Before getting a first look at Paradise Island, vacationers may not realize the incredible opportunity they'll have to explore the extraordinary collection of marine habitats and marine exhibits—lagoons, caves, coral formations and breathtaking underwater ruins are designed to showcase exotic marine life ranging from sharks to rays, barracuda, piranha, eels and even endangered alligator gar. Atlantis, Paradise Island hosts the largest exhibit in the Caribbean and is recognized as one of the largest in the world … encompassing 14 lagoons, eight million gallons of ocean water and more than 50,000 aquatic animals representing over 250 marine species.
Experience The Dig, an 11,000-year-old lost continent. The Dig provides a unique excursion into a wondrous civilization that is now home to some of the world’s most exotic sea creatures.
Guests can snorkel in this unbelievable setting in one of our exciting Sea Keepers Adventurers programs - Aquarist for a Day and Snorkel the Ruins - while viewing over 20,000 deep reef and pelagic fish.
Sharks, barracudas, rays, sawfish and giant grouper live among vibrant schools of fish in a natural environment. Guests can come face to face with the awesome predators as they walk through the 100-foot clear underwater tunnel submerged in the lagoon.
Caribbean reef sharks and nurse sharks can be seen from extraordinary vantage points: from an exhilarating ride on a water slide through the middle of the lagoon in a clear tunnel - or from the surrounding deck and panoramic windows, which offer a more leisurely look.
The endangered alligator gar Atractosteus spatula may grow up to 10 ft. and is aptly named from the Greek word “spathe” meaning any tool with a broad flat blade. Look for catfish and cichlids.
Many of the newborns at Atlantis spend their early years in the safety of this shallow-water nursery environment. Southern stingrays Dasyatis americana and bonnethead sharks Sphyrna tiburo are frequent residents.
The nurse sharks Ginglymostoma cirratum spend a significant amount of time resting on the bottom while using their muscles to pump water over their gills.
This lagoon is home to green sea and hawksbill turtles indigenous to The Bahamas. During feeding times, guests have the opportunity to touch and feed the turtles.
Peering through giant viewing windows into the 500,000-gallon lagoon, guests can see French angelfish, parrotfish, butterfly fish, squirrelfish. During feedings, they will see the rays being fed by hand.
This sandy, shallow lagoon affords guests an up-close look at the Rays found here. During feeding times, guests have the opportunity to touch and feed the rays.
Home to spotted eagle rays Aetobatus narinari on one side and southern stingrays Dasyatis americana and blacktip reef sharks Carcharhinus melanopterus on the other.
The migratory cownose ray Rhinoptera bonasus schools for protection and this confuses potential predators that try to single out one individual. Blacknose shark Carcharhinus acronotus expectant mothers are moved to the safety of this exhibit to deliver.
Join Atlantis as we cheer on our own Calypso Blue V in the 2016 Tour De Turtles!
Atlantis has partnered with the Sea Turtle Conservancy to bring awareness to the issues sea turtles face by sponsoring a leatherback turtle named Calypso Blue V in the 2016 Tour De Turtles. Tour De Turtles follows the migration of sea turtles, representing different species, from their nesting beaches to their foraging grounds. Thirteen turtles will race, each to raise awareness for a different cause. Calypso Blue V is swimming to promote the reduction of entanglement in commercial fisherman’s nets. Satellite transmitters are attached to each turtle to track the distance travelled and the turtle that travels the furthest is the winner. Race along with Calypso Blue V and learn more.
Did you know that 169 million gallons of seawater circulates through the Atlantis animal exhibits everyday?
We offer daily scheduled feedings for our guests to watch and even join!
Day passes are available for purchase at the Discover Atlantis desk in Coral Towers and space is limited.
Individuals under 18 years old must be accompanied by an Adult 18 years or older.