Atlantis: The Dig
The Dig was my favorite part of Atlantis. We first entered a cave and saw a desk, chair and a hat and jacket very similar to Indiana Jones. The exhibit is a series of caves, aquariums, statues and artifacts supposedly from the "Lost City of Atlantis"(of course it's not but hey let's live the fantasy). There are some cool eels, coral, fish and even strange diving gear that look like the predator movie. It was a fun exhibit and we spent over an hour wandering through and seeing all it had to offer. This is a must see exhibit and fun for any age.Related to:
Cove Beach is a tiny and scenic little beach which sheltered waters... it's right in front of the Atlantis resort, but it's a good option if the sea in Cabbage beach is rough. While not secluded, it was not packed, either... basically because most of the Atlantis people were spending their day at the swimming-pool.
The beach is crescent-shaped, the sand white and soft, and the water crystal clear... Unfortunately there are no colourful fishes, but the good news is that there are no sea-urchins, either. And not much in terms of trees and shade.
Cabbage beach is a wonderful, long and powdery beach on Paradise Island.. well, it's the main beach, in fact. It's about 3 kilometres long, braod and lined with palm trees and casuarina trees.
When we went, in February, it was nearly deserted... though I heard that during the high season, it can get really packed. People suggest to head to its northwestern portion, in this case... which means away from the Atlantis resort.
Occasionally the sea there can get rough, and swimming is really discouraged... in that case head towards the Atlantis... right in front of it there's a quiet bay with calm waters. Technically it's inside the resort, but it is not a private beach and anyone can go there.
If gambling is your thing then you've come to the right resort. Atlantis has the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Moon Casinos filled with every gambling game and slot machine you could want to play.
We walked through the casinos and they are really beautifully decorated with some nice accents and artwork. Fortunately we skipped out and didn't gamble. I could have spent hours losing money here but I have the sense to leave and soend my money on better things.Related to:
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The Stingray Lagoon is pretty impressive. It was one of the first exhibits we encountered at Atlantis. I had never seen so many stingray gathered together in one place. They moved so fluidly through the water that they had a birdlike quality about them. It is really relaxing to watch them glide through the lagoon.Related to:
Sea Island Adventures Snorkeling
Snorkeling is a must in Bahamas, to see the exotic reefs and fish.
We went through an organized tour called Sea Island Adventures, but I am sure there are other ones out there yon can find through your hotel.
They took us out to Rose Island, empty secluded island away from Paradise Island. They have a couple of huts there and they cook the big lunch for you. You have the whole day there to yourself to go snorkel, swim, lay out, play volleyball, etc.Related to:
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Well, it's no real Versailles, but definitely worth a trip for a nice romantic walk.
We went there at night which was nice and refreshing and completely empty. I probably would recomend to go there during the day just to see things better. But at night it's more romantic.Related to:
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On Blue Lagoon Island you can swim with the dolphins. If you cannot swim, or if you have small children you can stand on a platform in the lagoon and meet, touch, stroke, cuddle & kiss the dolphin - you may even get squirted with water!
In 2004 we took our children. They were 4 & 2 1/2 years old. The total price for US$225. The price which included the boat from Paradise to Blue Lagoon.
It's possible & I would recommend booking your encounter online. This is a popular experience & whilst we walked up to the empty "pre-booked" counter the world & his dog were in a very long queue to book! Places are limited & there would have been lots of disappointed people!
The water on the platform is not deep but my 5 year old was not tall enough to be able to stand, so be prepared to hold small children! We had little floatation jackets with us & they were a positive help.
There were 10 of us on our experience - mainly children but that was more than enough! Bits of the experience are a bit "Sea World-esque" between dolphin & keeper but the overall experience was totally awesome & completely magical - what beautiful, gentle & loving creatures dolphins are.
The dolphins at Blue Lagoon all seemed happy & as the keeper pointed out - if they weren't they could easily swim away.
