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The largest outdoor aquarium in the world, featuring six lagoons, five swimming pools, 40 waterfalls and underwater walkways for viewing fish.
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We spent a week at Atlantis on Paradise Island and never got tired of wandering the lush grounds and exploring the lagoons, gazing at the sea creatures. Feel like watching the stingrays today? No problem--watch them glide effortlessly around their special lagoon. Stay for the feeding and kids are allowed to help! Want to see the real predators of the deep? Sharks, eels, pirranha, and an incredible manta ray are there for you to enjoy. Watch the feeding of the manta--what a sight! Species tanks full of lobster, seahorses, eels, and others keep you busy down in the Dig for hours! Ride the waterslides and watch these creatures through the acryclic tunnel--you almost think you're right in there with them. Don't miss the feedings of the various creatures throughout the day. Strike up a conversation with one of the 'seakeepers' and you may get a special tour.
Written August 5, 2002
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Pellaz2112
Auburn, GA228 contributions
Nov 2016 • Solo
The sprawling waterscape at Atlantis really requires at least a 2-day visit to catch everything. You've got the Aquaventure water-park with its water-slides, pools and attractions, plus "The Dig" (aquarium and marine habitat), plus the Lazy River and kids' pool area by the Beach Tower, you'll find that one day isn't quite enough.

Here's some suggestions for maximizing your time at the park:

1. As of mid-November, the Blu Pool area (near the Coral Tower) and the rope bridge near the Predators Lagoon were both closed. The underwater lagoon tunnel had some exits to those paths, which are also closed.
On the other hand, the actual Lazy River over by the Beach Tower and the pools there were open. They were closed in November 2014 and again last year. There's another "secret" hot tub there, too, that doesn't seem to appear on any map.

2. Be sure to check out the Predators' Lagoon tunnel. It's not connected directly to The Dig and it's easily overlooked...and it is the only full-view aquarium tunnel in the complex. It stays open after the Aquaventure park and all the pools close so you can plan on checking it out -- as well as The Dig -- after your day enjoying the water park. The best way to access the tunnel is via the spiral stairs inside the Lagoon Grill...that's the circular "shell" building opposite the casino.

3. Crowds in the complex and the lines for the water slides will decrease after 3 pm as day-visitors leave to return to their cruise ships. If the lines were too long before, they become shorter after 3 pm. You can also get lucky and have a day when only two or three ships are in port, and sometimes the ships have to depart early. That was the case one day during my most-recent visit and lines were short almost everywhere in Aquaventure.

4. Note: ALL pools, attractions, slides and the Atlantis Lagoon beaches close early...5 or 6 pm depending on the season and the time-change. While The Dig doesn't close at 5 pm, some of the display lighting may be turned off. The gift-shop employee (located deep inside The Dig) told me they didn't close until 11 pm (!)

5. After the pools close, you can always go to the actual ocean beach to swim. Atlantis does not control vendors' activities on the beach and you will be asked if you'd like to rent a jet-ski ($70 for a half-hour? No thanks) or buy some weed (just say no). One nice thing about staying at the Comfort Suites is that, besides granting full access to Atlantis, their pool is open 24-7.

6. If you'd like to get away from the crowds a bit, go further into the Aquaventure complex past the Mayan Temple Pool, which is the first pool most visitors encounter. You'll find smaller crowds (and more available lounge-chairs) by the Colonnade Baths pool and along the Current (not-so-lazy river) on the far side, by the Cove and Reef towers. Also, the oft-overlooked lap pool, over by Atlantis' fitness center and near Dolphin Cay, is nice and quiet and a good place to swim a few laps. I think it's a 25-meter pool.

7. The only official entrance to The Current is now over by the Climbers Rush rock-climbing facility, into the pool just before the wave-machine. There will be MANY tubes available. Quickest way to get there is by going past the Mayan Temple and curving to the left past the Ripples kiddie pool.

