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BREATHTAKING COLLECTION OF MARINE EXHIBITS

Before getting their first look at Paradise Island, vacationers may not realize the unique opportunity they’ll have to explore a truly extraordinary collection of marine habitats and aquarium exhibits—lagoons, caves, coral formations and breathtaking underwater ruins are designed to showcase exotic marine life ranging from dolphins and sea lions to sharks, rays, barracuda, piranha, eels and even endangered alligator gar. Atlantis Resort hosts the largest such exhibit in the Caribbean and one of the largest in the world … encompassing 14 lagoons, eight million gallons of salt water and more than 50,000 aquatic animals representing over 250 marine species.

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THE DIG

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.

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RUINS LAGOON

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.

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PREDATOR LAGOON

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.

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MAYAN TEMPLE SHARK 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.

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CENOTE

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.

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ESTUARY LAGOON

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.

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REEF LAGOON

The nurse sharks Ginglymostoma cirratum spend significant amounts of time resting on the bottom while using their muscles to pump water over their gills.

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HIBISCUS LAGOON

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.

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SEAGRAPES LAGOON

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.

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STINGRAY LAGOON

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.

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ROYAL RAY LAGOON

Home to spotted eagle rays Aetobatus narinari on one side and southern stingrays Dasyatis americana and blacktip reef sharks Carcharhinus melanopterus on the other.

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WATER'S EDGE LAGOON

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.

MARINE HABITAT INFORMATION


 

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!

Access to all Atlantis marine habitats and Aquaventure Waterpark are FREE for guests staying at the resort. Passes may be purchased by day visitors, but availability is limited – and may be closed – during periods of high resort occupancy.