Would recommend an underwater camera. Those of us that had cameras swapped with people on different experiences in attempts to get good piccies for one another. I obviously drew the short straw because whilst I made efforts to get good pictures for them - the ones they took for me were not brilliant. I think we would have better taking the camera into the lagoon with us & struggling to take pictures for ourselves. Certainly would have been more personal.
You too can be ripped off buying either video or photos afterwards. If they have nice photos of you go with those. We got a video - the cameraman obviously took a shine to the lady in the skimpy bikini because it was all about her. But like Murphy's - I'm not bitter!Related to:
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A boat to Blue Lagoon Island
From the foot of the bridges that link Paradise Island to New Providence, you can get a small boat to take you to the next island - Blue Lagoon Island... and as you sail you will see where the Martini people live - gorgeous houses, darling - oh and yachts to boot!!!
It's a 20 minute boat ride across to Blue Lagoon Island.
You can tell by the colour of the water why the island is called Blue Lagoon - oh, it is beautiful!Related to:
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The market in the Bahamas is an excellent stop for everyone needing to pick up cheap souveniers. They have a wide secletion of authentic Bahamian crafts. One of my favorites was a doll. You can get shirts, shot glasses, caps, charms, bags, purses, just about anything and everything. THe prices are super cheap so don't miss this chance.Related to:
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Take a boat ride out to the beautiful Blue Lagoon. Here is a fabulous experience you will get interacting with the dolphins. You get to stand on a platform in the water and get to do several interactions including kissing, hugging, dancing, and feeding the dolphins. It is a lot of fun and these dolphins are famous too. Several of them were the dolphin in the newest Flipper.Related to:
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Paradise Island was a setting for the James Bond movie Thunderball. The movie, starring Sean Connery, is to many the ultimate Bond movie. This shack, which can be seen on the ferry to Paradise Island, was built for the movie.
Gotta catch a Junkanoo Band!
Junkanoo, is known as the spirit of Bahamian celebration. It is a colorful band that parades through the streets of Nassau with an infectious beat, everyone will be dancing before long! The costumes are very detailed and elaborate and very very colorful.
The most popular season for the Junkanoo is during high tourist season, Christmas through New Year's holidays, Dec 26 & Jan 1. We actually caught a junkanoo band during our 4th of July stay at Paradise Island, although they do not celebrate the July 4th celebrations of the US, the Bahamians put on a wonderful show for the US tourists, making us feel at home in the Bahamas.
It is a highly recommended activity to see a Junkanoo band. Feel free to dance around and follow along on their spriited, Mardi Gras Celebration parade through the streets!
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This was an awesome expirence. I recomend either the swim or the encounter with the dolphins. The swim with dolphins may not be suitable for young kids who are sometimes afraid of animals. The dolphins are much bigger than you think!Related to:
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Rose Island Day Excursion
Our timeshare, Club Land'Or has this as a must do activity for Tuesday each week. You leave late morning for a boat trip over to Rose Island. As soon as you step onboard, they hand you a plastic cup and start pouring mixed tropical drinks out of plastic milk jugs. You normally have a choice of Bahama Mamas, Yellow Birds or Pina Coladas. I enjoy Pina Coladas, I think that the Bahama Mamas are too sweet. The music is already playing. Make sure that your camera is ready!! Once you get to the island, you can snorkel, but only if you haven't partaken of the alcohol....Right away, grab a rope hammock under the trees or else you won't get one....you can rent rafts, you can play volleyball, tug of war, or just lay back and enjoy the beautiful ocean...or walk to the more remote section where there are some rocks, and take your digital camera! they also bring a buffet. This normally includes chicken, peas and rice, corn, salad, and some dessert like chocolate cake. and always the drinks.....then around 5 or so, gather up your towel and head back on the boat for more drinks and music. What an exhausting afternoon. Don't forget your sunscreen!!!Related to:
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