8. Tubes are required for the three Power Tower tube-slides -- the best rides in the entire complex, IMHO -- and it can be hard to find tubes at the river exit nearest the tower entrance. See 7 above, get into the river, and then ride The Current through the wave-rapids then the "lift hill" dual conveyor belt, then the following single-file rapids, and through the exit pool by the bathrooms and lockers. After you go through the next rapids (in the tunnel) exit the Current at the next exit but keep your tube! This is the closest spot to the Power Tower slides, so walk up the path and the stairs with your tube. (If the conveyor belt from The Current up to the slides is working, then you can use it, but it's seldom working.)

9. If you get chilly -- and when I visited in mid-November it got chilly after 3 pm -- there is one working hot-tub located above the Mayan Temple pool, accessible via a path over a bridge. (The second hot-tub has been covered over with fake "rock.")

10. If you purchase a soda (for $3.50 or so) in the park, save your cup! You can get free refills all day. If you're really enterprising (and discreet) you can save it for use the next day. There are no water fountains at Atlantis.

11. The water-park will not close just for rain, but will close for heavy thunderstorms. This is another good reason to plan a two-day visit. If you are visiting on a cruise-ship excursion, no refunds are given for inclement weather.
Written November 24, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Pellaz2112
Auburn, GA228 contributions
Nov 2015 • Solo
If you're visiting Atlantis and Aquaventure for the first time, it's best to make at least a 2-day visit to catch everything. Between the water park with its water-slides, pools and attractions and "The Dig" (aquarium and marine habitat), you'll find that one day isn't quite enough.
Here are a few tips:
1. Be sure to check out the Predators' Lagoon tunnel. It's not connected directly to The Dig and it can be overlooked...and it is the only full-view aquarium tunnel in the complex.
2. Crowds in the complex (both the water park and The Dig) will decrease after 3 pm as day-visitors leave to return to their cruise ships. If the lines were too long before, they become shorter after 3 pm.
3. However, note that ALL pools, attractions, slides and the Atlantis Lagoon beaches close early...5 or 6 pm depending on the season. While The Dig doesn't close at 5 pm, some of the display lighting will be turned off.
4. After 5 pm, you can always go to the actual ocean beach to swim. Note that it is a public beach and Atlantis does not control activities on the beach. (If you're a guest at the Comfort Suites on Paradise Island, your hotel's pool does not close.)
5. If you'd like to get away from the crowds a bit, go further into the Aquaventure complex past the Mayan Temple pools. You'll find smaller crowds (and more available lounge-chairs) by the Colonnade Baths pool and along the Current (not-so-lazy river) on the far side, by the Cove and Reef towers. Also, the oft-overlooked lap pool, by the fitness center and near Dolphin Cay, is seldom crowded and a good place to swim a few laps.
6. If you get chilly, there is one working hot-tub located above the Mayan Temple pool, accessible via a path over a bridge. (The second hot-tub appears to be shut down.)
7. If you purchase a soda (for $3.50 or so) in the park, save your cup! You can get free refills all day.
8. The water-park will not close just for rain, but will close for heavy thunderstorms. This is another good reason to plan a two-day visit.
Written November 20, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Pellaz2112
Auburn, GA228 contributions
Nov 2017 • Solo
This was my fourth annual November visit to Atlantis and its waterscape and not too much has changed from last year. For the larger picture, not much has changed in four years, and this is beginning to be a problem at Atlantis. There are no new slides to enjoy, no new attractions to discover, no 4-person (or larger) tube or raft rides like at most modern waterparks.
In fairness, Atlantis and Aquaventure are never "closed for the season," so there's never a chance to do long-term, widespread reconstruction...plus, there's really no room for the waterpark to expand. So, they're kinda stuck with what they've got, except for things like remodeling the Blu Pool (right now), or the Lazy River kids' area by the Beach Tower (two years ago).

--But what they have is really nifty, especially for a first-time visitor. You'll want to spend at least a full day and preferably two full days to explore the Aquaventure waterpark, the Dig aquarium, the Predator's Lagoon area, the Lagoon Beach....the list goes on.

