• MarineHabitat ReefLagoon


The Reef Lagoon is a fascinating marine habitat home for Paradise Island’s bottom-dwelling nurse shark residents. And an opportunity for resort guests to get an up close and educational look at a collection of marine animals who protect Atlantis’ myths and treasures.

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Nurse Sharks: Primarily nocturnal, Nurse sharks (Ginglymostoma cirratum) spend the majority of their time resting in small groups on the bottom of the lagoon. Unlike most sharks, Nurse sharks have a special ability to use their muscles to pump water over their gills.

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It is unclear where nurse sharks received their name. It could come from the sucking sound they make when consuming their prey. Others believe it may be derived from the archaic word, nusse, which means cat shark. The most likely explanation is that the name is derived from the English word for sea-floor shark, hurse.

As of March 1, 2015, access to Atlantis, Paradise Island’s Aquaventure and other resort facilities will be restricted in order to enhance our guest experience.  Atlantis day passes including Aquaventure, the resort’s 141-acre water park, will be exclusive to guests of Atlantis, its affiliated partners, and residents of The Bahamas. Atlantis resort guests will continue to receive complimentary access to Aquaventure while day pass offerings will only be available for purchase through Atlantis’ specific partners and to local residents. Individuals under 18 years old must be accompanied by an Adult 18 years or older.