For more photos from Atlantis and Aquaventure check my Visual Diary.
A most unexpected evening with Amelia in Dubai happened to be one of the most fun. She took me unknowingly to the most amazing waterpark anyone could imagine. Such a great surprise!! Well in the UAE you imagine the most unreal incredible fantasy version of something and it will be created, because they can. Aquaventure at the Atlantis hotel on The Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. During summer they have Cool Summer Nights (which usually aren’t cool just less hot, but for us was literally and metaphorically cool). I went to beaches in Abu Dhabi and didn’t feel insensitive by wearing my bikini and a lot of the water park guests are not locals, but foreign tourists. However there was a sign in the women’s locker room which I noticed upon departure, stating “NUDITY As a courtesy and in respect of local culture, we request guests use appropriate towels and bathrobes while in the changing rooms and spa wet areas in order to maintain minimum nudity.” The first Thursday of the month they have a Cool Summer nights with a changing theme, Brazil was our theme. There were carnival performers, live Brazilian music, Capoiera, sand Soccer, food, etc all from Brazil. We rode amazingly fun waterslide rides in inner tubes or dropping straight down, watched a laser show, saw a dolphin show, and fireworks! Incredible!
There is a Ziggurat and you climb up to different levels to get on different rides. These were my favorite rides…
THE LEAP OF FAITH
27.5m tall and 61m long, from the top of the Ziggurat the Leap of Faith catapults riders into a transparent tunnel and through a shark-filled lagoon, where guitar sharks, bow mouth sharks, white tip, black tip and grey reef sharks all reside.
Journey to the mysterious core of the Ziggurat through dark twisting tunnels before emerging slowly into the lagoon at a leisurely shark viewing pace. This is where you get up close and personal with all the creatures in the lagoon instead of shooting past them in the leap of faith!
This place was spectacular!!! I loved our night feeling like kids excited about water slides and fire throwers and dolphins jumping. It was a wonderful surprise on the magical Palm island in Atlantis, just like heaven!