PARADISE IN THE BAHAMAS
THE ATLANTIS RESORT
SEASON 6 PREVIEW
WELCOME TO ATLANTIS
Join Colleen, her daughter and niece, as they learn about the wonders of marine life through Atlantis’ marine life in Nassau, Bahamas. They’ll learn how to cook the local cuisine, assist in a genuine sea turtle rescue and release, be educated on the care of sea lions, replant coral to help better our environment, go on a special twilight snorkeling excursion, and learn all about the Bahmian culture.
STAYING IN A TROPICAL PARADISE
Extreme Fun and Ecologically Amazing
When you think of Atlantis, most people either think of the lost city or the famous water park resort. However, did you know that Atlantis Paradise Island also serves as a marine life rehabilitation center?
Atlantis’s Blue Project Foundation is a not-for-profit organization with the goal of helping to rescue, rehabilitate and release displaced or injured back to the wild. Thanks to their 165 dedicated, full-time marine life specialists, the marine life at Atlantis is supremely cared for every day of the year. Additionally, the Blue Project Foundation works to protect sea species and their habitats from going extinct in the wild by educating visitors.
Located at Atlantis is the marine mammal habitat Dolphin Cay. Here, marine staff take care of the resort’s marine wildlife and are dedicated to the conservation and education of these mammals. This facility is home to some pretty special guests as well. 17 dolphins and 14 sea lions whose homes were destroyed during Hurricane Katrina currently call Dolphin Cay their home. While guests can participate in guided interactions with some of the aquatic residents of Dolphin Cay, its main purpose is to help rehabilitate injured or displaced marine life so that they can be released back into the wild.
While visiting Dolphin Cay, we got to participate in the Sun Up with Sea Lions activity, where we met one of the stars of the rehabilitation facility, Sunshine the sea lion. During this interaction, guests will get to assist the staff as they perform a daily exam of the sea lions while also participating in exercises and play time. Getting to interact with sea lions like Sunshine first-hand makes this experience definitely worth the early morning rise!
One of the great things about the Bahamas is their dedication to rehabilitating the local ecosystem. Whether it is nursing some animals back to health or replanting coral, the Blue Project Foundation takes wildlife preservation seriously. We were lucky enough to get the opportunity to release endangered sea turtles back into the wild as part of their Turtle Release program. Along the way, we got to learn all about sea turtles and learn about the effects humans and pollution have on their ecosystem. Shea and Keelin even got to name the turtles before getting into the water and releasing them into the wild, giving a personal touch to this unique interaction. The entire excursion lasts about 4 hours and can be reserved in advance. So don’t wait to experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
Be sure to check out the Blue Project Foundation website to learn more about their mission and how you and your family can help!
FUN IN THE SUN & SEA
GET IN YOUR SWIMMING & SNORKELING
Visiting the Bahamas is like visiting a tropical paradise. But while it may be nice to just relax and soak up the sun, you’ll find it hard to sit still at Atlantis Paradise Island. With so many fun activities, you and your family want to come back time and time again.
If you are going to the Bahamas, then you and your kids won’t want to miss out on Atlantis’ Aquaventure water park! This 141 acre water park features over 20 swimming areas including Splashers, a water playground for children, as well as river rides. Our favorite part was the slides, like the Leap of Faith or Serpent Slide. These clear, underwater tube slides submerged beneath the resort’s aquariums allow you to see an abundance of marine life. Imagine jetting past sharks as if you’re swimming right alongside them! There’s certainly something for everyone at this unique water park.
If you want to get even closer to the majestic marine life of Atlantis Paradise Island, be sure to take part in Atlantis’ twilight snorkeling at the Ruins. Undergo this guided tour of the Atlantis ruins while swimming with exotic tropical fish, sharks, and even the resort’s giant manta ray, Coco. If you have safety concerns about snorkeling with marine life, rest assured that this area is completely enclosed. With the lights beneath the water guiding the way, you’ll see plenty more than fish as you swim through the Ruins. It’s the perfect end to your day. All the gear and wetsuits are provided, just be sure to book your interaction in advance, as these limited spots fill up quickly!
You and your family will spend countless hours having fun at Aquaventure and exploring the parks ruins while snorkeling. While these are only a couple of the activities, there are plenty of more things that you and your family can do to make this a perfect family getaway. And thanks to Atlantis’s Blue Project Foundation, a not-for-profit organization created to help fund the rescue, rehabilitation and release of sick or injured marine life, you can rest assured that a portion of the proceeds for any interaction or activity you book will go towards helping the marine life.
RESTAURANTS THAT CAN’T BE BEAT
So Many Culinary Options
A good meal isn’t hard to find at Atlantis Paradise Island. While there are plenty of great dining options throughout the resort, here are some of our favorites.
One of the most popular restaurants at Atlantis is Fish by Jose Andres. This restaurant is known for providing fresh and local cuisine. But one of the interesting things about this restaurant is the fact that you can help protect the local environment by ordering from their menu. The lionfish is an invasive species, not native to the Bahamas region. By ordering this signature dish, you are not only aiding local wildlife by helping to eradicate this species, but you are getting a delicious meal as well!
If seafood isn’t your thing, don’t worry. Atlantis has plenty of other options for you to try. One of the restaurants we enjoyed was Chop Stix. The food at Chop Stix features cuisine that has Chinese and a Pacific influence. Whether you are enjoying some dim sum or one of the restaurant’s rice and noodle dishes, Chop Stix is family-friendly and perfect for families with kids of all ages. If you are up for a challenge, you can even try to teach your kids how to eat with chopsticks.
While some families may argue about deciding between seafood or asian cuisine, you don’t have to settle or one or the other at Atlantis. In visiting Nobu, you can have both. Named after renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa, this Japenese-inspired restaurant features great sushi. But don’t worry, if you aren’t into sushi, Nobu offers plenty of other traditional Japenese style cuisine that is sure to please even the pickiest eaters in your family.
As you can see, there are plenty of dining options for everyone on your trip to Atlantis. Whether it’s seafood, Asian cuisine, or one of their many other restaurants serving up internationally-inspired dishes, these restaurants can’t be beat. You won’t have to leave the resort to enjoy food from all around the world. Check them out and see which one is your favorite!