A "Must-Add" Option For Anyone Traveling to Seychelles or Tanzania
We are thrilled to include this program in the Yellow Dog destination line-up, and we consider fishing in Dubai as a “must-add” option for anyone heading to Seychelles, Tanzania, or anywhere else that is accessed via a transfer in Dubai. Whether you have a short afternoon lay-over that allows for a half-day of fishing, or if you prefer to add a number of days on the front end to fish and explore Dubai, this is an option that we highly recommend!
The outfitter that we work with within Dubai is the finest fishing operator in the region, with more than 15 years of experience fishing the waters of Dubai. What began as a small website providing information on fishing in Dubai has today grown into the largest fishing charter company in the region, offering a wide range of destinations, trip packages, and boats. This is an operation that specializes in fly fishing, popping, offshore jigging, and spinning, and as such, they are able to target a wide range of fish. Their fly fishing offerings in Dubai are incredibly legitimate and highly recommended by the Yellow Dog team!
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We are proud to work with and represent Dubai’s first fly fishing outfitter, offering productive and exciting fishing opportunities at the base of some of the region’s largest skyscrapers and luxury hotels. This is truly “urban fly fishing” at its best – located in the heart of one of the most luxurious, unusual, and modern cities in the world.
When it comes to accommodations and where to stay in Dubai, there is a huge range of options available. Everything from the “7 Star” Burj Al Arab Hotel to reasonably-priced 3-star hotels. We work with a wide variety of hotels and can book or suggest a number of great options for a quick overnight or for a longer, multi-day stay. Contact Yellow Dog for details.
Food and Beverages
When it comes to food, Dubai is almost too exotic to imagine. There are literally thousands of restaurants serving virtually every national cuisine from around the world, including many specializing in Dubai’s own Arabic delights. This is a city that prides itself on importing some of the most famous chefs and restaurant chains that have previously been recognized and celebrated elsewhere. From high-end restaurants known for stunning décor, amazing views, and unforgettable culinary experiences to local eateries with great prices and loyal followers, almost anything can be found on the streets of Dubai. Yellow Dog is happy to make recommendations for your time in the city.
Typical Length of Stay
While single-day or two-day trips are the most commonly booked fishing packages, we can easily arrange trips and itineraries of any length.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
There is a delicate balance of old and new in Dubai, resulting in an amazing line-up of things to do. Aside from the great fishing that is found in the heart of the city, there are literally hundreds of other interesting activities and options that can be experienced with a visit to Dubai. You can spend your mornings fishing for queenfish and your afternoons riding a chairlift and making turns at Ski Dubai, the world’s largest indoor ski area. Spend time haggling at the traditional gold and spice souks in Old Dubai before visiting some of the most high-end retail shops in places like the Dubai Mall. We always recommend heading straight to the top of the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building) where you’ll find incredible views stretching into the Persian Gulf. And if you’re interested in a more traditional perspective, take an abra (water taxi) ride along Dubai Creek. We are happy to assist with ideas, suggestions, and even all-inclusive itineraries for your visit to Dubai.
Internet / Communications
Dubai is one of the most modern cities on the planet, and as such, internet access, Wi-Fi hotspots, and cell coverage are given all throughout the city. You will have no problem connecting and switching on no matter where you are in Dubai.
How To Get There
There are numerous international airlines flying into Dubai and UAE, as the Dubai International Airport is the largest transportation hub in the entire region. The main airline that services the region is Emirates, and a lot of layover deals can be arranged when setting up your international ticket. Once in Dubai, it is very easy to get around with taxis or Uber, but if required, we can arrange a car to pick you up from your hotel and drop you at the marina for your charter.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
There are no set arrival and departure dates or times with these trips, and full or half-day trips can be booked for morning or afternoon sessions on any given day. Even if you have a short 7-10 hour layover in Dubai, we can set up a trip that will get you out on the water and into fish!
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of trips dates. Please be sure that your passport has at least two blank, unstamped pages remaining in the back, and that it is not torn, delaminated, or damaged in any way. The kind of visa needed (if any) to enter the UAE depends on several different factors such as your nationality, the purpose of your planned visit and its planned duration. Citizens of 39 countries (United States of America, Andorra, Hong Kong, Poland, Cyprus, Lithuania, Spain, Australia, Hungary, Portugal, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Sweden, Austria, Iceland, Romania, Denmark, Malaysia, Switzerland, Belgium, Ireland, San Marino, Estonia, Malta, United Kingdom, Brunei, Italy, Singapore, Finland, Monaco, Bulgaria, Japan, Slovakia, France, Netherlands, The Vatican, Canada, Latvia, Slovenia, Germany, New Zealand, Croatia, Liechtenstein, South Korea, Greece, Norway) do NOT require visas prior to arrival and get a visa on arrival.
Note: If your country is not listed above, please check with your nearest UAE Embassy/Consulate for any updates. (http://www.uae-embassy.org/travel-culture/visas-passports http://embassy-finder.com/united-arab-emirates_embassies) If you DO NOT fall into one of the above categories, you will require a visa and a sponsor for your visit. The sponsor normally applies for the visa on your behalf. The above visa information is only a guideline to help with information. Remember that is always up to the client to research apply and have the correct visa to enter, UAE or Oman
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The Arabian Gulf is a shallow body of water home to a huge abundance of marine life – from the smallest baitfish to massive predatory pelagics. What is truly amazing, however, is the amount of gamefish that can be found in the middle of Dubai in the very epicenter of a city that is dominated by towering skyscrapers and luxury Hotels. Dubai has always made an effort to build everything bigger and better, and this philosophy extended to the construction of the largest man-made reefs in the world! The massive Palm and World Islands – both located in the middle of the Dubai metropolis – have not only changed the face of Dubai but more importantly have created huge habitats for small fish. What became a healthy population of baitfish quickly attracted a wide variety of game fish, which are now found throughout the year patrolling the shallow waters in the very heart of the city.