First let's look at Aquaventure, which is the actual waterpark. It consists of a few pools -- although not as many as the adverts say, since some are just wider, shallow spots in the Current (the not-so-lazy river) where you can exit or enter, the Mayan Temple, the Power Tower, and the aforementioned Current, which is itself one of the jewels of the park.
Entrance to the Current is now supposedly only done at Entrance #1, over by the rock-climbing wall, Dolphin Cay, and the Cove and Reef hotel buildings. This change was effected two years ago to reduce the amount of "fighting for tubes" that would happen on really busy days. The Power Tower tube slides require tubes to ride, the only place to acquire them is the Current...and technically the only way to enter the Current is over at Entrance #1, where you'll find dozens, sometimes over a hundred waiting tubes.

As a public service, here's an overview of what you'll experience when riding The Current:
the "official" entrance by Climber's Rush, "Entry #1" -->
wave-motion generator and waves! -->
tight corner around to the left -->
side-by-side in-river conveyors haul you up to the highest point of the river -->
two sets of narrow rapids to the left OR the conveyor belt up to top of Power Tower on the right (when it's working) -->
after the narrow rapids, a small zero-entry pool "exit" near the Hospitality Center (if you're riding any of the three Power Tower tube slides, you'll re-enter the river here) -->
wide, fast rapids -->
river exit on right where you can take your tube and walk up the stairs to the slides on the Power Tower. This is where a big backlog of people used to pile up, hoping to grab a tube -->
another set of wide, fast rapids -->
"official" river exit...where you walk across maybe a hundred feet and can start over again with a new tube.
So, to ride the Power Tower tube slides -- and they're among the very best at Atlantis -- you'll need to be in the Current with a tube, and either ride the conveyor belt up to the top of the tower (when it's working; it WAS working during this visit) or exit at the point I mentioned above and walk up the stairs to the slides. The conveyor belt is really nifty, but it does take more time.

The Power Tower contains three really good tube slides and one decent body slide. The body slide is the Abyss, which is a straight drop in darkness (except for a brief moment) into an underground pool with freshwater aquarium tanks inset into the walls.
The Abyss entrance is on the roof of the tower, along with the entrance to the Surge, one of the tube slides and the tallest one; it's an awesome ride but seems to be shut down more often than the others.
The other two tube slides are the Falls and the Drop, located one floor below. Both are excellent, and when the conveyor belt is running you have your choice of either one to ride, while staying right in your tube.
All three tube slides on the Power Tower return you back to the Current (river) in the same zero-entry pool "exit," so to ride the slides in sequence, stay in the river, go through the next set of rapids, and then exit to the right back up to the Tower with your tube.
Compared to the Power Tower, the Mayan Temple is fairly straightforward. Here you'll find one tube slide -- the Serpent Slide -- and three body slides. The three body slides are the Jungle Slide, which curves through lush vegetation (it's the only curved body slide in the park), the Challenger Slide, which is two parallel, straight "humpy" slides so you can race a friend, and the infamous Leap of Faith, Atlantis' signature body slide.
The Leap of Faith is a 60-ft straight drop through the iconic shark tank. It's all over in about 5 seconds and if you actually see a shark (wear goggles), it's for an instant. Worth riding once, but that's about it.
If you want to actually see sharks, ride the Serpent Slide. It's a curvy drop in darkness that splashes you into an enclosed tube, where you float slowly through the middle of the shark tank. It's a lot more awesome (and fun) than the vaunted Leap of Faith, but the latter is the one always featured in Atlantis' ads. Go figure.

All of the slides on both towers operated at some point during my 3-day stay, but they were seldom all working at once. As I've stated in earlier reviews, I think the BEST slides are the tube slides on the Power Tower (the Surge, the Drop and the Falls) and the Serpent Slide on the Mayan Temple, which ends up with your tube floating through the inside of the Mayan Temple shark-tank, with time to enjoy that unique view.

