Come face-to-face with 65,000 marine creatures, dive with sharks, and walk underwater at The Lost Chambers Aquarium in Dubai’s Atlantis, The Palm hotel. This state-of-the-art aquarium is themed around the mythical Lost City of Atlantis and consists of illuminated underground chambers brimming with sea life from across the world.
The Lost Chambers is a maze of tanks and tunnels decorated with the mock ruins of mythical Atlantis, and centered on the vast Ambassadors Lagoon, one of the world’s 10 biggest aquariums. Exploring the tunnels gets you up-close to multitudes of marine creatures, from sharks, rays, eels, and seahorses to piranhas and reef fish. You can also enjoy an array of exciting marine adventures separately or in addition to your visit.
Visitors can purchase a day pass or any one of several underwater activities—booking them online in advance to save time. Adventures include scuba diving, snorkeling, and underwater walks in the Ambassador Lagoon, plus behind-the-scenes tours to learn more about the marine life. Another popular option is to upgrade a day pass with admission to the hotel’s Aquaventure Water Park.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Lost Chambers is a must for families and anyone interested in marine life.
- Buy a day pass and take your time exploring—tickets are valid until closing time.
- Some marine experiences require you to also buy a day pass to the aquarium.
- The aquarium is wheelchair- and pushchair-accessible; there is also free Wi-Fi and restrooms.
How to Get There
The Lost Chambers is part of the Atlantis, The Palm, on Dubai’s The Palm island. Take The Palm monorail from the mainland Gateway station—trains run daily. Alternatively, take the metro to the Mall of the Emirates stop and hail a cab.
When to Get There
The aquarium is open 10am-10pm daily, although times vary according to the season. If you’re visiting during Dubai’s peak season—November to April—aim to arrive just after opening time to avoid the main crowds, not just in The Lost Chambers, but the hotel itself. Fridays and Saturdays are also extra busy.
Other Attractions at Atlantis, The Palm
While you’re at the Atlantis, indulge in some retail therapy at The Avenues—the hotel’s arcade of upscale boutiques and shops—or savor a meal at one of the stylish buffet restaurants. Alternatively, combine a visit to The Lost Chambers with lunch or dinner at the seafood restaurant Ossiano, whose tables overlook the fish-filled tanks.