The 4.5-hectare Dolphin Bay is a state-of-the-art dolphin education and conservation centre and interaction habitat
No trip to Dubai is complete without meeting our friendly pod of bottlenose dolphins. The 4.5-hectare Dolphin Bay is an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) gold standard accredited state-of-the-art dolphin education centre and interaction habitat created to bring enlightenment and education to visitors about one of the oceans most fascinating and memorable inhabitants. Atlantis guests and visitors have the opportunity to meet and interact with one of the world’s most charismatic animals in an unparalleled encounter programme that is enriching for both the guests and the dolphins.
Each poignant experience begins with an informative introduction to dolphin training, physiology, and the importance of marine life conservation, before guests are guided down to the sandy shores where they are introduced to a Marine Mammal Specialist. Invited to join their dolphin in the lagoon, guests learn behaviours which help create a deeper connection between human and dolphin. The experience includes approximately 30 minutes in the water with the dolphin, designed to help foster a closer affinity with these intriguing animals, providing an experience which is intimate, exciting and fun.
Dolphin Bay offers a range of exciting dolphin interaction programmes:
Dolphin Encounter (Shallow Water Interaction)
Guests can enjoy a variety of unforgettable educational and playful experiences with the dolphins. Each Dolphin Encounter has a maximum of 10 guests per pod including two Marine Mammal Specialists and one dolphin.
Dolphin Encounter runs from 10:00am daily. From AED 600 per person. All ages. Ticket price includes entry to Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark. For more information or to book tickets visit www.atlantis.com/dubai/atlantis-aquaventure/dolphin-bay
Witness the charm and beauty of these incredible animals with a snorkel session like no other. Guests are led by a dolphin trainer into the middle of the lagoon, where they will be able to float and view the dolphins swimming and interacting with one another. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain a new perspective on the charming residents of Dolphin Bay.
Dolphin Snorkel runs from 10:00am daily. From AED 665 per person. Ages 8+ and a confident swimmer. Ticket price includes entry to Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark. For more information or to book tickets visit www.atlantis.com/dubai/atlantis-aquaventure/dolphin-bay
Swim and Explore
With the new Swim and Explore deep water interaction, guests aged eight and above can swim out to the depths of the lagoon and experience the foot push where these wonderful marine mammals glide you magically across the water using all of their strength. A truly exhilarating experience, you can also try a dorsal tow and enjoy a ride while holding the dolphin’s dorsal fin.
Dolphin Swim & Explore runs from 10:00am daily. From AED 699 per person. For confident swimmers aged 8+. Ticket price includes entry to Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark. For more information or to book tickets visit www.atlantis.com/dubai/atlantis-aquaventure/dolphin-bay Dolphin TrekAdventure-lovers aged 8 and above can explore one of the world’s most sophisticated dolphin habitats from below the surface wearing a high-tech sea-trek helmet. Dolphin Trek runs from 10:00am daily. From AED 910 per person. For confident swimmers aged 8+. Ticket price includes entry to Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark. For more information or to book tickets visit www.atlantis.com/dubai/atlantis-aquaventure/dolphin-bay
Dolphin Meet & Greet
The ‘Meet & Greet’ experience is perfect for guests looking to meet a dolphin or sea lion without having to enter the water/lagoon, and without having to change into any swimwear. Meet and greet one of our fascinating resident Indo-pacific dolphins or South African fur seals. Learn fun and interesting facts about their anatomy directly from our marine mammal specialists. Watch as they get some daily exercise whilst demonstrating some impressive high energy behaviours and strike a pose for a complimentary souvenir photo.
Dolphin Meet and Greets start from AED 645, daily at 10am and 4pm. For more information or to book tickets visit www.atlantis.com/dubai/atlantis-aquaventure/dolphin-bay
Private Pods allow guests to enjoy the three programmes with family and friends in complete privacy with the Private Lagoon or Exclusive Pod options.
For those watching their friends or family members enjoy an interaction, not wishing to get wet, a Dolphin Bay Beach Observer Pass is available. Guests can relax in a chaise lounge, take photographs and enjoy a complimentary soft drink. Each booking for any of the fantastic Dolphin Bay interactions includes all-day access to Aquaventure Waterpark and its 700-metre private beach.
All dolphin experiences include:
- Complimentary same day access to Aquaventure Waterpark
- 30-minute check-in/changing
- 15-minute orientation with a Marine Mammal Specialist
- 30 minutes in the water
- Wet suits and/or vests
- Bottled Water / Soft Drinks
- Towels and lockers
- 25 per cent off same day admission to The Lost Chambers Aquarium
Dolphin Bay is open from 10:00am to sunset daily. Experiences start from AED 600 per person. Ticket price includes entry to Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark. Guests under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a participating adult (18 years and older), with one adult per three children per interaction. For more information or to book tickets visit www.atlantis.com/dubai/atlantis-aquaventure/dolphin-bay.
About Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai
Atlantis, The Palm is the first entertainment resort destination in the region and located at the centre of the crescent of The Palm in Dubai. Opened in September 2008, the unique ocean-themed resort features a variety of marine and entertainment attractions, as well as 17 hectares of waterpark amusement at Atlantis Aquaventure, all within a 46-hectare site. It is home to one of the largest open-air marine habitats in the world, with over 65,000 marine animals in lagoons and displays including The Lost Chambers Aquarium, a maze of underwater corridors and passageways providing a journey through ancient Atlantis. Atlantis Aquaventure waterpark features 18 million litres of fresh water used to power thrilling waterslides, a 2.3-kilometre river ride with tidal waves and pools, water rapids and white-water chargers. Dolphin Bay, the unparalleled dolphin conservation and education habitat, and Sea Lion Point were created to provide guests a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn more about one of nature’s most friendly mammals. The resort boasts an impressive collection of luxury boutiques and shops as well as extensive meeting and convention facilities. Atlantis, The Palm is also known as the culinary destination in the region where guests can take their pick from a collection of 31 world-renowned restaurants including Bread Street Kitchen & Bar, Hakkasan, Nobu, Ronda Locatelli, Seafire Steakhouse & Bar, award-winning underwater restaurant, Ossiano, and traditional Middle Eastern favourite, Ayamna. The nightlife scene at Atlantis is lively, too, with the fun-filled Wavehouse offering something for everyone, and WHITE Beach & Restaurant the perfect place to unwind with a drink as the sun slips into the Arabian Sea.