but you will understand if you visit this water park – if you have small children find a boat with a closed ring and hold onto it as parents are desperate to find these! By midday the park became very busy and all the prime seats were taken and by 1pm I could see people struggling to find a spare seat. Between 4pm-Sunrise they offer discounted entry so if you plan to visit for only a short time bare this in mind – residents of Dubai also get a discount.
The slides for adults and older children are great fun. I would recommend you enter the slides by land instead of the river as its much quicker to pick the correct slide – start from the bottom before you hit the top one!
In all it was a fun day and we spent around 8 hours here before heading back to the apartment.
To learn more about this amazing park please read our blog post about Aquaventure Dubai
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