Atlantis, Paradise Island
This isn’t just another hotel or resort, it’s a fully themed entertainment mecca. Located on the 685-acre Paradise Island, connected to Nassau by twin 600-foot-long bridges, Atlantis boasts acclaimed restaurants, shopping, and activities that make this incarnation just as celebrated as the original lost city.
It’s the largest water park in the world and one of Atlantis’s most popular attractions. With more than 20 million gallons of water constantly flowing into dozens of slides, lazy rivers, currents, and rapids, the fun never stops. A day at Atlantis is not complete without zooming down the slides within the faux ancient Mayan temple or down the thrilling Leap of Faith, a near-vertical 60-foot drop through a clear tunnel submerged in a shark-filled lagoon. Aquaventure’s sophisticated conveyer system means that there’s no need to get out of the water to climb the steps—just float on back to the top in an inner tube.
One of the largest dolphin habitats of its kind, Dolphin Cay comprises 14 acres and more than six million gallons of seawater. Play with dolphins or sea lions in shallow or deep water, spend a day with a dolphin trainer, and partake in behind-the-scenes tours of the facility. There’s also the opportunity to snorkel in the Ruins Lagoon alongside giant rays, sleek sharks, and tropical fish in a variety of brilliant hues.
Another can’t-miss is the fascinating Marine Habitat. Visitors have the chance to explore the streets and tunnels of the largest open-air aquarium in the world, home to more than 50,000 marine animals, including tropical fish of every color, venomous lion fish, piranhas, iridescent jellyfish, hammerheads, and six-foot-long moray eels. The Marine Habitat holds several different underwater exhibitions, including The Dig, a replica of the 11,000-year-old lost continent; the Predator Lagoon, filled with sharks and barracudas; and Hibiscus Lagoon, a playground for sea turtles.
Fly down an enormous waterslide or take the scenic route along the mile-long river ride, filled with active rapids. Be sure to catch a tour of the archaeological “ruins” of Atlantis and excavations known as The Dig.
Swim in the lagoon, relax on the beach, check out the Dolphin Encounter, or do nothing but watch the coconut palms sway as you lounge in a double hammock.
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