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HOW ATLANTIS SUPPORTS THE BLUE PROJECT FOUNDATION

The Atlantis Blue Project Foundation, a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization, was founded in 2007 with the mission of saving sea species and their extraordinary habitats throughout The Bahamas and surrounding Caribbean seas. By funding scientific research, conservation programs and community outreach efforts, its mission is to protect the waters and its vast marine wildlife ensuring that The Bahamas will remain a haven for a myriad of one-of-a-kind, rare and endangered species for generations to come. The Foundation receives its funding through guest participation in every one of Atlantis, Paradise Island’s marine interactions and experiences (as described below).
 
As a result of the work done through the Atlantis Blue Project Foundation, in partnership with The Bahamas National Trust and The Nature Conservancy, marine park boundaries on the west side of Andros were increased from 185,000 acres to 1.4 million acres of pristine marine habitat and important nursery grounds. The area is a now protected safe haven for many of our native species. With the help of Atlantis Marine team members, The Bahamas National Trust, The Nature Conservancy, BREEF, Stuart’s Cove and Dr. Craig Dahlgren, Director of the Perry Institute for Marine Science and a renowned coral reef scientist, the collective team harvested pieces of finger coral from one of Atlantis' two on-property nurseries and pieces of staghorn coral from nurseries established by The Nature Conservancy and managed by Stuart’s Cove. These corals, which were monitored as they grew at rates faster than they normally do on reefs, were placed back on the coral reefs in the ocean once they were deemed healthy and large enough. The replenished reef areas and coral settlements had been adversely affected by Hurricane Matthew. Numerous rescues and rehabilitation of marine animals from around The Bahamas – from manatees and sea turtles to sharks – have all been funded through the Foundation.

Our team of more than 165 full-time marine biologists, aquarists, veterinarians, lab technicians and water safety specialists work closely with international and local partners to contribute to these important research efforts.

Thank you to all our guests for participating in our efforts to protect, preserve, study and replenish our natural surroundings.

 

PARTICIPATION IN THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMS AND EXPERIENCES SUPPORTS THE BLUE PROJECT FOUNDATION

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DEEP WATER Swim

What could be better than swimming freely with these extraordinary mammals in deep water? Underwater acrobatics and the rush of feeling the dolphins swim beside you are only a part of this magical encounter.

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SHALLOW WATER INTERACTION

Wearing a wetsuit and sitting in waist-high water, you will have the chance to get close to the dolphins, face-to-face,
feeling that personal connection.

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Playtime
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During our incredible interaction with sea lions, guests have the opportunity to wade into the water and meet one of the playful and curious sea lions.

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Rise and Shine

Early risers and our youngest guests start the day on our beach while the resident bottlenose dolphins play. Share the joy of our dolphins’ morning ritual by immersing yourself in their world.

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Sunrise Fitness

Get inspired by the ocean’s greatest athletes! You’ll be the first on-the-water with dolphins in this 45-minute, early morning fitness program.

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Paddleboard

Perfect your balance and improve your techniques while you paddleboard in our peaceful 14-acre dolphin habitat.

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Kayak

Discover how curious the resident dolphins can be while you kayak among them in their habitat. Our bottlenose dolphins invite you to share their morning joy.

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HANG TIME AT DOLPHIN CAY

Sit with your feet in the water beside our renowned dolphin behaviorists to feed, enrich, learn about and care for these incredible marine mammals.

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JR. ULTIMATE TRAINER FOR A DAY

Work alongside Aquarists feeding fish and sea turtles. This customized and thrilling experience brings your children behind the scenes to learn how the professionals at Atlantis care for over 50,000 sea animals.

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ULTIMATE TRAINER FOR A DAY

If you want to dig deeper into what we do at Dolphin Cay, then this extraordinary 6-hour experience is the one for you.

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STINGRAY EXPERIENCE

The Stingray Experience offers an incredible, hands-on encounter with hundreds of sleek stingrays and colorful tropical fish.

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Serenity Snorkel

Immerse yourself in the crystal clear lagoons of Dolphin Cay and discover the majesty of our bottlenose dolphins.

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SNORKEL THE RUINS OF ATLANTIS

Discover the dynamic, underwater world of Atlantis as you experience the opportunity to snorkel alongside exotic tropical fish and even sharks in the Ruins Lagoon.

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SEA SQUIRTS

Our young Atlantis adventurers ages 3 – 6 years will wade into an exciting world filled with marine animals in our Sea Squirts program.

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SNORKEL

Each snorkel excursion is two and a half hours aboard a 45-foot catamaran. Learn from an Atlantis Aquarist about coral reefs and fish.

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SCUBA

The Bahamas have been voted “Best Place to Dive With Big Animals” for the last 10 years in a row – come see why. We offer two-tank, half-day dive trips for certified divers who want to explore walls, reefs and wrecks.

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SNUBA

Snuba is a great way to experience the undersea marine life without being scuba certified.

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SHARK ADVENTURES

Walking with the Sharks is easy and fun. Using state-of-the-art, clear-glass helmets, you can walk on the bottom of the Shark Exhibit at the Mayan Temple.

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Atlantis Paradise Island, has made a commitment to foster the preservation and conservation of Bahamian coral reefs through an initiative called the Blue Project Foundation. This essential project is one that will benefit our local community, our future generations and the world through the pioneering work of this project.

The Atlantis Blue Project
Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Member of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums Accredited by the International Marine Animal Trainers Association