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, eels and even endangered alligator gar. Atlantis, Paradise Island is home to the largest open-air marine habitat 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 an 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.
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 required for non-Atlantis guests to access the Atlantis waterscape, Dolphin Cay, marine habitat and beaches. The passes are only available to guests of our established partners and Bahamian residents, and can be purchased - on a limited basis - at the Atlantis Adventures desk located at the clock tower in front of The Coral. Day passes to Aquaventure, marine habitat, and beaches are complimentary for guests of Comfort Suites Paradise Island and One&Only Ocean Club Resort Bahamas.
To purchase a day pass guests must present a valid partner hotel room key, a valid ID from a partner cruise line, or proof of Bahamian residency. View our preferred partners here.
To book your Day pass online Click here
Individuals under 18 years old must be accompanied by an Adult 18 years or older.