Looking for the best things to do in Atlantis, Bahamas in a day? Take a look at some of my absolute favorite things to do on an island getaway.
I was so excited to visit Atlantis Bahamas with Air Canada Vacations. We only spent one night at the resort but we certainly made sure to make the most of our stay. The Atlantis Resort Bahamas is located on Paradise Island in Nassau.
This stunning resort is literally a playground for your entire family with incredible Paradise Island activities to enjoy. We spent a full day trying to experience all the activities at the Aquaventure Waterpark, Bahamas.
Here are some of the things you definitely must do at Atlantis, Bahamas.
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Best things to do at Atlantis Resort, Bahamas
The Atlantis Bahamas is a very large resort so one of my biggest Atlantis tips is: be prepared to walk (and pack your comfy walking shoes). There are so many amazing things to do at Atlantis Bahamas – it feels unreal at times.
If you like staying in resorts where you don’t need to leave the property then this one has it all. You really don’t need to leave the resort unless you would like to explore the rest of Nassau (which I would highly recommend that you do).
At times, when we walked through the casino (yes, there is a casino), I felt like we were in Las Vegas. Then I’d look around and see the incredible ocean view.
I’ve compiled a list of the top 25 things to do in Atlantis, so sit back and start picking out your favorites.
1. Stay at the Coral at Atlantis, Bahamas
I stayed in the newly renovated Coral at the Atlantis, Bahamas. The Coral has a laid-back atmosphere and offers family-friendly accommodations. The rooms are decorated in fresh ocean hues and soft palettes of coral and sandy golds with a beach ambiance.
Each Deluxe Room features amenities including either a king-size or two queen beds. You can also enjoy full balconies overlooking the grounds, the Atlantis waterscape, or the sparkling blue ocean waters.
I stayed in the Deluxe Room with water views (I was overlooking the marina). I found the Coral rooms to be extremely spacious – big enough for a family of four. It is also the closest to Marina Village, which is perfect for enjoying the many things to do at Atlantis.
2. Enjoy One of the 11 Pools
What I love about The Atlantis Bahamas Resort is that they have something for everyone. If you are interested in lounging by the pool then take your pick from one of the 11 distinctly different pools the Atlantis as to offer. This is absolutely one of the best things to do at Atlantis for free.
3. Rent a Private Cabana
There are 31 private cabanas to choose from so you’re totally spoiled for choice. A private cabana is great when traveling with a family as they’re spacious and offer poolside access. Not to mention, they’re also close to the beach, offer food and drink service, a private changing area, and comfortable accommodations for up to six people. Reclining in your personal cabana is definitely one of the most relaxing things to do in Atlantis, Bahamas.
4. Enjoy a Movie at the Atlantis
The resort offers recent Hollywood blockbuster movies at the Atlantis Theatre in the convention center that is complementary to all resort guests. For a relaxing and fun night, this is one of the top things to do in Atlantis, Nassau, Bahamas.
5. Visit the Marine Exhibits
One of the best things to do at the Atlantis Resort is to explore the incredible collection of marine habitats and marine exhibits – lagoons, caves, coral formations and breathtaking underwater ruins.
Experience this unforgettable showcase of exotic marine life ranging from sharks to rays, barracuda, piranha, eels and even endangered alligator.
Atlantis 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.
If you’re looking for one of the most amazing things to do in Paradise Island, Bahamas, this underwater world checks every box.
6. Atlantis, Bahamas Snorkeling
For any sea-lovers wondering what to do in Atlantis, Bahamas, the resort offers several snorkeling options. You can book a snorkel day trip or snorkel at Paradise Lagoon Beach, Atlantis, and Cove Beach. If you don’t feel like packing your own snorkel gear, you can rent snorkeling gear at the Atlantis.
7. Swim with the Dolphins
One of the most incredible things to do on Paradise Island, Bahamas, is to enjoy one of the many different Dolphin Cay experiences at the Atlantis. Learn about, and swim, with the rescued bottlenose dolphins. Every visit to Dolphin Cay supports the Atlantis Blue Project Foundation.
8. Visit a Lagoon at the Atlantis Bahamas
The Atlantis Bahamas is a large resort so it can be tricky to find your way around. Take a look at this handy Atlantis Bahamas map outlining all the must-see lagoons on the resort, one of my favorite things to do in Atlantis, Bahamas.
A – Cenote
B – Estuary Lagoon
C – Reef Lagoon
D – Hibiscus Lagoon
E – Seagrapes Lagoon
F – Stingray Lagoon
G – Water’s Edge Lagoon
H – Predator Lagoon
I – The Dig & Ruins Lagoon
J – Royal Ray Lagoon
K – Mayan Shark Lagoon
L – Dolphin Cay
9. Watch the Stingray Feeding
If you’re ever left wondering what to do on Paradise Island, visiting the incredible stingrays is a top choice. There are daily scheduled feedings for guests to watch the stingrays being fed.
10. Play at the Atlantis Waterpark, Bahamas
This 141-acre waterpark will definitely keep you and the entire family busy for the day. The huge waterpark includes 18 water slides and two river rides, making it one of the best things to do at Atlantis, Bahamas. The mile-long river ride has rolling rapids and surging waves. This is the largest water park in the Caribbean. Give yourself permission to be a kid and enjoy the rides at the Aquaventure.
– Wristbands are required and can be obtained at any outdoor “Towel Hut” within Aquaventure.
– Life jackets are provided free of charge.
– Sandals or water shoes are strongly recommended – the Carribean sunshine heats-up the pathways.
– You will need (and want) more than a day to enjoy the waterpark.