The main target species are the ever-present queenfish, which are truly a perfect species for fly fishing. They are big, strong, and aggressive, and they jump once they are hooked. This makes for an amazing visual spectacle, from the first violent take to the final landing of the fish. Other species found throughout these waters include milkfish, golden trevally, yellow dot trevally, orange spot trevally, barracuda, cobia, kingfish, and more. One of the things that make fly fishing the waters of Dubai so unique and special is the fact that you are usually fishing in the very heart of the city – often-times directly in front of the 7-Star Burj Al Arab Hotel, Atlantis Hotel, or the more than 200 skyscrapers that dominate the Dubai skyline. All of these day trips are very easy, and the norm is a half-day package that makes for great morning or afternoon fishing with plenty of time left over to explore the many sights of Dubai. Dubai is the perfect destination for a quick holiday, a layover on your way to another regional destination, or if you are in the region for business.
Boats and Equipment
One of the great things about this program is that you can literally show up for your day of fishing with nothing but the clothes on your back, sunscreen, and a pair of sunglasses. Our outfitter can easily provide all of the fly fishing gear for your day or days on the water, including Thomas and Thomas fly rods, Abel and Hatch Reels, RIO, and Scientific Angler fly lines, and custom-tied flies for Dubai. The most common rod for the fishery is a 9-weight outfitted with both floating and intermediate fly lines and 15-25 lb. fluorocarbon leaders.
Our Dubai outfitters run three different boats that all are set up for fly fishing. They are all custom-built center consoles ranging in size from 27 to 34 feet. The boats are powered by Mercury or Yamaha engines, with cruising speeds of 30-40 knots. The boats are all fully rigged with Garmin electronics, safety gear, Yeti Coolers, and all the bells and whistles to ensure a fantastic and comfortable day on the water. The thing that we love most about these boats is that they are spacious, clean, and very well laid-out for fly fishermen.
Rates and Terms
Day Trip and Package Rates
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person and quoted in US dollars.
Charter Trip Options
Four (4) hours = $785 USD for one or two people. 7 AM to 11 AM.
Six (6) hours = $945 USD for one or two people. 7 AM to 1 PM.
- Boat and guide
- All fuel
- Cooler with bottled water and juice
- Use of all fly fishing tackle and equipment
- 5% VAT Tax
What’s Not Included:
- International travel to Dubai
- Accommodations and hotels
- Transfers and pick-ups from Dubai-area hotels
- Gratuities and tips for guide and boat drivers
- Meals and food in Dubai
DUBAI (UAE) CANCELLATION / REFUND POLICIES
Ocean Active (Dubai, UAE)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS – CANCELLATIONS
For all day trips, full payment is required to secure guides and reservations. Yellow Dog strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance for this trip. For all Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, L.L.C. (YDFA) Dubai day trip fishing packages, both deposits and final payments are non-refundable inside of 90 days from the scheduled trip date(s) unless a client is replaced. Both deposit and final payment can be transferred to another client for the same (original) dates. Cancellations outside of 90 days of the charter will be refunded in full less an administrative fee of 20% as charged by Ocean Active. Cancellations inside of 90 days are non-refundable and no trip credit will be issued. These cancellations must be covered by travel insurance. The outfitter reserves the right to cancel a trip due to bad weather conditions and safety issues. If Ocean Active cancels a trip due to weather, sea state or instructions from authorities this will be done as early as possible and will be confirmed with the client. Ocean Active will offer to either provide another suitable date or, failing that, 50% credit for the value of the trip. If neither alternative is suitable no refund will be forthcoming so ensure that travel insurance covers this eventuality. Yellow Dog reserves the right to charge a minimum handling fee of $100.00 per person for date changes after the initial reservation has been made. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the deposit, cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses for these packages.
Payment Terms For All Yellow Dog Trip Bookings
In order to lock in your trip reservation, we ask that you please remit payment at the time of receipt of invoice. For your convenience, Yellow Dog accepts on-line payments via a direct and secure ACH platform – a quick and easy way to complete your trip reservation. Note that all Yellow Dog invoices include a live link that takes you directly to the Yellow Dog ACH platform for fast and easy payment. For open and existing invoices with a remaining balance, payment reminders also include this easy link to the ACH page.
Other customary forms of payment that are accepted are checks or wire transfers. If you would like to pay in a different way or have any questions about alternate payment methods, please contact Yellow Dog at (888) 777-5060 or (406) 585-8667. We are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Beginning September 1st, 2020, Yellow Dog will apply a 3% convenience fee for all credit card transactions.
Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures Standard Forms For Payment
- ACH online payments (for US banking institutions only).
- Traditional checks (sent via mail)
- Electronic wire payments (client is responsible for any wiring fees)
*Please contact us if you prefer or require a different payment option. Convenience fees may apply for other payment methods.
**Please be aware that the ACH platform is only available for US financial institutions and bank accounts. International payments can be made via wire or with a credit card.