Enjoy the luxury of the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island. One of the most expensive hotels in the world, Atlantis is home to a variety of attractions ranging from an impressive assortment of massive water parks to the world's largest open air marine habitat.
We should had taken a bus and did the tour ourselves. The guide took us through an aquarium that in the Atlantis hotel. Wow. And some art in the casino. Definitely overprice. Take another tour, or do it yourself.
Beach Day Pass included ride to Island in air conditioned shuttle, included access to twin towers hotel, included access to Atlantis ruins, included access to private beach + towels, included access to Aquarium (The Dig)
Atlantis Beach Day. Perfect! you get access to everythign on Atlantis except the aquaadventure items which for 5x the price wasn't worth it. You aren't supposed to be able to use the pools but we could. You can experience all the beaches, aquariums and exhibits, beach bars, restaurants, even are provided towels by Atlantis. The Chihuly art sculptures are amazing!
Rude people at front desk. I'm platinum with Marriott, but apparently, Atlantis doesn't think that matters. I've never dealt with such rude people at any Marriott. No discounts or special pricing for anyone or for any reason. $80 to lay on a beach is kind of pricy. Even more for the aqua adventure and all that. Next time we go to Nassau, we won't be doing Atlantis. What a tourist trap! Been there a dozen times, but never treated so rudely.
Took a taxi directly to Atlantis - ate lunch - walked around. While we did not have any special access to the beach or pool - it was a quick/easy trip from the cruise ship and we got to see the overall hotel and had a nice lunch by the Marina.
Be prepared to be harassed nonstop on the beach... Even the beaches of the atlantic. It's unavoidable. No does not mean no to beach peddlers... i had to close my eyes and pretend to be asleep so they wouldn't badger me.
I suggest going with a laminated poster that says:
NO, I DO NOT WANT YOUR (INSERT AN ENDLESS NUMBER OF ITEMS/SERVICES HERE)
In big bold abnoxious letters.
Other than that, there are a number of quaint little pools, hot tubs, lazy rivers, etc on the property. It is huge and worth the exploration. The casinos are a trap... Don't fall for it! But the aquarium and walk are so much fun. They also have a lagoon that is warm, calm, and free of beach peddlers. Yay!!!
My friend had never been snorkeling and she particularly wanted to swim in the ocean. But the snorkeling excursion was canceled due to 'lack of participation'. I wonder whether it might also have been because of the recent hurricane. After she saw the photos I took in 2002 of "The Dig" at Atlantis, she really wanted to go there. So we signed up for that excursion
The tour included a van to and from Atlantis, but the minibuses didn't have a place for luggage so we had to fold up the scooter - which was easy to do. (The excursion was $60 and the van to and from was included - the admission to the aquarium part is $45).
We had a very nice girl as a guide - She took us all through the resort and casino (there were four Chihuly glass sculptures) and guided us through the aquarium. There were large swarms of fish, but the water was not as clear as I remember. The guide said she had been doing the job for four years, but when I asked where some of the things we had seen in 2002 were, she didn't know as she was in school then. Afterwards she told us how we could get to the predator tank and they were feeding the sharks at 3, so we went over there. Eventually we found an entrance for me that didn't have steps. My friend saw them feed the sharks at least from a distance. She didn't have the chance to swim. Quite a few of the beaches and restaurants at Atlantis were closed. We did some shopping there (they said their machine was not working so we had to pay cash) and then got into the van to go back to the ship
Was ok, when tour guide walked us around Atlantis show us stuff and telling us were to go. We wanted to go to the beach, he told us to go thorough the aquarium. After what felt like a mile and half walk and 20 minutes later we finally arrived at the beach. Don't get me wrong the aquarium was beautiful and worth the walk, but we had wanted to go to the beach. So that didn't leave much time for the beach. The lunch vouchers we received for the restaurants were for a fast line and not the actual restaurants. The food was ok.
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