There's only one place in the world where you can embark on a journey through the streets and tunnels of the fabulous lost city of Atlantis by way of stunning life exhibits. Reflecting the tunnels and thoroughfares of the lost continent, The Dig at Atlantis Paradise Island features over 100 venomous Indo-Pacific Ocean Lionfish, 500 piranhas, iridescent jellyfish, and six-foot Moray Eels. Special environments hold nine species of enormous groupers, while smaller separate “Jewel Habitats” are home to multitudes of brilliantly-colored tropical fish. Resort guests should plan ahead and remember not to miss the awe-inspiring, interactive touch tank aquarium. Filled with conch, starfish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, crabs, and horseshoe crabs, the tank is designed to encourage interaction between vacationers of all ages and marine life of all kinds.
Once used by the Atlanteans for waste disposal, this site has now been taken over by spiny lobster Panulirus argus and slipper lobster Scyllarides aequinoctialis. These reef dwellers grow by molting. This occurs when the shell, or exoskeleton, splits apart, exposing the new shell that has developed under it.
Once the end of a main street, Lionfish (Pterois volitans) spotted scorpion fish (Scorpaena plumieri), and long-spine urchins (Diadema antillarum) call this enclosed area home.
This ancient icon is home to Cuban hogfish (Bodianus pulchellus), queen angelfish (Holacanthus ciliaris), and rock beauty (Holacanthus tricolor).
Both the goliath grouper, Epinephelus itajara, and the Nassau grouper, Epinephelus striatus, gather annually in huge numbers to spawn on ancestral grounds. The goliath grouper can grow to more than eight feet in length and weigh more than 800 pounds
This small chamber houses our seahorses, or Hippocampus erectus exhibit. When reproducing, the female seahorse deposits her eggs inside the male’s brood pouch. The male then carries the developing babies until they are born. Seahorses have become endangered for a variety of reasons, including loss of habitat.
Bright orange and white, clownfish are one of the most recognizable reef-dwellers. They only reach about 4 inches in length and are named for the multicolored sea anemone in which they make their homes.
These two rooms create the perfect setting to view the purple-striped jellyfish, Chrysaora melanaster, and the moon jellyfish, Aurelia aurita. These animals are 98% water and do not have a brain, central nervous system or eyes.
This These green Moray Eels (Gymnothorax funebris) are actually fish – ones that grow to an impressive length of six feet. The green color of these creatures is produced by a yellow mucous layer, which overlays the darker blue skin.
This vault-like chamber is home to pirahnhas, or Pyogocentrus nattereri. Contrary to popular belief, piranhas do not mindlessly attach people and other animals; however, these animals do tend to attach weak and injured animals when hungry.
We offer daily scheduled feedings for our guests to watch!
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.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Fish Feeding: Please refer to the daily Atlantean for daily scheduled feedings.