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Abu Dhabi Guided Sightseeing Boat Tours

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • 1 hour (Approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


See the skyscrapers and sights of Abu Dhabi from a brilliant yellow RIB (rigid-inflatable boat) on this 60- or 90-minute cruise. With a skipper at the wheel, hold tight and enjoy the sea spray as your boat bounces across the waters of the Arabian Gulf along Abu Dhabi’s shores. Stop for photos of the high-rises along the palm-lined Corniche; zip by Lulu Island, the Heritage Village, and spectacular Emirates Palace hotel; and watch for pods of dolphins in the sea as you listen to the commentary on board.
  • Marvel at the 21st-century Abu Dhabi skyline and Corniche from the water
  • Cruise past the Heritage Village, Lulu Island, and spectacular Emirates Palace
  • Enjoy the sea breezes and watch for dolphins as you cruise
  • Choose from a selection of start times to suit your schedule

What's Included

  • On-board skipper
  • Lifejacket
  • Bottled water
  • Live commentary
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Emirates Palace Hotel,Al Khalidiya - Al Ras Al Akhdar - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
    Both the 60 Minute Corniche Tour & 60 Minute Maya Island Tour depart and return to Emirates Palace Marina.
  • Yas Marina Circuit - Yas Island - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
    The 75 Minute Yas Island Tour departs and returns to Yas Marina Gate 1, Berth E03

What To Expect

Meet your skipper at Abu Dhabi Marina, and after a safety briefing, don your provided life vest. Then, climb aboard your state-of-the-art, bright yellow RIB.

Grasp the clutch rail as the skipper revs the engine and your boat motors into the marina bay. Soak in the views of the dome of the monumental Emirates Palace hotel, and then pick up speed as your craft heads onto the waters of the sparkling Arabian Gulf.

Speed along the coast, passing the Abu Dhabi Heritage Village, a replica of a traditional oasis village, and the palms and golden sands of the Corniche, Abu Dhabi’s 5-mile (8 kilometer) waterfront. 

Pause to snap photos of the high-rises that tower above the beaches and listen as your skipper tells tales of Abu Dhabi’s innovative architecture. Then, watch for dolphins swimming by the boat as you cruise around Lulu Island. Admire the pristine, palm-fringed beaches and the panoramas of Abu Dhabi’s skyline stretched along the horizon.

Afterward, moor back at the marina, where your cruise ends.

Please note: Only the 90-minute tour passes the Grand Mosque.

The Corniche

Cruise by and explore the impressive Abu Dhabi Corniche, which spreads across eight kilometres. Watch the city come to life and capture amazing moments aboard The Yellow Boats!

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


Al Maya Island & Resort

Al Maya Island is a beautiful Island off the coast of Abu Dhabi. Boasting expansive white sands and beautiful turquoise water, it is the perfect getaway destination for residents and tourists in need of an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult (Minimum age is 5 years)
  • This cruise is not recommended for pregnant women
  • Every passenger is requested to bring Valid ID as required by Abu Dhabi Coast Guard
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers
Operated by The Yellow Boats

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

Fine tour but the 1 hour option may be more than enough.
Honesty has been the highlight of our trip so far and highly recommend going on the YIB tours especially if you get Jesus as your skipper!!
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Great tour!
Natalia_T, Dec 2021
We spent in Abu Dhabi only 1 day and the Yellow Boat trip was definitely a highlight of it. Very fun and refreshing, with some insights into Abu Dhabi history and culture. Kasun and Sohail are a blast, thank you guys for an amazing experience
Response from Host, Dec 2021
Thank you for your review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the tour and also gained some insights. Will pass on your compliments to our colleagues Kasun and Sohail.
Must do trip!
Robert_B, Nov 2021
Sohail is a brilliant and informative guard brilliant trip out to the islands.views of the corniche and royal palace are amazing
Response from Host, Nov 2021
Thank you for your recommendation and we are glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour and the view of the amazing sights Abu Dhabi has to offer. We shall pass on your compliments to our colleague Sohail.
Very lucky to have a private tour with Jesus
henrygoodier, Jan 2020
Absolutely amazing adventure with Jesus our incredibly informative and friendly skipper. Honesty has been the highlight of our trip so far and highly recommend going on the YIB tours especially if you get Jesus as your skipper!! So much fun - only recommendation is asking them to ping location via WhatsApp
Fab highly recommended
Dawoud_H, Apr 2019
Highly recommended excellent service very polite and very fun activity loads of thrills and a good way to see exclusive sightings from the waters
tomstew, Jan 2019
The guide Alli was very good. Knowledgeable friendly and humorous.Great way to quickly get an overview of this beautiful city!
Fine tour but the 1 hour option may be...
Wilmarie S, Sep 2018
Fine tour but the 1 hour option may be more than enough. Nice guide and good information.
We really enjoyed our trip with...
Martyn_H, Mar 2018
We really enjoyed our trip with Daniel, he was very knowledgeable and friendly. A great way to see the city and surrounding areas of Abu Dhabi.
great trip when we eventually found...
MsPatriciaE_L, Mar 2018
great trip when we eventually found the marina. We were provided wrong instructions from viator. Told to go to gate 2 and it as gate 3.
This was fun and our Skipper Dan did...
Michael M, Feb 2018
This was fun and our Skipper Dan did everything possible to make it an enjoyable experience ! WE even got to see a school of Dolphins which was totally amazing experience
This was a wonderful experience to...
Edgar C, Jan 2018
This was a wonderful experience to see the beautiful Abu Dhabi shoreline in an hour. We didn't have enough time to spare before we board our cruise ship in the afternoon. Our group of six were dealt with utmost professionalism, courtesy and hospitality. Our tour guide/boat captain, Danny, also our cameraman at times was very knowledgeable of the landscape and the history behind it we couldn't ask for more. Highly recommended! One minor drawback: very hard to find a taxi going back to our hotel.


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