The Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas is HUGE. It’s spread out on the beautiful Paradise Island, which lies just off Nassau, and consists of several hotels, a marina, a shopping village, a golf course, spa & gym, restaurants, bars, casino, nightclubs, GORGEOUS beaches and swimming pools, etc., etc.…and, of course, the famous Aquaventure waterpark.
Aquaventure, Atlantis Paradise Island’s water park, is a one-of-a-kind 141-acre waterscape. This non-stop aquatic thrill ride features over twenty million gallons of water, incredible Atlantean-themed towers, thrilling high-speed water slides, a mile-long river ride with rolling rapids and wave surges, 20 swimming areas, a spectacular kids water-play fort and 11 unique and refreshing swimming pools. Aquaventure is connected by a lush, tropical environment that is both immersive and interconnected, and perfect for all vacationers, whether young and older. The water park offers an extreme level of excitement and delivers an “aqua” adventure unlike any other. www.atlantisbahamas.com
When you’re a guest at Atlantis, you need to get a bracelet in order to use the waterpark. My husband and I stayed at the Reef, so we got ours at the watersports center just by the Cascades swimming pool. Use of the waterpark is included in the mandatory resort fee – we paid US$ 75 a day + taxes.
I haven’t been to a waterpark since I was just a kid, so I must admit that I was a bit nervous about some of the slides at first. I saw the videos online and some of them look SCARY! Especially, the one called The Leap of Faith, which has a 60-foot near vertical drop! What!?!
The scary thing about slides, I think, is that you’re just throwing yourself into the great unknown. Personally, I like my comfort zone…a lot!
The day after we arrived at Atlantis we, of course, had to check it out. We parked our beach bag and towels on the nearest lounge chair we could find and ran barefoot across the burning hot tiles towards the Mayan Temple (ouch!).
The first slide we tried was The Serpent slide at the Mayan Temple. This one required inflatable tubes. They had both individual and couple’s tubes, so we chose one for the both of us.
Off we went into the darkness… Waaaaaaaaaahuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!
It was dark, fast, wet, twisting and turning and suddenly we saw the light again as we were slowed down…and passed through the glass tube with sharks swimming all around us! A few minutes later, there was another drop and it was all over.
WAW! We were like kids again and wanted more.
I don’t know if they let you wear water shoes on the slides, but that would be a great idea. The tiles get super HOT from the sun and you almost can’t walk on them. We even met a guy afterwards, who said his feet got so badly burnt, that he had blisters on the soles! Ouch!
On our way back, we tried The Current. This is a river running a mile through tropical landscape where you’re sitting on an inflatable tube. One moment you’re drifting slowly and easily down the river and the next thing you know, you’re rushed along rapids, almost like you’re on a river rafting expedition. Super cool. Actually, of all the slides we tried, The Current was probably my favorite, as it’s not over in the blink of an eye.
A few days later we were back at the waterpark again! We went to the 121-foot tall Power Tower and tried The Surge, which also requires tubes. A word of advice: Keep your butt lifted a little bit so you don’t hit it on the bottom of the slide. I hit and scratched my butt a lot just at the beginning!
The Surge turned out to be thrilling at first and then ending up in The Current…for another long ride. When you go on The Current, you can exit at several places to make the ride shorter. We liked it so much, though that we took the full ride again.
We headed back to the Mayan Temple and tried The Jungle Slide, which was an easy-going slide with a few twists and turns before a final drop in the pool. Not too steep, not too fast and not too scary. This slide would really be the perfect start if you feel a little apprehensive, like I did initially.
Next up, we headed for The Challenger at the Mayan Temple. This was probably the most thrilling ride that we tried. It’s a side-by-side slide where you go down simultaneously and see who comes first. There’s a timer at the bottom, showing your time. Super fun, super fast….well, I closed my eyes the whole time!
There are a couple of other slides that we didn’t try, e.g. The Leap of Faith!!! I’d seen this one online before our trip, and I (secretly) feared it, but I had decided to try it if it ever came to that. It didn’t. By the time we’d tried a few slides on the second day, it was already late and the tiles were so hot, we headed back to our hotel and just relax by the pool.
I have to say that the waterpark is an incredible attraction! It’s great for kids of all ages (that pass the height requirement), and it’ll make adults feel like kids again. If I ever go back, to Atlantis (I am seriously counting on it!), I’ll definitely bring a pair of water shoes and try ALL of the slides…even The Leap of Faith.
The only thing that I regret (when writing this now), is that I didn’t go back just to take pictures of the slides! I actually didn’t have any pictures of my own, so I contacted Atlantis on Twitter (@Atlantisresort) and their PR team was kind enough to provide me with the pictures I’ve used in this post (thank you!).