– At the Atlantis, Bahamas, lockers are available for daily rental at the Aquaventure Hospitality Center to secure personal items.
11. Float Down the River
Float your worries away on a Lazy River Ride through this tropical paradise. If you are more adventurous, try The Current, and roll with the waves and extreme rapids as you propel through the lush tropics along the mile-long river.
12. Get an Atlantis Hotel, Nassau, Day Pass
If you are visiting from a cruise or staying at a nearby resort, you can purchase an Atlantis Bahamas Day Pass. There are several Atlantis waterpark Day Passes to choose from as well as Dolphin Cay Experiences.
The following hotels and cruise ships are participating in the program:
- Paradise Island Hotels: Bay View Suites, The Ocean Club, Comfort Suites, Paradise Harbour Club & Marina, Paradise Island Beach Club, Sunrise Beach Club & Marina, Warwick Paradise Island, Riu, Club Land’or Resort
- Nassau Hotels: Albany, Lyford Cay, British Colonial Hilton Nassau, Melia, Sandals Royal Bahamian, Breezes Bahamas, Courtyard by Marriott
- Cruise Lines: Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Other Cruise Line
Tip: A valid hotel room key from partner hotels, a cruise line ID or proof of Bahamian residency/citizenship will be required for redemption of your pass.
13. Enjoy an Ice Cream at Sun & Ice
Visit this ice cream parlour to enjoy some of your favorite treats including gelato, ice cream and sorbet. They have many unique flavors to choose from, which is beyond fun before you even get to taste them. This is definitely one of the most delicious things to do near Atlantis, Bahamas.
14. Fine Dining at Top Atlantis, Nassau Restaurants
Enjoy fine dining at some of the top restaurants such as Nobu, Chop Stix, Mesa Grill and more. These are the perfect restaurants to celebrate a special occasion, and one of the top things to do at Paradise Island, Bahamas.
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15. Stroll Along the Atlantis Beaches
You can’t forget the 5 miles of white-sand beaches and Caribbean views. I got up super early to try to catch the beautiful sunrise while I strolled along this stunning beach. The Bahamas has some of the most beautiful beaches with ivory sand and crystal-blue waters.
At the Atlantis, Bahamas, things to do are in no short supply. It has three beaches available to guests – Cove Beach, Paradise Lagoon and Atlantis Beach.
16. Walk with the Sharks
I’m sure you have heard of swimming with sharks but walking with the sharks is an experience that requires no swimming (but a little nerve). Enjoy one of the top Atlantis, Bahamas activities where you’ll be geared up with a state-of-the-art clear glass helmet that will allow you to walk on the bottom of the Shark Exhibit.
17. Visit the Atlantis Casino
If you are feeling lucky then visit the world-class Atlantis Casino at one of the 700 + slot machines or 85 gaming tables that feature baccarat, Ultimate Texas Hold’em poker, craps, roulette and blackjack – just to name a few. They also offer complimentary daily gaming lessons.
18. Enjoy a Game of Golf
One of my favorite things to do on Paradise Island is having fun with a game of golf at the 18-hole par 72 championship course. This course stretches over 7,100 yards on Paradise Island’s Oceanside peninsula.
19. Get Pampered at the Mandara Spa
One of the most luxuriating things to do at the Atlantis Resort, Bahamas is getting pampered at the award-winning Mandara Spa. The spa offers warm and cold plunge pools as well as luxuriating steam and sauna rooms. There are many different spa services to choose from such as a massage, body treatments or a facial.
20. Enjoy Shopping at Atlantis, Bahamas
The Atlantis, Bahamas offers some of the finest luxury shopping at stores such as Gucci, Versace, David Yurman and many more. They also have a signature Atlantis store offering great souvenirs.
21. Take a Fitness Class
If walking the large grounds at the Atlantis, Bahamas isn’t enough for the fitness junkie, then hit up the 10,000 sq. ft. fitness facility. Try out a spin class, yoga class, or pump some muscle on the strength-training machines. On Paradise Island, Bahamas, activities like these are perfect for getting your blood pumping.
22. Discover the Bahamas on a Yacht or Fishing Boat
If you want to discover the rest of the Bahamas, then you can charter a private yacht or fishing boat for the day. You’ll get to experience the Bahamas’ most exclusive islands and best-kept secrets. The Bahamas has stunning beaches and incredible diving sites, and they’re also known for some of the best fishing worldwide, making it one of the ultimate Paradise Island, Bahamas, things to do.
23. Get Married or Celebrate your Honeymoon
A destination wedding or a honeymoon at the Atlantis Bahamas is the perfect way to celebrate your special day. There are three honeymoon packages to choose from that will make this a perfect couples escape in paradise.
24. Join a Kids Club
If you are traveling with children then you will love the Atlantis Kids Adventure club kids club. There are so many activities to keep your kids occupied. They can enjoy culinary lessons, interactive electronic art, theater, outdoor play – and much more.
25. Visit the Marina Village, Atlantis
Marina Village next to Atlantis is a great place to shop. They have over 20 designer and retail boutiques plus dining options ranging from fine dining to more casual and grab-and-go-meals, and let’s not forget Starbucks.
I loved strolling around the village with such vibrant colorful buildings – definitely one of my stand-out Paradise Island points of interest.
Finishing Off With the Atlantis, Bahamas Resort
There are many more things to do in Atlantis, Bahamas in a day, but these are some of my favorites. It was a wonderful experience, that you can only have at the Atlantis, and will definitely make you want to return – I definitely did. There are so many different options for the entire family to enjoy at the Atlantis, Bahamas – you’ll love it all.
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Thank you to Air Canada Vacations and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism for another incredible experience.