Getting away from Aquaventure.... Once again this year, the Blu Pool area was closed, but according to Atlantis' website it should be reopening shortly as the Coral Pool. The corresponding entrance to the Predators Lagoon underwater tunnel was closed, but you can still access the tunnel through the Lagoon Grill and down the spiral stairs. The Dig (aquarium) also forms part of the waterscape and is open after 5 pm, so after a day splashing in the waterpark, you can go right to the aquarium. See #4 below.

ATLANTIS TIPS, AND DINING ON A BUDGET
1. The Mayan Temple slides and pools open at 10am, while the Power Tower and the Current don't open 'til 11am. If you're there that early, don't bother going over to the Power Tower area until around 11.
2. The hot-tub located above and to the right of the Mayan Temple Pool (near the exit of the Jungle slide) doesn't appear to close at night. No-one came by to kick us out, even 30 minutes after the rest of Aquaventure had closed at 5pm.
3. While every other pool in Aquaventure closes earlier (5 pm during winter time), we were told that the 25-meter lap pool by the Fitness Center (near Dolphin Cay) doesn't close until 7 pm.
4. After the Aquaventure pools close, you can still check out The Dig (Aquarium) or the Predators Lagoon tunnel. The Dig is accessed via the Royal Towers lobby (down and to the right) while the Lagoon tunnel -- the only full-view underwater tunnel at Atlantis -- is most easily accessed from the Lagoon Grill, the round "shell" building.
5. Your best food bets within Aquaventure -- and much of Atlantis -- are some of the snack bars there, like Zero Entry and Shark Bites Express. The latter has a hot-dog, fries and refillable soda combo that's only $10...that's peanuts at Atlantis, which is infamous for high food prices. With a burger, the same combo is $12.
6. Outside Aquaventure, your best bets are the Marina Pizzeria, where a BIG slice of pizza is less than $7 and a meal in itself, or the Burger Shack in Marina Village, where a hamburger is $10...but it's really big, at least a one-third-pounder. Sadly, the Quiznos location in Marina Village has closed since last year.

It's still an amazing place, worth two full days of exploration and relaxation, but after four years, it's starting to seem a bit samey-samey.
Written November 25, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jane C
Nassau City, New Providence, The Bahamas26 contributions
Mar 2012 • Family
I liked the lazy river pool and the slides. It was fun to see my kids smile and enjoy something different for a change.
Written April 23, 2012
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NathanSTL
Saint Louis, MO118 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
Already paid close to nine hundred just for my family of five to only be there for 5 hours. Was irritated when my son saw the water bike and I found it was an additional forty dollars for a 30 mins. I feel like it should been included. This is one of only a very few things that weren't included btw
Written July 15, 2014
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Joe B
Hewlett, NY46 contributions
Aug 2012 • Family
Atlantis is the largest resort I have ever seen and they managed to include waterscape throughout their entire property. Every bridge you cross there was another habitat and in every part of the resort was an georgeous aquarium. And the way they incorporated pedestrian tunnels and the waterrides with the quarium setting was brilliant. Truely amzing.
Written September 3, 2012
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HonoluluHank
Millarville, Canada46 contributions
Feb 2013 • Couples
It was great fun exploring all of the outdoor fish tanks. It was really fun going through the tunnels and seeing the fish swim right above or right beside you. The park is very clean and the aquariums/fish look like they are well cared for. Great for children and adults.
Written October 21, 2013
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Evalu8
Greater London, UK867 contributions
Sep 2012 • Family
Although a lot of the cruise ship visitors only visit this for teh day, you could easily come back day after day if you like the sun and water. There is plenty to do, or not, as you see fit, but its clean and relaxing and the kids never seem to get bored.
Written March 1, 2013
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029439
9 contributions
Jan 2013 • Couples
There is something for everyone here and I am sure that you will enjoy it. You can take advantage of the big slides. The lines to the slides weren’t bad but if you are interested in tubing, you can actually go down the slides on the tubes. If relaxing is more your style, you can stay in your tube and there is a conveyor that takes your tube up to the top. Sweet!!
Written January 30, 2013
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