Since Plato told the legend of Atlantis over 2000 years ago, many have speculated where this lost, sunken civilisation was, or indeed could be found. But you needn’t look too far to find a place where land and sea are intertwined, and fantasy and reality become inseparable; Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas is a water world of dolphin cays, thrilling waterslides, kaleidoscopic lagoons and enchanting underwater ruins soaring from the Atlantic Ocean.
Over 20 million gallons of water splashes and surges around Atlantis’ 141 acre waterpark, meandering down lazy rivers through tropical flora and fauna, and shooting down near-vertical drops. At the heart of Aquaventure is the iconic Mayan Temple, where guests can brave the 60-foot drop that plummets down the Leap of Faith into a clear tunnel encircled by shark-infested waters. And once the vertigo has passed and the bragging rights have expired, the family can board The Current, which sends you spinning along a mile-long stretch of rolling waves and extreme rapids as you grasp onto your inflatable tube.
With a variety of kids play forts to solve the all too familiar problem of ‘my child is too short for this ride’, youngsters will be kept entertained at Splashers with tube slides, shallow pools, cargo nets and rope bridges, while adults may unwind with their favourite cocktail at Cain at the Cove, a stylish, adults-only pool and beach club with live DJ’s and outdoor gaming.
Discover sharks, stingrays, sawfish and more in one of the many lagoons and reefs that encompass the island with the Atlantis Blue Project Foundation (ABPF) who, alongside scientists, are working to conserve the world’s coral reefs and marine life. Dolphin Cay is a 14-acre rescue-rehabilitation habitat where guests may join a playful dolphin and swim alongside them, in either shallow or deep waters, as they showcase their amazing athletic abilities. For a memorable, day-long experience with these intriguing animals, Trainer for a Day lets you work alongside the professionals and Aquarists as you interact and learn from dolphins, sharks, and sea lions.
Young adventurers may embark on the one-hour Sea Squirts program where you can feed the fish and handle baby stingrays, or stay dry behind the floor-to-ceiling windows offering a glimpse into the underwater worlds of the sharks and barracudas in the Predator Lagoon, or turtles in the Hibiscus Lagoon. In 2015, Atlantis partnered with the Sea Turtle Conservancy to sponsor leatherback turtle Calypso Blue IV, the winner of the 2015 Tour de Turtles, in which 13 turtles race from their nests to their foraging grounds to raise awareness of the threats these animals face.
The Caribbean is famous for its pristine beaches and turquoise waters, and Atlantis is certainly not short of its sandy stretches! Paradise Lagoon Beach offers snorkelling and paddle boarding in a protected environment, or alternatively, Cove Beach is a tranquil, barefoot paradise that can be found in the Cove, one of the five luxury accommodation options at Atlantis that you can book with us.
Hop aboard a Blue Adventures boat for a trip to one of the colourful underwater reefs that surround Atlantis, or snorkel the relics of the lost city in the Ruins Lagoon, teaming with jacks, snappers and lobsters winding through the sunken artefacts. Certified divers and enthusiastic beginners can take scuba lessons with a professional, or dive straight into the deep end to explore the dramatic Tongue-of-the-Ocean wreck or famed Lost Blue Hole dive site that can be found just off the coast of Nassau.
For those wishing to experience the seas from above, the International Yacht Collection is conveniently located in the Atlantis Marina Dock, boasting a fine fleet of superyachts and luxury fishing boats, both of which are available for hire by Atlantis guests. Experience extravagant Caribbean living by chartering one of the lavish yachts for anything from 4 hours to a full week, each elegantly furnished with opulence and comfort in mind, and equipped for snorkelling, water sports, deep sea fishing and island-style lunches.